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>> be thankful, of course. >> i love the no guilt. thank you, doctors, so much. great to have both of you. happy thanksgiving coming up. hope you have a great and healthier day. that's what "sunday housecall" is all about. i'm jamie kobco colby. have a good one. >> here's howie. happy thanksgiving. on the buzz meter this sunday, liz cheney sparks a national debate by telling fox she opposes same-sex marriage including that of her sister. >> i love mary very much. i love her family very much. this is just an issue on which we disagree. >> with mary cheney and her wife firing back on facebook and the former vice president weighing in, are the media exploiting a family feud or covering a legitimate split in the republican party? msnbc's martin bashir apologizes for dirty and disgusting remarks about sarah palin. this morning, palin responds on fox. >> that's the executive hypocrisy that is so prevalent in that media elite bubble where
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it depends on the target of the vile rant. it doesn't depend on what the rant itself actually is. conservative women are a target of them. >> how low can a cable news host sink? and why hasn't msnbc taken any action against this guy? plus, television all over the latest aggressive george zimmerman for brandishing a gun. are the media attempting to retry the trayvon martin case? i'm howard kurtz thaand this is "media buzz." and we'll get to the u.s. nuclear deal with iran in a few moments. meanwhile, you know the drill. send me a tweet about the show. @howardkurt. we'll read some at the end of the hour. it's hardly shocking liz cheney running for a senate seat in
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wyoming is opposed to same-sex marriage. it's also a fact that her sister is gay. >> your sister, mary, who is married to a woman, put out this post. she said, for the record, i love my sister. you. but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage. >> yeah. listen, i love mary very much. i love her family very much. this is just an issue on which we disagree. >> that interview brought a stinging retort on facebook for mary cheney who wrote there isn't a lot of gray here. you think all families should be treated equally or you don't. liz's pgs so to treat my family as second class citizens. not a position i can be lovingly tolerant towards. liz cheney says she's always treated her sister and her sister's family with love and respect exactly as she should have done. the sharp exchange is a huge weight of coverage on cnn. also especially on msnbc. >> next tonight we take you inside a private family feud
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playing out on the national stage. >> the close-knit cheney family has always presented a united front until now. >> why on earth would liz cheney come out so directly against equality and marriage when she has a sibling. >> nobody has started polling yet on whether or not wyoming voters want a senator whose parents fight with their sister on behalf via press release after a nasty facebook feud involving the same question on whether or not i was lying on fox news sunday about how much i hate you or whether or not i was lying last thanksgiving when we stopped talking when i was still being nice to your kids. >> is all this media attention warranted? lauren ashburn, fox news contributor and author of top twitter column on richard grinell. former spokesman for ambassador john bolton at the u.n. lauren ashburn, was that question in the chris wallace interview of liz cheney fair game? >> absolutely fair. mary put this issue out into the press. it's been batted about. and it would be journalistic
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malpractice, almost negligence, not for chris to bring it up. >> rick grinell, same-sex marriage. nobody would dispute it's a legitimate issue in a senate campaign. but bring in family. >> basically, are we surprised that "the new york times" and others are trying to stop liz cheney from getting into the senate race? >> how do we get to "the new york times"? it's chris wallace fox news. >> "the new york times" put this on the front page, howie. this is not a front page story. it's a legitimate story. let's be fair. barack obama has a sibling. hillary clinton has siblings that have disagreed with them on policy issues. that has never been on the front page of the "new york times." why this? because it's a conservative. why this? because it's the cheneys. and it's also because they absolutely want to stop liz from getting into the senate. nobody should be surprised by this. >> you're frowning. but how do you not mention it? whether it's front page news or not is a very legitimate point. how do you not mention it when mary cheney has been so vocal in
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criticizing her sister? >> there's two issues. one, sure, if mary's vocal and criticizing her sister it's a story. it could be a gossip story which i think is what rick is getting at. until you consider this is indicative of a larger issue going on in america on gay marriage, social issues, gay rights especially where you see families become conflicted. you're starting to see the republican party become conflicted. that's interesting as a larger story about where the gop is going in terms of the younger generation embracing more tolerance or not. because that is an issue that's been being discussed. it's a national story. >> msnbc was doing this story, i don't know. every ten minutes. the equivalent of the "new york times" putting it on the front page. but in wyoming, senator mike enzi, who liz cheney is challenging, has the same position on same-sex marriage? are the media exploiting this because it's a family feud? >> it's an out of proportion story. there's no question -- i have to agree with rick on this. the reason it's out of proposition is that we in the media love these delicious fights. it's much easier than getting into the health care nuts and
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bolts. and it's happened throughout history. it's happened with hillary and bill clinton. it's happened when roger clinton, billy carter's brother -- >> bill clinton's brother? >> right. >> billy carter was jimmy carter's brother. >> we love it. newt had a gay daughter. rob porter had a gay son and came out and changed his position. >> let's be clear. the democrats have a platform that's pro-gay marriage. there's a democrat governor candidate in south carolina who is not for that. we don't even know his name. people don't report on him. >> he's a candidate for governor. he's not -- the vice president of the united states -- the cheney family is a bit like the kennedys to the sense to the republicans, i think, they're a hugely important family. to families in the republican
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p party gay marriage -- >> you had your own brush with this? >> with gay marriage? >> not gay marriage. being gay. >> i had a brush with being gay? i actually am gay. >> you actually are gay. you are proudly gay. you are briefly a spokesperson for mitt romney's campaign last year. you decided to leave. there was a lot of pressure from the right side of your party. as somebody who lived through that, do you think the media tend to personalize these things? >> first of all, it's a bad question to kind of compare what liz is going through with what i'm going through. this is a media show. the media overly focused on republicans. they don't want republicans to be anything but in a box. i think that's what's unfair. they don't do the same thing for democrats. if they would, if they would across the board hold democrats to the same standard as republicans, then i wouldn't have a problem with it. the problem is when you put it on the front page of the "new york times." >> congressman wiener -- >> when you take naked pictures
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of yourself it is not the same thing as having your siblings talk about an issue. >> why don't you talk for a moment about being gay and working in -- worked in politics, maybe not wanting the exposure in your professional life about your personal life. >> oh, absolutely. no, absolutely. >> did you grapple with this earlier in your career? >> yes and no. i worked for a republican senator 20 years ago and was basically in the closet. absolutely it's a concern. you know, especially back then i think when you're really worried about losing your job based on your sexual orientation. mary cheney has been open lly g for at least 13 years or so. she was the gay liaison for coors 20 years ago or something. having said that, mary and her wife heather decided to write on facebook about their concerns about liz, the sister. the family made it public. what i think is -- look, i think this isn't just gossip. i think gay marriage is certainly the issue of the year in the gay community. i think it's also been a huge
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issue in america. when it's affecting the republican party personally that's an interesting story. >> what about the point mary cheney made an issue, therefore journalists don't have much of a choice but to acknowledge it in a senate race in which her sister is running in. just the other day mary cheney told politico in an e-mail i'm not supporting liz's candidacy. >> right. i think it's a story. as i said at the beginning, it is a legitimate story. once the family puts it out there. it's not as if we're outing someone who's gay. >> you also said that the media find these personal family spats delicious. that's why it's getting more play than perhaps you think it should. >> i think that's true. i think that it's overexposed. and that we are right now -- the fact we're talking about it, leading off the show, is always a dilemma. because it was overcovered. here we are again covering it. >> let me take a couple minutes to turn to news that broke -- i guess it's 3:00 in the morning in geneva and is breaking -- continuing to dominate the news right now.
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that is united states, the obama administration, reaching a deal with iran on nuclear development. that deal just oversimplifying, for a moment, freezes but does not reverse most of iran's nuclear efforts. at the same time eases about $7 billion in western sanctions against the government of iran which is not all the sanctions but is a piece of it. let me put up on the screen a couple of news analyses -- not the news stories but news analyses in major newspapers. "new york times," the interim accord struck interrupts the country's nuclear process for the first time in a decade but requires iran to make only a modest down payment on the central problem. "washington post," plan accepted by iran on sunday would accomplish something u.s. governments have sagt in vain for more than a decade. a pause, at least, in iran's inexorable march to nuclear capability. would you agree, rick, or not there's at least a dose of skepticism in the way this breaking news has been reported? >> i'm not sure. i think there's been a rush ever
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since rouhani started tweeting, there's been a rush by a lot of the media to immediately brand this as a new day and new change. they haven't changed their behavior. iran has not changed its behavior one bit. yet we have the u.s. government now going to give in cash and sanctions really $7 billion to the largest state sponsor of terrorism. iran hasn't changed one iota. >> okay. but it is -- to come back to the media coverage, it is portrayed as an interim deal toward perhaps a larger deal. iran is supposed to exhibit good faith by doing the things in the agreement. the united states eases a little bit of the sanctions. republicans have been attacking this. so it was announced. that's their privilege. that's been reported as well. do you think -- do you see any tilt toward declaring this a great diplomatic victory for the obama administration? >> we've only been about 12 hours into this. i think the media coverage has certainly been excited which is reflecting what the public at large has been feeling i think word wide.
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>> it's also been partisan. slate, a liberal website, calls it a good deal. national review a bad and morally indefensible deal. >> the partisans are always going to -- democrats are going to say it's great. republicans are going to say it's bad. we know that. the media's initial impression has been while this is really interesting and let's take a deeper look which i think is a healthy dose of this looks like it might be a positive step. but all of us need to look at the details before we know. that's what it's all about. >> i don't think the political press understands it. keeping this away from the political press is the best thing. give it to international reporters who understand the issue. >> there are a handful of journalists who have covered these issues for years. they understand nuances. most people who talk about it on television, probably not. when we come back, the media keep comparing obama care to hurricane katrina. is that offensive? mine was earned orbiting the moon in 1971.
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obama care may be a bit of a disaster. but there's a bit of a backlash brewing against media folks comparing it to another disaster that struck the gulf coast eight years ago. as we see in this clip from "the daily show." >> president obama now finds himself compared to president george w. bush, as in the problems with the health care plan have become president obama's katrina. >> is this obama's katrina moment? >> president obama's katrina moment. >> katrina. katrina. hurricane katrina. yes. i believe we've all seen the damning photos of the presidential flyover surveying the human suffering of the website from a safe distance. >> are these katrina comparisons over the top? >> look, i love jon stewart, but he's wrong. what you have to -- >> we're going to end up on "the
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daily show." >> i know. i hope not. what we have to understand is we're not comparing death to a bad website. what we're comparing is the fact that this is the second term for president obama. and he is flailing just as george bush flailed in his second term. and we've found that in second terms, it is very difficult for you to come out of it in a positive light for history. >> lauren, i think you're right. i think the problem is that that's a generic correct assessment of second term presidencies. everyone says, oh, my god. you're second term. you're a lame duck. it's going to be impossible to get anything done. we done compare it to auschwitz. my problem with this, i don't think katrina was bush's katrina. i looked at the polls this morning. september 11th, crazy approval going down to 2003 when he got back to around 50%. poll numbers kept going down, down, down, down, down until the end of his presidency.
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obama, same thing. zoomed up in election. down to 40% or 50%. >> i think it's a really poor political comparison. if you're talking about management of a crisis after the fact, maybe there are some comparisons. >> isn't that what journalists are trying to say with these comparisons as opposed to comparing the death and destruction of a horrible hurricane to the admittedly terrible rollout of a health care program. >> well, if that's what they were going to say, the way you said it, it would have been perfect. the problem, "the new york times" piece which started this whole thing was not like that at all. it was very much a, this is just like katrina and it's similar in many ways. i think that's a really poor analysis. >> nobody was saying dead bodies. let's compare the dead bodies. the 1,800 plus who were killed. that wasn't the point of all of this. >> i'm just going to say, i'm just going to pivot here as we try to do on television and say as president obama is continuing to battle on the wreckage of his health care program and try to revive it and get the website
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working, all that, he had a bunch of pundits over for one of those off the record briefings this week. they included about half the staff of msnbc. al sharpton. lawrence o'donnell. howard fineman. ed schultz. fox's juan williams was included in that liberal gang. what's the point of pundits going when they can't report on what the president actually says because it's off the record? >> it doesn't matter they can't report on that specific instance. what it does is try to shore up the base and say, hey, you're not really reporting good white house stories here. you're kind of reporting some things that are negative. so here are all the positive things that the white house is doing. and maybe you could report on those. >> this is clearly just about getting to know the reporters and the reporters, of course, they're going to want to go. i've done this thing as a spokesman where you invite them in and try to get to know the reporters. you try to juice them up a little bit so you get better coverage later on. the outrage should be from the rest of the press corps. who should say, wait, i didn't get to go?
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>> i did the same thing in the bush administration. he invited a bunch of bloggers and things. i kept saying i want to go to the white house. >> you didn't make the cut? >> the bush administration, i certainly didn't. >> got to go. i should mention charles -- was also included in one of these gathering. thanks very much for joining us. this is a fox buzz alert. katie couric is about to cut a deal for a new interview show on yahoo! and the title of global news anchor that would make her the biggest tv star to move online. she'd drop her role at abc news which has hardly been using her and is weighing to continue her daytime show, also indicated by abc. maria bartiromo is leaving cnbc and joining fox business news. up next, msnbc still hasn't
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mild to moderate nausea and vomiting. so don't wait. attack the flu virus at its source. ask your doctor about tamiflu, prescription for flu. martin bashir loves to bash republicans in bitingly personal terms. he hit an absolute low in attacking sarah palin. >> when mrs. palin invokes slavery, she doesn't just prove her rank ignorance. she confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from thomas fiszlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate. >> that was a reference to slavery days. that dose of discipline, i hesitate to say this on the air, in case you haven't heard these despicable words was to have somebody defecate in her mouth. >> i wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to mrs. palin and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what i
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said. my words were wholly unacceptable. >> that part, i wholly agree with. joining us now here in washington, david zurich, television and media critic for the baltimore sun. and joe concha. msnbc has put out a statement saying martin bashir has taken responsibility public for his offensive commentary and it kind of pushes it off on bashir. we're harndling this mat earn intern -- matter internally. >> they couldn't have handled it worse. after that apology was made by martin bashir on monday, hours later the msnbc twitter feed promoted the segment from friday where the comments were made. after the apology if you're promoting the segment, that's a big issue. that goes up to management to allow that to happen. a day later joe scarborough goes
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off the -- he said i don't think he wrote it himself. scarborough isn't disciplined in any way. i'm sure if that happened on another network he would probably be suspended. clearly, howie -- >> i'm not so sure about that. he was being candid about a colleague. >> on another network, though, howie? come on. you don't make comments like that about your co-workers there. that's off the reservation, man. i disagree. >> i think scarborough is the problem. >> no, he's not. >> late me take a other side of this. bashir made what sounded like a pretty sin veer apology. are executives at the network betting that's enough and they can escape by without having to address this manner further leaving aside he hasn't been suspended or as far as we know disciplined in any way? >> howie, look, executives at the network always want to think it's enough and it's going to blow over and they're going to turn the page and move on. there are a whole bunch of problems. what he said is really sick stuff. honestly, if i was his supervisor he would not only probably be suspended, i would have him go talk to someone in
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hr about what's going on in his head when he says this kind of stuff. more importantly, what about the culture of msnbc? somebody put those graphics up. is there no editorial backstop on this thing? >> that's right, david. >> it's outrageous. >> these were scripted comments, howie. >> exactly. there's a vetting process that goes into this. before it goes to a tele prompter, copy editor, senior producer, saw that. their boss says, we're trying to be provocative. ratings went up 60% from friday to monday. friday the comment. monday the apology. go on the twitter feed of msnbc. the promotion of the segment is still up. all the ginned up controversy to get people to watch a show that otherwise nobody was watching. >> let me jump in. speaking of twitter a few people have complained about me for making an issue saying i'm defending sarah palin because she's a contributor at fox news.
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i would rip anybody who made these kind of despicable comments about anybody regardless of political coloration. you have to say there hasn't exactly been a huge uproar in the mainstream media about this. other than perhaps on fox. as opposed to, let's say, somebody said that about, i don't know, hillary clinton. >> exactly. let's go to the can you imagine segment part of this particular talking point. if rush limbaugh said this about sarah palin it shailin -- sorry. hillary clinton. what would we be talking about? or sarah silverman. we haven't heard a peep from any of the women on that america or management on that network. that speaks volumes. >> that's part of the larger problem here. that the mainstream media isn't more upset about this. you know, i've been complaining about the -- the way our civic and political conversation on cable tv is debased. and msnbc has led that drive in a calculated way.
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because they have no journalistic function. they have no rep pratorial infrastructure anymore for business reasons. once you go down the road they have gone down of nothing but hosts sitting in front of a camera doing opinions, you have to keep turning it up and turning it up and turning it up and be more and more extreme. this is what we got. and no one cares. that's what's outrageous. whatever you care about, whatever you feel about sarah palin doesn't matter. the don vconversation of democr you can't have this going on. >> let me briefly say she likened the national debt to slavery. a lot of people found that comparison offensive. fair game to criticize her. she addressed this this morning on "fox news sunday." there's an implicit contrast here with msnbc's handling of alex baldwin. insiders tell me he may never come back to that network. let's take a listen to the former governor on "fox news
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sunday." >> as for the network's condoning those type of statements because there's been no punishment, that's hypocrisy. that's a given when a conservative woman says something that they take offense. they usually just kind of poopoo it, laugh it off, it's no big deal sfwl a brief comment from each of you. double standard for conservative women as sarah palin says? >> i think there is some of that, howie. the real question, where are people like tom brokaw and chuck todd who claim to speak for nbc news and the brand? why haven't they called bashir out and lack of punishment for him? >> joe? >> very good point punishment mat -- they've been getting beat by them a lot lately. that's a difference maker. get palin up in wasilla. the fact that lauer lost that interview, i'm sure he's griping
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hi, everyone. we're live from america's news headquarters. i'm jamie colby. a breakthrough to announce with iran's nuclear program. the u.s. and five other world powers reaching a deal with tehran. the most comprehensive agreement in more than three decades of diplomacy. now, under this deal iran will curb its nuclear activities for six months. that's in exchange for limited relief from its sanctions. the two sides will now hammer out a more complete deal, one that would go beyond that six months. meanwhile, israeli prime
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minister benjamin netanyahu slams the deal calling it, quote, historic and a mistake. because he says it leaves iran in reach of making an atomic weapon. he says israel would not be bound by the deal saying it reserves the right to defend itself. at the top of the hour former israeli ambassador to the united nations, dan gilliman joins us. now back to "media buzz" and howie kurtz. the media turns friday into a national day of mourning, november 22nd, being the 50th anniversary of the assassination of john f. kennedy. fox's cal thomas remembered the day. >> there are things called teletypes then where the news was printed on these rolls of paper. i ripped it off and gave it to the correspondents in the washington bureau and managed to save the initial stories that said, flash, president kennedy dead. >> that was a long time ago. david, what did you make of the friday television coverage?
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>> you know, the scene in dallas, the weather was so stark and gray and somber. it really was one of those sort of the heavens wept moment. and the way to cover that in the u.s. naval academy glee club, the way to cover it was to back up. let the pictures, let the sounds speak for themselves. almost no one did that. people had to talk. producers had to throw montages of images up there on the screen. fox really did the best when they backed off and let it breathe. they really did a nice job with that. cnn, second best. the worst, again, msnbc was the worst. abc was chatty time, too. i really -- it's so simple, howie, to do that on a big ev t event. especially was as huge and existential as this was on friday. >> self-restraint can be difficult on television. joe concho, what do you think of the fact, particularly the people involved in these productions weren't alive in
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1963. yet kennedy, his life and death still retain this incredible hold on public imagination and the media imagination as well? >> i think, howie, because there's never been definitive closure on the kennedy assassination. so many conspiracy. lee harvey oswald. was he acting alone? was he working with the mob? was he working with the cubans? was he working with the russians? all this mystery. we talk about the two biggest events over the last 50 years. easily the kennedy assassination and 9/11. 9/11 has had closure at least. we know who did it. that man is dead. the buildings have been resurrected since. with kennedy, it's always this mystery around it. of course, camelot and just the great figure that kennedy was. i think that's why, at least for me, and i wasn't alive for that. not even close. but i couldn't -- i couldn't get enough of it, really. >> i was going to pick up on that point. it was also the sense of the dream unfinished. it still hasn't released its grip. here it is 50 years later. thanks very much for joining us this sunday.
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spectacle. since george zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of the teenager he keeps popping up on the media radar, especially this week. >> zimmerman does it again. back in court when his live-in lover claims she's in fear for her own life when zimmerman points a shotgun straight at her face. >> george zimmerman was releastreleast ed from a florida jail today after he posted $9,000 bail and agreed to give up firearms. >> we've learned george zimmerman was served divorce papers in jail before he was released on bond just a little while ago. >> joining us from los angeles, lisa blum. legal analyst for nbc news and author of the forthcoming book "suspicion nation: the inside story of the trayvon martin injustice and why we are doomed to repeat it." lisa, zimmerman gets into another altercation. this one with a new girlfriend. why the enormous coverage of this guy? >> well, he's a fascinating guy. you're right. the trial absolutely divided america. it's amazing to me george zimmerman finds himself in the
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middle of searing, hot button issues in america. first it was race. racial profiling. stand your ground and guns. now domestic violence. >> but who cares? he's obviously a loser. the trayvon case is over. why did all three cable news networks, for instance, carry his -- the hearing of his arrest live? >> well, i think it is a fascinating story, howie. i think this is very different from some of the other high profile cases that frankly were not as newsworthy like jodi arias or casey anthony. >> jodi arias had sex. >> right. >> what's so fascinating about it? >> i think what's fascinating is the racial divide as you point out that the story engenders. many people feel this was a great injustice. he shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old boy. he got away with it. now his behavior confirms what many of us thought during the trial. that he's a hot head with a gun. that he's out of control. that he's not a responsible gun owner. the fact that at least now he's separated from his guns, i think, gives some of us comfort.
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>> i think you've touched on something at least is a theory i developed. this is an effort by some in the media to kind of retroactively try him in the trayvon martin case. now we know about his personality. hot head actions to use your words in situations. at the same time this guy had a trial and was acquitted because the jury couldn't find that he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. >> right. my book is all about why that case was bungled by the state of florida. they didn't argue the best evidence. they were not comfortable with the issue of race in the courtroom and how it could have been handled in a very, very different way with a different outcome. three women have accused him of domestic violence over the last eight years. two in the last two months. how many people have to come forward with accusations that george zimmerman is irresponsible, especially with guns, before we start taking a hard look at this guy. in the bigger picture, our gun policy in america is just too lax. there are too few restrictions on somebody like him having guns. >> that's a political issue. you have your views on that. in terms of the media coverage,
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is there, you know, the fact that he's had these incidents with multiple women certainly tells us a lot about him in the court of public opinion. it doesn't necessarily mean he would have been convicted in the trayvon martin case even if these incidents had happened earlier and we had known about them. i'm looking now for your legal analysis on that. >> right. well, my legal analysis is that the prosecution failed to argue their best evidence in the case. that they asked a lot of questions in closing argument. the prosecution and the defense in that case were both arguing reasonable doubt. there was only one outcome that the jury could reach. all that is in my book about how this could have been handled very, very differently. i don't think the issues with these women show that he was guilty in that case. what it shows is that this is somebody we should really be concerned about and there are a lot bigger issues arising out of this case. george zimmerman is the modern day o.j. simpson. we all know now he's going to bring himself down. if not in the current domestic violence case, in the next incident. this is a guy who cannot control himself. his ex-wife shellie says he thinks he's invincible.
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it's only a matter of time before he brings himself down. >> just a few seconds. therefore, you think all this media coverage is warranted because he is kind of self-destructing before our eyes? >> we have to find out how the story ends, howie. every time that he does something like this, we're going to be watching. >> all right. lisa blum, thanks very much for joining us from l.a. >> thank you. meanwhile, when senate democrats abolished the filibuster this week for most presidential nominees, i don't think the media did quite enough to highlight the raw hypocrisy on both sides. both the politicians and the pundits. when senate republicans considered a similar move during the bush years, "the new york times" editorial page called it rank hypocrisy by the gop. now says, quote, the democrats had little choice but to change the filibuster review. national review, on the other hand, backed the republicans curtailing filibusters under president bush but now says the democrats, quote, are helping themselves to ill gotten gains. what a change -- what a difference, i should say, a change in the white house makes. coming up, it's something
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you've probably done if you own a smartphone. now it's the word of the year. we'll explore the cosmic significance of the selfie. my mantra? family first. but with less energy, moodiness, and a low sex drive, i saw my doctor. a blood test showed it was low testosterone, not age. we talked about axiron. the only underarm low t treatment that can restore t levels to rmal in about 2 weeks in most men. axiron is not for use in women or anyone younger than8 or men with prostate or breast caer. and children should avoido are contact where axiron is applied as unexpected signs of puber in children or changes in body hair or increased acne in women may occur. report these symptoms to your doctor. tell your doctor about all medical conditions and medication serious side effects could include increased risk decreased sperm count; ankle, feet or body swelling; enlarged or painful breasts; problems breathing while eeping; and blood clots in the legs. common side effects include skin redss or irritation
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time for our digital download. the oxford dictionary picked its word of the year and refers to something many of you have indulged in, the selfie. >> millions are holding up their smartphones taking pictures of themselves sharing them with the world and we have a few right here for you to take a look at. first up, of course, the one who always seems to have hundreds of them is kim kardashian, usually with a lot less clothes on. >> she's wearing a lot of clothes there.
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>> next we have -- put it up and see what we have. >> hillary. >> hillary clinton with her daughter chelsea. >> next, vice president of the united states and julia louis-dreyfus who stars in "veep." all these selfies, oh, my god, howie kurt with the beautiful ladies of the makeup room. >> these are the women it takes me to get me on the air. >> that's pathetic. >> you don't want to see that. >> this looks like the real -- >> hey. let's get to that cosmic significance. >> yeah, i think part of the selfie generation is really the look at me generation, right. not the me generation, but what does it mean that we are so obsessed with taking pictures of just ourselves, i mean there are the drunk selfies with the travel selfies and all of these different lists of --
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>> are you referring to that picture of geraldo rivera with his shirt off? >> i wasn't going there. >> when celebrities do it, particularly some of these women who like to tweet them without wearing a lot of clothes it is a marketing device, look at me and professional reason for doing so. now that millions of average people are doing it now that the word has to be recognized we've become our own pr agents and everybody wants to control the image they share with the world. >> it's true. there is a big discussion about girls and young women doing this and whether or not it has something to do with their self-worth and why would they do something like this? it also has -- >> you're say dag finish. >> they want to please boys. >> and have affirmation and seen as dateable but there's something about our culture that says, what happened to, you know, sitting around the table, opening up the photo album and looking at -- >> people still have photo albums. >> right now it's all online and you're sending them out and, you
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know, in 20 years are people going to say, what happened to all my kid pictures? they're all somewhere disappeared in facebook. >> it appears narcissistic. "the new york times" writer used the word selfie-ish and it makes me wonder, you know, on the web we're move ago way from text, it's all about visuals and here's the other thing, it appears to be candid. candid shots but you decide what to put on. >> except where that one where i was forced to take a picture in curl lers so it would be funny. very true. i looked at the definition for the oxford american dictionary taken by onesup by a smartphone upload to social media. the etymology, self plus i-e. >> we'll probably see a lot more
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of this whether we like it or not. still to come, the white house cracks down on photographers and meredith vieira as you've never seen her before. ya know, with new fedex one rate you can fill that box and pay one flat rate. i didn't know the coal thing was real. it's very real... david rivera. rivera, david. [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex. they used to get really tired. until i started gellin'. i got dr. scholl's massaging gel insoles. when they're in my shoes, my feet and legs feel less tired. i'm a believer. dr. scholl's massaging gel insoles. i'm a believer!
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and here are a few of the top tweets we received from you at home. mary says she has made her position on this issue clear. we're talking here about liz cheney and whether the media should make more of this. further press something not just re: family drama, not an issue voters need more information on. >> another, her sister and sister's wife criticized for publicly and it's a political issue. another, he should be
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finished. i am no sara palin fan, but what he said was despicable. enough apology. president obama is doing something official. news outlets expect their photographers to be there. but the administration has been declaring some of these private such as a meeting with hillary clinton but then releasing pictures or video shot by folks on the white house payroll. dozens of news organizations sent a letter arguing they're limiting access as surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist's camera lens. finally some tv types are just too stiff and sober, right? nobody is going to level that accusation at meredith vieira after her appearance on the bravo show "watch what happens live." >> you are tipsy. >> that's okay. >> it's really intense. >> oh, my god. >> there is a wonderful production of "a glass
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menagerie" with our friend zachary -- >> meredith. >> whoo! >> our word of the night was -- >> could we see that again in slow motion? maybe she didn't think the cameras were on? i never saw her that way. >> i love meredith but for her to tumble off a chair and roll -- i couldn't even concentrate on what they were saying "glass menagerie" smagerie. >> she tock to twitter to say she was not drunk or wasted as a few theorized. >> she was really letting loose. >> have you ever done anything like that on live television? >> not in front of a camera. just briefly the white house photographers were being shut out of these events. >> i follow jim long, great photographer and he does fabulous work, takes behind-the-scenes pictures they puts up on social media this is really hard for photographers and it's almost president obama's version of his own
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selfie. >> all right. thanks, lauren this. is it for this edition of "media buzz." i'm howard kurtz. let's continue it on facebook and twitter., back here next sunday 11:00 and 5:00 eastern with the latest buzz. fox news alert. we have new reaction coming in from u.s. lawmakers about the nuclear deal with iran. this comes, of course, after the six world powers and iran came to that historic agreement late last night, 3:00 in the morning in geneva. that deal caused tehran to delay its nuclear program for six months. in exchange for what president obama describes as, quote, modest relief from economic sanctions. but the big question the world faces today, right now, will this potentially stop iran from possibly getting a nuclear bomb? hello, everyone, welcome to "america's news hq," i'm eric shawn.


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