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sometimes there are cells in the back of the throat that can give you bad breath. >> we have to leave it there. that will do it for us. >> next up is house call. howard kurtz is coming up right now. >> have a grit day. >> this sunday, an msnbc host apologizes to mitt romney for mocking his adopted black grandchild. a family photo of romney holding the 3-month-old boy on his knee was just hysterical. >> any captions for this one? >> i think this picture is great. it's something for diversity in the republican party. >> the rnc. >> the baby is a symbol of the republican party? what on earth were they thinking? and what about harris-perry's apology yesterday. >> without reservation or qualification, i apologize to
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the romney family. i broke the ground rules that families are off limits and for that i am sorry. >> that controversial "new york times" report on benghazi comes under fire under conservatives and politicians. is it fair to say the paper was trying to help rilly? plus, robin roberts tells the world she's gay and barely cause aes ripple. is this sort of announcement old news? i'm howard kurtz and this is media buzz. even in cable news, something hay ought to be off limits, like, say, babies. but for melissa harris-perry, mitt romney's family was such an object that it seemed just fine to make fun of his adopted grandson who is african-american. >> my goal is that in 2014 by
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the end of the year will be the wedding between karen romney and northwest. can you imagine mitt romney and kanye west as in-laws? >> joining us now, lauren ashburn. fox news contributor and editor at large at hot air and kelly goff. why did that segment with melissa harris-perry and her team strike such a nerve? >> i think many people thought it was offensive, i heard the words zealot. people who thought here is an african-american woman. and this is also a woman who was raised or born into a mormon family. it did not compute. >> we found that out when she began tweeting apologies.
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some of the panelists on that segment initially said well, we were just joking around. she tweeted if i point out the one black person and you translate that as an attack on him, who is racist? so initially they didn't get it. >> yeah. i think this is clearly mean spirited. i find it interesting that this segment is premeditated. we're going to put up this photo and laugh about it. i think it speaks well of our family that many of us know someone who is made whole by adoption. in this segment, they went off track. and you can get to the point that your hatred can lead you down a path where you're being nasty in public. >> i don't know if it's hatred, but i think say condescension, smugness, and this baby, the romney family amid a sea of white faces. >> first of all, i want to give
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her credit for doing something we want to see these days, which is a real apology, not a nonapology apology. but i think that her apology on air got to the heart of the matter, which is that in the last couple of years, i think the tone in media discourse has shifted and not for the better. and things that used to be offlimits, including babies, children, no longer are. it's like we're competing whether you're a columnist or you're on air to do something that is so edgy that it goes viral or creates buzz, and that is causing a lot of people on both sides of the aisle to flirt with the line and you're going to cross it. >> this was more than a flirtation. i want to come back to that very important point, but let me first play more of melissa harris's apology yesterday from her program. >> allow me to apology guise other families formed through transrational adoptions because i'm sorry that we suggested interracial families are funny
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or open to ridicule. we are dedicated to a wide diversity of families, it is one of our core programs. and i remember reminded when we are doing so, it must have been of the utmost respect. >> what did you make of that? >> i felt tears welling up in our eyes. not to condone what she did. but it was, as mitt romney said, a very heartfelt apology. and it was one that you could tell she knew in her heart of hearts that she had crossed a line, that she could never take back. >> i don't think it's possible to watch that and not think that it was a heartfelt apology rather than one that was just, well, if anybody was offended. a lot of people just apologize on twitter and it's kind of canned. but since you mentioned mitt romney, he was on fox news sunday earlier today and he was asked about the apology. >> people like me are fair targets. if you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. but children, that's a -- you know, that's beyond the line.
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and i think they understand that and feel that, as well. i think it's a heartfelt apology. >> former governor was gracious. but i have to look at the larger picture now because we've been through this extraordinary period and i'm not designing this to bash msnbc. but you had martin bashir with a violent attack on sarah palin. you had alec baldwin losing his job over an anti-gay slur. now melissa harris-perry. is there something in the culture there that tolerates this unacceptable language? >> well, i think you can get into a bubble and be surrounded by people who have contempt for other people who believe different things that are conservative and that could lead you to think this thing is okay. i am not, for my part, in support of people losing their jobs over this. i think bashir's apology was good, as well. you should be loud to say sometimes mistakes, say dumb
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things and offend people. >> as we all do from time to time. >> but i think the folks over at msnbc often spend a lot of time dealing the moral authority card and being morally superior about people right of center. when you make a mistake like this which is frankly the kind of thing they accuse the right of all the time, you should hang up the moral authority card for just a few weeks. >> another example, during the whole duck dynasty thing, eric dyson said phil robertson are part of a majority white supremeicist culture. to how do you break through the static when you have msnbc's mostly opinion, but all cable networks and bloggers have this. is there any penalty to be paid pore being too outrageous, too caustic? >> i think there is because martin bashir lost his job,
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right? i think part of it is social media. people get rewarded on social media, twitter, largely duped for saying things really controversial. the problem with saying something that's controversial is that you're only a couple of tweets away from it being perceived as being retweeted about or something that's so offensive you risk losing your jobs. >> what do you think about this culture or problem? is it a cultural problem? >> i have a hard time saying it's a cultural problem because i know a lot of really nice people out there and a lot of nice people on twitter. >> in the media. >> and i meant that. i meant there are a lot of people like take stewart stevens, when was mitt romney's chief strategist. when this happened, he tweeted to melissa harris-perry saying to her, hey, everybody makes mistakes and i think we can learn from our mistakes. that was very tolerant. but when you get this mob mentality on twitter, and
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especially among the young, sometimes snarky journalists who make their living in trashing other people, that's when you see that the culture becomes that way. >> let me turn to another controversy, the "new york times" coming out out with a opinion piece on edward snowden. he deserves better tan a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. he may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service. it is time for the united states to offer mr. snowden a plea bargain or some form of clementsy that would allow him to return home. >> i think this is open to public debate and this is certainly an editorialal page of the left sxtsdz within their power and influence to knock barack obama from the left to say, look, you're the guy who is in favor of whistle blowing,
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al allegedly, and we think this guy is a whistleblower. this is one of the occasions where they have more pull. it's one of the times i might agree with the "new york times." >> you might agree. interesting. the enormous political fallout would happen if president obama were to do such a thing. andy rosenthal was quoted as saying, sometimes you have to go beyond what is realistic in an editorial and talk about what you should should happen. >> okay. i don't know how real it is. i'm not being funny. i don't know how much influence it's ultimately going to have. i think the other things, though, in terms of mentioning fallout is we have political fallout for who exactly since president obama is not facing another election. are there going to be implications for hillary clinton and for the midterms? i think there's still a big question about how this works
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with voters. >> essentially condoning law breaking. >> and there are a lot of people who say that the "new york times" is doing whatever it can to protect hillary clinton in all of this and her different roles in this. >> there is still a big question mark about how voters understand the issue and who will benefit. >> there is a line between whistle blowing and law breaking and they're drug that line. >> let me get a break here. speaking of that, send me a tweet during this hour. we'll put. >> of them up on the screen. when we come back, robin roberts thanks her long-time girl friend. is it still big news when a network anchor comes out? oh! progress-oh! [ female announcer ] with 40 delicious progresso soups at 100 calories or less, there are plenty of reasons
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this is hardly a shock, but robin roberts has told the world she's gay. the anchor who has been battling cancer made 2 disclosure in a facebook post saying i'm grateful for my entire family, my great girlfriend amber and friends. president obama chose roberts for the 2012 interview in which he announced his party for same-sex marriage. >> mr. president, are you still opposed to same-sex marriage? >> i've been going through an evolution on this issue. >> it's not being worked out on a state level. we saw this tuesday in north carolina. the 30th state to in essence ban gay marriage. >> robin roberts seems to have caused a ripple.
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with reat the point where these no longer cause a ripple in news? >> it depends on the news week. but i think it speaks well with the country that a lot of people go, oh, neat, moving on with my christmas shopping. and i like when people sort of drop it in conversation. zachary quinto dropped it when you're in an interview and everybody sort of goes, what? >> it's a parenthetical clause. >> yes. >> let me play with you some comments by cnn anchor don lemon and he came out several years ago and he addressed where he hadn't done it sooner. >> i didn't do it sooner because i was afraid of losing my livelihood. i was afraid that you would no longer watch me. >> is that still a realistic fear? i mean, a lot of people assumed robert roberts was gay just like they assumed anderson cooper was gay. but if you're part of the broad spectrum of america, is that a
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realistic fear these days? >> it depends on who you are. it was interesting because it shows how far we've come in two years, which is that he came out in a memoir. there was a publicist coordinating the rollout. it was treated like a major, major announcement. this time it wasn't quite ellen degeneres on the cover of "time" magazine, but it was still treated with great car and it shows how much the country has evolved. one last thing i want to say about duck dynasty is half of on our country still oppose easy gay marriage. but 59% of americans say they have no problem with gay relationships. they find them morally acceptable. so we've moved a lot. i think if you're an anchor in the deep south in a really conservative area, it could still be a problem. >> so if possible, sam champion, he came out. i don't know if gma is still number one or not, but is it
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possible it does turn off part of a key audience? >> no, i dish i think yes, it could turn off a certain amount of people. but it doesn't seem to make that many waves any more when you do come out. and it isn't the cover of people and it isn't this big rollout. it just sort of is. >> she was already gay. she's just sharing it with the world. but what about that interview with president obama, specifically she was picked by the white house so he could reverse his position on same-sex marriage. did she have some obligation to tell the audience that she is gay and, therefore, might have a certain view on this issue? >> absolutely not. what, if i interview the pope that means i have to say that i'm catholic? secondly, the story isn't about her. the story is about president obama's views and what he thinks about gay marriage. she would never get an interview with him again if she trumped him and said, oh, by the way, i'm gay. what do you think about that?
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>> some of the style is doing this and doing more casually and parenthetically is, look, i'm an anchor, i'm many things and this is not my entire identity, but i want you to know about it. >> as opposed to doing more in a major tv movie. >> this goes back to the phil robertsson and duck dynasty debate. there are a lot of people that say i don't necessarily agree with you on politics and gay marriage but i don't need to hear yao viyour views. >> there are a lot of people who might say, i'm going to become an activist and i want to tell you all the time. >> that is different than saying, hey, this is my personal life, i happen to be gay. >> although some did say this is a very positive outcome for the lgbp community, especially the ones of color because they are not represented on television in the way that others are.
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>> and don lemmon was one of the first avenue can american tv personalities. thank you very much for stopping by this sunday. up next, the "new york times" under fire for an investigative report on benghazi. but is the criticism politically motivated?
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the "new york times" is under fire under a 7,000 word piece on benghazi. is the story fair? it says neither al qaeda or any other group played a part on the attack and that it was fueled in large part over anger by an american-made video. but cairo's chief kirkpatrick said this doesn't support the initial claim that the assault was basically spontaneous. >> there's just no chance that
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this was an al qaeda attack if, by al qaeda, you you mean the organization founded by osama bin laden. >> some leading republicans denounced the piece as inaccurate for all but ruling our out al qaeda's involvement and fox news challenge major portions of the story. >> sources who continue to face threats of losing their jobs and thus remain anonymous sharply challenged the times findings telling folks news, quote, it was a coordinated attack. it was completely false to say anything else. it is completely a lie and, quote, guys were coming into the compound, moving right, moving left and using individual movement techniques. that's not a spontaneous attack. >> the times story says the attack was not spontaneous, but not meticulously planned. bill o'reiley noted while insisting the local extremist group involved in the attack had no ty toes al qaeda, the times did not mention a contrary
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assessment by the pentagon. some go further claiming it was attempting to help a former secretary of state. >> the reason that the times invested all the effort and time in this and put on the front page is precisely a way to protect the democrats, to deflect the issue, to protect hillary. >> i took issues with such arguments on the oh lily factor. you don't have your cairo bureau chief spend months on the story, which by the way didn't mention hillary clinton at all, on a likely presidential candidate two years from now. >> oh, you're kidding me pup actually believe this story is a serious piece of journalism when you leave out the central pennant of what you're trying to say, no al qaeda involvement? you leave out the assessment of the pentagon and you're telling me that's serious? >> by the way, editorial page editor andy rosenthal scoffed
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saying there was no conspiracy of any kind because i knew nothing about the article until i read it on the paper on sunday. here is my take. the details of what happened that nice are murky, but there was an ambitious report over several months to piece together what happened. if it was wrong or incomplete or misguided or failed to see terror links that other believe are established or if kirkpatrick set out to vindicate his earlier reporting on benghazi, all that is fair target for criticism. the charge that the times deliberately set out to help hillary clinton ignores the fact that the story still makes the administration looks dangerously unprepared for that attack. i see no evidence that a foreign correspondent would spend so many months to help a likely presidential candidate two years from now. coming up, a new poll has
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even more bad news for the media. why are so many people down on the news biz? that's next.
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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. happy sunday to you. we're live from america's headquarters. president obama is back arriving at the white house moments ago with his daughters, sasha and malia. they had that two-week vacation in hawaii. and the president's return comes after the obamacare implementation ends ahead of a bus is he week. lawmakers prepare to battle over unemployment benefits for millions of americans. and the deep freeze, you probably are feeling it. it's almost here. more is on the way. millions of folks in an area stretching from the midwest to new england, even the gulf coast are bracing for a historic freeze. it hasn't been seen in some 40 years. the frigid air expected to last until early next week.
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temperatures could drop as low as 25 degrees below zero. in states like north dakota, that is, my friends, without the windchill. i'm jami colby. see you top of the hour on fox. it's hardly breaking news that the public has soured on the media, but latest figures are truly sobering. 80% of americans believe tv reporters are dishonest and unethical. that puts them barely ahead of car salesmen and politicians. joe, what accounts for this massive vote of reporters? >> we have to go back to a 2013 report that pugh did, pugh research. and it talk about how cable news in particular is becoming more opinionated. cnn does 46% opinionated. fox is in the middle, 55%. so you have reporters out there
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not only giving you the news, but perhaps giving context he, perspectives and opinions. and when you have a polarized society, what we're seeing is more mistrust in reporters because they may be giving abdomen. that the audience may not like. >> so, for example, when msnbc and fox spend a fair amount of time sniping at each other one think this discredited the whole business? >> exactly, because they may be trying to push a narrative. if you don't agree with that narrative, maybe some mistrust is coming as a result. so i think that's one part. i think another part is media watchdogs and the emergence of news busters, news matters, media ice, mistake that's used to be missed are now being magnified. it's a reporter's worst nightmare because a million people are going to see it that missed it. >> well, it's healthy, i think,
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for there being millions of watchdogs. >> is irony is that some of these watchdogs like news busters goes after liberal sites. so they may be pushing a narrative, as well, even though they're supposed to be honest brokers in these types of situations. howie, i think the biggest reason is with all the mistakes that we saw this year starting with the boston bombings. >> so you had cnn reporting an arrest that didn't exist, that had not taken place. more recently, you had "60 minutes" having to apology guise for a benghazi piece. you talk about polarzation, you had the apologies and resignations of the people like martin bra sheer and alec baldwin, msnbc. how important is that? >> sure. let's be clear with boston, by the way, the associated press made a mistake there. boston globe and fox news reported an arrest that did not happen.
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cnn was more nag magnified because they were more seen as a place for breaking news at that time. >> and the others were online. basically, if one news organization makes a mistake, it does tarnish everybody else because people who don't obsessively follow this say, well, you can't really trust any of them? >> exactly. and i think "60 minutes" was, too. lara logan had a full year to vet her primary witness and it did not happen. people say this and they say, can i trust what i'm saying? then they look at the messenger, i can't trust maybe the message or the messenger. that's a trend we saw in 2013, more opinions leading to more mistrust. >> right. and i agree with you that "60 minutes" being a franchised representation, that kind of high profile mistake gets noticed a lot more. >> sure. now, in your media column you offered a bunch of predictions.
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i want to get the videotape in case you're wrong. you said this in 2014 chuck todd replacing david gregory at meet the press. of course, nbc recently signing david gregory to a new contract, not recently, but not that long ago. are you saying you wish chuck todd will get the job or you think that he might? >> i think "meet the press" is now at a 20-year low in terms of the demo. i think it constantly trail face the nation. with all the cuts that is being talked about in terms of washington, that show may be cut altogether is what i'm hearing. joe scarbourough, maybe take the senior white house correspondent chuck todd and put him in the place of david gregory. >> no way meet the press goes away. i agree. >> jay leno, who does his last "tonight show" next month, there's fog to be a cable show?
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>> i think given the past relationship with mark zuckerberg, i can see jay leno going to cnn. fox is going to have a say in that, fox tv, as well. who gets jay leno's services? >> all right. the fun about these predictions are maybe they're going to come true or maybe a year from now we play the tape. >> thank you. ahead on media buzz, american journalist review is done. we'll find out whether she can make it in the digital world. well another great thing about all this walking i've been doing is that it's given me time to reflect on some of life's biggest questions. like, if you could save hundreds on car insurance by making one simple call, why wouldn't you make that call? see, the only thing i can think of is that you can't get any... bars. ah, that's better. it's a beautiful view. i wonder if i can see mt. rushmore from here.
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sdwloo there was a time when the weightiest media criticism appears in the journal review. but the review has fallen on tough times. i spoke with the lucy and now the review's publisher. lucy dalgish, welcome. >> thank you. >> american journalist review was published for years and now it's a website. many people would say that's a failure. >> oh, no. many would say it's a new opportunity. the old model failed, no doubt about that. there was very little subscription or advertising revenue coming in.
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>> and a lot of magazines failed in the sense that they couldn't sustain that model. >> it was always a little bit different, though. you know, american journalism review and columbia journalism review had a fairly sizable philanthropy component to it, funding from foundations and individuals who wanted to promote journalism criticism. >> and why wasn't that enough to sustain it as a magazine? >> i think what the funders were telling me was that they wanted to see it evolve and change with the times. it didn't come out quickly enough. these days, if you wait even a week to respond to a major issue in journalism, you're behind the times. >> so coming out six times a year as you did for many years just looks like forever. >> forever. >> but what i liked about american journalism review were the sort of deep, well reported, well researched, a lengthy examinetions of media failures.
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you have an interesting piece online about robot writers. i much prefer my writing come from human sources. but the pieces are much shorter. >> they are much shorter. >> so it seems less ambitious. >> no, i disagree with that. the old model, we knew how to do it. we had a formula for doing it. it was longer stories done by professionals, edited by professionals. >> and what's wrong with that? >> there is nothing wrong with that. but we are a state university. we have an educational mission. the magazine is owned by the university of maryland, phillip merrill college of journalism. and the philanthropic funding wasn't going to be there and wasn't going to be sustainable. and rather than let this very valuable property just sort of fly off into the sunset, we sided, what have we got here? we have an opportunity. these days, journalism education is about having your students doing journalism the moment they
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walk in the door. and we have been able to bring the magazine into the curriculum. we can use our very experienced outstanding faculty. >> right. and that also speaks to that phrase that i hate so much, business model. because if you've got ought these bright, young students who contribute to the american journalism review, you don't have to pay them. >> we can pay some of our contributors who were professionals, we can pay them small, modest stiepends. but they are getting incredible experience, they are getting national exposure which is something ten years ago they could never have gotten. >> absolutely. but as i as a consumer of media analysis, should i feel that i'm getting a will say less sophisticated version? these are kids. >> no. you're getting what the entrepreneurship world in journalism is going to look like from the perspective of someone who is 20 to 23 years old, a digital native. i can tell you after being at
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the university for about 18 months now, they think differently than you and i do. and they are -- >> why are -- >> they are wired differently. >> even with this army and fusion of young talent, how does agr compete when millions of people can deliver their verdict of the mainstream media on twitter and everything else? >> because we've focused on digital innovation. we can narrow on ways you can be purely in journalism. we did some studying and decided that there's not a lot of competition in that particular space. we're going to continue to push some pieces. we're looking for opportunities to showcase what's going on, not just at the university of maryland, but we have pieces about what they're doing at the university of nebraska with drone journalism. we've got a piece in there on using google glass to report in journalism, i think, using
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research from a professor in california. >> so you're tapped into the whole academic world? >> we've tapped into the entire journalism research world. we're looking forward to it. >> thank you very much. >> you're very welcome. this is a fox buzz alert, literally a buzz alert with colorado having legalized the use of marijuana on new year's day. the denver post has launched a blog called the cannabicannabis. there are all kinds of stories where tv shows have featured pot related pots and the critic writing when he smoked it, i could string together concepts like shocks before shoes but by the time i made it to the shoes, where had the socks gone? and there are interviews with marijuana store owners. >> when you come in, you want to ask for the type of bud you want. and any one of our bud tenders can help you determine what you
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want to have. >> i guess the denver post is covering what's now an important product and a legal story. but the tone sure sounds like the paper is promoting pot use. "new york times" columnist david brooks and washington post on columnist ruth marcus had to wrestle with the fact that they spent time indulging when they were younger and they've gotten beat up a bit on line for that bit of disclosure. after the break, what happens to your facebook account once you pass away? should family members be allowed to control it? our digital download is next. suffering from the flu is a really big deal. with aches, fever and chills- there's no such thing as a little flu. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. prescription tamiflu attacks the flu virus at its source. so call your doctor right away. tamiflu treats the flu in people 2 weeks and older whose flu symptoms started within the last two days.
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before taking tamiflu tell your doctor if you're pregnant, nursing, have serious health conditions, or take other medicines. if you develop an allergic reaction, a severe rash, or signs of unusual behavior, stop taking tamiflu and call your doctor immediately. children and adolescents in particular may be at an increased risk of seizures, confusion or abnormal behavior. the most common side effects are 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.
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time now for our digital downloads, become ago dilemma in this social media age, what happened to your g-mail or
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yahoo! or facebook account when you pass away? >> the trend now is for loved ones to continue these pages as a deceased. facebook alone has about 3 million accounts inspect is a big problem. >> i never really thought about this. >> facebook has become the world's largest site of these memorials. and i think it's very touching for family members and friends to have a page they can visit to remember the person who passed away. but not everyone sees it that way. and the rules are complicated. >> well, the rules are very complicated. there's an electronic xhoou communication privacy act. however, each state has its individual laws. if you look and you're living in indiana, idaho .oklahoma, you can include social media in your will. that's what a lot of people are doing. they're putting their passwords, all of their accounts into their will so that the executer of the will can then access their accounts as if they were that person. >> but if there is no such instruction in the will, facebook's policy, as i
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understand it, is that sensitive information is removed and then a family member, next of kin can present a death obit. but then the privacy restriction is to family only. >> but facebook has gone to court to oppose families being able to do this. yahoo! says absolutely no unless there is explicit permission in the estate plans. hotmail says no passwords, we're not giving you that. but we will give you disks of your e-mail. so it gets so confusing. if you're on four or five different e-mail sites and you've got social media accounts, some people -- i don't know if you do, but some people want to be able to get into the deceased's accounts. >> i think i wouldn't want it to span vishish because it's a timeline and a report with lots of photos and comments over the years. even though i wouldn't be around to worry about it, i would like to think that somebody would care to visit it. but why would facebook go to court? does it have anything to do with the business?
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>> i think so. their whole model is advertising based. if you aren't going to be selling to dead people, if you have all these deceased accounts -- >> but their friends and loved ones will see the ads. >> but number two, think about the team of people that it's going to take to deal with all of these requests from all of these different families who want access to accounts. you have to have a business unit almost to deal with all this. and i think the real issue, howie, comes down to the fact that this is sort of a patchwork of your life. many people, including the younger people, live their lives online. it would be something that their parents or their friends would want to see. >> i was struck by a guy named scott millen who says nancy's facebook page is a virtual cemetery and people can laugh and cry together when they go there. still to come, you know those dumb stories that we in the media send so much time talking about? we'll vote on which one was the
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time for some of your top tweets. melissa harris-perry mocking mitt romney's adopted black grandchild. creates the environment in which deplorable behavior is incuraged and thrives. of course, she did apologize. lewis wrote i was not personally offended, but the comment was in poor taste and mean spirited towards the child. joseph, i am not personally offended, by the comment wthey were making usual lab point on gop.
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dave pots, i honestly could care less who comes out. anchor, actor, talk host, my neighbor. none of my bes. which story in 2013 did the media waste the most time? was it the crack smoking mayor rob ford? >> [ bleep ]. [ bleep ]. [ bleep ]. >> i'm sorry, that was funny. i mean, yes, we wasted time, but he's -- that was hilarious. >> you know what? he's running for re-election and he has the support of 100% of american journalists. internet enthusiast anthony weiner. >> as i said in the past, these things that i did were wrong and hurtful to my wife. >> please. disgrace polls, i'm done. >> he was a factor in the new york mayor's race. >> he wasn't, never was going to be. >> beyonce's lip syncing at the president's inago ragz?
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>> did she fake it? if so, why would we care? >> she was lip syncing. >> did beyonce fake it at the inago ragz? >> who cares? what is she supposed to say in the middle of the inauguration, excuse me, mr. president, i am not doing this live? miley cyrus twerking her way at the awards show? >> i didn't want my kids to see this. i was so sick of how the media played it. >> you were? >> really? >> you didn't think it was a cultural story? i didn't, either. >> no. and phil robertson who was suspended and unsuspended by a&e. >> they are inso lent, arrogant god haters. they are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are routeless. >> that was a hot button story. but it raiseded questions about free speech and -- >> who do you vote for for the
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biggest time waster? >> anthony weiner, no question. this is a guy who had his minute in congress, who blew it, who had a huge scandal. tried to rehabilitate himself, blew it again. >> because he hadn't stopped the behavior that he said he -- >> please stop paying attention to him. >> you don't want hif to have a talk show? >> i'm done. what about you? >> one of the reasons weiner got so much attention is because of lots of people who mistake mistakes online. my number one vote, drum role, please, would be miley cyrus. you know why? there was no redeeming cultural issue here. everybody used the occasion to put that video up and the one with her on the wrecking ball so they could play it again and again. >> that's true, but this isn't your person. i don't think you sit around and watch miley cyrus or listen to her, do you? >> i don't. it's not my person and i don't want to see any more of her. that's it for this edition of media buzz. i'm howard kurtz. continue the conversation
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online. give us a like on our facebook page. check us out on twitter, as well, and on our home page. we are back here next sunday morning, 11:00 with the latest buzz. growing fears of an al qaeda resurgence in iraq. islamic militants taking over two key city necessary that country's strategic province, including falluja and ramadi and reports this morning say the al qaeda flag has been raised. an islamic state in that province now declared, islamists reportedly gaping ground in several other iraqi cities. hello, everyone, on this sunday. welcome to america's news headquarters. >> i'm jami colby. the increased violence we're telling but started late last week. now it seems that the situation is quickly unraveling. speang

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