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>> from los angeles, president obama who vowed to get out of iraq ordering elemented airstrikes again the militants overrunning the we country and killing christians. conservative critics are demanding more aggressive and liberals learning about mission creep as obama shifts the media strategy regularly taking questions from white house reporters as he did yesterday on the airstrikes and repeatedly in recent weeks. >> i wasn't going to take questions but let me respond to this question because i felt some of the stows were overcrank ed. >> hold on, guys.
hold on. i have been giving you questions. lately. >> is this strategy working? are the media holding the president accountable? why is the public losing confidence in the mainstream media? >> who in the room trusts the medicinia, in general? >> one, two, three, four are five. >> who does not? >> pathetic. >> we will ask where the reputation of the news business has sunk so low. >> why the obama administration barely puts officials on fox news, does the sunday programs still have the clout they once did? is nbc hanging david gregory out to dry in a conversation with chris wallace. i am howard kurtz and this is "media buzz."
>> a signature achievement, getting the united states out of iraq. avalanching airstrikes again the terrorists, he took questions from reporters to emphasize the limits of the decision. >> how do you assure american people we are not dragged into another war in iraq? >> i have been clear we will not have combat troops in iraq. we are going to maintain that because we should have learned a lesson if our long and immensely costly incursion in iraq. >> has this triggered the same familiar media debate the united states again being entangled in the problems in iraq? >> if you get in, get in big decisively now. if you go in, increment alley, you do not have the effect you
want. >> it will lead to no good. in 24 hours we have gone from, there are going to be linted airstrikes, this is no end date to the air strikes. >> examining the media coverage in minneapolis, is lauren ashburn. in new york, amy hall anchoring the hot list, and in los angeles, leslie marshall, fox news contributor. lauren ashburn how have obama shaped the knavive here? >> well, president obama basically gave an interview to the "new york times" saying he outlined the iraq policy, other foreign policy, and they put that on "new york times" website and, then, the white house aides briefed we reporters on background and a lot of what we call "ticktock" stories cake out in the "new york times" and the "washington post" the "washington post" and in
"politico" so they are trying to canvas everyone, get the word out. that is good for the media, good for the public. they should have done this a long tyke ago. >> i love all the identical details that come out like joint chief chairman getting in the limousine with obama and the president was laid if the george town dinner with michelle and details like that. >> remarkably similar. imagine that. are the media hawks now saying obama is doing too little and too late, are they in anyway out of touch with public opinion that is worried about getting immeshed in the battles of iraq. >> that was pressed on the editorial page but if you listen to the clip you just played of how the questions were framed to the president, how do you reassure the american people we
are not dragged into another war, that is loaded coming from the iraq war weariness, not national security. how do you reassure the people you will defeat the terrorists and as senator feinstein warned on friday, keep the terrorists from arriving bang on american soil. the media has buried and i mentioned senator feinstein, chair of the intelligence committee giving the president a hard slap about his report and we are not hearing anything on that the democrats have been harder than the media. >> why is it a loaded question, this is only one of several asked of the president yesterday when he did the press release on the we lawn at the white house, why is it loaded, and how do you find success, how do you assure the american people because he is saying this is not the start of another phase of the iraq
war? >> when the president stands up to speak as he did yesterday in addition to the song "deja vu," playing in the background this is on the minds of every american. also, it is a problem for the president. this is a man against iraq, a man who brought the troops home, a man who talked about the cost and we are not just talking about finances and dollars but human lives and this is a man who talked about the fact that iraq needs to take care of its own security issues and that is the end goal and the american people do need to be assured but it is a loaded question because this is an issue that is loaded with emotion. that is the difficult place for a president to be in because he has to deal with what is best with national security and assure the american public and the question was excellent to ask, because that is where america's minds are at.
ought mainstream media were slow to pick up or give much attention to the threat, the genocide threat of christians in iraq, and the conservative media have been warning about this for a time. >> you can see on the websites graphic images of issis and they are even beheading children and it goes back to the election when president obama was boasting that al-qaeda was on the run. the media accepted that uncritically, did not take the claim that was always bogus, and there were attacks on benghazi and north africa and al-qaeda was splintering and setting up franchises all across the middle east and rebound's claim, the campaign claim, the media accepted it uncritically. it comes as in surprise to the conservatives we are where we are, the liberal media are just
weighing up. >> i don't agree that liberal media are weighing up but they are harder on the president. i have to say, and give credit not just because i contribute that fox news has done an excellent job of talking about what could be a religious genocide with my background being half jewish and looking back to the holocaust you cannot ignore some an issue. >> i don't agree this is too late by the liberal media or not enough. it is almost like a dance and they are following the president's lead and criticized on both sides for always delaying when i feel this is a president who thinks before he reacts. >> and the broader media strategy, is president obama finally deciding he loves the white house press corps? >> "love' is strong and "like" is strong but he is tolerating the press corps. he made a huge mistake by not giving access to the press corps. he finally is realizing that.
that what we are see right now. he has had a terrible year and admitted early on he had disdain for reporters and didn't want to give interviews. now that he is, he is seeing some better headlines than he had been in the past. >> he certainly talked to the likes of we ellen and some of the big anchors but i wonder what are the reporters doing? are they aggressive with the new found access with the president taking questions six times if three weeks. >> it is the opposite. they have the ability, knowing they will get more access to the president than just once every three months or six months, they have the ability, now, to ask more thoughtful questions. they don't have to ask about the polls and the politics and the scandal of the week. they can draw down and that gives president obama the
opportunity to answer more substantively than he has. >> this is a guy, amy, who doesn't like being told what to do, go to the border, hold fewer fundraisers. is he calculating that the likes of ed henry and others will give him a fair hearing? he doesn't like to do what members of his party suggested, going down to the border. what a difference a 42 percent approval makes he realizes he needs to address the public and through the media. the pieces on iraq as you pointed out, so many of the same details, the white house spoon-feeding the story to the media and the media accepting it, again, uncritically. >> you are aware, amy, that every administration does background briefings. >> of course. >> this is not unique? >> no, no, no, it is not a
criticism of the administration. they are getting what they want. it is a criticism of the i media leslie said the media is in a dance with the president and the president is leading, that is not the posture position the media should be in. they should look at the president --. >> amy, we are getting more information, amy, out of the white house than we have been in the past and if the president is leading the dance, it is about time. he was following before and reporters were harassing him and trying to get any kind of information. >> hardly. hardly. i hardly call the media's treatment of president obama as harassment. >> a substantial point of view and questions that happen. yes, they were. jonathan karl went at the president. >> that is his job the he is a reporter. >> that is what i am saying. >> there have certainly been
loud complaints on the lack of access. leslie, in the last half minute, your side is depressed with "new york times" saying president obama is coasting, and slacking off. >> i wanted to jump in on not the cat fight, but, historically, presidents have had a lot and hate relationship with the media and george washington canceled a dozen subscriptions to publications. about time to use the media, president. when you have a low approval rating and a senate that can be flipped to senate, democrats, what are you doing? you need to report the facts but back your guy. >> let me get a break here, send me a tweet. we will read the boast messages at the end of each practice.
"the new york times" story on montana's democratic senator john walsh upended his campaign 19 days ago. the paper said the iraq war veteran had plagiarized a quarter of his thesis at the army war college. walsh denied ripping off the work of other scholars, then told the a.p. that maybe he had but was being treated at the time for post-traumatic stress disorder, then clarified to yahoo! what his doctor had said. >> he didn't he make that diagnosis of ptsd specifically?
>> he said there were symptoms of ptsd. in no way did any of that have anything to do with what i did at the army war college. >> and on thursday walsh ended his campaign for a full senate term. so amy holmes, have you gotten over your shock and surprise that a left-leaning newspaper just knocked a democrat out of office? >> ironic, since the -- him dropping out of the race has been as buried as his political career. look, if this were a republican, these would be screaming headlines and the entire republican party would be complicit in the senator's plagiarism. but you know what, howie? i think that this could actually be a -- >> wait, wait. i'm not going to let you blame the rest of the media. "the new york times" did a detailed investigation. does it deserve credit for taking on this democratic senator? >> oh, absolutely. absolutely. but the big news, which is that he's dropped out of the race, which could also affect the partisan leadership of the united states senate, really hasn't been covered. it's been buried. but i was going to say that i think this could be a feel-good story, howie because we know
that another politician who dropped out of a political race for plagiarizing is now vice president of the united states. where are those stories? >> okay. well, the same week, leslie marshall, that the "times" published this investigation, detailed investigation of senator john walsh, it also looked at new york's democratic governor andrew cuomo undermining a commission he abolished. what does this tell but "the new york times" approach to journalism? >> i think they're doing exactly what i learned in college journalism should do, which is report the facts. i mean, when you looked at -- when you look at the information and you look at the facts in both of these cases it's undisputable. even though i am a liberal, i'm a democrat, i want the truth. i want the truth even if it's going to have somebody pull out of the race. and quite frankly, i don't feel it's buried but i will say that there has been more about plagiarism, for example, than who's dropping out and how it affects the component of the senate. >> and lauren, what does this tell us about the way
reportersar o'publications that might lean one way or the other approach their jobs? >> hey, good stories cross partisan lines. and this was a juicy one. jonathan martin gets some kudos for digging up information that no one else had. and it does, as leslie said, go to what my profs said in journalism 101. if you have a v-8 moment, oh, my gosh, then it's a great story, and i think people respect that either way. >> right. i think it was a good example of taking on people of any party and you know, "the new york times" comes in for criticism of leaning left, and that's absolutely fair. i think we should recognize the importance of this story. leslie marshall here in los angeles. amy holmes in new york. thanks for joining us this sunday. when we come back, chris wallace on the clout of sunday morning talk shows and whether the broadcast networks have a liberal bias. and later, how big-time publications fool you by blurring the difference between news and advertising. 9m
chris wallace does battle every sunday with politicians who want to avoid answering questions. and in the ratings war against "meet the press," "face the nation," "this week," and "state of the union." and sometimes things get a little heated. >> if it's not political, why have you -- >> let me explain -- >> if i may, sir, if it's not political why have you -- >> that's not accurate, chris. >> the president never said you were going to have unlimited choice of any doctor in the country you want to go to. wait, no. he asked a question. if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. did he not say that, sir? >> he didn't say you can have unlimited choice. >> specifically yes or no question. did he say if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor? >> yes. but look, if you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor, you can do that. >> i sat down with the host of
"fox news sunday" back in washington. >> chris wallace, welcome. >> good to be here. >> it's no secret that fox is often at odds with the obama administration. does that make it harder for you to book top guests? >> sure. absolutely. this year, in 2014, we have had so far two guests from the obama administration. we had john kerry just recently. and not entirely pleasantly because he, you know, did the -- >> i'm going to come back to that. >> and we have dan pfeiffer in january. and no, it does make it harder. they don't have a war on fox. they're not boycotting fox. but they will put people on other shows and not put them on fox. >> and so what is the message there? >> well, the message obviously is they're not pleased with the coverage they get at fox. i will say as just a practical matter it was a bigger deal in the first couple years of the obama administration because they were making big news. their guests were big draws. that's not -- neither is quite
as true now. so while i don't mean to say we wouldn't like to have the secretary of state on, we can live without him. >> well, last time you had the secretary of state on you played a little clip from between tapings. john kerry was miked. he made some sarcastic comments about israel. what was the administration's reaction? >> oh, they were unhappy. by the time the show ended, and i came back to my office, i had an unpleasant note from kerry's press secretary. i had an unpleasant note from the white house press secretary josh earnest. my reaction is look, here is the secretary of state in a studio, cameras on, microphone on, didn't say this is off the record, didn't have anybody cut the microphone off, and making comments that were somewhat at variance with what they were talking about at the time, which is this tremendous support for israel. in fact, he was saying "hell of a pinpoint operation." my question is not why we did
it. it's why none of our competitors did it. >> what frustrates you the most about interviewing congressmen and administration officials when perhaps they're not being fully p responsive to your questions? >> well, i would say over time, and this was always true, but i would say they've gotten very good at talking points. they've gotten very good at their script. they come, in they have a series of things they want to say. and they're going to say them. one of the advantages, one of the joys of doing a sunday talk show is you do have time. it's amazing how quickly even 10 or 15 minutes -- >> but you can ask a second question and a third follow-up -- >> and interrupt just like you -- >> i was trying do that. >> that's exactly right. and oftentimes the first question is just a throwaway and you've got to listen to their answer and you've got to pick up on it and pick it apart. and so the follow-up and the follow-up 2to the follow-up. and even sometimes when you don't break through you've made it very clear to the audience he's not going to answer the question. >> are sunday shows less important than they used to be in the age of a million cable programs and twitter and
facebook and blogs? >> you know, i know that's the kind of going narrative. and maybe on the margins it's true. but the fact is millions of people tune in to watch the sunday shows between the original play on the network and the replay on the channel, we probably get 4 to 5 million people that are tuning in on sunday to watch our interviews that we either finish first or second almost every week in terms of total audience. and that's a lot of people. and it's a self-selecting audience. i mean, it's an audience of opinion makers, opinion shapers, people who are deeply interested in the news. >> that's why the shows are important and have relevance, because of the rather elite audience. >> exactly. and you look at the monday morning papers. not to say that that is our goal. i don't think it is. >> it's one gauge. >> but it does really indicate the degree to wit sunday shows can set the agenda for the coming week. >> you were the moderator a couple decades ago of "meet the press." there's a new round of rumors about david gregory perhaps on
his way out after the mid-terms. not so aggressively denied by nbc. how do you think gregory's doing, and how do you think nbc is treating him? >> i don't have much of a view of the first because frankly i don't have time to watch him. i have a very strong view of the second, which is i think it's lousy. we all are in this business. we all understand we don't have a right to these jobs. it's a tremendous privilege. on the other hand, i think we do have a right to be treated properly and not shabbily. and if you're going to get rid of david gregory, and i don't know that they are -- >> i don't know either. >> i don't have information. then they ought to just do it. but this kind of, you know, twisting in the wind. exactly. to use a cliche. it's unseemly. i think they either ought to say he's our guy, we're sticking with him or not but they shouldn't put him in this him beau. >> when you were at nbc and abc, did you see signs of liberal bias in the news divisions? >> you know, it's interesting. i don't know that i was aware of it because to a certain degree it was sort of in the
bloodstream and i was part of the bloodstream. >> the culture you grew up in. >> right. but since coming to fox -- and i don't think it's, you know, that -- i think that you see things from the outside you that you don't see when you're on the inside. and it's not like the head of nbc and abc and cbs are all ganging up together and meeting at 4:00 at the 21 club and deciding, what's the lead going to be that day? but when you see the coverage of certain things, gay marriage, for instance, i think gay marriage is portrayed as a civil right and that to the degree that gays have more rights that's a good thing. and to the degree that they have less rights it's a bad thing. and the fact is there is a legitimate other side. i don't think you can simply say it's a cause for celebration. i have my own views of it. you have your own views. but there are a lot of very -- people, you know, who have good faith and good standards who feel the other way. and i think that's an example of
something that there's very much a liberal bias on. >> and their views of course should be reflected in the coverage as well. since your dad was the late and legendary mike wallace, who i had the privilege of interviewing a number of times, when you grew up did you ever think you wanted to do something other than be in tv? >> yeah. i thought at one point of going to law school and being a lawyer. which isn't a totally different profession. but not being on tv. i thought about being in government service. having said that, i can remember as a kid that i used to hold my hand up like this and talk into the mirror and be chris wallace at the white house or something like that. so it was in the dna. >> we're happy that you have an actual microphone now to do that. chris wallace, thanks very much for joining us. >> my pleasure. up next here in l.a., frank luntz and a focus group on the media. how did our credibility sink so low? and later, why do news executives keep defending ads that are deliberately designed to look like their brand of journalism? end.
now back t "media buzz." >> why is public confidence in the media so low? frank luntz has been measures public opinion for a long-term. during a focus group, he turned the questioning from politics to the news business. take a listen. >> should we have faith in what we see and read? >> no. they bias. the mainstream media doesn't show what shows the president and democrats in a bad light, like benghazi and i.r.s. >> most things are not cough asked fox covers it, well, it is fox, we cannot listen so everyone hates fox because fox tells the truth and shows both sides. >> we have a balance. "washington post". we have the "los angeles times" and there is less and right meat, the media are outlets but there is a balance.
>> i am joined now by frank luntz. >> we got killed. what happened to the media's reputation? >> it is were happening everywhere and partly with the consumers. we doesn't want news to inform us but to affirm us. i ask people, what news network do you watch and i can guess whether they voted for president obama or mitt romney. that is not good. we need a system, we need a situation where people are willing to be challenged, where their beliefs are willing to be challenged. the problem is we do not agree on same facts or agree on same situation. >> are i sag the oughtups are more partisan and have more partisan expectations of the news audience they watch or read or download? >> it is affecting everyone. >> are people like you in part responsible in you came up with words and phrases to hell help elect republicans and make democrats on the defensive so are you part of the problem? >> simple question.
is the death tax accurate description of being taxed when you die in is it exploring for energy in what oil companies do in is it opportunity in education in terms of vouchers of school choice. if you believe the words i am using are not accurate you have a legitimate point. here's accurate descriptions is why the american people support it. back to the news needia, it is add an all-time low, television, newspapers and the web. the last fur years we have never seen numbers like this but so is public schools and our health care system, and our trust in cops. everything, now is low. i fear this will hurt us. >> a lot self inflected wounds from sensationalism to what people see as commissionive partnership and scandals and fabrication. they also ask the view of fox
news. >> who here trusts fox in who does not trust fox? >> i believe and no one wants to hear this, especially hear, but fox is just an extension of the republican party. >> i wanted to do that and i add glad you showed it because this network challenges itself. i have heard you challenge this network. it is important we are reflective, we think what we say and we do. >> could you have asked that question when you contributed at msnbc? >> the answer is, no. i used to tell a joke that got me in trouble, msnbc, the only news network with more letters than viewers in its name. my god, i can not tell you what happened. >> that is ungenerous. another clip from you on this question, fox comes up, msnbc comes up and show the viewers. >> when a major store breaks i go to fox, i go to msnbc and i get disgusted, i go to cnn and back to fox because that is the
truth the. >> you had some fox fans and you have people would think everything at fox is right and everyone else is wrong, and then someone thinks fox is a mouthpiece for the g.o.p. >> i was given one instruction when i joined this network, i had to have focus groups that looked like america. african-americans, latino, young, old, partisanship. that is why on fox you have people who do not like fox. in 2008 when i did focus groups with obama and john mccain all throw sessions had obama winning and fox still devoted six, seven, eight minutes to those focus groups. they have nothing to fear. i appreciate that. >> half a point before break. how much of the dramatic difficult klein in trust in news organization do you think is self-inflicted? >> we expected most. we have too high expectations. we are only human.
there are one or on like you who hold the media accountable. but there is not enough accountability or willingness to admit when you get it wrong. in the end there is not enough focus on covering the entire story, not just one set or another. i give it significant responsibility. in the end, it is our fault, too. >> admitting when you get it wrong and we all make important points. in a moment, why they are blowing out predictions on campaigns. >> john oliver accuses the media of practicing deception.
when eric cantor stunned the media and political world by losing his virginia primary in june, frank luntz didn't make excuses the next morning. >> honestly, and i'm one of them, we republican pollsters suck. we have no ability to be able to analyze the electorate. >> you included yourself in that indictment. >> because i've made mistakes too. i've never made this mistake. i've never made a mistake of 40 points. the fact is his pollsters should not be working in politics. his pollsters should not be hired by anyone. you can't get it wrong. howie, you can throw darts at a dartboard and come closer to the result than he did. >> shu have mentioned in that cbs interview that you've done some work for him, eric cantor?
>> people raised that as an issue. in this case evaluating the polling for the race did not seem to me to be appropriate -- or did not seem to require that mention. but i'm an open book. i get introduced as a republican. but i'm the one guy -- >> i think you should have because it just would have been leveling with the audience, hey, this is not some stranger. >> but the difference is i'm the one guy who will challenge my own party. i'm the one guy who will say that republicans aren't succeeding here. and i've seen that used by democrats. msnbc will often take my clips criticizing republicans as saying you see, here's proof. >> in terms of -- let's come back to this question of forecasting. 2012 election, where were you on whether barack obama or mitt romney would win? >> it was the single toughest decision of my life. i had specifically asked bill maher don't ask the question when i'm on his show. this is three weeks before. after the first two debates. don't ask who's going to win the election. the first thing he does is frank, you're the nostradamus of pollsters, who's going to win? and for one -- it seemed like
forever. i said to their approval barack obama. everybody applauded in the audience except for two people. >> well, a liberal audience. then what happened? >> i took a lot of crap. and i'm cleaning up my language here. i took a lot of crap on my iphone, in relationships. and it was even a challenge at fox because every fox prognosticator, many of them aren't on the network anymore, were all giving mitt romney the win. it just wasn't there. and what we have to do is we have to have the guts and the courage to stand up to our bosses and say, if it's not there, the numbers aren't there, tell the truth. look the audience straight in the eye and say i'm sorry, you're not going to like the conclusion but we have to tell i you the truth. >> you gave an interview to "the atlantic" in which you talked about being very depressed with politics after the 2012 election. to the point where you felt like it was hard to go to work in the
morning? >> i shouldn't have done the interview. and i'm going to be candid with you. after what i see globally right now, i feel almost as bad. look, these guys in washington, they don't talk to each other. they don't negotiate with each other. we're falling apart globally. our economy's not getting -- is not improving here domestically. it's a mess. and everyone's angry at each other, and we can't have this civil conversation. it frightens me about the future of america. >> it is a mess. >> it is tough to -- >> on that note of agreement, it is a mess. frank luntz, thank you very much for stopping by here in l.a. after the break, john oliver says major news outlets are deceptively making corporate ads look like real news. and he's right. our digital download is next.
and john oliver took over this segment open his show. >> ten ways to make your day more efficient and nine ways that cleaning is sponsor -- more responsible, and ways to die sponsored by b.p. not significantlyke. different from the previous two. >> it is not just news sites like this, but others feature native advertising and so does not not and "atlantic."
>> "atlantic," posted negative advertising for the church of scientology. >> it looks like an actual article that praises scientologist leader. >> this is the holy grill for advertisers and i am for them making money. that is what funds journalism, right in i have a problem with the labeling. they need to be very clearly labeled. in a last cases, they are not. >> this is scam. the whole ideal of negative advertising is to make the reader to think this is interesting. if it is labeled too clearly and a few sites do, the purpose is defeated. i know the sites have to make money, but come on. >> it is defeated. advertisers want to be in content.
no one is clicking on banner ads. give me a break. there was a study and the interactive bureau agency for advertising and what they said is 60 percent of people would looked at this stuff didn't know it wasn't done by journalists. >> it is easy to say, how dumb are these people? but if you including and surfing and doing it quickly --. >> if the label is small, people are not dutch, they just can't see it. >> if the label is really budget no one will click on it, that is the problem. >> what i found interesting about this is one ad executive said, john oliver's take down was really cruel because that means that native advertising as a form of making money is here to stay.
john oliver actually does a favor to native advertising. it does not have the effect he wanted. >> i would think he was being so critical everyone would rise up and be outraged. it is not just --. >> only dumb people, right? >> all the reputable organizations are running sponsored con content and native advertising and they have teams that help craft these things so they look like content that should go in "the atlantic." but it obliterates the wall we used to have between church and state. >> you cannot make money on when, the ad raids are -- rates are not as high and people's salaries need to be paid other they are going to be cut. >> on that points i agree. we need to find a way to pay for journalism online. still to come, your best treats.
cleveland says so many negative opinions from nonmilitary people. larry says cover large has a partisan spin as usual, but on the spin cycle. limited number of strikes, way too much coverage, not enough in facts. as you probably know rupert murdock has -- murdock was put off by a strong and hostile -- driving down its stock price. in our press picks, this media fail, president obama convened a sum milt of african leaders sh bike and that prompted this analysis from nbc's chris jansing. >> yeah, the fact that he's from kenya and the fact that when he was elected there was expectations on the african contin continue innocent that he would do great things for them.
>> i was just going to say that mistakes happen in live television like this and i bet she's her worst critic and she's beating herself up over making this kind of mistake. but the good thing is, in this news cycle that goes faster than you can blink, it's long forgotten, except for here, and now we'll just month on. >> we all make mistakes, we will move on. that's it for this edition of media buzz in los angeles. check out our facebook page, give us a like, we're back here next sunday morning, 11:00 and 5:00 eastern, much earlier here in the west with the latest buzz. >> it's monday august 11th, 2014. while you were sleeping violent outbreaks across st. louis. thousands taking to the streets after an unarmed teenager is
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