Deggans to guest host CNN's media analysis show Reliable Sources on Aug. 25
The critic becomes the critiqued: I will be guest hosting CNN’s Reliable Sources on Aug. 25, joining a growing list of media critics who have led the cable channel’s media analysis show in the wake of longtime host Howard Kurtz’s departure.
On June 30, Kurtz hosted the show for a final time, capping a 15-year run at CNN before heading over to rival Fox News Channel. I appeared on that show, batting around topics such as the George Zimmerman verdict and Paula Deen’s use of the n-word with a panel of regular pundit experts, marking a good five or six year run appearing on the program as a guest.
This time, I’ll be the one flying to the show’s Washington D.C. headquarters to read copy from a TelePrompTer and quiz guests on the week’s media news. I’ll also be the first non-white guy to tackle this task among the small crowd of people who have led the show after Kurtz’s departure, including NPR media critic David Folkenflik, former CNN correspondent Frank Sesno and New York Times TV reporter Brian Stelter.
They leave big shoes; every one of those guys did great work filling in, especially Stelter, who -- like me -- is a print guy learning the ropes of broadcast in real time. It’s to CNN’s credit that they are willing to let experienced media reporters have the opportunity to lead the show week-to-week; I can only imagine how stressful it is for the producers to handle a stretch of newbies taking on their show.
If you have any suggestions for topics, guests or anything else, feel free to make them here. Hard as I’ll be working to equal the performances of the guys who have come before, I’m always open to suggestions for how to reach higher or do better.