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Howard Kurtz

Host, FOX News’ Media Buzz; Best-Selling Author of Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth

One of America’s most respected media analysts, Howard Kurtz turns his critical eye toward Donald Trump, the press and a culture war that is changing the face of journalism.

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Media Madness: On Trump vs. the Press

Howard Kurtz is the premier chronicler of the defining political battle of our time, that between President Trump and the mainstream media. On his highly rated FOX News program and in his new book, Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press and the War Over the Truth, Kurtz holds both sides accountable for exaggerations, untruths, and sinking credibility. Having interviewed Donald Trump since the 1980s, Kurtz is well-wired inside today's White House and can address the behind-the-scenes intrigue and internecine warfare that has made this the most chaotic presidency of modern times.

In drawing on his long experience in challenging the media on bias, sensationalism, and sometimes outright hostility in covering the Trump White House, Howard Kurtz examines why so many journalists and pundits fail to understand Trump’s appeal and are losing public trust by repeating the historic blunders that marked their coverage of the 2016 campaign. In presentations to audiences, Kurtz considers the cost to society when, in the polarizing battles of the Trump era, the truth itself is up for grabs and neither side can agree on a common set of facts.

The Collapse of the Mainstream Media

The old journalistic establishment is dying from a series of self-inflicted wounds: arrogance, inaccuracy, blandness, and the failure to adapt to a digital revolution that is slowly strangling newspapers. A reporter who predicted that newspapers faced irrelevance in the early 1990s, Howard Kurtz offers a cold-eyed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the YouTube age and whether print publications can survive.

Meet Howard Kurtz

One of America’s most respected media analysts, Howard Kurtz turns his critical eye toward Donald Trump, the press and a culture war that is changing the face of journalism.

Howard Kurtz is the host of Media Buzz, FOX News’ Sunday morning media show and the No. 1 program in its time slot for four years, who has interviewed President Trump a half-dozen times in covering the escalating battle with those he calls “fake news.” He analyzes media and politics on such programs as Special Report and America’s Newsroom, writes a daily column for, and has castigated the media establishment for mocking, minimizing, and misunderstanding President Trump.

Kurtz previously hosted CNN's Reliable Sources for a decade and a half. A 29-year veteran of The Washington Post, he covered eight presidential campaigns and the fallout from war, scandal and impeachment. His New York Times best-selling book, Spin Cycle, is the first behind-the-scenes account of the Clinton White House political operation and how it shaped the news by manipulating, misleading, and in some cases, intimidating the press. He is also an investigative journalist who exposed the two biggest journalistic frauds of the last decade: Jayson Blair of The New York Times and Jack Kelley of USA Today. Widely recognized as the leading reporter in holding the media accountable, Kurtz functions as a kind of internal affairs cop. He explores questions of bias, blunders, sensationalism and celebrity fixation in the profession that loves to point fingers at everyone else.

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