RELIABLE SOURCES: Mid-November and Still Testing

November 10, 2013

Nice to see Eric Deggans back in the host chair today.

After a round robin match that feels like a prolonged version of “The Three Bears” with one too staid (Frank Sesno), one too glib (Brian Stetler), one too brusque (Patrick Gavin), and others too uncomfortable (several), it’s time to find a fit. (Yes, I know that is more than three, but you get the point.)

Eric Deggans is still my favorite guest host in terms of his persona, story selection, and panelist selection, and David Folkenflik is my second choice for the same reasons.

Eric Deggans



September 15, 2013

Now I have a mental checklist and am actively comparing all of the contenders for a permanent gig hosting my weekly media fix on CNN Reliable Sources.

This morning Politico’s Patrick Gavin is doing a repeat turn as host.

There is a certain presence required to make the show work, and I still find Eric Deggans the strongest of guests yet to occupy the seat.  I always liked him well enough as a guest when Howard Kurtz was the long-time host, but Deggans really shines as host.

Time to call off the round robin (for some shaping up as a double round robin) CNN and offer Deggans the permanent gig.

Eric Deggans

RELIABLE SOURCES — The Diversity March Continues

August 25, 2013

As you know, I’ve been clamoring for more diversity among the hosts taking a turn on Reliable Sources, the weekly CNN show critiquing the media.  Last week the first woman host took a turn, and today the first person of color gets a shot.

I like Eric Deggans (formerly of Tampa Bay Times and soon-to-be TV critic for NPR), whom I’ve seen often as a panelist on the show when Howard Kurtz was the permanent host.  Easily, Deggans is one of the smoothest hosts tested so far, and he brings us one of the more interesting shows among those featuring rotating hosts.

Quibble?  Yes.

Having the first African American host on the show on this particular Sunday, one when the anniversary of the March on Washington takes center stage, and including analysis of the historic coverage of the Civil Rights Movement, examination of contemporary coverage of race in America, and a discussion of the film The Butler is a little like designating February Black History Month and March Women’s History March.

See what I mean?

Still, Eric Deggans is definitely a contender.  Wouldn’t mind seeing more of him, including weeks where the biggest media stories of the day are not situated around a landmark in the Civil Rights Movement.

He just might be my favorite guest host so far…

Eric Deggans