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CNN's Reliable Sources: I'll be there Sunday

This probably won't seem as big a weekend programming note as the return of Jon & Kate Plus 8 Monday night at 9 on TLC, but I'll be a guest on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday morning at 10.

The topic: the way channels that describe themselves as all-news, like MSNBC and Fox, have moved in the direction of all-opinion. I think I referred to MSNBC's Keith Olbermann as a "Bizarro Planet, cartoon version of Edward R. Murrow," but I am not sure. I tend to get rather agitated on this topic as readers of this blog know so well.

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But it's a serious matter with profound implications for our democracy, and I thought it was a sound and spirited discussion. Thanks to the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz for hosting it at his lively Sunday morning media salon.

The other panelists in the discussion are Matt Frei, anchor of BBC America's BBC World News and Lauren Ashburn, managing editor of USA Today Live.

Frei said he thinks the highly partisan trench warfare on cable channels can be a good thing for viewers in the sense of providing "catharsis."

I don't think I quite agreed with that either.

The hour will also include an interview by Kurtz with HBOs Bill Maher. I heard part of it in my earpiece while I was waiting for our segment to start. It had energy and edge, as Maher took no prisoners in talking about intolerance by liberals on anything remotely critical of President Barack Obama. And, oh yeah, Maher mentioned Jon & Kate, too.

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