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advice. that's it for today's house call. >> and don't forget you can follow both of the doctors on facebook and twitter. send them questions that we should use in our should i worry segment. i'm jami colby. media buzz with howie kurtz, right now. take care. on the buzz meter this sunday, a president who's disengaged from the business of governing. a president who didn't tell the truth about keeping your health plan. that indictment covering not just some conservative critics but from the mainstream media. is this a turning point for the coverage of barack obama and an indelible image he won't be able to erase or just a rough patch for the administration? plus, a conversation with barbara walters about "the view." why she's saying away from political stories. >> "the view" is a daytime show. a lot of on people do threat their news from "the view," but it's supposed to be
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entertaining, upbeat. i didn't think the shutdown was either entertaining or upbeat. >> and why she insists she'll finally hang it up. plus, jon stewart makes fun of me for suggesting his mockery of obama care actually matters. >> don't act like us making jokes about a certain program or president is evidence that that politician or issue has reached some kind of tipping point for action. >> nice try, john. why he's trying to have it both ways. i'm howard kurtz and this is "media buzz." if you had to crystallize the emerging media narrative about president obama to reduce it to its essence, it would be this
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opening montage from the oh lily factor. >> i don't know. i don't know. >> i'm not sure -- >> i don't know. frankly, it's not really something i followed closely. i didn't even know. he's indicated he was not aware. certainly i was not. >> but this is not just the president getting eviscerated on fox news. "the wall street journal" reporting that according to an unnamed senior u.s. official, obama didn't know his own nsa was spying on angela merkel and other american allies. >> the white house says the president did not know merkel's phone was targeted. >> is it conceivable? is it believable that the president would not know about surveillance of a head of state of a close american ally? >> then it was nbz's lisa meyers reporting on what the administration knew three years ago about the president's promise. you heard it over and over that those who liked their insurance could keep their plan. >> when you add those two parts together, you get more than 40%
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to 730% of folks in the individual market cannot keep their policies even if they want to and the administration knew that. >> obama for his part is saying some critics of the program are being grossly misleading. tim carney from the washington examiner and juan williams, a columnist for the hill and lauren ashburn are joining us. lauren, why are the media engaging this? >> i think president obama has lost the benefit of the doubt with the washington media and it started when the department of justice started spying on reporters. and i think -- >> and he said he didn't know. >> and then said i didn't know that it happened. and so now it's become the i don't know guy. the i don't know king as opposed to the person who is leaving the country.
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then it moves on to the bloggers, then to the media. one person reports that and it sets the tone for the rest of the media. >> tim carney, i can see you thinking i told you so. >> sometimes@of the on my friends are banging their heads against the wall even on obama care. we said during the debate, you are not going to be able to keep your plan. the point of this law is to outlaw certain plans. >> so you think the media is late to the game? >>. >> i think the media -- >> until the program takes effect, you can't be absolutely certain in advantage that it's goes to spin out. >> the cbo knew it would be 40% to 60% of the congressional budget. and the white house wanted to outlaw certain plans that they
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didn't like. that was the point of the law. >> isn't to a certain degree the piling on, the president is down in the polls and the portrait of the day is showing, depicting this president being out of the loop on lots of things? >> anytime you can see the king has no clothes, that's very good ford media because then it senses the media is in the forefront at the point of making news with a new analysis of this president. >> i wasn't expecting an x-rated image here. >> even in the analysis we just heard about health care, look, the fact is that it affect aes small percentage of market. it's 40%, 60% of 5%, so 95% not being affected. >> still different from what the president said because he didn't qualify the promise we heard again and again. >> but i think the big news here is the left turning on president obama. and every time the left does this, and they've done it before, it makes news. and it's particularly newsy because we live in such a pol polarized environment.
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>> lauren, some of these scandals blow over. is the press now, though, changing president obama's image in a permanent way for the rest of his term and the way that george -- and could it be a replay of george w. bush never being able to recover from the be backel of katrina? >> president obama has been seen up until maybe this year into his presidency as someone who is detail oriented, cerebral, speaks in paragraphs as a college professor would. and now, as i said earlier, he's become the i don't know leader. and as president bush with katrina, he was the decider. and then what happens? then we had that shot that the white house released from the helicopter of him sitting in a cushy chair looking down on katrina, seeing the millions of people who no longer have homes.
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and then he said something about the head of the emergency management agency. heck of a job, you're doing a heck of a job, brownie. when it was a complete disaster. moefts moments like this in presidencies can define the second term. >> i want to pick up about the partisans on both sides. let's take a look. these are not just people on the left or the right. let's take a look at what ed schultz had to say on msnbc. >> i think that network reporters throughout the entire industry may be caught in a dilemma that obama care is so positive, i think that network reporters and people on tv are having a hard time saying something nice about it or positive about it because they might be viewed as journalistically compromised. >> tim carney. >> i think that's what laborious. i think the fact that people
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were told, promised, again and again, you would be able to keep your health care plan and now they're not doing it, that this website simply does not work -- >> but let's pick on ed schultz directly. he says the program, i guess he would say it has some glitches, but eventual it's it's going to work well with for most people. but the media are afraid to say anything nice about it because they're -- >> no, i don't see that at all. i see the opposite that they're still playing he said she said too much when the verdict is so strong in one direction. >> no, i don't think so that at all. i think there are lots of liberals, and i think the media is liberal who are embarrassed. everybody put so much into helping and supporting and saying the republicans are trying to obstruct you and destroy you and fox news is piling on you. all of a sudden you roll out this thing and it doesn't work. what did you do, you big doofus? that's the big point. carter is the guy who is worried about the tennis court, a
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president who really talking about put on a sweater instead of deal with the economy, reagan is the guy who can't remember and has to have postcards. this could be this president's marker. >> the do on ofus analogy is not one i was expecting. >> i didn't say doo on fus. he did. >> people out there say the press is still in love with president obama. do you agree. >> i completely agree. go back to may of 2013 when the department of justice started the surveillance program. you know, they attacked fox news's james rosen and they said he could have been a criminal coconspirator, 20 reporters at the ap had their e-mails and their private phone records read. >> so you're saying this is stemming towards resentment towards the attack on the president? >> no, i don't think so it's just resentment. i think what's happening is that he is -- it turned the tenor of
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the media and it turned the tenor of the coverage. because all of a sudden, the president is attacking the media. but he says he doesn't know that he was attacked. >> that was a key moment, but i also think sort of if idea that the back and forth in the white house press room is not just sort of the standard political back and forth. but if jay carney is going out there and he's saying things that look like bald faced lies, these reporters just throw up their arms and say what were we doing? so i think the trust and honesty has been broken. >> the a ip this week said we can't even get honest pictures of this president. i think that plays in, howie, to something that is going on with the press in this town. we are managed to such an extent by the white house and everybody else. but this administration has taken it to another level in terms of media management and access to this president just about nonexistent. so i read this week they have some columnists in here and there, typically people
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favorable, very limited, very small. but is the president reaching out to the larger media? no. >> well, then you have front page analysis in the "new york times" where the buck stops, some see a bystander and even dana millback wants obama to know when did he know it? answer, not much and about a minute ago. and it's hard, just to briefly touch on this, the nsa spying, i thought maybe the president was engaging in plausible deniability. but for him to say he didn't know foreign allies were having their phones tapped, it can be hard to swallow. either he didn't know or he did know and he's not being totally forthcoming about it. >> and now we have to imagine he might be being dishonest because he knew you wouldn't be able to keep your health care plan. >> and he also knew a great reported piece by amy goldstein where this show a memo going
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from a white house consultant to an administration saying they're running the biggest start up in the world and saying that the economic team and the health care advisers lobbied for the president to appoint an outside czar with expertise in business and they didn't. >> they didn't have anybody who knew how to run this thing. this new book, "doubling down" is getting a lot of attention. the book itself was leaked to the "new york times" and washington post. now there are excerpts and it has this anecdote that everybody was picking up on is there was polling and focus groups down to see whether or not vice president biden should be dumped from the ticket in favor of hillary clinton. it was amazing to me -- it's a very good bit of reporting. what's amazing to me is why it was leaked from the obama white house knowing it would hurt joe biden. when we come back, all those stories about all those people losing their health insurance. are the media oversimplifying
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. interesting piece in politico saying despite the obama care screw-ups, there has been a calculated sabotage of republicans by every step. is someone in media trying to shift blame away from the white house on this? >> yeah. but it's because the media always says, we'll tell you both sides of the story, but they don't say, wait a second, this is being totally distorted. hold on a second. stop and think about how much energy and push the republican res putting in to try to stop
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this. think about the 30 governs who have set up exchanges. they've got groups of people going town to town like obama care is terrible. every republican hates obama care. >> that's not in dispute. but in terms of how we cover this business and they have to find new plans, shouldn't we include the fact that some people might end one a better deal? >> i think we should and we will, and i think the biggest problem has been that there hasn't been enough specification, all these plans being lost. so far, they're on the individual market and that is not being made clear. people who get their health insurance outside their employers. everyone is out there saying -- >> congratulation toes tim for telling the truth. he's embarrassed to support the president's plan, but he told
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the truth. >> take him at his word. all right. there's been a lot of stories about individual people who have lost their current plan, one by cbs's jan corcoran. i want to play a little bit of it and ask you about it on the other side. >> that includes 56-year-old diane barrett. last month, she received a letter from blue cross blue shield informing her as of january 2014 she would lose her current plan. she pays $54 a month. the new plan would run $581 more a month. >> now, i found that story to be over simplified, because the further interviews with diane barrett showed what she has now is a junk plan. it doesn't cover hospitalization costs. maybe that's what she wants, but she also could get into a plan that was maybe more expensive, but not ten times expensive, cheaper than she perhaps realized. what do you think of this whole approach of zeroing in on people
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like diane barrett? >> this is a simple go-to form. you take one person and use that person to highlight the problems. it makes for much better television. but i think we owe the viewers more than that and it's hard to do. it's so much easier to sit down and interview a person one-on-one and say yes, this is bad, and made it black and white. the "new york times" had an article this week where they had three people and they compared all three and plans and their detectables and how much they would want up paying more than their own plans. >> yeah, but you know what happens? the producers and all the media, they rush out and say gets somebody who is having a crisis and we'll blow it up. in many cases then, people go behind them and say this person is eligible for a subsidy and this person is getting a better
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plan. >> they're paying more, they're getting more, and sometimes they're getting less and getting things they don't want to pay for. you get this lush prescription drug plan when you would be happy getting the generic but you have to pay for the name brands is part of what happens under obama care. >> i agree it is fair to focus on this because of the president's claim you can keep your plan. but this is the heart of this base and instead it seems to me, well, you got kicked off your plan. you're going to pay more and not get into the sometimes confusing details. >> it's black and white. people -- you have to understand that all of these stories are not black and white. there are many individual stories out there that when put together can show the whole of the puzzle. >> i think the larger debate here, fully ignored by the media, is about, well, wait a second, is the status quo acceptable with so many people
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underinsured or uninsured, and where do we go from here? >> it's not compared to what it was before. lauren, tim, thanks so much for a wonderful discussion. up next, the british phone hacking trial is under way. i'll tell you why that matters. plus, an exclusive one-on-one sfwru with barbara walters and her career, her retirement and the success of the "the view." >> a lot of programs have copied us. i've tuned in and everybody is sitting around a desk and everybody is smiling and i think, "the view." so there i was again, explaining my moderate to severe chronic plaque psoas to another new stylist. it was a total earrassment. and t the kind of attention wanted. so i had a serus talk with my dermatologt about my treatment options.
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we are live from america's headquarters. the acutes gunman in the deadly shooting at l.a.x. now charged with the murder of a federal officer. 23-year-old paul anthony ciancia could be facing the death penalty. he shot the agent at point-blank range before opening fire on the crowd and returning to shoot that officer again. at least six people, including the suspect were injured in that shooting. and the obama care website back
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up and running for now. shutdown last night for what was called, quote, extended maintenance. the website has been plagued with problems since its launch on october 1st. meantime, embattled health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius will go before the senate finance committee next week to answer more questions. i'm jami colby and i'll be back at the top of the on hour for america's news headquarters. it's hard to believe, but barbara walters is in her final season at "the view." first at nbc's "today show." then at abc, co-host of 2020 and countless special and a woman who has interviewed presidents and prime ministers and every celebrity on the planet just about. but i think i've detected a change in tone in her highly popular daytime show, so i began with that when i visited the
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manhattan offices of "the view." barbara walters, thank you for letting us into your luxurious dressing room. >> with no window, yeah. >> nice curtains. >> we cover everything up with curtains. >> during the national melodrama over the national shutdown, obama care, i didn't see much of that on "the view." has washington gotten too boring? >> "the view" is a daytime show. a lot of people get their news from "the view," but it's supposed to be entertaining, upbeat. i didn't think the shutdown was either entertaining or upbeat. >> some people may have had it was entertaining, but it was anything but upbeat. you do breast implants, the kardashians, you did one on doing it on a first date. >> i don't remember that. certainly not talking about me. "the view" will take subjects on the news and people do watch it and if they haven't seen the news in the morning, they get
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their news. but that's not what the show is about. when i created it, it was supposed to be different women of on different opinions, maybe different generations getting together and talking the way you wish you could at home because you're too busy doing the dishes. it was not a news show, per se. >> but in the past, you've had a political impact during campaigns. >> we have. we've had the president on, we've been john mccain on, but it was not a political show. the fact that you can have a daytime show and do news worthy subjects, that was what was new. and also the fact that you could have women together and now we have an occasional man, the fact -- >> very nice of you to open up the gates for those of us of the other gender. >> every once in a while we try to give you a little something. but the fact that you can have
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primarily women discussing, arguing, disagreeing, you know, live, that's what was new about this show. and now a lot of programs have copied us. i tune in and everybody is sitting around a desk and everybody is talking and smiling and i think, "the view." >> i guess that makes you have to wor work hard he because you have competition in the franchise you basically created. >> i guessdy create "the view." but -- >> and now i turn you on and i see everybody from katie, ellen, oprah has her own channel, but in 1976, you became the first female coanchor of a news cast and you were miserable. >> well, it was not my finest time. i -- harry reisner, a fine news man, did not want a partner. a. b, if he was going to have a partner, he certainly didn't want a woman. so i had the distinction of being the first female network
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news caster, but i was a failure. and it was a terrible period in my life. i thought i was drowning with no life preserver. i was at that point a single mother. it was a very tough time. and it's taken a long time for a woman to be accepted as a news anchor. my wonderful friend, diane sawyer, is. >> i think you've bounced back very well. >> no, i'm okay. >> is there anything that bothers you about d.c.'s current dysfunctional culture or just the intensity of the criticism of president obama, whether you agree with him on everything or not? >> look, with the add vice president of cable, everybody has an opinion. what bothers me in a separate way is that there are no news magazines any more, except for
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"60 minutes." which is in a protected time period, which means you cannot put a drama opposite or a miss america opposite, you know what i'm saying. >> you were a staple on "2020" for so many years. "2020" is not the news magazine it was. it's much more theme and crime oriented and so on. the newsman magazine, per se, doesn't exist. so that the kinds of interviews that i did, i would probably put them on good morning america. we don't have the same programs and the same need for those in-depth political interviews that we did have. >> you say that was sad because it was your bread and butter. >> you could do it on your show. you were blessed. >> but is one of the reasons why you decided to move on from "20/20" because it wasn't the same show? >> it is why i -- >> are less political.
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>> i had done "20/20" for 25 years. and i did feel that from what i wanted to do, it was not the same show. and i have "the view" which gives me the opportunity to get opinions and do news stories. i've been on television forever. and i love it but i'm not going to do it forever. >> i'm going to save that for the kicker. >> i wondered when it was going to come up. >> you've had some turnover this season with joy behar and elizabeth hazardel beck moving on. is it hard to create a new panel because so much on your program depends on chemistry. >> the chemistry is good. the chemistry is different. inny mccathy brings such light and fun to the show. >> i was watching one morning when you said to jenny mccarthy, you brighten up the show, we love having you on. and it seems to me that you were responding to some of the criticism out there that she's
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not connecting to the audience. >> i think the criticism about her was unfair. and it had to do with personal views. >> her views, she's knot made no secret of advocating for "the view" is that most scientists think childhood vaccines do not kaut cause autism. >> i think that was a root of some of the criticism. it's not a discussion we've had on "the view." i chose whoopi goldberg to be on "the view. "on "and the chemistry on the show is important. it does have to -- it's not just four people arguing or five people arguing with each other. it's the different in the viewes and the difference in the things that we feel deeply about. and i'm very proud of the show. i think that it -- i think it was new. now it's being copied. that's great. but it still is -- it has its own distinction. >> is it a challenge for you when rosy o'donnell and joy
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behar leaves and you have to reinvent it with a new season? >> each one had its own place. and when i wanted whoopi, and i did, there were people who said no, no, she's not going to be right. and we should have so-and-so and so-and-so. so you take a chance. and i'm very proud of the fact that it did work out. and i think we've been a little daring. we started, as i remember, with meredith vieira and i think it -- i think it helped to make meredith the wonderful star that she is. t "the view" has been the bouncing off point for a lot of people. joy behar is no longer on the program, but joy has a whole career in standup. we have sherry shepherd on. she's absolutely wonderful. elisabeth hasselbeck left us and now she's on fox. so i'm very proud of the people that -- i mean, i didn't create them. did i help to launch them? yeah been and that makes me feel
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good. >> you're like a broadway producer. >> no, you know what? i have always been a big booster of other women. i have always worked with other women. and if i have any legacy, that's it. and i'm very proud of that. >> all right. i said i was going to safe this for the end. so you have announced to the world that this is your last season. was that related to some of the health problems you were having? >> no, no, no. no, my shelth absolutely fine. >> we're happy to hear that. >> and the operation i had was two years ago. and then i had chicken pox after that. at my age, that was pretty silly to have chicken pox. i want to leave while you still want to interview me. i want to leave -- >> i will always want to interview you. >> i want to leave when people will say, i will miss her. i don't want to be on so long that they say, is she still on? and you sort of have to know whether to go. this doesn't mean that i won't maybe produce something. this doesn't mean that i will never do a television show.
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but i -- i just felt it was time. i have no regrets about that. i feel okay about that. >> you still love to do it. but i'm thinking, you know, come the spring, you're going to be having so much fun and you're going to say, well, maybe one more season. >> no, i -- you know, i remember -- and i love frank sinatra. and i remember that he wasn't going to sick any more, and then he did. and then he did. and then heand another and anot. i don't want that to be me. when i go, i will go. will i ever do another program? sure. will there ever be another opportunity? i feel great. okay. but i don't want it to be she's still doing it, she's still grinding it out. that's an unhappy feeling for me. >> so this is the swan song. >> yeah. >> barbara walters, thank you so much for sitting down with us here. >> my pleasure. thank you. barbara is no frank sintara.
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fodder for "the daily show." >> if you've lost jon stewart, you're in deep trouble. >> even jon stewart this week taking shots at obama care. what impact does that have on the whole public dialogue? >> what impact does me have on the public dialogue? >> i guess it is very significant that even jon stewart, even jon stewart has turned against us. i can't recall even jon stewart ever doing that before. >> okay. it was funny, but this is a neat little game that stewart plays. he wants to be a cutting edge media and political critic and he's good at it. but if you say he's having an impact, he's saying, mwha? i don't think so. >> making fun of something is nothing new for us. so don't act like us making jokes about a certain program or president is evidence that that
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politician or issue has reached some kind of tipping point for action. >> the point is this, don't you use our jokes as evidence that the thing you hate must be stopped. because i'm sure when we joke about [ bleep ] you like, you're more than happy to ignore it. >> jon stewart making fun of obama care was a symbolic moment, the same with snl mocking kathleen sebelius. but these things matter. do we in the media overuse them these clips and oversimplify the issues? we're guilty. but keep them coming, jon, and oh, this is my good side. ahead on media buzz, kids are getting hooked on media devices and some of them are only babies. that's next. is of a better futu, a confident retirement. those dreams, there's just no way we're going to let them die. ♪ like they helped millions of others.
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anyone with young kids knows they spend a lot of time on the ipad or at this pod or stealing your i phone. >> that's right. but now a new survey finds that 72% of children under 8 have used a mobile device. and that's doubled in two years. the figure is 38% for children under 2. look at this cute little of pediatrics say no child under the age of 2 should be on phones or playing with computer devices. >> i hereby invite every member of the american academy of pediatrics to come to my house at 2:00 in the afternoon when there is no nap. it is very hard not to let kids watch a video or play a little game even if they are 2 or 3 or 4. i am not sure that there is such great harm that can be over done. >> well anything can, like watching television and there
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are rules how young children should be to watch television as well. >> the same study by common sense media say 7% use a mobile device daily. when i grew up it was like tv is going to rot your brain. it is a much more passive activity jie. did it? >> well, the jury is out. >> it is a much more passive activity at least with an i-pod. you can actually engage children in education. >> they are low cost and they teachers and letters and teachers and numbers and shapes. i think those are positive. >> i am not saying if kids are staring at screens whether it is an i-pod screen or television screen it is a good thing. there is a thing called outside as in let's go play outside. >> which many kids don't do. >> we seem to be converging on the notion that it is okay. it has an educational value, but you can go way overboard
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and use it as a baby-sitter. >> which i think is what you said you do. i don't condemn you. >> on rare occasions. >> you said come 2 a.m. or 2 p.m. >> my daughter has learned a lot from the i-pod. >> and so has my 5-year-old. here is what i find rep rehencable -- repre hencable. safe zones when your child enters or leaves an area. this is not just kids using iphones. i am talking -- >> spying. >> spying on your kids. iphone spy stick mobile spy and it is software you can follow your kids in realtime. >> i would agree that parents need to be informed at what their kids are doing on-line. on-line can be a dangerous neighborhood. these new apps that let you -- basically it shows you don't trust your child. it monitors where they are going. >> there are kids who are troubled and parents are
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trying to keep them from going down the wrong path and who could benefit by this? >> you just said it is reprehensible. >> it is for kids just going about their jobs being kids. but if you have troubled children this could help get them on the right track. tas where you and i -- that's where we disagree. >> so bottom line there is a benefit that the experts ignored in a society the kids are using the devices. >> one thing we didn't talk about is obesity. kids who spend time in front of computers and x boxes and gameboys or whatever all those things are really do have a higher incidence of obesity. they can be exposed to inappropriate con at the present time. content. it could lead to attention problems. >> these are multiple causes. your new column, people make nominations of favorite tweets. >> tweet me at lauren
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ashburn. we showcase them on fox >> your best tweets jimmy kimmle says he is sorry and matt lauer as you have never seen him before.
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here are a few top tweets. i talked if the media is going over board with president obama. one tweet, over board though he may not have the dc belt way mentality. is that how the media is describing him? i don't see a generalized treatment. it seems all over the place. just carl, how about liar pretending to be disengaged with the scandal and failure. oh wait, media never does that. and paul graves, reporting on obamacare and dumping of people from plans has been awful.
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i don't know about you, but i don't get my health policy analysis from suzanne somers. she rips obamacare as a upon ponzi scheme. it had just three problems or flubs that had to be corrected. socialized medicine like lenin is widely disputed. and the journal says we can't confirm that. and a 2008 cover of mcclain's magazine that summers says a horse can get better health care than you. well that was a dog. i like suzanne somers, but she better hold on to her day job. comedians get a wide birth, but this was over the line in a mock debate on jimmy kimmle's show. one kid said we can solve the debt crisis by killing everyone in china. wow. did nobody think this is offensive? this show is taped and it could be edited out.
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abc apologized and kimmel did the same. >> i thought it was obvious i didn't agree with that statement, but apparently it wasn't. i'm sorry. i apologize. it was not my intent to upset. >> i'm sure it wasn't his intent. finally matt lauer has been trying to boost ratings of the second place "today show" but has he gone too far? >> i asked matt lauer about impersonating pam anderson for halloween and he said after dressing like a woman three times it is getting harder and harder to explain to my wife and kids. >> looked like he is having a little too much fun. everybody is showing that image. >> he looks great, but he was no carmen electric trough. she made an appearance and looked 15 times better. >> that's it for media buzz. let's continue the con conversation on twitter.
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go to our facebook page. we respond every day to your comments, questions and criticism. we are back next sunday morning with the latest buzz. hello i'm eric shawn and welcome to america's news necks. >> we are learning that millions of folks who were dropped from their insurance plans in the wake of the health carrollout and are -- health care rollout are creating a new pact calling themselves the quote, obamacare losers. >> and john kerry wrapped up his visit to egypt. they said their relations with the u.s. were in turmoil. was his visit enough to ease some of the