Is The Media Complicit In The Amount Of Attention Given To New Hampshire & Iowa? After this week’s meltdown at the Iowa Caucuses, more voices are questioning the first-in-the-nation status of that state and New Hampshire. Some critics say the media plays a role in the two states’ stranglehold on presidential elections.

The White House Locks Out CNN: CNN was left out of the pre-State of the Union press briefing this week, which didn’t seem to bother other media outlets. Compare that the British press, which recently walked out on a government briefing that excluded some journalists.

Journalists Debate The Super Bowl Halftime Show: In a week of heavy political news, it was the Super Bowl halftime show that riled up journalists. Some thought it too racy, while others called it vibrant and empowering.

Washington Post Cracks Down On Another Reporter Over Tweets: A week after the controversial suspension of Felicia Sonmez for what some considered an ill-timed tweet, it came out that Post editors also gave award winning reporter Wesley Lowery a stern warning last year over his tweets.

Rants & Raves: 02/07/20: The panel reviews this week in media.

On this week’s edition of Beat The Press, Emily Rooney was joined by former CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian; Joanna Weiss of Experience Magazine; Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University; and Jon Keller of WBZ News.