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April 20th, 2012
01:17 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Pallavi Reddy, CNN

On Monday, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced with two surprising first-time winners: Politico’s Matt Wuerker for editorial cartooning and the Huffington Post’s David Wood for national reporting. We’ll have the founder Arianna Huffington on to talk the evolution of the Huffington Post and how it has gone from a blog to a news aggregation website to original content reporting news site that wins a high journalism honor.

This week the Los Angeles Times published photos of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan posing with the dead terrorists. While this isn’t the first time the media has published controversial photographs of soldiers, the debate continues whether or not it’s the right thing to do. ABC News’s Bob Woodruff joins the conversation to talk about reporting in war zones and his recent reports from inside North Korea.

The likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been pretty quiet about his religion, but the media has been covering it from the beginning.  Romney believes it may be a part of a left-wing media conspiracy doing President Obama’s bidding. The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, BuzzFeed.com’s Ben Smith, and Current TV’s Bill Press will discuss the role Romney’s Mormon religion in the coverage of the campaign and the latest political dog fight.

This Sunday at 11a.m. ET.

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  1. Michael Sclafani

    My father was an attorney and loved to talk about the law. Mr Kurtz show is suppose to review the news and in part expose bias in the news. I was absolutely shocked to hear him say that video of George Zimmerman with blood on his head indicated that there was a struggle. He states this conclusion about a video that was not even shown on his show. The rights to the video were apparently purchased by another station. The fact that someone made money off the video immediately raises questions for me. Mr Kurtz do you think it is possible that Mr Zimmerman fell on his own? Do you think it is possible he intentionally hit his head on some concrete after he shot Mr Martin? Do you think it is possible someone altered the video, you didn't even tell us where the video came from. When was the video shot? Can you even tell us where the concrete with Mr Zimmerman's blood was found? I could go on and ask another 50 questions about the video alone. I'll refrain from asking those questions here because I highly doubt you could answer any of them, even if you could it would all be hearsay in a court of law.

    I am sickened by how cases are covered and sensationalized for ratings on TV. I wish the American Bar Association would disbar poor excuses for attorneys such as your colleague Nancy Grace. You could and should devote part of your show to getting these morons off the air.

    The only thing the video of George Zimmerman could show is Mr Zimmerman with what appears to be blood on his head. The only things I know about Mr Zimmerman and Mr Martin are what have been reported on the news. I think everything I know about the case would be hearsay in a court of law. The 911 tapes would be considered evidence but certainly not the airings of those tapes on news shows, we have already seen one station edited those tapes before airing them.

    While teaching me about the law my fathers common response to my uninformed conclusions was "I hope your never on my jury". You should consult with a few reputable (this obviously excludes Nancy Grace et al) trial attorneys about how they would discuss information regarding a case before it goes to trial.

    The only fact I know about what occurred between Mr Zimmerman and Mr Martin is that I don't know any facts. Due to the media exposure of this case and unqualified reporting (including yourself today) people that know nothing about the law express opinions of guilt and innocence of either party. Those that have the ability or training to look at things objectively should recognize that the motivation for my post is to protect the sanctity of our legal system and encourage yourself and your peers to learn how to report on such cases in the future.

    I am neither qualified nor informed enough to determine guilt or innocence of either party in this case.

    I hope your never on my jury.

    April 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  2. Steven Rickwa

    I'm a retired Army Warrant Officer. It was sad to see the "urination" photo. It was unbecoming of those few soldiers, bc they did not represent the rest of best. During the first Gulf War in '91, I had an opportunity to take a photo with a dead Iraqi soldier, but when the idea was presented, we (my fellow soldiers and I) decided not to. We seen that his boots had been taken and felt it degrading enough to just leave well enough alone. Personnally, I beleive his boots were taken by Syrian soldiers, ( who oddly enough, were part of the coalition forces ). I loath any person foriegn or domestic, that would blow themselves up as a combat method, ( or to inflict maximum uncontrolled harm ). I don't feel that the L.A. Times should have allowed the photo's of the dismembered suicide bomber this week. Since these "marters" beleive in what they are doing, why document their "sacrifice" by publishing a photo of their remains ? I don't think the majoity of people can honestly relate to what goes through the mind of our soldiers that have been on several deployments into these combat zones. Let's invest more in rehabilitating our veterans by facilitating their reintegration into our civilian populus. I don't believe suicide bombers should be recognized by acknowleging that they ever walked the face of the earth. I feel that the remains should have been thrown into the nearest straddle trench and burned like excrement.

    April 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • Michael Sclafani

      I would like to know something about suicide bombers, their age and mental health. Richard Reid the "shoe bomber" appeared to be an unstable person. I think this information could be used to discredit the organizations with their own supporters. Intelligent people recognize that it is not difficult to have undue influence on the young and mentally handicap.

      Learning this information would require work on the part of the media.

      April 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  3. Dr. Grolsch

    On this morning's show, Howard did exactly what he was criticizing those who did stories on Trayvon Martin of doing - making a judgment without all the facts. Howard said the bloody head of George Zimmerman proved that a struggle had occurred. It did not such thing. We do not know whether Zimmerman did that to himself against a brick wall or a curb after the shooting, or perhaps had the apparent injuries before the confrontation with Martin, if there was one. Howard and his show are great and very worthy contributors to the public dialogue, but this time he should have considered the not-apparently-obvious other possibilities.

    April 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  4. KRJ

    I can't believe Bill Press admitted when his children were young – he & his wife would leave them in the car & go into a restaurant for dinner! Even back in the 1960s or 70s, this was considered irresponsible. I'm sure his wife must be thrilled by Bill's public admission. If he was my husband, he'd be in the dog house big time.

    April 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply

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