By Pallavi Reddy, CNN
A boring political day on Tuesday became exciting around the media world when President Obama landed in Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Force Base on the first anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden. Republicans criticized the trip as an act of "spiking the football" and politicizing the occasion with a campaign ad aimed at presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Democrats, on the other hand, heralded it as a great way to reach out to the troops on a historic occasion by the commander-in-chief. Jonah Goldberg, author of "Liberal Fascists," Dana Milbank, Washington Post columnist, and Chrystia Freeland, editor of Thomson Reuters Digital, will join the discussion about the coverage of the trip as well as other political headlines of the week.
Talk about a blast from the past! This week a new book about the longtime Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee reveals his doubts about the details of how Bob Woodward reported on the Watergate scandal. The interview was not released after it was first conducted over 20 years ago. Also, former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather has been making his rounds on the media circuit to promote his new book, and along the way continues to defend the story that ended his tenure at CBS News. University of Maryland journalism professor Mark Feldstein and former NBC News senior correspondent Fred Francis will discuss the relevance of these stories now, years after the fact.
In Britain, a parliamentary committee released a report after months of investigating phone hacking by tabloids. In the document, the committee found Rupert Murdoch, the chief executive of News Corporation, “not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company.” Columbia Journalism School’s Emily Bell will join us to talk about Murdoch’s testimony and what’s next for his media empire.
This Sunday 11 a.m. ET on CNN.
(CNN)– An NBC News correspondent has been let go in the wake of an investigation into the “Today” show’s editing of George Zimmerman’s original 911 call made the night he killed Trayvon Martin.
NBC News has confirmed to CNN that Miami-based correspondent Lilia Luciano no longer works for the organization.
Luciano until March 31 was filing stories for NBC News and was covering the Trayvon Martin death in Sanford, Florida. A source familiar with the investigation but who can not speak publicly says that Luciano’s departure comes as a result of the NBC News inquiry into the editing of George Zimmerman’s 911 phone call. CNN has tried to contact Luciano, but she has not responded.
As Howard Kurtz pointed out on April 1, Luciano’s March 20 report on the “Today” show edited the 911 phone call to take out a sentence which made Zimmerman’s comment appear racially charged.
Miami’s NBC6 WTVJ aired an edited clip similar to the one that appeared on “Today” and fired reporter Jeff Burnside, a 13-year veteran of the NBC owned and operated station. In an interview with Poynter.org Burnside said, “As anybody in the news business knows, something that seems very clear is often very, very complicated.” NBC6 aired apologies and corrections on their evening broadcasts and have disciplined two other employees, according to The Miami Herald.
NBC News fired an unnamed veteran Miami-based producer on April 5. The network has yet to issue an on-air correction.