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June 8th, 2012
01:53 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Cassie Spodak, CNN

Now that the 2012 presidential election has boiled down to Romney vs. Obama, the media are looking for any new angle or scandal to report on. Some are charging that this has led to a bias against Mitt Romney as stories focus on tales of high school bullying, Ann’s horse dressage and extreme wealth. But does the press treat Obama (or Bush and Kerry for that matter) any differently? The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin and David Shuster, of WeActRadio and Current TV, discuss charges of media bias.

Even with reporters scrambling to find new angles to cover in the political race are cable viewers interested? Terrence Smith, former correspondent for PBS’ Newshour, Christina Bellantoni, political editor of PBS’ NewsHour, and Paul Farhi of The Washington Post discuss cable TV’s declining ratings  during the campaign season as well as coverage of  President Obama's comments on the economy on Friday.

The Senate is investigating leaks to the press concerning U.S. national security and politicians like John McCain are blaming the White House. David Sanger, The New York Times chief Washington correspondent, discusses his big scoop about U.S. cyber attacks on Iran.

Historian Douglas Brinkley discusses his new book, Cronkite, and how the iconic newsman wasn’t exactly what he seemed.

This Sunday at 11am ET.

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  1. marky marcus

    Crankcase was trusted because there were only three netwroks and information available to the public was limiited. Crankcase slanted the news just like all networks do today. He was a liberal – no surprise. He was not unbiased. Quite franlky, Browkaw may be the most unbiased anchorman this country has seen.

    June 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • Xrictina

      Mike“More Republicans as a percentage, voted for the Civil Rights Act” The Civil rgiths act was actually a Bi-partisan effort, the split was not along party lines but in regions, North and South. While it is true as a percentage more Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act the ones that didn’t were from the South. Just as among the Democrats the ones who were against the CRA were from the south. After the signing of the CRA ,of which Barry Goldwater voted against, “Dixiecrats” started to move to the Republican party coerced by Richard Nixon’s southern strategy, which was to realign the southern states to red states. The Republicans went after the south and welcomed the ”Dixiecrats” with open arms and lost the majority of the Black vote. This strategy was continued by both Reagan and Bush. I will stop short of saying they used race to win elections, let’s just say it didn’t look good. This is the image the Republican party has to shake not just among Black voters you right it should be all inclusive. Yes MLK was a republican but I wonder if he would be one today.Black in America Baby……..the revolution has been televised

      August 3, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
  2. R. Siodmak

    It's unfortunate that CNN broadcasts a program called "Reliable Sources" which is nothing more than tabloid trash not to mention that the name of this pitiful waste of time has as its namesake the most nausiating and distrusted two words used by the press. I had the misfortune on 6/10/12 to witness this air time filler although it should more than answer why the ratings have declined. CNN broadcasts Fareed Zakaria who is hands down the best at providing unbiased thought in both national and international concerns with no political bias. CNN should spend more time producing quality programs with intelligent thought provoking discussions and eliminate the fluff. Try taking a page from the President of Rawanda and start at the top.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • Satendra

      Charles,It's also amazing how winlilg conservatives are to forgive Perry for his past sins but are unwilling to grant Romney the same grace. Perry was a Democrat and he actively supported Al Gore and Bill Clinton (and probably Jimmy Carter before them) in their presidential campaigns. At the time, both Gore and Clinton were pro-choice candidates. Yet, conservatives accept Perry's excuse that just about every successful politician was a Democrat in those days, so we shouldn't hold his past against Perry. On the other hand, any position (or unfavorable distortion of his position) Romney may have taken as a Republican in far more liberal Massachusetts is proof positive that Romney cannot be trusted. Romney is an unprincipled flip flopper. Perry is a man who has matured and given up his youthful indiscretions.My head spins.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  3. Deanie16

    I am writing an anti-bullying program for children 4-8 years olds with puppets. With all of the anti-bullying programs going on I find it interesting that in Indianapolis today at the Indiana Republican Convention there is a President Obama punching bag to use to punch our President Of the United States in the face. I would never in my life think that this could happen.
    Democrat or Republican!!!

    June 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • Pabitra

      Mike,Why this concentration on the reach out for the Black vote. If you rellay look at it the Republican Party can’t lay claim to the Jewish vote, the Hispanic vote, the Asian vote or the women’s vote. All of these “groups” vote more for democrats. The Civil Rights Act made corporations look at their hiring practices and make changes in policy. I would venture to say that these corporations are better off because of those changes in hiring practices and policies. Now I am not one to say the Republican party is all wrong in their policies but if the Republican party is to “reach out to all voters, regardless of race” then maybe it should rellay sit back and do a little self-examination and evaluation.Black in America Baby……..The revolution has been televised…..

      August 3, 2012 at 3:50 am | Reply
  4. Made_In_America

    It is quite obvious that anyone who says anything against President Obama is bullied and blackballed. Perfect examples are those who donated to Gov. Romney's campaign and Mayor Cory Booker. Much of what Obama does that can be easily questioned by the media is seldom, if ever, reported. Most, if not all, of the mainstream media report their opinions more than report the news. Yes, the news media has changed over the years and I believe it has changed for the worst.

    June 9, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply
    • Lelo

      We had a commenter here some time back (on the old site) sugiestgng that most evangelicals would not vote for a Mormon. I told him he was very likely wrong, and I think that this is the case. As you note, we're voting on policies, primarily.

      August 3, 2012 at 4:31 am | Reply
      • Mottaya

        David,The truth is sad, but simple. Evangelicals (with peltny of notable exceptions) won't forgive Mitt because he's Mormon. They do not want to vote for a Mormon (and are deeply distrusting of Mormons), so they will find any excuse that will allow them to not vote for the Mormon w/o overtly showing their bigotry. Perry is a big government social conservative in the mold of W. That's exactly the candidate we need if our goal is to empower the socialists in the next election cycle like we did in '08. Hopefully Charles & Co. can continue to break through to the Evangelical base and help dissuade the bigotry that continues to be far too strong there.

        November 11, 2012 at 4:20 am |
  5. Bill

    "Cronkite, and how the iconic newsman wasn’t exactly what he seemed."

    You can say that again. Things in the media are often not what they seem.

    June 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply

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