By Cassie Spodak, CNN
In the build up to the President’s State of the Union address TV news is usually filled with pundits arguing over messaging and strategy, and political reporters offering last minute analysis and insight into what the speech might contain. But this year most screens were focused on one cabin, surrounded by trees, in the mountains near Big Bear Lake, California. As law enforcement fired on the cabin and it was engulfed by flames – the speculation was not on political talking points but on whether or not the alleged cop killer, Christopher Dorner, was in the cabin, alive or dead.
Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, Jane Hall, Associate Professor at American University’s School of Communications and Paul Farhi of The Washington Post discuss how the networks covered the two news stories. Also up for discussion, Sen. Marco Rubio’s response to the President’s State of the Union address and all the attention that’s been paid, not to what he said, but what he drank.
They'll talk about Reliable Sources host Howard Kurtz's appearance on the Fox News show The O’Reilly Factor Wednesday night. O’Reilly and Kurtz discussed recent comments made on both shows concerning media’s coverage of waterboarding and drones in the government’s fight against terrorism. How did the debate go?
CNN contributor Will Cain and political correspondent for TheRoot.com Keli Goff discuss the partisan responses to both Pres. Obama and Rubio. They’ll also talk about Christopher Dorner’s Internet following and the role media has played in shaping how the public views him.
Phil Bronstein, of the Center for Investigative Reporting, will discuss his recent piece in Esquire magazine about the man who shot Osama Bin Laden and how he got the scoop.
This Sunday, 11am ET.