By Becky Perlow, CNN
After more than a year of non-stop media coverage, protests and court hearings, the George Zimmerman trial is set to wrap up in the next few days. All three 24-hour news networks have spent the past few weeks producing wall-to-wall coverage of the murder trial - but how fair has the coverage been to the prosecution and to the defendant? Callie Crossley, host of WGBH's "Boston Public Radio" will join our guest host, NPR's David Folkenflik, to discuss.
Next, The Guardian's Ana Marie Cox, The Washington Post's Carlos Lozada and The Atlantic's Molly Ball swing by the studio to weigh in on Mark Leibovich's new book, "This Town," which focuses on inside-the-beltway relationships between politicos, the press and the parties they attend together. Luckily for us, Lozada says there are 10 rules for succeeding in "This Town" (aka Washington D.C.). Can you guess what they are?
Jumping a topic train from DC politics to New York election races, our group adds former New York Post reporter Leela de Kretzer to discuss tabloid coverage of Eliot Spitzer's and Anthony Weiner's upcoming bids for NYC comptroller and mayor, respectively. But as Ball wrote earlier this week in the Atlantic, "If Spitzer and Weiner manage to join Sanford in getting elected post-sex scandal, they won't be signaling a bold new trend. They'll be doing what politicians have always done: getting in trouble and then getting elected anyway."
Rupert Murdoch has agreed to testify before the British Parliament following the leak of a secretly taped recording where he has an ethically questionable conversation with News Corp journalists. Former Member of Parliament Louise Mensch, who questioned Murdoch during his original testimony to Parliament, joins Folkenflik to share her insight into the secret tape and what it's like to now work for one of Murdoch's newspapers, The Sun.
Next, former Al Jazeera English anchor David Marash and NPR's Cairo bureau chief Leila Fadel weigh in on Al Jazeera's struggle with editorial independence and coping with the Egyptian military following recent Egyptian protests in Cairo.
Rounding out the show, president and general manager of WDRB Louisville Bill Lamb tells Folkenflik why his station is moving away from the "breaking news" hype.
Tune in Sunday at 11am ET.
By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN
We’ve got a busy show planned for Sunday with our ‘Reliable Sources’ guest host, David Folkenflik of NPR. We’ll discuss the latest coverage of the George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida and why Rupert Murdoch and the News Corp investigation are back in the headlines- until then, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week:
How “This American Life” made it to Episode 500 – Millions of listeners tune in weekly to “This American Life,” hosted by Ira Glass. And Friday, July 12 marks the 500th episode of the enormously popular program, which has launched both a multi-city tour and an Emmy-winning television adaptation on the Showtime network in years past. The longevity of “This American Life” is marked by the program’s ability to cover a wide array of topics in its hour-long format revolving around a central theme. When asked about his feelings on reaching the milestone, Glass replied, “Honestly, it feels to me more like an odometer rolling over than anything else,” adding, “but I think it’s because I’m not built very well for self-congratulation.”
Layhmond Robinson Jr, 88, Dies; Paved the Way for Black Journalists – This week in the New York Times’ obituary pages, the paper paid tribute to one of its own reporters. Layhmond Robinson Jr., who passed away June 29 in Queens at the age of 88, started at the Times in 1950. In addition to covering the crime and state politics beats, Robinson Jr. was named the first black president of the Legislative Correspondent’s Association. He eventually moved to WABC-TV as a local television correspondent and was cited as an influential journalist for African Americans throughout his print/broadcast career.
Direct TV to offer new channel: Dog TV – Dog owners, set your DVRs- starting next month, Direct TV has announced it will launch a new channel specifically geared towards dogs. According to the network, the 24 hour cable channel is designed to keep dogs occupied while they’re home alone. The new pet-friendly initiative will also expose dogs to stressful sounds like doorbells in an attempt to help them adapt. Per DOGTV's website, the channel will “provide television for dogs with 3 types of programming offering relaxing and stimulating content as well as positive behavioral reinforcements.
Tune in Sunday at 11a EDT.