Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources."
(CNN) - The Cleveland kidnapping drama was unfolding on the airwaves, hour after hour, a riveting spectacle that was overshadowing every other conceivable story.
Nothing could possibly bump it from the nation's television screens - or so I thought.
When word came Wednesday afternoon that a verdict had been reached in the Jodi Arias murder trial, the focus of the cable news universe immediately shifted from Ohio to Arizona, where the defendant was convicted of first-degree murder.
It was a day of anguish and emotion - and a revealing Rorschach test of media values.
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A Politico profile of New York Times editor crosses the line, Reuters fires an indicted social media editor, and local anchor axed for f-bomb on his first day.
Ross Douthat and Howard Kurtz discuss whether reporters take sides when covering social policy issues.
Cenk Uygur, Michael Medved, Jane Hall & Howard Kurtz on the White House Correspondents' Dinner and coverage of the opening of the new George W. Bush presidential library.
Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen tells Howard Kurtz about his experience covering Boston bombing suspect's Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's arrest.
Cenk Uygur, Michael Medved, Jane Hall & Howard Kurtz on whether the media's focus on the suspects overshadows victims.
Cenk Uygur, Michael Medved, Jane Hall & Howard Kurtz discuss how coverage of the Boston attack has shifted this week.
The aftermath of the Boston bombings dominated this week’s news and it will again be the focus of this week’s Reliable Sources.
The coverage took on a noticeably different tone this week; measured, apolitical reporting has given way to partisan finger-pointing and ideological point-scoring. What explains the nastiness? We’ll ask syndicated radio host Michael Medved, Current TV’s Cenk Uygur, and Jane Hall of American University. Also, Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen will tell us about the work that went into his powerful piece describing the Watertown shootout between the police and the Tsarnaev brothers
In other news, we’ll talk to Daily Beast reporter Michelle Cottle about why she decided to write a very personal piece about her recent double mastectomy and we’ll ask New York Times columnist Ross Douthat whether the media has been rooting for the passage of gun control legislation.
Tune in Sunday morning, 11am ET.
Scant coverage for an abortion doctor’s murder trial, a British columnist’s mean-spirited eulogy to Margaret Thatcher and a Foxnews.com reporter avoids jail for protecting her sources.
Filmmaker Robert Greenwald tells Howard Kurtz about his new movie that details the Obama administration's attempts to keep whistleblowers silent.