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How radical Islamists spread their messages; Red News/Blue News: is the ISIS "threat to the homeland" overblown? Hollywood reacts to Joan Rivers' hospitalization.

How radical Islamists spread their messages; Red News/Blue News: is the ISIS "threat to the homeland" overblown? Hollywood reacts to Joan Rivers' hospitalization.

May 12th, 2013
01:42 PM ET

Covering Cleveland's kidnappings

Lola Ogunnaike, Jim Warren, Paul Farhi & Howard Kurtz pour over the extensive media coverage of the Cleveland kidnappings.


Filed under: Cleveland • Jodi Arias • Media • Media Criticism
May 10th, 2013
05:09 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN

When three once-missing Cleveland women returned to their families after being held captive for nearly a decade, the story captivated viewers across the country. It’s a story on the minds of families everywhere, and we’ll discuss the coverage this week on Reliable Sources.

Joining us on the show, popular culture commentator Lola Ogunnaike, Paul Farhi of the Washington Post and Jim Warren of The New York Daily News will discuss how journalists attempted to make sense of the story as the horrifying details emerged. We’ll also get our panelists’ take on how the story competed for attention with the dramatic conclusion in the Jodi Arias murder trial.

We’ll talk to Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Connie Schultz live from Cleveland about the media’s initial race to cover the emotional reunions as Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus were freed & reunited with their families.

And finally, Bloomberg View columnist Margaret Carlson, The Hill’s Bob Cusack, and the National Review’s Jim Geraghty join our political panel this week. They’ll talk to Howard about this week’s congressional hearings on the fatal Benghazi attack, Mark Sanford’s political victory and why Chris Christie’s weight is once again making headlines this week.

Tune in Sunday morning, 11am ET.

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Filed under: Benghazi • Cleveland • Jodi Arias • Ohio • Sneak Peek
May 9th, 2013
11:06 AM ET

From the desk of Howard Kurtz: Jodi Arias case bumps a bigger story

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.

Read the full story here


Filed under: Blog • Jodi Arias
May 5th, 2013
02:12 PM ET

The Jodi Arias spectacle

As the Jodi Arias murder trial nears its conclusion, Legal analyst Lisa Bloom and Howard Kurtz look back on how the case has commanded the media’s attention.


Filed under: Jodi Arias • Media • Media Criticism • Reliable Sources