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December 8th, 2013
12:37 PM ET

All eyes on Newtown

As the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting approaches, Brian Stelter talks with journalist and Newtown resident Brian Koonz about how the media should mark the occasion.

Here are a few examples of people weighing in on the upcoming anniversary and how it should be handled:

Statement by Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra:

"Our community is choosing to remember and honor those who lost their lives in that awful tragedy in ways that are quiet, personal, and respectful – centered on the themes of kindness, love, and service to others.  We are wishing fervently that those many persons who wish us well, and the media, will allow us this time to be alone and quiet with time for personal and communal reflection."

Statements by various media:

"The Newtown Bee is not participating in coverage by outside media of the 12/14 anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings. There is a point - and I think we had already passed it at the six-month mark - where the continued media fascination with Newtown's psychological state becomes an impediment to the healing process for many people. We, here at The Bee, are keenly aware of that local sentiment, and our main mission has always been to respect and serve the interests of our audience, which is the Newtown community."

- Curtiss Clark, Editor, The Newtown Bee; Thursday

"WFSB thanks CNN for the invitation, but we respectfully decline.  It is not our intention to garner publicity for ourselves.  This was a decision based on what was right and respectful. There was no imminent news reason to be in town that day, just for the sake of live presence.   We've chosen to air a memorial piece about each victim for the 26 days leading up to December 14th.    We have also extensively covered the newly released preliminary report as necessary and will continue to do so as developments occur."

- Klarn DePalma, VP/General Manager, WFSB; Statement to CNN, Wednesday


Filed under: Media • Media Criticism • Newtown • Sandy Hook • School Shooting
December 8th, 2013
12:37 PM ET

Mandela and the media

Bill Keller of the New York Times sits down with Brian Stelter to reflect on his experience covering the life of Nelson Mandela.


Filed under: Media • Media Criticism • Nelson Mandela • New York Times • South Africa
November 24th, 2013
12:31 PM ET

MSNBC in hot water over anchor remarks

Amy Holmes and Erik Wemple join guest host Eric Deggans to discuss Martin Bashir's suggestion to Sarah Palin and the resulting turmoil.


Filed under: Martin Bashir • Media • Media Criticism • MSNBC • Reliable Sources • Sarah Palin
November 24th, 2013
12:31 PM ET

Michigan media miss the mark

Vincent Duffy & Richard Prince join guest host Eric Deggans on the media's failure to report on the criminal history of a Michigan political candidate... who won.


Filed under: Media • Media Criticism • Reliable Sources
November 24th, 2013
12:30 PM ET

Chinese censorship – American Style?

James Fallows, Demetri Sevastopulo & guest host Eric Deggans discuss Bloomberg's alleged censorship of reporters and articles in China.


Filed under: Bloomberg News • Censorship • China • Media • Media Criticism • Reliable Sources
October 20th, 2013
12:23 PM ET

Media mistakes

Following an erroneous report about a congressman’s death and the suspension of an AP reporter for an inaccurate story, Maggie Haberman, Andrew Lih and guest host David Folkenflik discuss how errors like these are made and how they are addressed.


Filed under: Bill Young • Media • Media Criticism
September 15th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

Syria crisis: covering all sides

NPR's International Correspondent Deborah Amos joins guest host Patrick Gavin to discuss the difficulties of reporting on Syria and how the Syrian people are interpreting the news. Then, CBS & PBS anchor Charlie Rose talks to ‘Reliable Sources’ about his exclusive interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


Filed under: Bashar al-Assad • Charlie Rose • Media • Media Criticism • Syria
September 15th, 2013
01:13 PM ET

Patrick's picks

Guest host Patrick Gavin offers his take on several stories in the news which earned his thumbs up or thumbs down.

September 8th, 2013
01:12 PM ET

Syria and the media

CNN's Arwa Damon joins guest host Frank Sesno with an update on the situation in Syria. Then, Shibley Telhami, Tara Sonenshine and Len Downie join Sesno to debate whether the horrific images of chemical attacks in Syria are affecting public opinion.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Chemical Weapons • Congress • Media • Media Criticism • Social Media • Syria • YouTube
September 8th, 2013
01:11 PM ET

Twitter on the campaign trail

CNN Digital’s National Political Reporter Peter Hamby joins Kevin Madden, Christina Bellantoni and guest host Frank Sesno to share his recent findings from a study focused on social media and the 2012 presidential campaign season.


Filed under: 2012 Campaign • Barack Obama • Media Criticism • Mitt Romney • Politics • Social Media • Twitter
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