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May 18th, 2012
12:40 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Pallavi Reddy, CNN

Let the ad wars begin! This week started with an Obama campaign web ad that targeted Mitt Romney’s time at Bain. A conservative Super PAC tried to strike back, proposing Romney’s campaign bring back Rev. Jeremiah Wright as a campaign issue. The media jumped on the stories immediately. National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru, Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist and CNN contributor John Avlon, and RealClearPolitics’ Erin McPike will be on to discuss if the media have been used for free publicity.

After a week of hype, Facebook goes public on Friday. PandoDaily.com’s Sarah Lacy talks to Howard Kurtz about how Mark Zuckerberg has done it.

We’ll also have Larry Kramer, the digital pioneer who is now set to take over USA Today’s online future. And watch Howard’s conversation with Mike Rubens, the former Daily Show producer who realized that the people he thought he hated weren’t so bad after all.

This Sunday at 11a.m. ET on CNN.

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May 4th, 2012
02:01 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Pallavi Reddy, CNN

A boring political day on Tuesday became exciting around the media world when President Obama landed in Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Force Base on the first anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden. Republicans criticized the trip as an act of "spiking the football" and politicizing the occasion with a campaign ad aimed at presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Democrats, on the other hand, heralded it as a great way to reach out to the troops on a historic occasion by the commander-in-chief.  Jonah Goldberg, author of "Liberal Fascists," Dana Milbank, Washington Post columnist, and Chrystia Freeland, editor of Thomson Reuters Digital, will join the discussion about the coverage of the trip as well as other political headlines of the week. 

Talk about a blast from the past! This week a new book about the longtime Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee reveals his doubts about the details of how Bob Woodward reported on the Watergate scandal.  The interview was not released after it was first conducted over 20 years ago. Also, former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather has been making his rounds on the media circuit to promote his new book, and along the way continues to defend the story that ended his tenure at CBS News. University of Maryland journalism professor Mark Feldstein and former NBC News senior correspondent Fred Francis will discuss the relevance of these stories now, years after the fact.

In Britain, a parliamentary committee released a report after months of investigating phone hacking by tabloids. In the document, the committee found Rupert Murdoch, the chief executive of News Corporation, “not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company.” Columbia Journalism School’s Emily Bell will join us to talk about Murdoch’s testimony and what’s next for his media empire.

This Sunday 11 a.m. ET on CNN.

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May 4th, 2012
11:57 AM ET

Update on NBC News’ edit of Zimmerman 911 call

(CNN)– An NBC News correspondent has been let go in the wake of an investigation into the “Today” show’s editing of George Zimmerman’s original 911 call made the night he killed Trayvon Martin.

NBC News has confirmed to CNN that Miami-based correspondent Lilia Luciano no longer works for the organization.

Luciano until March 31 was filing stories for NBC News and was covering the Trayvon Martin death in Sanford, Florida. A source familiar with the investigation but who can not speak publicly says that Luciano’s departure comes as a result of the NBC News inquiry into the editing of George Zimmerman’s 911 phone call. CNN has tried to contact Luciano, but she has not responded.

As Howard Kurtz pointed out on April 1, Luciano’s March 20 report on the “Today” show edited the 911 phone call to take out a sentence which made Zimmerman’s comment appear racially charged.

Miami’s NBC6 WTVJ aired an edited clip similar to the one that appeared on “Today” and fired reporter Jeff Burnside, a 13-year veteran of the NBC owned and operated station. In an interview with Poynter.org Burnside said, “As anybody in the news business knows, something that seems very clear is often very, very complicated.”  NBC6 aired apologies and corrections on their evening broadcasts and have disciplined two other employees, according to The Miami Herald.

NBC News fired an unnamed veteran Miami-based producer on April 5. The network has yet to issue an on-air correction.

Related videos:
Howard Kurtz’s exclusive interview with Frances Robles
NBC’s apology for edited 911 call
Trayvon Martin coverage: Media, Race and Polarization

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April 27th, 2012
02:01 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Pallavi Reddy, CNN

We’ve been hearing the positive and negative coverage of presidential candidates, but a recent Project for Excellence in Journalism study gives us a winner for best coverage and loser for the worst. The results may surprise you. Mitt Romney has had the most positive coverage during the primary season and President Obama has had the worst. PEJ’s Mark Jurkowitz, Change the Ratio founder Rachel Sklar, and Newsweek/Daily Beast contributing editor and CNN contributor David Frum will be on to discuss the studies’ results and the flak the president has been getting about his appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

The new HBO show “Girls” premiered just a few weeks ago amid lots of hype and continues to grab a lot of people’s attention between bitter attacks claiming racism, nepotism, and nearly anything else. Jezebel.com founder Anna Holmes and Huffington Post's TV critic Maureen Ryan join the discussion to talk about how this show has become a point of controversy.

We now live in a world where we’re constantly inundated with information and have access to news at our fingertips at all times. Clay Johnson, the author of a book “The Information Diet” will talk to us about how to weed out junk information and only get the information that you want and need.

Also, we’ll bring you an update on the Fox News mole Joe Muto and the accusations against him. In case you missed the interview, check it out here.

This Sunday 11 a.m. ET on CNN.

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April 20th, 2012
01:17 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Pallavi Reddy, CNN

On Monday, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced with two surprising first-time winners: Politico’s Matt Wuerker for editorial cartooning and the Huffington Post’s David Wood for national reporting. We’ll have the founder Arianna Huffington on to talk the evolution of the Huffington Post and how it has gone from a blog to a news aggregation website to original content reporting news site that wins a high journalism honor.

This week the Los Angeles Times published photos of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan posing with the dead terrorists. While this isn’t the first time the media has published controversial photographs of soldiers, the debate continues whether or not it’s the right thing to do. ABC News’s Bob Woodruff joins the conversation to talk about reporting in war zones and his recent reports from inside North Korea.

The likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been pretty quiet about his religion, but the media has been covering it from the beginning.  Romney believes it may be a part of a left-wing media conspiracy doing President Obama’s bidding. The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, BuzzFeed.com’s Ben Smith, and Current TV’s Bill Press will discuss the role Romney’s Mormon religion in the coverage of the campaign and the latest political dog fight.

This Sunday at 11a.m. ET.

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March 23rd, 2012
05:10 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Pallavi Reddy, CNN

It’s been weeks since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. But over the past week the story has been played out on all the cable news and national news broadcasts. We’ll have Eric Deggans, Tampa Bay Times, Lauren Ashburn, founder of Daily-Download.com,  and Derek McGinty, anchor for WUSA, on to discuss what makes a local story get to the national arena.

Another big headline of the week was a Mitt Romney adviser’s comments comparing the presidential hopeful to an Etch A Sketch. Author of the new book “Showdown,” David Corn, and Glenn Beck TV’s Amy Holmes join us to talk about that and the latest news in politics.

And this week, C-SPAN founder and CEO Brian Lamb announced that he would be stepping down. We’ll talk to the man who brought Congress to cable.

This Sunday at 11 a.m. EST on CNN.

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March 8th, 2012
05:23 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Pallavi Reddy, CNN

In the post Super Tuesday lull, the upcoming HBO movie “Game Change” has been the talk of the town. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name and has stirred up so many headlines just with the trailer, that Sarah Palin’s PAC responded with a video of her own. We’ll have the director Jay Roach and the writer/producer Danny Strong on to talk about how they dramatized reality from a book for the small screen. (HBO, like CNN, are owned by Time Warner.)

This week we also heard Rush Limbaugh apologize for last week’s crude comments towards the Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke. But many point out that liberal talk show hosts have used similar language in the past and haven’t had the controversy continue on for so long in the media. Is that true? We’ll have syndicated radio hosts Michael Medved and Stephanie Miller on to talk about it.

Also, Mitt Romney had a good showing after Super Tuesday, but the press doesn’t seem to think so. Erin McPike from RealClearPolitics, Newsweek/Daily Beast contributor Eleanor Clift and the National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru will join the conversation.

All this and media monitor this Sunday at 11 a.m. EST on CNN.

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March 2nd, 2012
02:42 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Pallavi Reddy, CNN

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney won two more primaries this week, but one of them was by a very slim margin. The media didn’t hesitate to pounce on him by calling it an “ugly win.” We’ll have the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, CNN contributor David Frum, and Sirius/XM Radio host Julie Mason on to break down the coverage and the hints of a GOP white knight stepping in.

Also, conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart’s unexpected death brought a lot of coverage from both the right and left. We’ll have Buzz Machine’s Jeff Jarvis to talk about his legacy and his last project as well as James Murdoch’s resignation from News International.

This Sunday on CNN 11a.m. EST.

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January 28th, 2012
10:07 AM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Pallavi Reddy, CNN

Two more Republican debates and the president’s State of the Union set off another packed political week. Our panel of Los Angeles Times reporter Mark Barabak, USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich, and PBS’ “Need To Know” anchor Jeff Greenfield will dissect the media’s coverage of all these events. Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune and Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker will discuss the partisan politics of the week including why conservatives hate Newt. Plus, we’ll tackle the Yale quarterback story with the American University associate professor Jane Hall.

This Sunday at 11a.m. EST on CNN.

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January 20th, 2012
04:09 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Pallavi Reddy, CNN

It’s been a busy political week to say the least. Heading into Thursday’s debate, Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife, Marianne gave her first on-camera interview with ABC News. We’ll have chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross on the show to talk about his interview with Marianne Gingrich and the backlash from Newt Gingrich. The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, former media correspondent for the PBS NewsHour Terence Smith, and the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza join us for a conversation about the South Carolina primary coverage, Mitt Romney disclosing his taxes, and the latest political headlines. We’ll also be joined by the New York Times’ public editor Arthur Brisbane to talk about whether the paper should be a “truth vigilante.”

This Sunday at 11a.m. EST on CNN.

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