August 24th, 2012
12:51 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Cassie Spodak, CNN

Reliable Sources is on the scene this Sunday in Tampa, FL as media outlets descend on the 2012 Republican National Convention in anticipation of the big event.

In 2008 the conventions were must watch TV – Sarah Palin’s star was climbing, for the first time ever the Democratic presidential nominee was African American… and the TV ratings soared. Will the conventions hold the same thrill this year?

The conventions also challenge media to cover an event primarily focused on partisan messaging – will the press trump the GOP narrative?

Keli Goff of TheRoot.com, and radio show host Hugh Hewitt will talk about media partisanship heading into the conventions

One area where Republicans have fallen off-message is Rep. Todd Akin’s comment about “legitimate” rape. Romney and Paul Ryan have spent the week disavowing the Senatorial candidate’s comments, but Akin has stayed in the headlines. Is it fair to tie Akin to the campaign?

Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post, Roger Simon of Politico, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Lauren Ashburn of the Daily-Download.com will discuss how the press navigates the conventions and the effect on campaigns.

Media critics Eric Deggans, of the Tampa Bay Times, and media critic Rachel Sklar will talk about covering the convention as well as ABC News moving late-night news program Nightline to 12:35am. Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show will move to its 11:35pm spot, competing directly with Jay Leno and David Letterman.

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will talk about his years covering the political conventions and the upcoming election season.

This Sunday, 11am ET.

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  21. Gina

    that wasn't an official ociffe but he certainly didn't have anything bad to say about the flag or Guevara did he? Kind of like saying hey I'm a good guy and I don't even mind if my supporters like murderous thugs. But I digress-Guess who else was a Cuban sympathizer? That's right class, Lee Harvey Oswald, a marksmen that never met a communist he didn't like.Now, let us put it all together–Che Guevara was Castro's chief persecutor-er I mean prosecutor, he was personally responsible for the killings of thousands of Cubans. If you need to check that for truth ride on down to Miami and start waving a Guevara flag.-JFK was killed by a Cuban sympathizer (Oswald) or maybe that should be plural depending on who you believe and how tight your tin foil is wrapped.-Teddy (speed racer) and Maria Schriver endorse Obama.-Obama could care less about a Cuban Guevara flag flown in his supporter’s ociffe.Does the irony escape Teddy and Maria? I’ll have what he’s drinking…The point here is that the Democrats are very quick to forget history and when someone reminds them they are even quicker to dismiss it. Here's another fact for you-One of the former members of the terrorist group Weather Underground, William Ayers, proclaimed in an interview with the New York Times published on 9/11/01 that he didn't regret setting bombs (A series of bombings that occurred in the 70s and included the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon).Guess who Mr. Ayers supports? That's right, Obama. In fact Mr. Ayers served on The Woods Fund (an anti poverty group) with Obama from 1999 to 2002. Swapping ideas I’d venture.And before any of you say I'm just a white guy railing on a black guy running for President, well I say there is no black guy running for President, Obama is white, at least his mother is but he hasn't said much about that either has he?Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain folks. It’s all about change anyway, the change in your pockets that is.

    October 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  22. Graham Jeffries

    I just caught a few minutes of RS this morning, but long enough to see you let Hewitt get away with the out and out lie that Obama promised that unemployment would never get above 8 percent and now it has never gotten below 8 percent. This is based on a PROJECTION made by Obama's advisors in December 2008 before he was in office. They PROJECTED that the economic crisis would lead to 8 percent unemployment before the stimulus could take effect and would then decline by 2 points to 6 percent. Once Obama was in office, it turned out that this projection greatly underestimated the severity of the crisis. Jobs were being lost at the rate of 700,000-800,000 per month and unemployment peaked at 10.3 percent late in 2009. Since then it has come down 2 points as a result of the stimulus, EXACTLY AS PREDICTED. So the error here was in underestimating just how severe the economic crisis was that the Republican administration left for Obama. It is simply a lie to use these facts to "prove" that the stimulus didn't work. In fact, they prove the opposite–the economic crisis Obama inherited was much worse than anyone anticipated in December 2008, and his stimulus had exactly the effect predicted. Since the end of the stimulus, Obama has been unable to get the Republican-dominated Congress to go along with any major piece of his proposals for further jobs improvement. I have seen this lie repeated constantly on TV by Republican hacks and rarely challenged by journalists. You at least should start to challenge nonsense like this. In fact, it would make a good segment for a future show.

    August 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • Crazy dave

      Nice try. Fail.

      August 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  23. StonehamMel

    You made a comment about the reporter who originally missed the "can't get pregnant/legitimate rape" follow-up and challenge – and then go ahead and miss your chance to challenge when your panelist attriibuted out of context per Fox Obama's "you didn't build it" extract from a speech in which the President referred to the public intrastructure, from the highway system to the Internet – NOT to the businesses created by entrepreneurs that utilize them – a nod to the public-private partnership.

    And ye of short memories – the Romney birther comment, preceded by a detailed lead-in about his and Ann's hospital brthplaces. The right wing has been frustrated by Romney's refusal (till that comment) to exploit the widely held perception that Obama's birth certificate is a fake. You may remember a few months back when the patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs leaked a proposal he wanted to fund an advertising campaign challenging Obama's birth certificate. That comment, plus his subsequent embracing of Donald Trump and the latter's limited but nevertheless extant speaking role at the convention, deserved more attention on "Reliable Sources."

    As an independent voter, I believe the Obama record on gaining consensus on job creation is abysmal, despite the McConnell pledge, the Norquist factor, and the refusal of Republicans to back even their policies once Obama embraced them. Obama has been far too timid to use the bully pulpit as FDR and Truman did (how DID we both fund the Marshall plan AND the Korean war – and crippled with debt that was higher than today, how did we fund the Marshall Plan AND the Korean War AND the national highway program under Eisenhower? Remember how Obama chided McCain about the Presidency needing to do more than one thing at a time?

    I think the media, as a group, have done an abysmal job of covering this election. In part, because they fear being labeled as left wing apologists if they challenge Romney, or challenge Romney mischaracterizations of Obama policy. Yes, the news cycle is microsecond today, but dammit, you all have researchers and you all have access to Politifacts. Thank God for Brit Hume and Bob Schaeffer – those two guys put you all to shame for their interviewing fearlessness.

    August 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  24. K. Parker

    Howard, were you having a bad day? I was hoping for a reasonable - if brief - discussion of Romney's birth-certificate remark. Hewitt gives his opinion, and then you cut off Keli Goff's response. Then you flat let Hewitt get away with citing the GOP's "I didn't build that " ad as fact. How was Goff's mention that Ryan once had a black girlfriend more important than Romney's remark? How many people saw Goff's column vs. the millions of TV viewers who heard or heard of Romny's comment?

    August 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • StonehamMel

      K Parker, I agree, This panel was horribly moderated, commiting the same offenses they accused others of making.

      Linda Wagoner – I don't know what planet you live on, but I certainly know your news source. Yes, the unemployment rate of women has spiraled under Obama, but only as a percentage of the unemployment rate under Obama. The millions of job losses under Bush came from industry, which has the hair-trigger ability to cut head count when faced with the banking crisis under Bush, and their recognition that they'd be unable to get loans to finance inventory and receivables, and the fear that their customers would be in a similar spot. The women who lost their jobs – and many of the African Americans, too – did so when, as the recession deepened in 2009 and 2010, state and municipal governments began firing hundreds of thousands of women teachers, health care workers and other government employees etc. Women held their jobs longer, but have been slower to be rehired because their employers have no money to pay them. That's the "fact" behind the broad Romney charge.

      As for your myths about Planned Parenthood and gender selection – that's just phony email crap being spread by the unhinged. Not a scintilla of evidence. Besides, Planned Parenthood performs ZERO abortions. It simply helps poor women who want one to get one from a qualified provider. Here's a tip, Linda – if you first learn a "fact" from an email – especially if cloaked in the claim "the media" doesn't want you to know it – it's a llie.

      August 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
      • Linda Wagoner

        I live on the planet Earth. Where do you live?

        While I am more than willing to discuss facts and statistics, I find your tone dismissive and condescending. I won't assign motivations, but it does not enhance your opinions.

        You claim to know my new source. I have no single source as I am able to evaluate information from multiple sources. You should try it some times. It's fascinating to focus on an issue from different perspectives. I find it both entertaining and enlightening.

        As you yourself note, the unemployment rate of women has "spiraled under Obama". We may disagree on the root cause. I would trace the cause to the collapse of the housing market and back to the policies of Fannie and Freddie, but that is another discussion. Your reasons (large number of women working in the public sector) are ones that I agree with. However, we are not discussing the reasons, but the results. And the results are that many women can't put bread on the table.
        That may not be a war on women, it may just be friendly fire.

        BTW, since you did admit that unemployment for women is up, I will concede that if you were to include the number of males who have given up looking for work, the discouraged unemployed, that number is probably higher than female unemployment.

        Then as to your volley, your "tip", not to believe emails, I don't, but perhaps CNN does. They were one of my sources. You can Google it if you wish. A group of antiabortionist video taped encounters with Planned Parenthood staff. It was "gotcha journalism". Similar to stings new reporters have done to entrap pedophiles into going to a home believing that there is an underage girl there. According to CNN, two different staffers advised women (who supposedly did not want girls) that they could terminate pregnancy if the fetus was female. As a feminist, I find this appalling. Planned Parenthood states that they are "non judgmental" CNN reported that one staffer was fired. The video tape showed her explaining how to comment fraud. Planned Parenthood stated the other staffer worked within their guidelines of being "non judgmental" The videos were shown on several different new shows, as a feminist I was appalled.

        August 30, 2012 at 12:23 am |
  25. Jeff Kraig

    Interesting that when President Obama would only take selected questions at his most recent Washington press conference,and Reliable Sources did not mention that, but when Mitt Romney would not answer a question about a Republican Senate candidate, the implication was extremely negative...Double standard? You decide!

    August 26, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • S Fish

      Actually, President Obama gave questions to local reporters that he would answer. I do not understand how Howie or any of the panelists would not mention this as a way to show some balance. Oh yea, I guess that is because they are anything but balanced. Howie needs to take a critical lens on his own show.

      August 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
      • Crazy dave

        Exactly what I was thinking. So much for balance.

        August 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  26. S Howard

    PBS IS the only broadcast network airing extended coverage of the conventions. One more reason it deserves federal funding.

    August 26, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
  27. Arlan

    Please don't continue the shameless pretense that Roger Simon is anything other than a shill for the left and the Democratic party. His responses were typical of your network, they are cloaked in "I'm a legitimate reporter and these are just the facts." That is a blatant lie. All of the guests on your original panel bely their bias with the condensing tone and their love of the left both of which are apparent to anyone who thinks for themselves.

    August 26, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
  28. Linda Wagoner

    So there is a Republican war on women. REALLY??? Check the unemployment rate for women under Obama.
    More than that, Obama supports Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood allows for gender selection of pregnancies.
    That is a real war on women. Are we becoming China?

    August 26, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply

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