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.