December 14th, 2012
06:53 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Cassie Spodak, CNN

Media outlets are still trying to figure out the facts behind the tragic shooting in Connecticut this morning – we'll discuss how the story has been reported on air and on the internet, along with CNN coverage with the latest news from Newtown.

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  9. Kathryn Olivier

    I was struck this morning by the comments made on your show particularly about how the media could play a huge role in changing the way we think about guns in our society. I agree with this and I believe that if the media took the time on a daily basis to show the huge costs to our country, in lives lost, in statistical comparisons to other industrialized countries, in damage to families and communities because of gun violence, people would begin to truly understand the magnitude of this epidemic. I honestly don't think that most people comprehend the enormity of the problem we face every day in our country. The media focuses on these horrific episodes of mass murder but every twenty minutes someone dies from gun violence in the United States. The media played a huge role during the Civil Rights Movement and it could do a great service to our country in this instance, if only it would have the courage to take it on.

    December 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  10. Cynthia

    The media made many, egregious, errors in reporting on the Newtown school shootings. The name of the killer. How he gained access to the school. That his father was shoot and killed. That his mother was a teacher at the school....to name a fraction of the reporting debacle. The panel is being disingenuous as to "Why and how," this happened. We all know it happened, and will continue to happen, because of the nasty competiveness between reporters and networks who want to "break" the news, the stories, the information. Being "first," and getting the ratings is what it is all about. Sad.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
  11. toddcourt1

    Getting in a reason to remove guns from responsible people because of the irresponsible acts of one unbalanced person can only be construed as political. To politicize a horrible tragedy like this so quickly after it happened is tasteless and in poor form at the very least, to me it's heartless and self serving. Trying to control nuts with guns is like trying to eliminate drug abuse, it's a never ending problem. It's almost moot. The problem here to me is more about how he was able to access the children. When children are at school, their safety is a liability of the school, for all circumstances. Bulletproof, reinforced glass would have prevented this guy from entering the school. Better security to protect the most defenseless seems more paramount to me then attempting to score political points and push a Bill through a congressional gridlock. We should fix the problems we can, not try to fix problems we know we can't. If you really want to make guns safer, require that they have an electronic trigger that becomes disabled in locations that it shouldn't be ever used.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
  12. gmoke


    If you don't want to propagate more mass murders...
    Don't start the story with sirens blaring.
    Don't have photographs of the killer.
    Don't make this 24/7 coverage.
    Do everything you can not to make the body count the lead story.
    Not to make the killer some kind of anti-hero.
    Do localise this story to the affected community and as boring as possible in every other market.
    from Charlie Brooker's Newswipe March 23, 2009

    Grade the media accordingly. And that includes you, Mr Kurtz.

    published at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/15/1170426/-Media-Advice-from-a-Forensic-Psychiatrist

    December 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  13. Scott Badesch, President, Autism Society of Ameica

    I am the President of the Autism Society of America, the nation's largest organization helping all impacted by autism. I also watch your show every Sunday. I would hope that tomorrow you address the very damaging implications many in the media are presenting about any linkage between autism and the terrible shooting yesterday. There is absolutely no evidence that suggests any linkage between autism and planned violence. I applaud CNN for noting that this morning. But others in the media are implying and suggsting such a linkage and it is harmful and stereotyping all people with autism. We would be happy to provide you with any help you all need in responding to the media's false and harmful accusations of such a linkage. Our website is http://www.autism-society.org and our facebook page is Autism Soiciety of America where we are posting our stratements.

    Scott Badesch

    December 15, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply

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