February 15th, 2013
02:40 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Cassie Spodak, CNN

In the build up to the President’s State of the Union address TV news is usually filled with pundits arguing over messaging and strategy, and political reporters offering last minute analysis and insight into what the speech might contain. But this year most screens were focused on one cabin, surrounded by trees, in the mountains near Big Bear Lake, California. As law enforcement fired on the cabin and it was engulfed by flames – the speculation was not on political talking points but on whether or not the alleged cop killer, Christopher Dorner, was in the cabin, alive or dead.

Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, Jane Hall, Associate Professor at American University’s School of Communications and Paul Farhi of The Washington Post discuss how the networks covered the two news stories. Also up for discussion, Sen. Marco Rubio’s response to the President’s State of the Union address and all the attention that’s been paid, not to what he said, but what he drank.

They'll talk about Reliable Sources host Howard Kurtz's appearance on the Fox News show The O’Reilly Factor Wednesday night.  O’Reilly and Kurtz discussed recent comments made on both shows concerning media’s coverage of waterboarding and drones in the government’s fight against terrorism. How did the debate go?

CNN contributor Will Cain and political correspondent for TheRoot.com Keli Goff discuss the partisan responses to both Pres. Obama and Rubio. They’ll also talk about Christopher Dorner’s Internet following and the role media has played in shaping how the public views him.

Phil Bronstein, of the Center for Investigative Reporting, will discuss his recent piece in Esquire magazine about the man who shot Osama Bin Laden and how he got the scoop.

This Sunday, 11am ET.

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  5. No Chris Dorner's Media

    Enjoying Howard Kurtz's RS show today and on some of the stories, here is my take, as a "Legitimate Viewer"...

    I'm glad CNN had the same gumption and fortitude of interviewing and showcasing the passengers of the Carnival Cruise Ship "The Triumph" and connecting them with their families, just as CNN showed with the interviewing and showcasing of the wounded survivors of Benghazi. Oh wait, THAT NEVER HAPPENED!

    There are stories to be told. Why is CNN, and for that matter, MSNBC, FoxNews, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc. not wanting to cover the Benghazi survivor stories. Since when did the media start towing the government's line? I thought the media was supposed to be a "watchdog" over the government to keep them in check. Instead, we have the WH wining and dining them and Biden asking for the 'Legitimate Medias' help to thwart those against stupid legislation. We have the media obliging the president during an election to brush off a major and embarrassing news story of a US Ambassador and others being murdered by simply being told by the government that the incident is being investigated. The 'Illegitimate Media' salutes and blindly follows orders.

    The lack of curiosity and questioning by the 'Legitimate Media' makes me question the viability and need of todays media and I question their motives on such news event stories as to the accuracy of the whole story. Am I being told everything or are they just reporting what the government want us to know? Is it that they no longer have that 'Watergate' investigative mentality, hunger and drive? Is it that the Edward R. Murrow media philosophy has long since been dead and buried? Oh wait, there's a Democratic president in the White House, that explains it.

    No Chris Dorner's Media... Todays media doesn't fight the power. It assists who it wants to, when it wants and usually one side more then the other as todays media is comprised of the fifth column for their pals, the political elites.

    Finally with regard to Chris Dorner and the Media, why is it the media hasn't called itself out among the other participants, such as politicians and Hollywood types who Chris Dorner expressed admiration and who guided him in becoming who he was? I remember after the Gabby Giffords shooting, the Times Square Bombing and even the Aurora Movie Theater shooting the Left talking head blogosphere, the media, authorities/politicians alike were all so sure the whacko was some Conservative, Tea Party, Right Wing, Rush Limbaugh Listener, Nut Job that NEVER turned out to be the case. Yet here, every facet the Left hopes to find on the Right in these tragic events, IS FOUND in this one, and that every bit of news is that this guy admired the Left and yet from the media, SILENCE! Can you say 'Hypocrite'?

    That is why I smirk at the media, because they went and paid for an education to do this?! How hard can it be to get half the story wrong? Get the incomplete story? Or cover up a story on behalf of a political party? You mean to say you need a college degree to do that? REALLY?!!!

    February 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  6. joehefferon

    Good show Howard. You are definitely fair in your coverage in the way that Tim Russert was. You seem to reasonably speak to both sides. You hold the feet of the media to the fire and we need more of that. And btw great interview w Bronstein.

    February 17, 2013 at 11:51 am | Reply
  7. Joe Kunkel

    No one focused on Marco Rubio's other indications of how immature he is as a speaker. He spoke of his mom and dad being diehard Democrats so passionately that I cold not question why he was a Republican. He missed explaining that issue which was perfectly presented by his parents possible question of what they did wrong to produce a Republican.

    February 17, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • Easy to explain, Joe

      "He spoke of his mom and dad being diehard Democrats so passionately that I cold not question why he was a Republican."...

      Easy to explain...

      Todays Democratic Party IS NOT your father's Democratic Party.

      If JFK were alive today, he would not be a Democratic. Otherwise, he couldn't talk about taxes the way he did when he was President back in the early '60's. He could not talk about "Ask not what your Country can do for you. But what you can do for your Country!" Things like that! Although on gun control... Except, the gun and ammunition clip of Oswald's weapon would not be banned by the current legislation being proposed since after the SandyHook tragedy.

      February 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply

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