December 5th, 2013
09:39 AM ET

Media outlets cautious with Newtown 911 recordings

By Brian Stelter and Michael Pearson, CNN

(CNN) - Wednesday's release of audio recordings of the 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings forced news organizations to make difficult - and sometimes unpopular - decisions about what to broadcast and what to hold back.

News executives said they were considering both the wishes of the community where the school was located - Newtown, Connecticut - and the journalistic impulse to report on one of the biggest news stories of the past year.

The recordings were made available to news organizations Wednesday afternoon.

CNN aired portions of the recordings in a report Thursday evening, including a 911 call from the school's secretary. The report was also posted online.

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Filed under: Crime • Gun Policy • Guns • Reliable Sources • Sandy Hook
December 16th, 2012
02:58 PM ET

The media and the massacre

Frank Sesno, Lauren Ashburn, David Zurawik and Howard Kurtz discuss what the media did right - and wrong - during the coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre.

Filed under: Crime • Media Criticism • Reliable Sources • Sandy Hook • School Shooting
December 16th, 2012
02:58 PM ET

Reporting in the midst of tragedy

Wolf Blitzer, Soledad O'Brien and Howard Kurtz trade notes on what it's like to put aside emotion when covering tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

Filed under: Crime • Reliable Sources • Sandy Hook • School Shooting • Soledad O'Brien • Wolf Blitzer
December 6th, 2012
10:12 AM ET

From the desk of Howard Kurtz: The subway picture worth a thousand words

By Howard Kurtz, CNN

Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" and is Newsweek's Washington bureau chief. He is also a contributor to the website Daily Download.

(CNN) - It was a horrifying front-page photo in every sense of the word.

It felt cheap, degrading and exploitative in a way that words could never match.

The photo captures a Queens man, Ki-Suck Han, after he had been pushed onto the subway tracks Monday as an oncoming train roared toward him. The screaming headline says it all: "DOOMED."

But the New York Post had every right to run the picture.


July 29th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Media's Fascination with Accused Shooter

Fred Francis, Jane Hall and Howard Kurtz examine the media's fascination with the accused Colorado theater shooter.

Filed under: Crime • Media • Reliable Sources
July 22nd, 2012
01:28 PM ET

Covering the Colorado Massacre

Bob Cusack, Ana Marie Cox and Ramesh Ponnuru join Howard Kurtz to discuss how the shooting in Aurora, CO was covered by the media.

Filed under: Crime • Media • Media Criticism • Reliable Sources
July 22nd, 2012
01:27 PM ET

Social Media: Covering the Colorado Massacre

Paul Farhi talks to Howard Kurtz about the role social media played in the coverage of the mass shooting in Aurora, CO.

Filed under: Crime • Media • Reliable Sources • Social Media
March 25th, 2012
01:18 PM ET

Media Bias in the Trayvon Martin case?

Lauren Ashburn, Eric Deggans and Derek McGinty talk to Howard Kurtz about how media figures like Al Sharpton and Geraldo Rivera let their opinions inform their coverage of the Trayvon Martin case.

Filed under: Crime • Fox News • Media Criticism • MSNBC • Reliable Sources • Trayvon Martin
March 25th, 2012
01:16 PM ET

Missing The Trayvon Tragedy

Eric Deggans, Lauren Ashburn, Derek McGinty and Howard Kurtz examine why it took so long for the national media to take notice of the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Filed under: Crime • Media Criticism • Trayvon Martin
November 20th, 2011
01:29 PM ET

Tackling the Penn State Story

Marisa Guthrie, Eric Deggans and David Zurawik talk to Howard Kurtz about media coverage of the Penn State scandal.

Filed under: Crime • Media Criticism • Reliable Sources • Sports
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