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Freddie Gray coverage still hot topic on Sunday morning TV

Charles Blow, of the New York Times, host Frank Sesno and I discuss media coverage of the Freddie Gray story on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday.
Charles Blow, of the New York Times, host Frank Sesno and I discuss media coverage of the Freddie Gray story on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday. (CNN Screengrab)

Media coverage of the Freddie Gray story remained a hot topic on Sunday morning cable TV.

Here's a link to a conversation I was part of on CNN's "Reliable Sources" with News York Times columnist Charles Blow and guest host Frank Sesno, former CNN Washington bureau chief and director of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.

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Reading Blow is essential to understanding the deeper currents of this story. He also has some kind words for coverage by the Sun in this video chat.

Over on "Media Buzz" at Fox News, host Howie Kurtz included criticism of WBAL's Jayne Miller for covering the Freddie Gray case without disclosing a major conflict of interest.

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After playing a sound bite from last week in which Miller acknowledged her relationship with a deputy in State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's office and said she would "step back" from coverage because of that, Kurtz said, "Miller should have disclosed that earlier, and she never said what she means by stepping back. The best course would be for her not to cover this story at all."

Kurtz also noted that Miller appeared on MSNBC during the Freddie Gray coverage without her or the cable channel acknowledging the conflict of interest for viewers.

Read my first piece on Miller's conflict of interest and why she should not have been covering the Freddie Gray story because of it here.

I call it an Ethics 101 decision. There is no gray in this discussion: She should not have been covering the story. And if she did, she should have disclosed each and every time she reported on it.

I will post video or transcript of Kurtz's comments if it becomes available from Fox News.

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