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March 8th, 2015
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March 1st, 2015
05:38 PM ET

'Reliable Sources:' March 1, 2015

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Almost every day this week, there was a new challenge to Bill O'Reilly's past reporting. Now CNN has obtained an audio tape that contradicts what O'Reilly has said about covering the suicide of a figure in the investigation of the JFK assassination. JFKFacts.org editor Jefferson Morley, who first published the tape, explains its significance.

O'Reilly has criticized and even threatened some of the reporters who are covering the controversy. At the 8-minute mark in this video, Amanda Terkel describes what it was like to be "ambushed" by producers for O'Reilly's show.

Is O'Reilly a journalist, an entertainer or something else? Media critic and NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen says the best title might be "performance artist," and that Fox News is best understood as "resentment news" for a niche audience.

"The Dress" that lit up the Internet on Thursday night actually revealed something about the future of media. BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith shares some of the lessons learned.

Speaking of the Internet... the FCC is enacting new rules that seek to ensure so-called "net neutrality," but Senator Al Franken says the fight is not over. He responds to objections from Comcast and other big broadband providers.

And speaking of Comcast... it, Time Warner Cable and Al Sharpton are all defendants in a racial discrimination case brought forth by Byron Allen, the CEO of Entertainment Studios. Here's how Allen describes his case and what he's hoping to accomplish through the lawsuit.

Netflix's "House of Cards" is not just a television show, it's a pop culture phenomenon. With binges of the third season now underway, series creator Beau Willimon talks about how everyone has a little bit of Frank Underwood inside them.


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February 22nd, 2015
02:47 PM ET

'Reliable Sources:' February 22, 2015

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's claims about "war zone" experience are coming under intense scrutiny. Former CBS news correspondent Eric Engberg disputes several of O'Reilly's claims about his time covering the Falklands War from Argentina.

How do the charges against O'Reilly compare to the allegations levied against NBC's Brian Williams? Will the media response be the same? Brian Stelter speaks with Daily Beast columnist Jeff Greenfield and follows up with Engberg.

With Williams suspended without pay for six months, what does the future hold for the "NBC Nightly News?" "Inside Edition" host Deborah Norville joins Brian Stelter to analyze whether NBC's ratings are holding up with Lester Holt in the anchor chair.

Rudy Giuliani dominated headlines this week for his comments that he believes Obama doesn't love America. CNN commentator Van Jones & former Giuliani speechwriter David Frum explore how media responded.

Are you planning to watch the Oscars? Movie producer & Academy voter Ira Deutchman gives viewers an insider perspective into the voting process.


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February 15th, 2015
03:57 PM ET

'Reliable Sources:' February 15, 2015

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This week was a "shock to the system" for journalists everywhere. Brian Stelter discussed it with the legendary journalist and author Carl Bernstein, then followed up on recent scrutiny of Brian Williams' claims about SEAL Team Six with a former member of the team, Don Mann.

Will Williams be able to return to his "NBC Nightly News" chair? Stelter, Bernstein and former CNN war correspondent Michael Ware weighed in.

NBC News was in turmoil even before the Williams controversy began. Andrew Heyward, a former president of CBS News, provided the perspective of a network news chief.

Jon Stewart was a media critic like no other - so now that he's signing off "The Daily Show," how can he be replaced? John Fugelsang explained what he thinks Comedy Central should be looking for.

On Thursday night, New York Times media columnist David Carr died. Stelter and CNN's own Anthony Bourdain paid tribute to their friend.


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February 9th, 2015
09:26 AM ET
February 1st, 2015
01:38 PM ET

'Reliable Sources:' February 1, 2015

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After 400 days in an Egyptian prison, Al Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste is free. But two of his colleagues remain behind bars. CNN's Ian Lee has the latest from Cairo, and Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey has a message for the Egyptian authorities.

Words matter. So why do Obama administration officials and some in the press shy away from labels like "terrorists" and "Islamic terrorism?" Ahmed Shihab-Eldin and SE Cupp weigh in.

The first Super Bowl was televised by NBC and CBS - but neither network has the footage anymore! Jack Whitaker, a play-by-play announcer at that historic game, describes the on- and off-the-field rivalries.

There is one copy of the CBS telecast of Super Bowl I, discovered in a Pennsylvania attic many years ago, but it's in legal limbo. Steven Harwood, who represents the man who found the tape, explains the situation.

The "Fox News Primary" is underway for prospective Republican presidential candidates. How important is it, really? Gabriel Sherman and Matt Lewis offer 2 different points of view.

The future of media is being invented in Silicon Valley - and some of the inventors are pushing their bodies and their minds to the limit, as CNNMoney's Laurie Segall describes in this report, part of her series "Sex, Drugs and Silicon Valley."


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January 25th, 2015
05:05 PM ET

'Reliable Sources:' January 25, 2015

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Should the news media name the perpetrators of mass shootings and show their faces? The parents of two Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting victims say no. Tom and Caren Teves and Lonnie and Sandy Phillips explain their new campaign called 'No Notoriety.'

What should we believe about #DeflateGate? Former NFL players Chris Kluwe and Tim Green talk about what's at stake and how the current controversy arguably distracts from more serious scandals.

Is the media over-inflating the Patriots football story? L.Z. Granderson and Chris Villani weigh in.

How seriously should the political press take potential 2016 presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Sarah Palin? CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and The Washington Post's Robert Costa have two different answers.

"American Sniper keeps breaking box office records - and keeps generating controversy about the real-life story of Chris Kyle. Are movies supposed to be reliable sources? Veterans Paul Rieckhoff and Jonathan Gilliam say no - and they call the movie an important conversation-starter about the Iraq War.

Earlier this week, Amazon Studios revealed a plan to make or acquire a dozen original movies a year. In his first interview since the announcement, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price calls it a "middle ground" between traditional theatrical and all-digital movie releases.


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January 19th, 2015
11:41 AM ET

'Reliable Sources:' January 18, 2015

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  · Former Charlie Hebdo writer Caroline Fourest speaks out; Frank Sesno joins the conversation about showing controversial Mohammed cartoons

  · The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill talks about using terrorists as anonymous sources and about what he calls a "circus of hypocrisy" among foreign leaders who claim to support a free press

  · Cartoonist Eli Valley and comedian Maz Jobrani discuss what happens when satire turns deadly serious

  · Elliott Abrams and Ahmed Shihab-Eldin on media portrayals of Jews and Muslims - and Fox's four apologies

  · Is there more to "Selma" being snubbed at the Oscars? Actor and activist Gbenga Akinnagbe says yes

  · Brian Stelter tours the memorial at Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris


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December 27th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Web exclusive: will Cuba loosen its grip on media and widen Internet access?

Does the renewing of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba augur an flourishing of independent media and Internet access on the island? Brian Stelter asks New York Times editorial board member Ernesto Londoño, recently back from a trip to Havana, and OnCuba editor in chief Hugo Cancio.

"People desperately want the Internet and it seems clear to me that the state has used Internet access to control information fairly tightly," Londoño said.

He said the Cuban government has recently signaled that it wants to expand access.

"And if they keep their word, I think that could have a transformational effect," he said. "I think the more information that flows freely, the more Cubans will start debating and challenging the system. And I think that would have a very healthy impact."


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December 22nd, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Will anyone dare air 'The Interview?'

Famed defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz, Bold Films CEO Gary Michael Walters, and Variety co-editor in chief Andrew Wallenstein describe the consequences of the Sony cyber-attack and the postponement of the theatrical release of "The Interview."

A few of the highlights:

  · Dershowitz: "This dictator managed to do what no American president can do - that is, censor a film because of its content."

  · Dershowitz: "We must fight back, and the answer has to be, as it always is, if you try to censor, it will backfire. More people will see, more people will read, we will fight fire with fire."

  · Walters on Hollywood's reaction: It's crucial that Sony "not stand alone... the industry, law enforcement, the government needs to come together and formulate a common policy, because when America unites in a crisis, we're unstoppable."

  · Walters on the fate of the studio, which he is in business with: "I think it's like Mark Twain said - the rumors of Sony's demise are greatly exaggerated. They're a great company. They do a lot of great work."

  · Wallenstein on the potential release of the movie: "Sony wants to strike while the iron is hot. There's a lot of controversy generating publicity. They spent a lot of marketing money. I think they want to make it happen soon."


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