Sunday, November 23

CNN's Sara Sidner and a media lawyer explain what it's like to cover Ferguson; big-name anchors are secretly meeting with Darren Wilson; Bill Cosby pressures an AP reporter.

CNN's Sara Sidner and a media lawyer explain what it's like to cover Ferguson; big-name anchors are secretly meeting with Darren Wilson; Bill Cosby pressures an AP reporter.

November 23rd, 2014
03:51 PM ET

Media waits for word in Ferguson

As Ferguson, Missouri awaits a grand jury decision in the death of Michael Brown, Brian Stelter speaks with CNN's Sarah Sidner and media lawyer Benjamin Lipman. Here are some of the key points from the segment:

>> Sidner: "There are 12 people that know exactly where they are and how long they think this might take. None of them are supposed to be talking."

>> Sidner: "I think we need to be careful with this idea of hyping. This community is already on pins and needles. FULL POST


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November 23rd, 2014
03:19 PM ET

Who will be the first to interview Darren Wilson? Several TV anchors have secretly met with him

Brian Stelter speaks with Inside Edition's Jim Moret about off-the-record meetings between Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and a number of TV anchors.

Related: Stelter's CNNMoney story about the meetings...


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November 23rd, 2014
03:15 PM ET

A new GOP-led investigation debunks Benghazi myths, and Fox News barely mentions it

Jeff Greenfield and Noah Rothman discuss the relative dearth of media coverage about a new House Intelligence Committee report that dismissed conspiratorial myths about the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.


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November 23rd, 2014
03:12 PM ET

Cosby pressures reporter who asked about sexual assault allegations

Associated Press reporter Brett Zongker tells Brian Stelter about the moment Bill Cosby asked him to "scuttle" a videotaped question about the rape allegations Cosby is facing.

The A.P. published the video of the November 6 interview on November 19.

"He said that if I was a serious journalist, we wouldn't use any of this footage," Zongker said.

"That was my favorite part, and by favorite, I mean most horrifying," Stelter replied. "That's the opposite of a serious journalist!"

"It surprised me quite a bit that he questioned my integrity for even asking the question," Zongker said.

"I have been an admirer of Bill Cosby growing up, watching him on television," he added. "I didn't want to ask these questions, but I had to ask these questions because I'm a journalist and I was doing my job."


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November 23rd, 2014
03:10 PM ET

Tech reporter with a target on her back?

Brian Stelter speaks with PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy, who was reportedly targeted by the fast-growing startup Uber for her critical coverage.


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November 17th, 2014
04:17 PM ET

#Pointergate: a case of shoddy journalism

Video contradicts a TV station's claim that Minneapolis' mayor flashed a gang sign. What caused this shoddy journalism? Marc Lamont Hill and Errol Louis join Brian Stelter to discuss.


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November 17th, 2014
04:16 PM ET

Cosby accuser: media protected TV star

Barbara Bowman, who has accused comedian Bill Cosby of rape, says some major media outlets ignored her allegations for years.

"I wish that people had been paying closer attention," Bowman told Brian Stelter.

And "I wish that there were more gutsy journalists to take that on," she added. "But I also - I have to have some empathy for the journalists - because I think that sometimes there are situations when they feel their hands are tied."

Bowman said it is "a little bit on the irresponsible side" for NBC to be developing a new sitcom with Cosby at the center. "I think they need to take a good, hard look at what is important to them," she added.

Related:

  • CNNMoney: Bill Cosby's attorney calls rape allegations 'decade-old' and 'discredited'
  • Columbia Journalism Review: Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions?
  • New York Times: Cosby Is Off Another Show as Rape Accusations Swirl

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    November 17th, 2014
    04:12 PM ET

    How comedians like John Oliver helped teach the public about 'net neutrality'

    President Obama wants action on Internet regulation. Why now? Hear from Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who coined the term "net neutrality" 11 years ago.

    Wu says comedians like John Oliver deserve "a lot of credit" for raising public awareness about the issue.

    "Look, I like to think that our fascinating speeches make a difference, but sometimes comedians are more effective," Wu said.

    Also: in this web-exclusive video, Wu describes the "biggest misconception" about net neutrality:


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    November 17th, 2014
    04:11 PM ET

    Red News/Blue News: debating immigration

    Brian Stelter shows how Fox News and MSNBC are having two different conversations about Obama's immigration plan.


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    November 16th, 2014
    04:46 PM ET

    Questioning the president of China

    In the above video, Mark Landler of The New York Times describes the extraordinary moment when he questioned the Chinese president about visas for American journalists.

    "He just looked irritated," Landler said. "He looked like a kind of a guy who's not used to having people talk back to him."

    Also: in this web-exclusive clip, Landler explains how the White House gives reporters a subtle heads-up before they might be called on by the president at a press conference.


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