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July 21st, 2013
01:29 PM ET

The passing of a pioneer

Judy Woodruff, Ann Compton, Candy Crowley and David Folkenflik look back at the life of groundbreaking journalist Helen Thomas, who died Saturday at age 92.

July 21st, 2013
01:29 PM ET

A revealing look at ‘This Town’

Molly Ball, Carlos Lozada, James Warren and David Folkenflik discuss Mark Leibovich’s exposé of Washington and how journalists have reacted to its revelations.


Filed under: Blog • Mark Leibovich • Reliable Sources • This Town • Washington DC
July 21st, 2013
01:29 PM ET

Rolling Stone cover rocking the nation

Kevin Cullen, Keith Jenkins and David Folkenflik examine the controversy behind Rolling Stone’s cover photo of alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

July 21st, 2013
01:29 PM ET

Is ‘breaking news’ broken?

David Flokenflik talks to WDRB general mananger Bill Lamb about his network’s decision to do away with the term “breaking news.”


Filed under: Breaking news • Reliable Sources
July 21st, 2013
01:28 PM ET

Obama remarks spark focus on race

Clarence Page, Clinton Yates and David Folkenflik discuss the media’s role in the national conversation on race.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Blog • Race • Reliable Sources
July 21st, 2013
01:27 PM ET

Helen Thomas, a career in full

David Folkenflik gives his thoughts on the life and legacy of Helen Thomas.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources
What we're reading this week...
July 20th, 2013
11:35 AM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN

We’ve got a busy show planned for Sunday with our ‘Reliable Sources’ guest host, David Folkenflik of NPR. We’ll discuss coverage and reaction following the not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial, but until then, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week:

‘Online series ‘House of Cards’ makes Emmy history; ‘American Horror Story’ leads with 17 nods’

Television critics and fans were abuzz over this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations, but it was Netflix that made Emmy history Thursday with a drama series nomination for ‘House of Cards.’ The popular DC-set series earned 9 nominations total, marking the first time an online-based series has been nominated alongside cable and network programming. With ‘House of Cards’ actors Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright earning nominations, along with ‘Arrested Development’ actor Jason Bateman, Netflix has proven to be a competitive outlet for original /web-based programming over the past year.

“The Rise of the Demolisticle”

“40 signs you can publish any old crap nowadays as long as it’s well-targeted.” That’s the premise behind ‘demolisticles,’ a phrase coined by Reuters editor Chadwick Matlin. The term is also the subject of a recent piece written by Slate’s Will Oremus. Using Buzzfeed pieces like ’23 Signs You Did Mock Trial’ and ’21 Signs You’re Dating a Designer,’ as examples, Oremus highlights the website’s business strategy as a driving factor behind stories that go viral, arguing that they ‘need only be carefully tailored to appeal to one very specific demographic.’

‘SyFy launches Twitter contest to name ‘Sharknado’ sequel’

On the heels of SyFy’s made-for-tv smash hit ‘Sharknado,’ the network announced this week that a sequel is indeed planned for 2014.  In an effort to keep the social media momentum going, SyFy is encouraging fans to tweet their #Sharknado title suggestions, saying the network will choose the sequel title from the online submissions. According to the network, the film, which premiered Thursday July 11th, garnered 5,000 tweets per minute at its peak.

“Inside look at the internal strife over Al Jazeera America”

Al Jazeera America is set to launch next month, but the brand and vision for the US-based network is resulting in some tensions behind the scenes. In a recent piece, The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald speaks with AJAM’s deputy news editorial director Paul Eedle about concerns and complaints from both inside and outside the network regarding the channel’s overall vision. On the topic of whether the network will take a more mainstream approach, Eedle said the channel’s message would be “give us a try and make up your own mind.” The network has set a launch date for ‘before the end of August.’

Tune in Sunday at 11a EDT.

July 19th, 2013
05:24 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Jamie Gray, CNN

We’ve got a packed show this Sunday. NPR’s David Folkenflik will be our guest host.

Last week’s not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial resulted in anger, nationwide protests and a week-long media debate about the racial fairness of the justice system. We’ll examine the media’s reaction to the verdict, as well as President Obama’s comments on the verdict and on race with our guests, Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times, radio talk show host Callie Crossley and National Journal’s Ron Brownstein.

Rolling Stone touched off a firestorm when it put accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its front cover this week, leading critics to accuse the music magazine of glorifying a terrorist. Are these charges fair? We’ll ask Mark Jurkowitz of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe and National Geographic’s Keith Jenkins.

Mark Leibovich’s new book “This Town” has exposed the overly cozy relationship between Washington journalists and their sources. We’ll discuss the reaction to his revelations with Jim Warren of the New York Daily News, Molly Ball of The Atlantic and the Washington Post’s Carlos Lozada.

After secret recordings emerge of a contentious meeting between Rupert Murdoch and reporters from The Sun, we’ll talk to Louise Mensch, former MP and current Sun columnist about the state of Murdoch’s News Corporation empire.

Finally, Bill Lamb, general manager of WDRB in Louisville will tell us why his network has banned the use of the term “breaking news.”

Tune in this Sunday at 11am ET.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Sneak Peek
July 12th, 2013
07:18 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Becky Perlow, CNN

After more than a year of non-stop media coverage, protests and court hearings, the George Zimmerman trial is set to wrap up in the next few days. All three 24-hour news networks have spent the past few weeks producing wall-to-wall coverage of the murder trial - but how fair has the coverage been to the prosecution and to the defendant? Callie Crossley, host of WGBH's  "Boston Public Radio" will join our guest host, NPR's David Folkenflik, to discuss.

Next, The Guardian's Ana Marie Cox, The Washington Post's Carlos Lozada and The Atlantic's Molly Ball  swing by the studio to weigh in on Mark Leibovich's new book, "This Town," which focuses on inside-the-beltway relationships between politicos, the press and the parties they attend together. Luckily for us, Lozada says there are 10 rules for succeeding in "This Town" (aka Washington D.C.). Can you guess what they are?

Jumping a topic train from DC politics to New York election races, our group adds former New York Post reporter Leela de Kretzer to  discuss tabloid coverage of Eliot Spitzer's and Anthony Weiner's upcoming bids for NYC comptroller and mayor, respectively. But as Ball wrote earlier this week in the Atlantic, "If Spitzer and Weiner manage to join Sanford in getting elected post-sex scandal, they won't be signaling a bold new trend. They'll be doing what politicians have always done: getting in trouble and then getting elected anyway."

Rupert Murdoch has agreed to testify before the British Parliament following the leak of a secretly taped recording where he has an ethically questionable conversation with News Corp journalists. Former Member of Parliament Louise Mensch, who questioned Murdoch during his original testimony to Parliament, joins Folkenflik to share her insight into the secret tape and what it's like to now work for one of Murdoch's newspapers, The Sun.

Next, former Al Jazeera English anchor David Marash and NPR's Cairo bureau chief Leila Fadel weigh in on Al Jazeera's struggle with editorial independence and coping with the Egyptian military following recent Egyptian protests in Cairo.

Rounding out the show, president and general manager of WDRB Louisville Bill Lamb tells Folkenflik why his station is moving away from the "breaking news" hype.

Tune in Sunday at 11am ET.

What we're reading this week...
July 12th, 2013
01:09 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN

We’ve got a busy show planned for Sunday with our ‘Reliable Sources’ guest host, David Folkenflik of NPR. We’ll discuss the latest coverage of the George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida and why Rupert Murdoch and the News Corp investigation are back in the headlines- until then, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week:

How “This American Life” made it to Episode 500 – Millions of listeners tune in weekly to “This American Life,” hosted by Ira Glass. And Friday, July 12 marks the 500th episode of the enormously popular program, which has launched both a multi-city tour and an Emmy-winning television adaptation on the Showtime network in years past.  The longevity of “This American Life” is marked by the program’s ability to cover a wide array of topics in its hour-long format revolving around a central theme. When asked about his feelings on reaching the milestone, Glass replied, “Honestly, it feels to me more like an odometer rolling over than anything else,” adding, “but I think it’s because I’m not built very well for self-congratulation.”

Layhmond Robinson Jr, 88, Dies; Paved the Way for Black Journalists – This week in the New York Times’ obituary pages, the paper paid tribute to one of its own reporters. Layhmond Robinson Jr., who passed away June 29 in Queens at the age of 88, started at the Times in 1950. In addition to covering the crime and state politics beats, Robinson Jr. was named the first black president of the Legislative Correspondent’s Association. He eventually moved to WABC-TV as a local television correspondent and was cited as an influential journalist for African Americans throughout his print/broadcast career.

Direct TV to offer new channel: Dog TV – Dog owners, set your DVRs- starting next month, Direct TV has announced it will launch a new channel specifically geared towards dogs. According to the network, the 24 hour cable channel is designed to keep dogs occupied while they’re home alone. The new pet-friendly initiative will also expose dogs to stressful sounds like doorbells in an attempt to help them adapt.  Per DOGTV's website, the channel will “provide television for dogs with 3 types of programming offering relaxing and stimulating content as well as positive behavioral reinforcements.

Tune in Sunday at 11a EDT.

 

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