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September 13th, 2013
04:16 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

This Sunday, we welcome back Politico's Patrick Gavin as our 'Reliable Sources' guest host.

First up, NPR's Deborah Amos will join us from Beirut, Lebanon. A longtime NPR Middle East correspondent, Amos will offer her take on reporting from both Syria and Iraq and whether media comparisons between the two are fair.

Next, we'll speak with PBS anchor & 'CBS This Morning' co-host Charlie Rose about interviewing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As one of the few journalists to sit down with the controversial Syrian leader, Rose will tell us why he considers his recent interview "one of the biggest of his career."

Also on the show, The Washington Post's Max Fisher will join us to discuss his recent piece, '9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask.' Following that, DecodeDC host Andrea Seabrook and CQ/Roll Call's Emily Cadei will join us to weigh in on how readers and viewers are processing the volume of news reports coming from Syria.

On the heels of Apple announcing its latest iPhone versions and Twitter's IPO filing, we'll ask technology columnist Farhad Manjoo what's behind all of the hype.

Later in the show, University of Maryland journalism professor Mark Feldstein will join us on a visit to the Virginia parking garage made famous during the Watergate era by reporter Bob Woodward and "Deep Throat."

Finally, Will Tracy, editor-in-chief of 'The Onion,' joins us to discuss satire, spin, and what's behind recent Syria commentary & op-eds from 'America's Finest News Source.'

Tune in Sunday at 11am ET.

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What we're reading this week
September 13th, 2013
10:04 AM ET

What we're reading this week

By CNN’s Sara Fischer

We’re getting ready for a busy show this Sunday with guest host Patrick Gavin of POLITICO. We’ll discuss some of the key interviews and media coverage of the debate over military action in Syria.  In the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our attention this week.

Julie Chen Reveals Having Surgery On her ‘Asian Eyes’

CBS news anchor Julie Chen admitted Wednesday that she had plastic surgery in her twenties to make her eyes look “less Asian.” Chen recalls an experience as a reporter in Ohio when the news director at her station told her he would not put her in the anchors' chair because her Asian features made her look  less relatable and engaging to the show’s audience in Dayton, Ohio. With dreams of being a news anchor, Chen underwent plastic surgery to widen her eyes when she was 25-years-old. At 43, she is now revealing her secret.

Rupert Murdoch's Parliament Appearance Postponed

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch won’t be appearing in front of the British Parliament this month. Murdoch was supposed to appear in court over revelations of News Corp.’s bribery and phone-hacking scandals, but has requested to delay his appearance in court until the full investigation of News Corp. is finished, per the recommendation of his lawyers.

Time Inc.'s Executive Suite Was Where 'Ideas Go To Die,' Says CEO

Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp just took the helm this month, but is already proving to be an approachable leader.  He told employees in a town-hall style meeting that he plans to spend more time around the building and less time in the executive suite where he believes, “ideas go to die.” Ripp added that if he had his way with the suite, he’d “close that damn thing down.”

Shep Smith Leaving 7 P.M. Hour, Will Oversee Fox News' Breaking News Team

There’s a shake-up happening in Fox News Channels’ primetime line-up. Smith, longtime anchor of “The Fox Report,” will continue to host the 3pm hour but will retire his 7pm slot, taking on a new role as managing editor of the network's new breaking news division. And rumors are circulating that “America Live” host Megyn Kelly could assume Sean Hannity’s role in the 9pm hour. Fox has yet to officially release the new primetime lineup.


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