Sunday, July 27

Rula Jebreal and Jeffrey Goldberg discuss coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; Maziar Bahari on the recent arrests of journalists in Iran and his time spent in an Iranian prison

Rula Jebreal and Jeffrey Goldberg discuss coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; Maziar Bahari on the recent arrests of journalists in Iran and his time spent in an Iranian prison

What we're reading this week...
October 31st, 2013
04:54 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Becky Perlow, CNN

NPR's David Folkenflik returns to Reliable Sources this week as our guest host. Folkenflik and Team Reliable have some great topics planned for the show, but in the meantime here are some other stories that caught our eye this week:

'San Francisco Chronicle Bans "Redskins" From Print'

Jumping on the bandwagon with Slate and the Kansas City Star, the Bay Area newspaper has decided to strike the term "Redskins" from its vocabulary. According to a statement by Managing Editor Audrey Cooper, "Not everyone has to be personally offended by a word to make it a slur." Even President Obama has weighed in on the debate, saying "I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things."

'White House Photographer in Front Row at World Series'

Pete Souza literally has a front row seat to history - as the Chief Official White House photographer for Barack Obama, he's witnessed the President rise from United States Senator to Democratic Nominee and ultimately to the President of the United States. On Wednesday, though, he had a different kind of first row seat: watching the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals in game six of the World Series.

'35 New Uses for Old Newspapers and Magazines'

Critics have long since promised the death of print journalism, and while we pray that isn't true, at least Buzzfeed found a creative way to soften the blow. With the aid of a glue gun and some scissors, you can now use your old newspapers and magazines to make dresses, wedding bouquets and even hair bows. Who knew?

'A Real Time Map of Births and Deaths'

Worried about missing your mother's birthday or that morning meeting with your boss? This map might just put things in perspective for you. Created by Brad Lyon (who holds a doctoral degree in mathematics), the interactive map shows the viewer births and deaths around the world in actual time. Creepy as it sounds, the map actually has some uses - namely, to understand how the world's population is growing toward nine million by 2042.

October 27th, 2013
01:49 PM ET

Fact checking the pundits

John Avlon on PunditFact, the PolitiFact offshoot that aims to fact-check journalists and media commentators.


Filed under: fact-checking • Pundits • Reliable Sources
October 27th, 2013
01:47 PM ET

Jimmy Breslin in his own words

The legendary New York columnist sits down with John Avlon to reflect on his illustrious career.

October 27th, 2013
01:46 PM ET

Inside “Murdoch’s World”

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik discusses his new book about media mogul Rupert Murdoch.


Filed under: Fox News • Media • Reliable Sources • Rupert Murdoch
October 27th, 2013
01:44 PM ET

Covering America’s longest war

CNN’s Jake Tapper joins guest host John Avlon to talk about who’s to blame for the media’s diminished coverage of the war in Afghanistan.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Media • Politics • Reliable Sources • War
October 27th, 2013
01:43 PM ET

News tweets with a twist

Rosie Gray, Joe Concha, Jamelle Bouie and guest host John Avlon dissect a variety of Twitter-related stories from this week.


Filed under: NSA • Reliable Sources • Tweets
October 27th, 2013
01:37 PM ET

Obamacare’s image problem

After an embarrassing week of media coverage for the Obama administration over problems with Obamacare’s websites, Rosie Gray, Joe Concha, Jamelle Bouie and guest host John Avlon assess how the story was handled.


Filed under: Media • Obamacare • Politics • Reliable Sources • Technology
October 25th, 2013
05:54 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

We’ve got a packed show this weekend with our guest host, John Avlon.

The government may be fully operational again, but the same cannot be said for healthcare.gov, the government’s health insurance enrollment website. Three weeks of errors, reset passwords and disconnections have resulted in congressional hearings and provided fodder for late night comedians’ monologues. We’ll discuss how the media has handled these technical difficulties with Rosie Gray of Buzzfeed, Mediaite’s Joe Concha and Jamelle Bouie of The Daily Beast. They’ll also look at the fallout from the unmasking and firing of Jofi Joseph, the White House national security official who had been anonymously tweeting both inside information and insulting comments about Obama administration officials.

As his book “The Outpost” is released in paperback, we’ll talk to CNN’s Jake Tapper about the diminishing media coverage of the war in Afghanistan. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik shares details from “Murdoch’s World,” his new book that pulls back the curtain on the media empire of News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Finally, we’ll talk to legendary New York author and columnist Jimmy Breslin about his life and career.

Tune in this Sunday, 11am ET.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Sneak Peek
What we're reading this week...
October 25th, 2013
12:22 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

Join us this Sunday at 11am EDT when John Avlon, executive editor of The Daily Beast, returns as our 'Reliable Sources' guest host! We'll look at how the press covered the technological malfunctions accompanying the Obamacare website rollout recently, but in the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week:

"Netflix hits milestone and raises its sights"  With Emmy nominations for several of its original series, Netflix has proven itself a contender alongside conventional tv outlets like AMC, HBO &  Showtime. This past Monday, Netflix reached another milestone, surpassing 40 million subscribers worldwide. Though the company's stock has also surged recently, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings struck a cautiously optimistic tone saying, "“We have done well, but we have a long way to go to match HBO’s 114 million global member count or their well-deserved Emmy Award leadership.”

"The role of news on Facebook"  Nearly one in three U.S. adults now get their news from Facebook- that's coming from a new Pew Research Center study released this week. Researchers noted, however, that news consumption via Facebook was "common, but incidental," as the survey revealed that the above statistic applied to adults who were on Facebook for other reasons to begin with. While results found that younger viewers were more engaged with news via Facebook as a whole, several respondents across demographics noted that Facebook expanded the range of stories they might not actively seek out individually.

"Chinese newspaper boldly demands release of detained reporter on its front page"  The state-run New Express Chinese tabloid printed a front-page appeal on Wednesday asking officials to release reporter Chen Yongzhou. According to the Huffington Post, Yongzhou was detained by police after writing several articles which criticized a state-owned construction company. In an online blog post, Chinese officials stated, "New Express journalist Chen is suspected of the crime of damaging business reputation, and so on October 19 was detained by police according to the law."

October 20th, 2013
12:37 PM ET

Debating the debt ceiling

David Gura, Michael Tackett and guest host David Folkenflik discuss whether the political drama overshadowed the economics of the government shutdown and debt ceiling in the media’s coverage.


Filed under: Reliable Sources
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