Is the media scaring us to death over Ebola? Former CNN president Jon Klein on Nielsen's TV ratings glitch; James Risen on how the crackdown on whistleblowers affects reporting.
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.
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."