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January 26th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

“See It” for yourself

Comcast’s Sam Schwartz tells Brian Stelter about new “SEEiT” technology that allows for increased connection between Tweets and television.


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January 26th, 2014
09:01 AM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

Tune in to "Reliable Sources" this Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern! Here's a preview from the program's host Brian Stelter:

By now, you've probably seen this viral video of the MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell interrupting former Congresswoman Jane Harman to cover Justin Bieber's arraignment on Thursday:

It's a starting point for our conversation about the media's saturation coverage of Bieber's legal troubles. I spoke with Mitchell last night, and I'll share how she felt about having to cut off Harman. I'll be joined by BuzzFeed's Dorsey Shaw and Time magazine's James Poniewozik.

There are at least a dozen other media stories I'd like to cover on the show this morning, so I'm trying out a new feature — "The B List" — that will include a bunch of them. The producers have come up with some great graphics to accompany it, so let us know if you'd like to see the feature on a regular basis.

I'm devoting a whole segment to "Dr. V's Magical Putter," a story on ESPN.com's Grantland about the mysterious inventor of a new putter that prompted a public apology from Grantland editor in chief Bill Simmons. The subject of the story was a transgender woman who committed suicide during the reporting process. ESPN.com's Christina Kahrl, who wrote this essay titled "What Grantland Got Wrong," will join me, along with Tiq Milan, a senior media strategist for GLAAD, the prominent gay media advocacy group.

I'm also interested in following up on the recent essays about the harassment that female writers face on the Internet. At the beginning of the month Amanda Hess started the conversation with this piece, titled "Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet," and Amy Wallace followed up last weekend with an op-ed titled "Life as a Female Journalist: Hot or Not?" Hess and Wallace will both join me live.

Toward the end of the hour, I have a very special guest: Robert Redford. I taped an interview with him at the Sundance Film Festival last week, and I think people will be very interested in what he says about the festival, his assessment of President Obama, and the media's track record covering climate change.

Last but not least, I'll show you a demo of a new technology developed by Comcast to connect Twitter with the big-screen TV. (This was originally going to be broadcast last month, but we had to postpone it.)

See you at 11 a.m.!

–Brian


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Weather Channel-DirecTV blackout: No end in sight
January 26th, 2014
06:24 AM ET

Weather Channel-DirecTV blackout: No end in sight

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Nearly two weeks into the DirecTV blackout of the Weather Channel, it looks like there's no end in sight.

On Friday, DirecTV Chief Executive Mike White published a letter online blasting television channels for acting like "it's their absolute birthright to be paid more and more each year for the same content they offer, regardless of how many customers actually watch their channels."

White didn't stop there. He asserted that the Weather Channel's total audience has been declining as consumers gravitate to the Web.

"Why should DirecTV customers pay more for a channel they are watching far less?" he wrote.

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What we're reading this week...
January 24th, 2014
05:07 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Becky Perlow, CNN

From the Grantland article that kick-started a larger discussion on transgender reporting, to the Bieber breaking news that dominated the morning shows on Thursday, team Reliable Sources has an exciting show planned for you this Sunday. We'll also be speaking with the authors of the Pacific Standard cover story and the New York Times column that discussed internet abuse against female journalists.  For now, though, check out the following media stories that also popped up on our radar this week:

"This is Danny Pearl's Final Story"

It's been more than a decade since Daniel Pearl, then a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was abducted in Pakistan and ultimately murdered. Writing for The Washingtonian magazine, Asra Nomani gives us a first hand look at her friendship with Pearl: She describes  what it was like to be the last person to see Pearl alive and tells us what it was like to watch the video that confirmed his death. Since his murder, Nomani has spent the better part of a decade crusading for justice, calling upon the United States to charge Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (the man who claimed to have killed Pearl) with murder. In the story, she also details confronting the man who killed her friend "Danny."

"Firing of AP Freelance Photographer Highlights Perils in Altering Images"

You think photojournalists would learn already - don't alter an image! According to Poynter, one freelance photographer learned this lesson the hard way. After digitally altering an image to remove a "colleague’s video camera from a photo of a Syrian opposition fighter" and then "cloning background images to cover it up," Narciso Contreras sent the altered image to the Associated Press. The wire service has since learned of the editing and fired Contreras . According to Poynter, the AP said it will look back at Contreras' previous work submitted to the AP and check for other altered images.

"Komla Dumor: The African Journalist Who 'Lifted The Continent"

"Americans probably didn't know the name Komla Dumor unless they were real news junkies. But for Africans, he was a household name for anyone who followed news across the continent," writes NPR. Dumor, a notable journalist for BBC that spent much of his career covering Africa, passed away last weekend from a heart attack.

January 24th, 2014
09:17 AM ET

'Planet Hillary' magazine cover gets some buzz, criticized

(CNN) – A New York Times Magazine cover story about Hillary Clinton was getting reaction online even before the piece was released. But it was the cover itself that has created the buzz.

Clinton's face is set on a planet against a celestial background, surrounded by multiple circles of friends above the headline "Planet Hillary."

Amy Chozick, the New York Times political reporter who wrote the piece, discussed the provocative nature of the cover.

"I didn't pick the cover. But when they showed it to me, I definitely thought, 'Oh, this is going to receive a lot of reaction,' " Chozick said Friday on CNN's "New Day."

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Bill O'Reilly to interview Obama for Fox Super Bowl pregame show
January 23rd, 2014
02:50 PM ET

Bill O'Reilly to interview Obama for Fox Super Bowl pregame show

(CNN) – While most of us spend Super Bowl Sunday in front of the TV, President Barack Obama typically spends it on TV – and that tradition will continue this year when he speaks with Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly during the network's Super Bowl pregame show on February 2.

Fox News on Thursday announced plans for the presidential interview.

The interview might be more lively than other sit-downs with Obama since O'Reilly hasn't interviewed him in three years and since Fox News is the television home of opposition to the Obama administration. But it's entirely logical for the President to do the interview – it's an opportunity to be heard by one of the biggest television audiences of the year.

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Does Hannity want to run for office?
January 23rd, 2014
01:48 PM ET

Does Hannity want to run for office?

By Brian Stelter, CNN

(CNN) – Sean Hannity has become the latest cable news host to drop hints about a potential run for office.

On Wednesday the Fox News host, a favorite of conservatives, said he sometimes thinks about a political run. He didn't specify what office he'd like to take a shot at, though.

Hannity's comments – which thrilled some of his fans – came during a segment on his prime time Fox News show, "Hannity," called #asksean. One of the viewer questions his guest Megan McDowell read was, "Will you run for office, or do you think that you can accomplish more where you are now?"

Hannity answered with a smile, "Would you vote for me?"

Read more of Brian's article here.

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January 22nd, 2014
10:43 PM ET

Maria Bartiromo to start at Fox Business

By Brian Stelter  @brianstelter

Maria Bartiromo, the veteran television interviewer, will officially join the Fox Business Network next week after 20 years at its bigger rival, CNBC.

The move has been widely expected since Bartiromo left CNBC in November. But for contractual reasons, it was formally announced for the first time on Wednesday.

It reunites Bartiromo with her former boss Roger Ailes, who ran CNBC for a period in the early 1990s when she was a rising star in the business news world.

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Verizon bets on the future of television
January 21st, 2014
03:00 PM ET

Verizon bets on the future of television

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Verizon's purchase on Tuesday of Intel's OnCue television service foreshadows a day when a paying television subscriber will be able to watch any channel on any device, whenever and wherever they want.

It's been a long time coming.

A television subscription is still mostly confined to the living room and tied to infrastructure like an underground cable pipe. You can only buy Comcast (CMCSAFortune 500)'s cable service if you live in a Comcast neighborhood; for the most part, you can only watch DirecTV (DTVFortune 500)'s satellite service if you're at home. OnCue, and services like it, could change that.

The prototype for OnCue included a bundle of TV channels, like traditional cable, but was delivered over the Internet with a user-friendly interface. Now Verizon will put it to use.

Read more of Brian's article here.

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January 19th, 2014
01:17 PM ET

MSNBC VS. Gov. Chris Christie

Kate Zernike and Erik Wemple discuss MSNBC’s coverage of the controversies surrounding the New Jersey governor- have they gone too far?


Filed under: Blog • Chris Christie • MSNBC • Reliable Sources
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