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May 25th, 2014
01:53 PM ET

Red News, Blue News: AT&T-DirecTV deal

Brian Stelter examines the latest round of media consolidation and compares the coverage on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, and CNN.

May 25th, 2014
01:52 PM ET

Matt Taibbi on his new book "The Divide"

Matt Taibbi joins Brian Stelter to discuss his new book "The Divide" on inequality in how the justice system treats rich and poor - and why the media should be doing more to expose examples of injustice.


Filed under: Reliable Sources
May 25th, 2014
01:51 PM ET

Why #FreeAJStaff is still necessary

Brian Stelter updates viewers on the incarcerated Al Jazeera journalists who remain in Egyptian custody.


Filed under: Al Jazeera • Egypt • Reliable Sources
May 24th, 2014
10:07 AM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show – May 25 at 11am ET

From the AT&T-DirecTV deal to the P.R. nightmare at The New York Times, we'll examine all of the week's top media stories on "Reliable Sources" this Sunday.

Last week we led the program with Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger's decision to dismiss executive editor Jill Abramson. This week we'll follow up with the only reporter who has actually interviewed Sulzberger about it - Sarah Ellison of Vanity Fair - and NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik.

We'll also assess how VA health care delays were pressed into the national news spotlight. Dr. Sam Foote, the VA hospital doctor turned whistleblower, will tell me why and how he reached out to The Arizona Republic and CNN, and CNN correspondent Drew Griffin will pick up the story from there.

Later in the hour, Matt Taibbi will sit down with me to share an under-covered story about systemic failures of the American criminal justice system. He's the author of the new book "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap."

CNN contributor Paul Begala and "Crossfire" co-host S.E. Cupp will analyze how smears about Hillary Clinton's health have festered in the media...

I'll take a look at coverage of AT&T's bid for DirecTV through a Red News/Blue News lens...

And I'll close the program with an update on the Al Jazeera journalists who have been imprisoned in Egypt for months.

Tune in at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday!

–Brian


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Hillary Clinton to sit down with Diane Sawyer for first interview on her new book
May 20th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

Hillary Clinton to sit down with Diane Sawyer for first interview on her new book

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

(CNN) – Promotion of Hillary Clinton's book "Hard Choices" will begin in earnest on Monday, June 9 when ABC's Diane Sawyer interviews her in a one-hour prime time special.

The prime time hour was announced on Tuesday by ABC, ending months of jockeying to land Clinton's first TV interview tied to the book.

ABC said that a portion of the taped interview would be shown before the prime time special on Sawyer's nightly newscast, "World News."

 

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May 20th, 2014
11:50 AM ET

Customers give dismal scores to TV providers

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Note to Comcast and AT&T executives: you've got your work cut out for you.

Subscriber satisfaction with cable and satellite TV providers has slumped across the board, according to a new American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey of tens of thousands of people.

Of the eight providers studied, the worst performer is Time Warner Cable, the cable company that's merging with Comcast. The second worst is Comcast. They were in the same order last year — but this year, their scores are weaker.

Time Warner Cable has a score of 56 and Comcast has a score of 60. The industry average is 65.

The data was released in a report Tuesday, two days after AT&T announced a plan to acquire the biggest satellite provider in the country, DirecTV.

FULL STORY...

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Abramson breaks silence about NYT firing
May 19th, 2014
02:25 PM ET

Abramson breaks silence about NYT firing

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Jill Abramson, who was fired as executive editor of The New York Times last week, doesn't know what she'll do next. But she knows she won't be getting her tattoo of the newspaper's logo removed.

Abramson spoke for the first time about her abrupt dismissal during a commencement address at Wake Forest University Monday morning.

She joked about the timing of the address. "I think the only real news here today is your graduation from this great university!" she told the graduates. She then spoke at length about the topic of resilience, citing her own experiences at The New York Times.

Abramson did not speak an ill word about The New York Times or its publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., who forced her out after fewer than three years as executive editor. She praised the newspaper and said "it was the honor of my life to lead the newsroom."

FULL STORY ...

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What AT&T-DirecTV deal means for consumers
May 19th, 2014
01:30 PM ET

What AT&T-DirecTV deal means for consumers

By Brian Stelter, CNN

If approved by regulators, AT&T's $49 billion bid for DirecTV would be the fourth-biggest telecommunications merger in history. So everybody has an opinion about it.

Sunday's deal announcement stirred enthusiasm, opposition and above all else curiosity about what the combination of AT&T (TFortune 500) and DirecTV (DTVFortune 500) could look like. The House Judiciary Committee immediately said that it would hold a hearing to scrutinize the deal.

In the short term, the deal is unlikely to affect either company's customers. But the long term is another story.

AT&T - like its rivals Verizon (VZFortune 500) andComcast (CMCSAFortune 500) - clearly wants to sell bundles of broadband and television that deliver on the promise of anything/anytime/anywhere programming.

FULL STORY ...

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May 19th, 2014
09:55 AM ET

AT&T and DirecTV strike $49 billion deal

By Brian Stelter, CNN

AT&T said Sunday that it had agreed to acquire America's biggest satellite television provider, DirecTV, in a deal worth almost $50 billion.

If approved by regulators, the acquisition will give AT&T a stronger hand in shaping the future of television distribution and consumption.

AT&T-DirecTV would be the country's No. 2 provider of television subscribers behind a combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable. Add it all up, and Comcast and AT&T would control more than half of the market for pay television.

"This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the video entertainment industry and create a company able to offer new bundles and deliver content to consumers across multiple screens - mobile devices, TVs, laptops, cars and even airplanes," said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.

FULL STORY ...

 

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May 18th, 2014
01:21 PM ET

Ken Auletta on the New York Times shakeup

The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta discusses his reporting on the firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson.


Filed under: Blog • New York Times • Reliable Sources
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