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June 29th, 2014
12:07 PM ET

Matt Lauer's sexist stumble

Inside Edition's Deborah Norville joins Jefferey Toobin to give her thoughts on Matt Lauer's interview with GM's female CEO, Mary Barra; did his questions about work/life balance cross the line?


Filed under: Blog • Inside Edition • Matt Lauer • Sexism
June 29th, 2014
12:02 PM ET

Should we listen to Dick Cheney?

Military analyst Rick Francona and counterterrorism analyst Phillip Mudd discuss former Vice President Dick Cheney's recent criticism of the Obama administration over Iraq; does he still deserve the media's attention?


Filed under: Blog • Dick Cheney • Iraq • Reliable Sources
June 29th, 2014
11:51 AM ET

Sawyer to depart ABC anchor desk

TV news legend Dan Rather gives Jeffrey Toobin his take on the big changes at ABC News, where Diane Sawyer will be replaced as "World News" anchor by David Muir and new "chief anchor" George Stephanopoulos.


Filed under: ABC • Blog • Reliable Sources
June 28th, 2014
03:56 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

Jeffrey Toobin hosts an abbreviated, yet packed Reliable Sources this week. Here's what we'll have for you on Sunday morning:

First up, Jeffrey will talk with Inside Edition's Deborah Norville about Matt Lauer's interview with GM CEO Mary Barra, in which he questioned her about her ability to balance the demands of her job with her role as a mother. Did Lauer's questions cross a line?

It was announced this week that Diane Sawyer will step down as anchor of ABC’s World News in September, with David Muir taking over and George Stephanopoulos stepping into a new role of "chief anchor" for breaking news and election coverage. We’ll talk with veteran anchor Dan Rather about the significance of the network anchor chair and the future of news.

Finally, former Vice President Dick Cheney has been back in the media spotlight, with a Wall Street Journal op-ed and a pair of interviews in which the Iraq war architect has slammed the Obama administration for the current perilous state of affairs in Iraq.  Should Cheney be back in the media spotlight, how are the media handling him, and are reporters getting at the truth about the cause of the current Iraq crisis?

Tune in this Sunday, 11am Eastern!

 


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Sneak Peek
Aereo suspends TV service...but not 'shutting down'
June 28th, 2014
01:13 PM ET

Aereo suspends TV service...but not 'shutting down'

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Aereo, the streaming TV service, will shut down - only temporarily, it says - in the wake of Wednesday's climactic Supreme Court ruling against it.

The court ruling found that Aereo violates copyright law by picking up the signals of local television stations and retransmitting them via the Internet to paying subscribers.

"As a result of that decision, our case has been returned to the lower Court," Aereo founder Chet Kanojia said in an email message to subscribers on Saturday morning.

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Supreme Court rules against Aereo
June 25th, 2014
10:35 AM ET

Supreme Court rules against Aereo

By Brian Stelter, CNN 

A huge win for the nation's biggest television broadcasters: in a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court said Wednesday that streaming television startup Aereo violates the Copyright Act.

Ever since Aereo was introduced in early 2012, its biggest financial backer, Barry Diller, has said that there is "no plan B" if the courts concluded that it was operating illegally.

Using thousands of miniature TV antennas, Aereo scoops up the freely available signals of local stations in cities like New York, Boston and Atlanta. It then delivers those signals to the smartphones, tablets or computers of paying subscribers.

Subscribers pick what to watch through a traditional on-screen guide. They can also record shows and stream them later.

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David Muir to replace Diane Sawyer on "World News"
June 25th, 2014
09:55 AM ET

David Muir to replace Diane Sawyer on "World News"

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Diane Sawyer will step down from ABC's flagship nightly newscast, "World News," in August, ABC said Wednesday.

David Muir, the weekend "World News" anchor, will replace her starting September 2.

The announcement ends months of speculation about a transition at ABC's anchor desk.

In a first-of-its-kind arrangement, Muir will not be the main anchor for big breaking news stories or elections - that spot will go to "Good Morning America" co-host George Stephanopoulos, who will have the title "chief anchor."

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June 24th, 2014
07:55 PM ET

'Wrong. Wrong. Wrong': Journalists show dismay for Al Jazeera convictions

By Brian Stelter, CNN

(CNN) - Monday began on an optimistic note for many of the journalists who had campaigned for the release of three imprisoned Al Jazeera English journalists in Egypt. They expected that the journalists - Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed - would be freed after nearly six months behind bars. "Make this freedom day," Al Jazeera correspondent Sue Turton wrote on Twitter.

Alex Thomson, an anchor for Britain's Channel 4 News who'd carried masking tape with him for months and posted dozens of Twitter photos of his mouth duct-taped in a dramatic show of solidarity with the Al Jazeera journalists, had taken a picture of a full roll of tape and written hopefully Sunday, "Goodbye to all this? Verdict is tomorrow."

But after the verdict was read, and the three journalists weresentenced to seven-plus years in prison, Thomson adorned the duct tape once again and posted a new photo. He captioned it, "Depressing day for freedom of speech."

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June 24th, 2014
06:58 PM ET

Jailed Al Jazeera journalists convicted in Egypt

By Brian Stelter and Ashley Fantz, CNN

(CNN) - Three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted in Egypt on Monday of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood in a ruling that immediately outraged journalists and activists around the world.

Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed had been imprisoned in Cairo since December on charges that included conspiring with the Brotherhood, spreading false news and endangering national security.

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Record U.S. ratings for World Cup
June 24th, 2014
04:45 PM ET

Record U.S. ratings for World Cup

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Reflecting the growing popularity of soccer in the United States, the 2014 World Cup keeps setting new ratings records.

The USA-Portugal match on ESPN averaged 18.2 million viewers on Sunday, topping the 11.1 million that tuned in for USA-Ghana on June 16.

Another 6.5 million viewers watched a Spanish-language broadcast of the USA-Portugal match on Univision, according to Nielsen ratings that were released Monday. Combined, the ESPN and Univision telecasts averaged almost 25 million viewers. (Another 1.4 million watched on the cable channel ESPN3.)

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