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June 8th, 2014
12:30 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: The Bergdahl backfire

Gloria Borger, Ryan Lizza, Matt Lewis and Brian Stelter on how the media mood surrounding Bowe Bergdahl’s release turned from celebration to condemnation.


Filed under: Blog • Red News/Blue News • Reliable Sources
June 8th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

What's been missing in the coverage of Bowe Bergdahl's return

Rolling Stone writer and former soldier Matthew Farwell tells Brian Stelter about Bowe Bergdahl based on the 2012 article he collaborated on with the late Michael Hastings.

Stelter started the segment with this commentary:

Before we go any further on this Bergdahl story, I have to say something about the press's role here. This story is not just about whether he deserted. His actions may have been deplorable - we have to wait and hear his side of the story.

But it's not just about him. This story, at its heart, is about ending the wars that have defined the first 14 years of this American century. It is also about facing the moral and legal consequences of holding so many prisoners for so long at Guantanamo Bay.

Here's something to keep in mind, something I wish the press have made more clear this week in the coverage. I fact-checked this with the State Department on Friday. These five Taliban prisoners? They were released partly because the Obama administration concluded it could not press charges against them. It did not have evidence to put them on trial.

We, the public, have turned away from Gitmo. We've definitely turned away from Afghanistan. But the press can and the press should pull us back. The press should encourage us to pay attention to these issues.

I think the media has an educational role to play here. As President Obama said on Monday, this is what happens at the end of wars.

But sometimes that's hard to see when you watch TV and all you hear is - well, fear-mongering.


Filed under: Blog • Bowe Bergdahl • Reliable Sources
June 8th, 2014
12:27 PM ET

Hillary’s big book blitz

On the eve of the release of Hillary Clinton’s much hyped memoir, Mark Leibovich, Amy Chozick and Brian Stelter discuss the PR strategy surrounding its launch and how it ties in with her possible presidential run.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Blog • Hillary Clinton • Reliable Sources
June 8th, 2014
12:26 PM ET

CNN reporter questioned by Turkish police

After one of his live reports was forcefully interrupted by authorities and he was denounced by the Turkish Prime Minister, CNN's Ivan Watson tells Brian Stelter about the challenges of reporting from Turkey.

At the end of the segment, Stelter read this statement from CNN: "We have said repeatedly that we stand unequivocally by our reporting from Turkey and by our reporter Ivan Watson, a journalist of the highest integrity. We find his recent work in Turkey to be brave and commendable."


Filed under: Blog • CNN • Reliable Sources
June 8th, 2014
12:05 PM ET

The world according to Netflix

In the video above, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos tells Brian Stelter about his company’s central role in the move from scheduled TV viewing to streaming, on-demand programming.

Check out more of the interview at CNNMoney.com/Media/


Filed under: Blog • Netflix • Reliable Sources
June 8th, 2014
12:02 PM ET

Media movers and shakers

Brian Stelter gives us the details on Lara Logan’s return to work on 60 Minutes and Sharyl Attkisson’s new job.

 

 


Filed under: 60 Minutes • Blog • Reliable Sources