August 10th, 2014
01:07 PM ET

Ebola coverage: informing vs. overhyping

CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on responsible reporting during a health crisis like the Ebola outbreak.

Here are some of the highlights from the conversation... FULL POST

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August 10th, 2014
12:37 PM ET

Journalists detained in Iran: 'Why are they in jail?'

Brian Stelter ended this Sunday's show with an update on the group of journalists that were detained in Iran last month. Here's what he said:

And one final note, before I say goodbye this morning, about the "Washington Post" correspondent who remains behind bars in Iran.

We first talked about Jason Rezaian on this program two weeks ago after he and his wife were detained in Tehran without explanation. CNN's own Anthony Bourdain actually spent some time with the couple back in June. He was there taping for a future episode of "Parts Unknown." And he's as baffled as the rest of us are about what's going on.

So, let me close today's program with something that Bourdain wrote for the Washington Post's Web site: "This wonderful couple is a danger to no one. They are nobody's enemy. They are without blame or malice. Why are they in jail?"

All of us await the answer to that. And all of us await their release.

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August 10th, 2014
12:30 PM ET

The business of being Glenn Beck

In part two of Brian Stelter's exclusive interview, Glenn Beck opened up about his business strategy - "my goal is to hit as many touch points as we possibly can" - and where he sees himself in ten years.

For more, watch part one of the interview, watch this video clip about Beck's admiration for Walt Disney and read Stelter's CNNMoney.com article about Beck's cable and Internet channel TheBlaze.

· Related: Glenn Beck's challenge: Getting onto your TV

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August 10th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

Glenn Beck on his media role model

Here's an extra clip from Brian Stelter's interview with Glenn Beck. In it, Beck talks about why he gave every one of his employees a copy of a Walt Disney biography last year.

"I'm not headed towards Edward R. Murrow. I'm headed towards Walt Disney," Beck said.

During a tour of Beck's headquarters in Irving, Texas, Beck spoke admiringly of Disney's achievements. "He affected our culture in a positive way," Beck said.

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August 10th, 2014
12:16 PM ET

What will Murdoch do next?

Rupert Murdoch withdrew his bid for Time Warner earlier this week, but is that the end of the story? Brian Stelter asked New Yorker staff writer Ken Auletta, who has covered Murdoch and the media business for decades.

Related stories on CNNMoney.com:
· Some people just can't get over Fox/Time Warner deal
· Rupert Murdoch explains why Fox "walked away" from Time Warner takeover talks
· No deal! Murdoch gives up on Time Warner

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August 10th, 2014
12:04 PM ET

Did the media miss the rise of ISIS?

Anne Barnard, the Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times, on the realities of reporting on the ground in the Middle East. Barnard recently returned from Gaza, and has previously reported from Syria and Iraq.

An excerpt:

STELTER: Correct me if I'm wrong, but this feels like a singularly difficult, almost impossible story to be covering. Have you ever covered anything like it?

BARNARD: No, I have to say covering Syria and all of the ripple effects of Syria around the region is by far the most challenging thing I have had to do as a journalist, because you have access problems, both on the side of the Syrian government and in the insurgent-held areas, and you have an incredibly complex array of ripple effects throughout the region. And you just can't be in all these countries at once.

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August 10th, 2014
12:03 PM ET

In the Middle East, media bias by omission?

"Crossfire" co-host SE Cupp and Arab American Institute president James Zogby joined Brian Stelter for a discussion on media bias amid developments in the Middle East, sparked by Cupp's op-ed in the New York Daily News.

"In discussing the demands that Hamas has in the negotiations with Israel, most reporters omit the fact that Hamas's stated main priority, its main objective is the total destruction of Israel and the annihilation of the Jews," Cupp said.

Zogby called that "one of the most bizarre arguments I've heard." He said, "If we adopted that line of argumentation, then every time we mentioned Benjamin Netanyahu or his coalition partners, we'd have to include parenthetically what they believe. We'd have to say in the Likud charter, there is a total claim for the entire land of Israel without Palestinians present in that land of Israel." Watch the rest of the conversation via the video link above.

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Sneak peek at this Sunday's show - 8/10, 11am
August 10th, 2014
09:01 AM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show - 8/10, 11am

Good morning! We have an excellent edition of "Reliable Sources" in store for you. Including more of my interview with the man you see above: conservative commentator and media mogul Glenn Beck.

But we'll begin with the very latest news from Iraq, Israel and Gaza. "Crossfire" co-host SE Cupp and Arab American Institute president James Zogby will join me to discuss media bias by omission, something that Cupp brought up in this New York Daily News op-ed.

And Anne Barnard, the Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times, will join me to share her on-the-ground view of the death and destruction in Gaza. Barnard was the Baghdad bureau chief for the Boston Globe after the American invasion of Iraq, so I'll also ask her about the current instability in that country.

I'm especially looking forward to sharing my conversation with CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta — the topic is an essential one for "Reliable Sources" — how journalists should inform the public about the Ebola epidemic without exaggerating the threat. Dr. Gupta has a lot to say about the media's responsibility.

And, as I mentioned up above, there's part two of my exclusive interview with Glenn Beck. You can catch up on part one of the interview right here. This week the focus is on Beck's business — Forbes magazine says it earns $90 million a year. Is it a model for other big media personalities?

Here's a one-minute preview of the interview:

Later on in the hour, I'll speak with one of the country's top media writers — Ken Auletta of The New Yorker — about the future of CNN's parent company Time Warner. Rupert Murdoch withdrew his proposal to acquire Time Warner earlier this week... so what might happen next?

"I believe that Time Warner's real game plan is [this]: they don't want to sell now, but... I think they are prepared to sell in a year or two or three," Auletta told me. You can read my latest story about Time Warner on CNNMoney.com.

See you at 11 a.m. Eastern time,


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