Are viewers and readers being well-served by news outlets' coverage of the latest Ebola case in New York City? Dr. Alexander Van Tulleken and Dr. Arthur Caplan weigh in.
Brian Stelter explains "the difference a number makes" amid a big divide in news coverage of the patient with Ebola in NYC.
With Monica Lewinsky returning to public life (through Vanity Fair, public speeches and a new Twitter account) to fight cyberbullying, Donna Rice Hughes speaks with Brian Stelter about life after a media scandal.
President Obama maintains "a healthy distance" from cable news channels and other sources that emphasize "the political fight of the day," former White House press secretary Jay Carney told Brian Stelter.
"He doesn't watch cable news," Carney said, affirming what the president has himself said. But Obama does "voraciously" read news web sites, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN.com.
Here's a portion of the conversation:
STELTER: I wonder if there's some contempt, then, for this medium?
CARNEY: I think every president that I have known - covered as a reporter, and now worked for - has a textured, at best, relationship with the media, especially the Washington press that tends to focus and fixate on the sensational story of the day and sometimes at the expense of kind of looking more long-term. FULL POST
CNN correspondent Sara Ganim, whose dogged reporting at the Patriot-News newspaper exposed the Jerry Sandusky scandal, speaks to Brian Stelter about the backlash to her work, and her advice to student journalists.
Uncomfortable questions are asked in newsrooms when crimes like Wednesday's shooting in Ottawa, Canada take place: is the alleged criminal Muslim? Is the incident part of a terrorist plot? Rula Jebreal and Frank Sesno discuss whether an attacker's religious views should affect how news media outlets report on violent crimes.
Brian Stelter shares a page from the memoir of Ben Bradlee, the legendary Washington Post editor who died on Wednesday.
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with Brian Stelter about sensationalist news coverage of Ebola and why some people seemingly want to believe conspiracy theories about the disease. Some key quotes:
>> There have been "a lot of confusing messages that have come from higher-ups, you know, people who say one thing and then a couple weeks later modify those statements. I think it leads to a challenging of your faith in some of the systems, and that breeds some of this fear."
>> After "irrational fear," "the next step is then baseless speculation to make those irrational fears even worse." Stelter abbreviated "baseless speculation" to "B.S."
>> Stelter asked, "What's the theory you're finding yourself having to shoot down the most?" Gupta said, "The airborne one is big. You know, the idea that this is airborne somehow, that's not true. Also, this idea that people who are not sick could somehow be transmitting this."
Dr. Seema Yasmin, a CDC disease detective turned medical writer for the Dallas Morning News, describes how cases of Ebola are being covered locally.
The "ground zero" of Ebola is not Dallas, she emphasized, it's West Africa. "And we have to remember that," Yasmin said. "That has to stay the focus because as long as the epidemic continues there, we will continue to see imported cases to Dallas, to Texas, and to other parts of the world."
Yasmin joined the newspaper earlier this year. Yasmin said people in positions like hers "have a collective responsibility to reassure the public, but reassure them responsibly. Give them accurate information so they can make up their own mind."