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October 5th, 2014
01:17 PM ET

First rule of covering Ebola: don't touch

The Washington Post's Lenny Bernstein talks with Brian Stelter about covering Ebola in Liberia, and the precautions he's taking now that he's back in the United States. Dr. Gavin MacGregor-Skinner also joins the panel for a discussion about how the press is covering the Ebola outbreak.

Bernstein wrote this column for The Washington Post titled "Reporting on Ebola: First rule is you don’t touch anyone."

"In an abundance of caution as you go around Monrovia, no one is shaking hands or hugging or high fiving. No one is putting their arms around each other," Bernstein told Stelter. "You know, every once in a while you will see somebody do the Liberian handshake, which is just an elbow bump usually with long sleeves over those elbows. You just don't touch anything you don't have to."

Bernstein is now "self-quarantined" in his suburban Maryland home, following the guidance of health officials. But "I would go back in a heartbeat," he said: journalists in countries where Ebola is a threat are "taking a manageable risk in return for reporting what I think is the most important health story in the world right now."


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October 5th, 2014
01:15 PM ET

Media treatment of Ebola: going too far?

PBS "NewsHour" science correspondent Miles O'Brien, a former reporter and anchor at CNN, takes a look at some of the best and worst TV coverage of the Ebola outbreak.

"I wish everybody could take a deep breath and take a break from trying to pull viewers in by scaring them," O'Brien said.

He also said this:

"My biggest wish for the audience is that the mainstream media, the big outlets - CNN included - realize that science coverage is important and they should have people on staff who have a certain amount of expertise who study this beat. You would never run CNN without a political reporter, would you? Why is it in this world, where climate change is a big issue, Ebola is a big issue, missing airliners, all kinds of science and technological implications, why is it that big entities don't maintain science specialized units anymore? They're gone.

And that's a shame because we live in a world with a lot of things that sound very scary and it requires a little bit of digging to get to the bottom of things and put things in perspective."


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October 5th, 2014
01:13 PM ET

Sex vs substance in political journalism

Matt Bai talks about his new book "All The Truth Is Out," and he and Michael Isikoff weigh in on the trivialization of political reporting.


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October 5th, 2014
01:11 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: Secret Service shakeup

Brian Stelter takes a critical look at the speculation that clouded media coverage of the Secret Service director's resignation.


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October 5th, 2014
01:07 PM ET

Hong Kong protesters turn to "fifth estate"

"We are going online, indeed. We are going online. Even the conventional media in Hong Kong, they are conducting [so] much self-censorship... So we are all going online. We trust the fifth estate more than the local, the conventional mainstream media."

Hong Kong politician Claudia Mo tells Brian Stelter how the #OccupyCentral protesters there are making sure their message is heard.


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October 5th, 2014
01:05 PM ET

DirecTV, NFL renew Sunday Ticket deal

What a 50 percent increase in DirecTV's contract with the NFL tells us about football.

Related: CNNMoney story about the new deal


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