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February 15th, 2015
03:57 PM ET

'Reliable Sources:' February 15, 2015

Watch all the stories from today's show:

This week was a "shock to the system" for journalists everywhere. Brian Stelter discussed it with the legendary journalist and author Carl Bernstein, then followed up on recent scrutiny of Brian Williams' claims about SEAL Team Six with a former member of the team, Don Mann.

Will Williams be able to return to his "NBC Nightly News" chair? Stelter, Bernstein and former CNN war correspondent Michael Ware weighed in.

NBC News was in turmoil even before the Williams controversy began. Andrew Heyward, a former president of CBS News, provided the perspective of a network news chief.

Jon Stewart was a media critic like no other - so now that he's signing off "The Daily Show," how can he be replaced? John Fugelsang explained what he thinks Comedy Central should be looking for.

On Thursday night, New York Times media columnist David Carr died. Stelter and CNN's own Anthony Bourdain paid tribute to their friend.


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  1. jony

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    March 6, 2015 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  2. John Earnest

    Is this really you Steltzer that's pushing the Brian Williams talk or your producers? I would like to think its the latter.

    February 26, 2015 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  3. Ellen8

    Reliable Sources WAS a favorite of mine. Very sorry to see Kurtz leave but I'll give Steltzer a chance wrong about that.. The show is circling the drain the entire network is. Selective Solider said it best. Have just deleted the DVR setting for RS. I didn't like FOX to one sided but it's better than this at least parts of it is. I'm staying with ABC news local and World.

    February 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  4. James N Gibson

    Everyone is talking about Brian Williams and the issue of truth in journalism. There is when a journalist fabricates the facts as in the guy who phoned in his story's from New Jersey instead of Iraq. And then there is when a journalist reference a source that is unreliable or has reason to be dishonest. It's this later type where some leniency to the anchor/reporter should be given. But only to give the reporter the chance to correct the statement. Too often there never is a correction since the network or paper prefers never to admit to errors.

    February 22, 2015 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  5. Name*Alan spreckelmeyer

    It seems CNN is as usual into the liberals pocket. Instead of being fair they slant the vieq. Why would I think it to be diffwrent. With ted turner as its founder and for ahile hanoi jane as part of it. I remember the liberL reporting from vietnam and how it. Cost lives.

    February 22, 2015 at 11:57 am | Reply
  6. Chrissy

    Where do you see BW is getting a "free pass"? Just curious. And am even more curious why one man lying seems to be more important than that whole group of screw ups that are known as Congress? Who are also REALLY getting a "free pass" for the rest of their natural lives! Or how does GWB and Cheney get a "free pass" for multiple lies that have pretty much destroyed the middle class of this country? Those would seem to me to be bigger issues than ONE journalist!

    February 21, 2015 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  7. Peaches

    So BW should get a pass and continue to be able to lie to the public because there's others out there that lie? Great logic.

    February 21, 2015 at 11:52 am | Reply
  8. Chrissy

    How about some reliable sources on real and more pressing issues. Ok so he lied once, big fat furry deal....all politicians lie daily and i dont see much uproar about that! And how about some reliable sources on the affects of Congress taking kickbacks from their lobbiests. Which btw is tatamount to bribery for votes and most citizens believe this as a form of treason!

    February 16, 2015 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  9. Matt

    How do you assess the journalistic tone of Botelho's puff piece on president carter today? For a man of significant controversy, not just for his failed presidency but his post-presidential bigotry and anti-semitism, seems like quite a whitewash. Does editorial bias and Atlanta connections factor in?

    February 15, 2015 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  10. Selective_Solider

    REALLY?!?! REALLY?!?!REALLY?!?! WOW!?!?REALLY?!?! Mr,Stelter you need to stop drinking the social media juice. This is what kills me about CNN & ALL of cable news lately.

    I have to say it. It's one thing to have the Town hall meeting of Cosby Victims, anything airplanes ad nauseam, but you're doing what you're accusing Williams of doing. A journalist 'becoming' the news. You're on every segment of CNN, & it's always all about pumping up media scandals ala, TMZ. I never saw Kurtz do this.

    When the Cosby scandal broke,YOU wouldn't stop asking any guest from all the CNN shows you popped up on , "Why hadn't NBC dropped their deal with him, given the scandal. Congratulations, mission accomplished.

    If something is under investigation, from you Nancy Grace, you guys pile on with innuendoes askingwhy they aren't responding. Come on, you guys know better. Not to mention, the PC social media police doesn't believe in redemption yet you refer to their comments often. Twitter CEO admitted last week, they could do more to stop the twitter bullies. I guessed you missed that with all this late breaking news.

    The template for CNN and the PC social media police has sadly become (1) find a scandal ,(2) beat it in the ground, (3)ask for an apology,(4) ask for a resignation. A scandal can't come fast enough without Blitzer and Lemmon asking within the 6th sentence for some one to step down.

    When you guys covered this black lives matter march, I recall a slew of CNN commentators piling on the mayor, insisting he weigh in. When it's wasn't popular, you guys are the only ones asking automatically "should he step down?, Let's take a poll." are you frickin kidding me?!?

    I'm 1 of about 20 friends of mine who have been avid CNN watchers for over 2 decades and now all of our jaws drop on a weekly basis in observation how CNN is going full TMZ.

    Mr Stelter, your guest just told you in a professional manner "Quit piling on. It doesn't look good for you or your network.

    I only take issue with 1 thing you said , That 'NBC led the pack in the 90's with news.' You stand corrected, IT WAS CNN. This why you shouldn't throw stones.

    Your best work with Reliable Sources was the interview with Leslie Moonves. But you glazed over him telling your audience, "Cable news' shortcomings, is it ignores a whole demographic in pursuit of the deposable dollar crowd. WE'RE the ones that give them the dollars to buy disposable news they want to hear." No wonder cable news is in the toilet.

    This is not to defend a blatant lair. But to ask what no news commentator has the balls ask on air, WHAT HAPPENED TO CNN?!!

    You guys used to set the bar, now you're dragging it down with you.

    February 15, 2015 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Jade

      Completely agree with everything you said. I used to love CNN. Now it's just a liberal version on Fox News' piss poor level of journalistic standards.

      Well, I would say that if they were actually doing actual journalism, not just the chat shows, sensationalism and gossiping.

      February 21, 2015 at 4:39 am | Reply
    • dh

      Agree. I think they should get matching cheerleading outfits

      February 22, 2015 at 11:45 am | Reply

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