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April 1st, 2015
02:03 PM ET

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  1. Jon R

    Brian, I am not a pre election Trump Supporter. But if you want to evaluate Hillary as a poor candidate which she was. So many classic ethics violations, but you the press lost this election for her. As you couch your post election position and state your "fear" about Trump. I believe the media bias against Trump, from debate mediators, meet the press interruptions of Trump supporters, camera angles, misstating crowd numbers etc. so today you did what lost the election. You blame other views from your own as anti-media. You call Trump a fear monger, but isn't your show promoting a fear he didn't say. Bottom line, I believe 3 to 10% of Trumps vote was a rebellious vote to you and your co-horts. Interview the sentiment of the electorate to your so called fair and unbiased reporting. Some one like o'rielly can rule me, but he treated Clinton supporters and speakers with respect. His opinion was clear, but he doesn't just disrespect the other side. You gave us Trump!!!!

    November 13, 2016 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • MJ Casserly

      Jon R. – You have stated precisely what is on my mind. CNN, along with other mainstream media "MSM" sources, lost the faith and trust of half the nation and now has the chutzpah to self-servingly assert they are champions of journalistic ethics, while besmirching outlets that had the audicity to share the pesky, inconvenient facts that painted a more truthful picture than what MSM attempted to present to the public. Obviously, they still think we are idiots with CNN leading the pack with its laughable new blog.

      Let's consider the issue of fact checking. Any competent attorney or jurist can attest that "facts" are maleable and can be distorted by the manner in which they are presented or omitted. Facts are often subjective as they rely upon the perceptions of human witnesses who may miss key elements due to conscious and subconscious personal biases. One can interview 10 witnesses to an automobile accident and obtain 10 versions that are not only different, but contradictory. The selection and manner of questions can have a tremendous impact when attempting to glean the truth. Ideally, opposing views should be given equal consideration with an unbiased eye that will also identify motives and potential inherent biases. Even demonstrative and scientific evidence is subject to vulnerability. If key evidence is not recovered or is mishandled, the outcome will not reveal the truth. Accordingly, determining the "who, what, where, why, and how" is not such a simple matter as "Reliable Sources" would have the public believe. Even assuming a journalist is ethical and completely without bias (an impossibility), no single outlet has the resources to reliably fact check most stories to the level where the facts presented are undisputed. As most Americans are acutely aware, only via the range of a large array of sources, can one get a balanced picture. It is completely dishonest for CNN to deign that they will be a reliable source.

      For years, CNN has been notorious for advancing leftist leaning stories as facts while minimizing or outright ignoring the conservative viewpoint. They cherry pick "facts" to fit their narrative. A search of CNN.com provides ample evidence of the bias. Televised panels are overwhelmingly filled with noted liberals with only a slim selection of conservatives as a counterbalance. After the Wikileaks releases, CNN issued stories with skewed commentary that skipped over important revelations, including the full extent to which CNN staff colluded with Clinton. Why the scant soul searching within CNN about its own ethical breaches?

      CNN – you blew it a long time ago. It is too late to make a credible argument that you could ever be a legitimate source of neutral, ethical reporting. Obviously, the public agrees as reflected by your abyssmal ratings. http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/scoreboard-thursday-november-10/310992

      November 13, 2016 at 9:14 pm | Reply
    • MJ Casserly

      Jon R. I hit submit before adding my last comment. Just wanted to clarify that I am an unapologetic Trump supporter and am glad he won. I agreed with your argument about the need for respect and balance. Only disagree that CNN caused Hillary to fail. While CNN offended Trump supporters, they were already disgusted with the entire system. I honestly believe more citizens would have voted for Trump had more of the truth been reported as his positions were largely based on prioritizing Americans. We can't help the world, when our own house is in disarray. Hillary sold out the middle class and was a certain disaster. With Trump, there is at least some hope he will stand by his promises.

      My comment is also responding to the latest hypocritical video attempting to discredit other news sources.

      November 13, 2016 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  2. A.J

    This is not news, JUST biased opinion pieces. There are no journalist left, especially ON CNN CHANNEL. Leaking questions to candidates, is shameful.

    November 6, 2016 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  3. adolfo flores

    it is very hard to belive what we hear from the media when you see cnn ,msnbc end cnbc all against trump when he says something ,end you see fox defending everything he says i support trump from the start for some of the things he says end i do have to agree that he is the one making hes chances more difficult every time he opens hes mouth,
    but even if that is the case let us be the one who decide for who to vote when the media seams like they are choosing sides some people will follow , end thats where you guys are wrong end not been neutral.

    October 23, 2016 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Jansan

      The only problem is all media want us to have their opinion. It's not sourced of news anymore , it's a source of someone opinion.

      October 23, 2016 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  4. Mark

    CNN you can no longer call yourselves anything that has to do with News. Who cares what Donald Trump says I don't believe the American people do. Hypocritical if anything so now the news is the morality police The new best talk about Clinton's lying scrubbing her servers and selling access to other countries. Saying something and doing something are two completely different things. If you were going to be on television presenting yourself as a News then you should have journalism degrees. like participation trophies becomes unimportant. This is why Trump has to become president to make America great again because we are surely the laughing stock world. News is not been news since it became a for-profit entity. How does talking about trumps tapes have anything to do with our country Or are economy our national security absolutely disgusting no wonder CNN has only a couple hundred thousand viewers. I watch it because it's tabloid television. And I enjoy watching people whore themselves out to make a living. I watch it for it's entertainment value but it has absolutely no newsworthiness.

    October 9, 2016 at 11:45 am | Reply
  5. Linda Tedeschi

    Mr. Stelter went on ad nauseam about why we don't trust the media instead of actually presenting us with news. that is why. there has been a total media blackout in this country about anything and everything except Donald & Hillary. Try going back to real journalism, international and domestic news that doesn't involve what Hillary is wearing or which way the wind blew Donald's hair.

    September 18, 2016 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  6. Stan Matthews

    To the question of why the public does not trust the news media, the news media has no one to blame but themselves. When news quit being news and became entertainment, their credibility was lost. "In depth analysis" now consists of bringing both sides surrogates/apologists on stage and let them yell and scream at each other. There are no debates, there are only name calling for the benefit of those audiences that appreciate the silliness. When the news media became The Jerry Springer Show, they lost their integrity.

    September 18, 2016 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  7. Paula White

    So you want to know why the public doesn't trust you. Well, stop parading out Trump and Clinton flacks to (primarily in the case of Trump) repeat the candidates' lies and start presenting fact based analysis. And by the way, when a candidate lies, call it a lie. And back up what you say with the facts. And Brian, stop with the "who can know what's in a person't heart" as, I presume, your excuse for not calling a lie a lie.

    September 18, 2016 at 11:57 am | Reply
  8. nancy simmons

    I've never posted a comment to any political or journalistic websitet, but I can't stand it anymore. Ashley Banfield on CNN this morning expressed disgust at Clinton and Trump calling each other racist, while at the same time breathlessly reporting on it. With a resigned sigh, she asked when "we'll" get back to the issues. CNN and other media outlets are driving the bus for Petey sakes! Yes, Trump is hard to cover because he has no policies and engages in non-stop attacks and name calling, but Clinton gives (yawn!) policy speeches and there's lots of policy on her website and I'll bet if you asked a spokesperson to explain how she plans to help small business, they'd love the air time. So that's my first complaint. Second complaint is the false equivalence between Clinton and Trump. Trump has HIRED as a high level campaign official a guy who says he wants to and in fact does give a platform to far right wing ideologues - I have conservative friends and family who have deserted Trump in droves because they're NOT crazy and racist. Clinton isn't "attacking" Trump - she's pointing out facts. There's no equivalence.

    Hey, CNN, stop acting like you're at a tennis match just calling balls and strikes - you're mugging for the cameras, pointing out what the audience is wearing, the grimace on a particular player's face, did you know she hates the other guy, yada, yada. You're PART OF THIS! The only poor slobs who are just watching are us - the American people - we don't get a starring role until November.

    Right now, CNN is reporting on the governor of Maine leaving a creepy voice mail for some state rep - tell me, please, as I sit here in NM worried about the economy and inequality and the endless wars we're in, why THAT particular exchange between somebody with no power and somebody nobody knows rates national news coverage? You might as well report on a message I left for my ex-boyfriend, for all the effect any of this has on the nation. You're going to turn into the politics version of the National Enquirer if you're not careful!

    August 26, 2016 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  9. George White

    Time editor, Nancy Gibbs, was bobbing and weaving about how they missed the Trump story. Brian Seltzer should have asked her why didn't they talk to voters? Trum figured out what they were thinking. None of the MSM were "reliable sources". Why is this show on if they can't identify reliable sources?

    March 28, 2016 at 1:52 am | Reply
    • Shirley Kerman

      I just listened to Reliable Sources and there was additional proof that what Donald Trump says about the media, being dishonest, is true! He was talking about that reporter and Trump's campaign manager. He deliberately left out of the story that that Reporter was told to go in the back with the other reporters and not be in "the bubble"! But, as soon as Secret Service turned their backs, that female reporter went where she was NOT SUPPOSED TO BE!~ And, she touched Trump and the Campaign Manager had every right to get her away from Trump, for fear she was a threat to him! Reliable Sources, is NOT RELIABLE! Shame on them!

      April 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  10. Ali Rizvi

    Today there was a bomb blast in Lahore Pakistan and many children were killed. I turned TV on to get some details on this breaking news, however, there was plenty of news on Brussels and just a one liner on the incident in Lahore. This disproportionate coverage is a clear indication that the Western Media does not give a damn about the lives of the others. I am equally disturbed with the loss of lives at both incidences, however, unfortunately the Western media does not think that way.

    March 27, 2016 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  11. B. Herner

    Excellent content & guests on 3/13/16 show. Please continue to bring on quality guests as these folks were. More on the failure of the press to do its job, etc.

    March 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  12. Linda Wolfe

    Reliable sources? Are there any reliable sources anymore. Ugh. But I do like reading your tweets.

    February 19, 2016 at 4:00 am | Reply
  13. John Earnest

    I like how the CNN won't allow you to post comments on their site now.

    Brian, why do you hate Brian Williams so much? This week you had his story as the #2 story of 2015. Not to mention the several episodes you devoted two or more segments you asked other journalists if she should retire permanently.

    Do you know how awful your interview with Glenn Beck was?

    I expected more from you. You're too green for this job. David Folkenflik was a much better candidate. You just seem so inappropriately eager and out of touch.

    December 29, 2015 at 9:40 am | Reply
  14. missy stewart

    I find it hilarious that their title reads Journalism's stories instead of Journalisms' stories. And they are journalists.

    December 27, 2015 at 11:08 am | Reply
  15. Karen Stark

    Cnn, tried to overtalk guest regarding cnn has been constantly beat the war drums, not overtop but under current & voice inflection, so much repeatedly each segment of news seems subtle brainwashing, SO bye CNN NO watch your anchors, especially Don Lemon! Would like to wrap him in yellow blanket & give him a BIG Harry Huck squeeze!! Fox News is repugnant, so please quit that shit!! What about people like myself that are NOT SCARED, believe in America ability!! Trump hair on fire is a funny buffoon, he's having a good times exercising his EGO. Once again NOT arming or scared!

    November 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  16. Dwight C. Douglas

    HEY, Brian, you might want to read the RED LION decision on Fairness Doctrine and Equal Time, I believe your guest has it ALL WRONG, did you have a "Reliable Source" on the issue. No station or network HAS TO give equal time to anyone. They do it out of courtesy and fear mostly, but there is no legal ground for another candidate to be SNL, or CNN... check it out, dd

    October 18, 2015 at 11:49 am | Reply
  17. Al Burt

    In Mr. Stelter's interview with Jose Ramos, he failed to point out that Ramos, or any other reporter, DOES NOT have the right to interrupt a news conference. The speaker has the right to CHOOSE the people who can ask questions. It is not "fair" but that is something Ramos could discuss on his station. In general CNN pussyfoots around contentions issues with it's "balanced" reporting: There you have the arguments for "The Earth is round" and "The Earth is flat", YOU decide.

    August 30, 2015 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • Vald Pootin

      Agreed!

      September 6, 2015 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  18. TRS

    Anchor baby.
    Jose who was on your show now, needs to correct himself about comments saying nobody comes to US to have baby and become US citizen. He is clueless , all he has to do to request for information from INS , local hospitals in California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona and get copies of newborns with parents who are not US citizen. You would see it and hope won't make same comments again.

    August 23, 2015 at 11:43 am | Reply
  19. Name*Lisa Mason

    How could the host and Mr. Rich talk about top candidates and ignore Bernie Sanders? He has attracted tens of thousands of people, way more than any candidate and has risen dramatically in the pols, overtaking Hillary in New Hampshire.

    August 23, 2015 at 11:17 am | Reply
  20. Wm. Wadsworth

    Challenges of Police Actions– Many challenges to police actions like arrests or detainings continue to be reported by the media. The media is leaving the public the impression that challenges is "what you do." A strong reason for this is due to the fact that the media does not properly follow thru on these reported challenges, especially those that indicate the original challenge was basless. MEDIA, If a challenge is publicised, FOLLOW THRU!!

    August 1, 2015 at 8:07 am | Reply
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    July 29, 2015 at 4:48 am | Reply
  22. Mary Hansen

    Now that I am living with my sunt, it has become our Sunday morning custom to have Sunday Brunch and watch Sunday TV programing. Out usual Sunday line up is : CBS This Sunday Morning, CNN Farheed Zakaria GPS, and then Reliable Sources.

    This morning Reliable Sources was extremely disappointing due to its choice of topics. Coverage of Donald Trump and Hulk Hogan crossed a line between tabloid journalism and serious, responsible, intelligent reporting that my aunt and I have come to expect of our Sunday morning shows. Our remedy, of course, was simply to change the channel.

    On a more positive note, I rarely find myself agreeing with a Republican consultant on any issue. However, on Rick Wilson's comments on Trump and the media, I agree 100%..he hit the nail on the head.

    July 5, 2015 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  23. jansam

    What happened in Charleston is a tragedy and leave every one with broken heart. I watched reliable source and was disappointed. Why the host enjoyed claims that coverage IS bias? Show us the proof. There is no sane person who can support the killer. The biggest mistake by all of the media is you have to Unite All Races, instead a lot of coverage and personal comments from reporters working the other way. You doing all you can to create a big name for yourself, become a star overnight, and you don't care about aftermath you created. Very simple example: what is the difference between killing the family of Savvapos in DC and their housekeeper, tortured their 10 years old son and 9 worshippers peaceful beautiful people? There is no differences. These crimes are both outrageous and hateful. There no justification for both of them . Unfortunately the coverage of both is not showing any moves to unite people of different races by media.

    June 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  24. JIm Cornelio

    I generally enjoy your show though I know that like EVERY show there is SOME bias which can arise simply in the words chosen to convey the story (in other words, the alleged goal of becoming some sort of unbiased reporter who conveys "objective reality" is a pipe dream). It was your story on Caitlin Jenner, though, where I found you deviated from unavoidable bias to ... well, almost outright lies in your misreporting of the reaction to his/her "transformation". The suggestion by your guests that the transformation was pretty much universally welcomed/admired/accepted by open-minded, open-hearted (i.e., LIBERAL-minded) folks was completely undermined by Elinor Berkett's op-ed in the NY Times on the very same day of your coverage. In fact, it wasn't so much the op-ed itself, it was in the overwhelmingly favorable reader reaction by (open-minded, open-hearted, LIBERAL NYTImes) readers to her op-ed.

    I know that the only people us open-minded folk in the multi-verse are not supposed to tolerate are those who are intolerant. But if you don't correct your mis-reporting about the supposed favorable reaction to Caitlin Jenner's coming out then I will hereinafter count you as among the same type of biased reporters as you are allegedly trying to ... well, to out. And, no, Brian's reference to the negative reaction to Jenner in the blogosphere doesn't count as it was very much suggested by him that it was only those "conservative haters" who had the problem.

    Do the right thing, point to the Berkett article and the reaction to it and admonish those "politically-correct" guests of yours for their overly rose-colored viewpoint and who probably never met a person who wasn't somehow or another a victim and bold "survivor" of society's harsh and unreasonable judgment.

    Enough of that already. After all, you HAVE reported on that so don;t become a part of it

    June 7, 2015 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  25. julie kiser

    Though I don't regularly watch your program, I did catch it this Sunday when you interviewed the Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine regarding the expected liberal bias reporting for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. The expected cheerleading for Hillary couldn't have been made more clear then when the editor stated that the liberal and democratic candidates universally represent policies more advantageous to millenials. More glaring was her continued oining for more female candidates while both she and the interviewer summarily dismissed the fact that the republican party already has a female candidate running. It is fine to have these liberal bubble mouthpieces on but if you fail to provide an alternative or opposing interviews you are simply propping up the continued problems with the media in this country. I look forward to seeing the front page picture and feature article on Ms. Fiorini in an upcoming Cosmo issue.

    June 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  26. Marc Simchowitz

    Last Sunday’s segment about media coverage of so-called police misconduct and race left me wanting to rename that portion of your program “Unreliable Sources”. That’s not to say your show routinely leaves me feeling that way. I just expect better from CNN, which I consider among the most fair-minded cable news. Network. I think the segment gave unequal attention to the prejudices, misperceptions and misconduct to all sides. A fair dialogue would have:

    • Examined the kneejerk public and media reaction to highlight race whenever the officer is white and the civilian is black, but ignore race when the mix different
    • Challenged your guest when he listed Charleston, Staten Island, Ferguson, etc. as a string of police misconduct cases where “black youth were killed in police custody when doing nothing wrong”. While misconduct was certainly the case in Charleston, the police were cleared of misconduct in a number of other cases – Ferguson and Staten Island for example
    • Discussed why the media almost never examines the role unlawful civilian resistance plays in these cases
    • Examined why coverage of murdered police gets only miniscule media coverage when compared to civilian deaths

    Clearly, there are serious problems in our society that revolve around race. But when the media ignores some issues and disproportionately covers others they become part of the problem.

    May 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  27. Philip Domingues

    Small gripes: Brian, put a tie on! You are seen all over North America and I guess some of the rest of the world. You look like a fraternity kid. Put a tie on! Also let your guest finish their thought before you jump in.

    May 11, 2015 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  28. Sheri

    Love the new host. He was GREAT today. Can't wait till next week!

    May 10, 2015 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  29. Ellen Rowan Taylor

    I have many problems with the news coverage, the first one being the ad infinitum coverage of the issue of the day or the week or the month to the exclusion of any other news. I watch a lot of CNN and they are the most guilty. For instance, I could not turn on the TV without Baltimore for the last week. I saw nothing about Nepal. I would have known nothing about anything else going on in the world. The second one is that I don't see enough of the first line reporters correcting guests that they have when what those guests are claiming is dead wrong. Reporters are supposed to be objective, and that is a good thing, but aren't they supposed to determine the truth?

    May 3, 2015 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • jansam

      Agree! This is how history got twisted . You not getting the right story, but instead what reporter wants you to have.

      June 21, 2015 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  30. Mario Gutierrez

    First I must say CNN is by far the best of the best when it comes to reporting the News as it happens. My view on the word "Thugs" where did the word started to be used? In the hoods amongst Black Americans, just as they use the "N" word amongst themselves. But as soon as some one out of their circle uses it the cry foul play and the race card is put on the table. A person is called a "Thug" when he/she is living outside the Law, doing crime. I have been watching the coverage of Baltimore since the beginning and when the word Thugs was used I knew without a shadow of a doubt it was referring those that were committing looting and destroying property and not the peaceful and law abiding demonstrators

    May 3, 2015 at 11:45 am | Reply
  31. Dale Pfaffl

    Reliable Sources -right- Brian asks question Hillary Clinton wins election if___________. Well the guest laughs & does not even attempt to answer the question & he thanks her for being on the show.Come On MAN Your kidding right reliable souces Please

    April 12, 2015 at 11:28 am | Reply
  32. Rick Brewer

    Thank you for allowing a journalist – and behold a female at that – to actually defy the unwritten but universally followed code that alleged rape victims should have their names revealed by media outlets. Her reasoning that this code has led to poor reporting is valid. But it is not the only reason. It should not be the media's responsibility or ethic to provide the aura of a welcoming climate where women are more willing to come forward with these allegations, despite what may or may not happen to them in the aftermath. That is not the job of the reporting media. Journalism provides no other class of victim or perpetrator a likewise privilege, and it hurts the overall credibility of news organizations. While I am sensitive to what must be a very difficult decision women must face, journalism in the 21st Century must be neutral in all situations, not just ones that media companies pick and choose. I was almost drummed out of the journalistic corps for arguing the same point many times.

    April 11, 2015 at 11:05 am | Reply
  33. Dan Grattan

    Love Reliable Sources but was very sad to hear the long advertisment for the NY Times. I do miss Kurz but will get use to Brian and hope he improves.

    April 5, 2015 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  34. K Dee Glover

    I was deeply disappointed in Brian's perfunctory coverage of the controversy over Indiana's RFRA act. At no time did he challenge the guest who kept referring to RFRA cases that referred to government intrusion on religious freedom. The whole point to the Indiana controversy was it implicitly conferred religious freedom rights to corporations and individuals and did not explicitly protect against civil liberties discrimination. I expected more from Brian. What a disgraceful bit of reporting that added no clarity to the discussion.

    April 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  35. Elizabeth J Hughes

    I am a conservative and I do watch Fox news but I also watch CNN and other channels from time to time. This Easter Sunday morning I watched Reliable Source and it was terrific!!!! I agreed with every word out of Brian Stellar's mouth!!!!!
    Good Show!!!!! Thank you!

    April 5, 2015 at 12:25 pm | Reply

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