Barbara Bowman claims the media protected Bill Cosby from her rape allegations; China's president finally faces a free press; the TV station behind #pointergate refuses to apologize.
Brian Stelter gives his take on CNN’s upcoming documentary about former President George H.W. Bush, which was produced by an outside company with funding from the Bush presidential library.
After one of his live reports was forcefully interrupted by authorities and he was denounced by the Turkish Prime Minister, CNN's Ivan Watson tells Brian Stelter about the challenges of reporting from Turkey.
At the end of the segment, Stelter read this statement from CNN: "We have said repeatedly that we stand unequivocally by our reporting from Turkey and by our reporter Ivan Watson, a journalist of the highest integrity. We find his recent work in Turkey to be brave and commendable."
Above: Brian Stelter on the troubling case of a CNN editor who was fired after evidence of plagiarism was discovered in about 50 of her stories.
Here's what Stelter said:
You would think, in this age of Google, that no reporter would ever dare to steal sentences from other sources!
But I'm sorry to say it recently happened here at CNN. On Friday morning, the editors in charge of CNN's Web site published this very unusual editor's note about a shocking case of plagiarism. They said that one of the news editors they employed in London named Marie-Louise Gumuchian used other writers' words without attribution in 50 stories, and maybe more. The investigation is going.
CNN terminated her when it found out. And now the place where she previously worked, Reuters, says it is also reviewing her stories from back then, looking for more possible instances of plagiarism.
CNN only discovered the plagiarism during routine editing of one of her stories. Then searches turned up more and more examples. Now all the stories have been corrected and some have been deleted altogether.
You know, writers love to tangle with their editors - I do it on a near-daily basis! - but this case, this very rare case, shows how important editors are to the process. What an outrageous story.
By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent
Doubling down on its investment in original series, CNN will begin to devote the 9 p.m. hour of prime time to new taped shows starring Mike Rowe, Anthony Bourdain and others, the channel announced on Thursday.
The new strategy represents a shift away from the talk show format that CNN has featured at 9 p.m. for thirty years, first with "Larry King Live," then with "Piers Morgan Tonight." Morgan's program ended on March 29.
"We believe that genre is no longer viable" at that hour, the CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said, citing "too many outlets" and "not enough unique guests."
Following the taped series at 9 p.m., a new addition called "CNN Tonight" at 10 p.m. will feature rotating hosts. It was described as "a live hour of the day's biggest stories."
Read more of Brian's CNNMoney article here.
CNN’s Sara Sidner tells Brian Stelter about how she has stepped in to file reports on Al Jazeera while their reporters have been barred from working in Egypt.
Brian Stelter runs down some of the week’s top media stories including President Obama’s comments about Fox News, a controversial CNN.com headline, a mistake by The Five and a papal critique of the media.
Guest host Brian Stelter shares his thoughts about disclosure involving CNN's Crossfire.
By Sara Fischer, CNN
We’ve got a busy show planned for Sunday with our ‘Reliable Sources’ guest host, author and editor Joanne Lipman. Lipman is a former editor at the Wall Street Journal and Conde Nast and is co-editor of the forthcoming, “Strings Attached.” We’ll discuss the dangers of reporting on the recent outbreaks of violence in Egypt, the coverage of President’s vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, and the new trend of crowdsourcing social media online, but until then; here are some other stories that caught our eye this week.
BBC News cites a study by the University of Michigan which concludes that checking Facebook makes people feel worse about their sense of well-being and satisfaction with life. The study examines the causal relationship between Facebook usage and loneliness, concluding that the more participants used Facebook, the less satisfied they were with their lives. This condition, referred to as fear of missing out, or FOMO, occurs when Facebook users look at pictures of friends having a good time at events in which they are not included or present.
New York Times readers were in for a surprise when they learned that the newspaper’s website and email went down late Wednesday morning into late Thursday morning. Visitors were greeted by an error message upon visiting the site during the crash. The New York Times issued an apology message upon the restoration saying, “To our customers: As you know, our web site was unavailable for a period of time earlier today. The outage occurred within seconds of a scheduled maintenance update, which we believe was the cause. We are working on fully restoring service and apologize for any inconvenience.”
The Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” blog reports that GOP insiders are considering a panel of conservative radio hosts, including Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, as debate moderators in 2016. The GOP sources tell the Examiner that pressure from viewers combined with the potential for increased viewership are two factors in the consideration of the conservative personalities as moderators. The announcement comes a week after Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, dismissed Mika Brzezinski of NBC’s Morning Joe as a potential Republican debate moderator due to her affiliation with NBC, whose entertainment sector plans to produce a miniseries on Hillary Clinton.
Are various network/cable plans for a Hillary Clinton miniseries sparking premature 2016 rumors? Marisa Guthrie, Matt Lewis and guest host Patrick Gavin weigh in.
After 15 years, Howard Kurtz signs off as host of 'Reliable Sources' with reflections on his time at CNN.