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Is the media scaring us to death over Ebola? Former CNN president Jon Klein on Nielsen's TV ratings glitch; James Risen on how the crackdown on whistleblowers affects reporting.

Is the media scaring us to death over Ebola? Former CNN president Jon Klein on Nielsen's TV ratings glitch; James Risen on how the crackdown on whistleblowers affects reporting.

June 15th, 2014
01:06 PM ET

Stelter's opinion: How the Bush 41 film on CNN was financed

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.


Filed under: CNN • Reliable Sources
June 8th, 2014
12:26 PM ET

CNN reporter questioned by Turkish police

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."


Filed under: Blog • CNN • Reliable Sources
May 18th, 2014
01:17 PM ET

A case of plagiarism at CNN

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.


Filed under: Blog • CNN • Plagiarism • Reliable Sources
CNN announces new prime time lineup
April 10th, 2014
02:35 PM ET

CNN announces new prime time lineup

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. 

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Filed under: CNN
March 9th, 2014
12:43 PM ET

Journalists in cages

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.


Filed under: Al Jazeera • Blog • CNN
January 26th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

The “B” List

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.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Blog • CNN • Fox News • Pope Francis • Reliable Sources • The "B" List • The New Yorker
September 29th, 2013
12:21 PM ET

Questions over disclosure

Guest host Brian Stelter shares his thoughts about disclosure involving CNN's Crossfire.


Filed under: Blog • CNN • Reliable Sources
August 15th, 2013
06:24 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

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.

Facebook use 'makes people feel worse about themselves'

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 Website Back Online After ‘Internal Issue’

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.”

Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin eyed as 2016 GOP debate moderators

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.


Filed under: Blog • CNN • Facebook • New York Times • Reliable Sources • Rush Limbaugh • Washington Post • What we're reading
August 4th, 2013
01:02 PM ET

Focusing the lens on Hillary

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.


Filed under: 2016 • CNN • Hillary Clinton • Hollywood • Media • Media Criticism • NBC
June 30th, 2013
02:20 PM ET

Howie's goodbye

After 15 years, Howard Kurtz signs off as host of 'Reliable Sources' with reflections on his time at CNN.


Filed under: CNN • Howard Kurtz • Reliable Sources
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