April 13 at 11am ET

Colbert to succeed Letterman on CBS; Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) on the Time Warner Cable/Comcast merger; A look at how Chinese media are covering the search for Flight MH370.
February 9th, 2014
01:21 PM ET

Criminalizing journalism?

Glenn Greenwald suggests new NSA surveillance details could be released as his new media venture launches. He also responds to comments made this week on Capitol Hill that journalists like himself could be criminal accessories for handling leaked documents.


Filed under: Blog • Edward Snowden • Glenn Greenwald • NSA • Reliable Sources
December 29th, 2013
12:48 PM ET

Media year in review: Privacy

Rosie Gray, Christina Warren, Hunter Walker and Brian Stelter look back at the year’s biggest media story: the national security leaks by former NSA employee Edward Snowden.


Filed under: Edward Snowden • International • National Security • NSA • Snowden
December 11th, 2013
11:05 PM ET

Should Snowden be Person of the Year?

After a busy year in news, it was anybody's guess who TIME magazine would name "Person of the Year." But when TIME gave Pope Francis its annual award, critics cried foul and questioned its choice. Watch CNN Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter, Father Edward Beck and Joe Concha discuss TIME's "Person of the Year," as well as who else could (or should) have been picked.

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Filed under: Edward Snowden • Pope Francis • Time
October 20th, 2013
12:23 PM ET

Risky business for whistleblowers

Former NSA official Thomas Drake tells guest host David Folkenflik about his recent Moscow meeting with Edward Snowden and his own experience being prosecuted as a whistleblower.


Filed under: Edward Snowden • Thomas Drake
October 20th, 2013
12:23 PM ET

Whistleblowers and the media

Joel Brenner, Lucy Dalglish and David Folkenflik discuss finding the right balance between having a free press and protecting national security.

September 8th, 2013
01:10 PM ET

(Un)reliable Sources

Guest host Frank Sesno remarks on what makes a reliable source… and what doesn’t. (Teaser: Who knew a sex tape could teach you something outside the realm of sex?)


Filed under: Al Jazeera • Alyssa Milano • Edward Snowden • Egypt • New York Times • NSA • Sex Tape • Washington Post
June 23rd, 2013
04:24 PM ET

A 'hero' to some, now a fugitive

Amy Holmes, Michelle Cottle & Howard Kurtz discuss how the media has chosen to cover NSA leaker Edward Snowden.


Filed under: Edward Snowden • NSA
June 12th, 2013
10:28 AM ET

Leakers seek out advocacy journalists

Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources."

(CNN) – When Edward Snowden decided to expose the administration's massive surveillance program, the CIA contractor turned to journalists he knew would be sympathetic.

By approaching the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, a liberal columnist for a liberal newspaper, and filmmaker Laura Poitras, who Greenwald has credited with "exposing truths that are adverse to U.S. government policy," Snowden was following an increasingly common path for leakers of sensitive material: Find a like-minded soul in the media. And in doing so, they are bypassing the establishment press, which is then forced to play catch-up.

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