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How radical Islamists spread their messages; Red News/Blue News: is the ISIS "threat to the homeland" overblown? Hollywood reacts to Joan Rivers' hospitalization.

How radical Islamists spread their messages; Red News/Blue News: is the ISIS "threat to the homeland" overblown? Hollywood reacts to Joan Rivers' hospitalization.

'GMA' adds another man: ESPN's Tony Reali
April 10th, 2014
12:05 PM ET

'GMA' adds another man: ESPN's Tony Reali

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent 

One week after former ESPN anchor Josh Elliott exited "Good Morning America," the ABC morning program is adding ESPN host Tony Reali as a contributor.

Reali's role was first described by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. Reali, the host of "Around the Horn" on ESPN since 2004, is expected to appear on "GMA" two or three days a week as a part of the show's social media segments.

The program named a corner of its studio the "Social Square" earlier this year in an attempt to connect social media conversations to the live broadcasts. NBC's "Today" show has a similar set-up, "The Orange Room," and Carson Daly frequently leads segments from there.

The "GMA" position is part of a new contract for Reali that also extends his time at ESPN. (Both ABC and ESPN are owned by Disney (DISFortune 500). Reali, who also appears on the ESPN show "Pardon The Interruption," will leave that program. "Around the Horn" - which is currently taped in Washington, D.C. - will move to New York.

Read more of Brian's article on CNN Money here. 

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Filed under: ESPN • Good Morning America • Tony Reali
February 16th, 2014
12:50 PM ET

College football star reveals he’s gay

Publicist Howard Bragman and Daniel Flynn of Breitbart Sports discuss how the media has covered Michael Sam’s announcement.


Filed under: Blog • ESPN • GLAAD • NFL • Reliable Sources • Sports • Sports Illustrated
January 26th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

Twist leads to tragedy

ESPN’s Christina Kahrl and GLAAD’s Tiq Milan discuss the mistakes made by sports blog Grantland in publishing a story that outed a transgender golf inventor.


Filed under: Blog • ESPN • GLAAD • Grantland • Reliable Sources
September 22nd, 2013
12:39 PM ET

ESPN show keeps itself honest

We go behind the scenes at “Pardon The Interruption” with their resident fact-checker, Tony Reali . Then, guest host David Folkenflik speaks with Tony Kornheiser about how and why the show corrects its mistakes.


Filed under: Blog • ESPN • Reliable Sources
September 20th, 2013
06:34 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Becky Perlow, CNN

NPR's David Folkenflik returns to Reliable Sources this week as our guest host, and with breaking news stories dominating the airwaves, we've got a great show prepared for you! But with Sunday still a couple of days away, here's a taste of what you can look forward to on Sunday:

Following the breaking news of a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, news organizations rushed to report who the shooter was, what kind of gun he used and how many victims were hurt. Mistakes were made along the way, though, that ultimately framed the coverage of the story. Emily Miller, senior editor of opinion at The Washington Times, and Andrew Lih, a professor of journalism at American University, join Folkenflik to discuss. They'll also take a look at how the Wikipedia page devoted to the Navy Yard shootings evolved as the news itself changed.

When mass shootings take place, there’s often a debate over the level of “gun literacy” possessed by reporters.  Washington Post investigative reporter David Fallis, who has reported extensively on guns and has worked to promote greater gun literacy among reporters - will swing by the studio to explain.

After Julie Chen came forward to share her experience with plastic surgery - based on advice from former superiors who suggested she would need it to succeed in the industry - a chorus of support and criticism has caused the Asian-American talk-show host to prove eye surgery is the only surgery she's ever undergone. Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute joins Folkenflik to discuss Chen's decision to undergo the knife, as well as a broader debate on (un)realistic expectations for female journalists in the media industry.

Next up, The Guadian's Alan Rusbridger visits our show to discuss the partnership between the British newspaper and the state-side New York Times, as well as the issue of prior restraint or "pre-publication censorship" by the UK government.

Rounding out the show, we take a behind-the-scenes look at ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" with co-host Tony Kornheiser, who discusses the system in place to fact check the numerous errors and omissions his show has made in its 12-year history.

Tune in Sunday at 11am ET.

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Filed under: ESPN • Female Journalists • Guns • Navy Yard Shooting • NSA • Racism • Sexism • The Guardian • The New York Times
August 30th, 2013
03:46 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Becky Perlow, CNN

New York Times' media reporter Brian Stelter returns to host our show this week and he's brought with him a slew of great media topics to discuss. Since Sunday's still a few days away, though, here's a sneak peek to whet your appetite.

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen will be kicking off our show in Beirut with an update on the situation in Syria. Jumping back across the ocean to Washington D.C., our show will turn to the media's coverage of the Syrian civil war. The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone, The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis and Al Monitor's Foreign Policy Reporter Laura Rozen join Stelter in the studio to discuss how the media's coverage of the Iraq War might be shaping the coverage of the Syrian war, and ultimately, America's opinion of the war-ravaged region.

Then, The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald joins the show for an update on the NSA leak story and why it has become the story of the summer.

Keith Olbermann, formely of ESPN, MSNBC and Current TV, returned to ESPN this week with a new show. Deadspin's Tim Burke will weigh in on the anchor's 16-year hiatus from his first debut on the sports network, how Olbermann has changed and what he has planned for his new late-night show.

Finally, BuzzFeed's Whitney Jefferson swings by to assess the media circus surrounding Miley Cyrus' recent VMA performance.

Tune in Sunday morning at 11am ET.

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Filed under: Civil War • ESPN • Glenn Greenwald • Keith Olbermann • Miley Cyrus • NSA • Sneak Peek • Syria • Twerking
August 25th, 2013
01:55 PM ET

ESPN pulls out of PBS partnership

Former ESPN ombudsman Kelly McBride and guest host Eric Deggans on the NFL’s alleged pressure on ESPN to pull out of a documentary partnership with PBS that focused on NFL head injuries.


Filed under: Eric Deggans • ESPN • Football Head Injuries • Frontline • New York Times • NFL • PBS
August 23rd, 2013
05:14 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Sara Fischer, CNN

There’s a lot to discuss on ‘Reliable Sources’ this Sunday with our guest host, Eric Deggans, TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times and future TV critic for NPR.

We’ll start by taking a look at the coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Additionally, we will discuss the media coverage of American civil rights with longtime CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather, along with Senior External Affairs Director of Free Press, Joseph Torres and Founding Member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Paul Delaney.

Also on the show, we’ll speak with a Brian Beutler, political writer for Salon and New York Times Columnist Charles Blow about whether the media has been hyping the national race discussion and the fairness of its’ coverage.

We’ll also invite panelists David Zurawik, television and media critic for The Baltimore Sun and Mohammed el Nawawy, author and professor at Queens University of Charlotte to give their take on the launch of Al Jazeera America this week.

Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute will also join us to discuss ESPN’s decision to pull its logo and credit from "Frontline's" upcoming documentary about the controversial subject of sports and brain injury.

Lastly, we will chat with Wil Haygood, columnist for The Washington Post, who first reported on veteran White House butler Eugene Allen, the man who served as the inspiration for Lee Daniel's new film, "The Butler."

Tune in Sunday morning at 11am ET.


Filed under: Al Jazeera • Al Jazeera America • Civil Rights • ESPN • March on Washington • NFL • Race • Sneak Peek • The Butler • Washington Post
August 11th, 2013
01:14 PM ET

Sports television's crowded playing field

ESPN President John Skipper speaks with guest host of Brian Stelter on Fox's new sport network and the future of sports journalism.


Filed under: ESPN • Fox Sports 1 • Sports Journalism
April 7th, 2013
01:05 PM ET

ESPN Exposes Abusive Coach

ESPN’s Andy Katz joins Howard Kurtz to talk about his network’s reporting on the video that led to the firing of Rutgers basketball coach, Mike Rice.


Filed under: Blog • ESPN • Reliable Sources • Sports
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