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.
Publicist Howard Bragman and Daniel Flynn of Breitbart Sports discuss how the media has covered Michael Sam’s announcement.
By Brian Stelter, CNN
Thursday Night Football is coming to broadcast television for the first time.
The National Football League announced on Wednesday that it had awarded the TV rights to eight Thursday games to CBS (CBS, Fortune 500), buttressing what has been a mutually beneficial relationship between the NFL and its partners at the broadcast networks.
The deal will only apply to the 2014 season, though the NFL could opt to extend it through 2015. The NFL Network, which has carried Thursday games on cable for nearly a decade, will simulcast the eight that will be on CBS, and will carry eight other games exclusively.
Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, credited the NFL Network with building Thursday "into a night for NFL fans." He added in a statement that the NFL's goal "is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS."
Read more of Brian's article here.
David Hyde, Christine Brennan and guest host Eric Deggans on the bullying scandal surrounding the Miami Dolphins.
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.
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.