CNN's Sara Sidner and a media lawyer explain what it's like to cover Ferguson; big-name anchors are secretly meeting with Darren Wilson; Bill Cosby pressures an AP reporter.
Christina Bellantoni, Jake Sherman, David Leonhardt, and Brian Stelter on how most of the press missed predicting one of the biggest political upsets in years - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's loss to primary opponent David Brat.
Kate Zernike talks to Brian Stelter about her reporting of new developments in the ongoing story of Governor Christie's possible involvement in closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge.
Former FEMA director Michael Brown and CNN's Carol Costello join Brian Stelter to discuss the role of journalists in holding public officials accountable during public emergencies.
Rosie Gray, Christina Warren, Hunter Walker and Brian Stelter discuss the year’s biggest media stories from the world of politics.
Amy Holmes, Christina Bellatoni, Peter Hamby and Stelter discuss Hamby's reporting on possible GOP plans to tighten their control over primary debates during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Tune in to "Reliable Sources" this Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern! Here's a preview from the program's host Brian Stelter:
In 2010 the Associated Press reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman learned that the United States government had been lying about Robert Levinson, an American who had disappeared in Iran three years earlier. Levinson was not, as government officials claimed, a private investigator who had been in Iran on business. He was a contractor for the C.I.A. The Associated Press and several other news organizations refrained from reporting what they knew about Levinson's identity until this week. Why now?
That's where we will begin "Reliable Sources" this Sunday. The White House says that the publication of stories about Levinson has been "highly irresponsible." The A.P. obviously disagrees. Apuzzo will be on set with me in Washington to discuss.
Before the show, I'd like to know what you think about the C.I.A. spy stories - add a comment at the bottom of this blog post.
Then we'll pivot to this week's Santa controversy. (What an odd thing to write.) Aisha Harris, a culture blogger for Slate magazine, wrote a blog post on Tuesday titled "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore." By now you've probably heard about the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly's reaction — "Santa just is white" — and the reactions to her reaction, etcetera.
But someone was missing from Kelly's much-talked-about segment on Wednesday: the blogger who started it all. Harris says "Fox didn't bother reaching out to me personally to debate the issue at hand." Maybe Fox reached out to someone else at Slate; I don't know. But when a CNN producer emailed Harris on Friday morning, she replied right away; she'll join me live from New York. (For what it's worth, Fox also apparently tried to book her on Friday; Kelly said on Friday night that Slate "denied our request.")
Later on in the show, we'll look at the recently reignited debate between the White House and the press corps over access with CNN’s national political reporter Peter Hamby, Roll Call's new editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni and The Blaze's "Hot List" host Amy Holmes. The political panel will also discuss Hamby's exclusive report on Republican plans to overhaul the 2016 primary process.
Republicans are quietly advancing a new set of rules to condense and reform the 2016 primary calendar http://t.co/uDrJBL7NfD
— Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN) December 11, 2013
Here's a segment we have been planning for weeks: the "Anchorman 2" marketing assault. Some analysts have said that Ron Burgundy is showing us the future of movie marketing. I'll ask Adweek's Sam Thielman if he agrees.
[Post-show update: I'd mentioned a segment here about Comcast and a new technology that lets Twitter users tune their TV sets and start watching shows on their mobile devices straight from Twitter. We held the segment for time constraints, so look for it on a future edition of the program.]
See you Sunday!
CNN’s Jake Tapper joins guest host John Avlon to talk about who’s to blame for the media’s diminished coverage of the war in Afghanistan.
After an embarrassing week of media coverage for the Obama administration over problems with Obamacare’s websites, Rosie Gray, Joe Concha, Jamelle Bouie and guest host John Avlon assess how the story was handled.
Sirius XM Host Michael Smerconish sits down with guest host Frank Sesno to explain how he cuts through the political noise.
Ana Marie Cox, Manu Raju and Ryan Lizza sit down with guest host Brian Stelter to talk about whether or not the media can avoid judgement on Obamacare.