April 20 at 11am ET

Sharyl Attkisson explains her resignation; Glenn Greenwald's first interview since Pulitzer announcement; Aereo’s CEO Chet Kanojia previews Supreme Court case.
AT&T, Chernin set sights on streaming video
April 22nd, 2014
08:30 PM ET

AT&T, Chernin set sights on streaming video

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Is AT&T preparing a new challenger to Netflix and Hulu?

On Tuesday the wireless company said it had entered into a new venture with former News Corporation president Peter Chernin for "over-the-top video services."

They're not talking specifics yet. But they're interested in the streaming video space to the tune of at least $500 million. That's how much money AT&T (ATT )and Chernin's media investment company, The Chernin Group, said they had initially committed to the venture.

With the $500 million, the companies will seek to invest in video-on-demand channels and streaming video services. These may be supported by advertising, likeGoogle (GOOGFortune 500)'s YouTube is, by subscription fees, like Netflix (NFLX)is, or by both, like Hulu is.

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

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Supreme Court quizzes Aereo: Do TV streams break the law?
April 22nd, 2014
04:25 PM ET

Supreme Court quizzes Aereo: Do TV streams break the law?

By Brian Stelter, CNN

In high-stakes arguments on Tuesday, the Supreme Court's justices challenged an attorney for Aereo to defend the legality of the television streaming service and explain the logic underpinning it.

The arguments summarized two years of legal tussling between Aereo, which provides streams of local television stations to paying subscribers, and the owners of those stations.

The TV station owners, major media companies like Disney and CBS, say that Aereo is violating copyright by allowing "public performances" of shows. Aereo says it is only enabling private screenings, just like off-the-shelf TV antennas do.

Several of the justices, in their questioning, repeatedly expressed concerns that a broad ruling against Aereowould imperil the nascent cloud computing industry because of how Aereo works. They seemed to search for a way to avoid that outcome.

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


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April 21st, 2014
02:02 PM ET

From Brian: 7 takeaways from April 20 show

If you weren't able to tune in on Sunday, here were some of the moments that really stood out to me:

1. We led Sunday's show with Sharyl Attkisson's story. Attkisson, a veteran CBS News investigative correspondent, resigned in March because she said she was having a harder and harder time getting her stories onto the air. In an interview, she seemed to blame a mix of political and corporate considerations, and suggested that her former bosses shied away from tough stories:

"In general, there was a pattern of more - many more stories in recent years being embraced if they were seen as being positive to government, the administration and even certain corporations, that if they were stories that were pitched that could be perceived as negative to government, administration and certain corporations."

Attkisson also said some managers at CBS "do often seem to feel defensive about - almost personally defensive about - stories that could make the government look bad." Here are parts one and two of the interview.

2. The Attkisson interview generated quite a bit of attention - here are a few of the followup news stories:

    - The Hollywood Reporter: Sharyl Attkisson: CBS News Resistant Toward Criticizing Government, Corporations
    - Town Hall: Attkisson: Some CBS Bosses Seemed 'Personally Defensive' of the Obama Administration
    - RealClearPolitics: Sharyl Attkisson: Media Matters May Have Been Paid To Attack Me
    - Mediaite: Media Matters Responds to Attkisson: Criticism ‘Based Only on her Shoddy Reporting’

3. "I think there was an expectation that the [Pulitzer Prize] committee had to recognize the reporting in one way or another, and the question was going to be how. So to learn that it was a Public Service award and that it was given to The Guardian and to The Washington Post for the work that we had done was really gratifying, because I think that is what the idea was - that we were always trying to fulfill - which was doing the reporting in public service." –Glenn Greenwald on the Pulitzer win for NSA surveillance stories FULL POST


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Supreme Court case could change how you watch TV
April 21st, 2014
11:55 AM ET

Supreme Court case could change how you watch TV

By Brian Stelter, CNN

A two-year-long legal battle between the country's biggest broadcasters and a startup called Aereo is about to culminate at theU.S. Supreme Court.

The court's decision, expected sometime this summer, could have far-reaching implications for television and technology companies - and ultimately on how people watch TV programs.

That's because Aereo brings up crucial questions about copyright law and threatens to disrupt lucrative business models.

The court will hear arguments in the case on Tuesday morning. Legal experts are divided about the most likely outcome. But Aereo is undeniably the underdog, opposed by the owners of virtually all the major media companies in the United States.

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

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April 20th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

The David and Goliath of television

As his company prepares to go before the Supreme Court to fight for their existence, Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia tells Brian Stelter why his streaming television service is legal.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Supreme Court
April 20th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: Obama vs. Putin

Former State Department spokesman Jamie Rubin on the competing portrayals of presidents Obama and Putin by liberal and conservative media.


Filed under: Blog • Red News/Blue News • Reliable Sources
April 20th, 2014
12:26 PM ET

Exclusive: Glenn Greenwald reacts to Pulitzer Prize victory

Back in the United States and now a Pulitzer Prize winner for his reporting on Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald joins Brian Stelter for an exclusive interview.

April 20th, 2014
12:25 PM ET

Attkisson takes on her critics

In the second part of Brian Stelter's interview with Sharyl Attkisson, she responds to criticism of her own reporting work at CBS News. (Here's the first part.)

After taping this interview, we sought comment from a spokeswoman for CBS News, with the hope that the network would directly respond to Attkisson's assertions. The network responded with the same statement it distributed after Attkisson resigned in March: "We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well."

We also sought comment from Media Matters; Attkisson said she thought it was possible that the liberal media monitoring group had been paid to discredit her. Media Matters responded:

"Sharyl Attkisson is continuing a pattern of evidence-free speculation that started at the end of her tenure at CBS. We have never taken contributions to target her or any other reporter. Our decision to post any research on Attkisson is based only on her shoddy reporting."


Filed under: Blog • CBS News • Reliable Sources
April 20th, 2014
12:24 PM ET

Charges of bad journalism at CBS News

Former CBS News Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson talks to Brian Stelter about why she left the network. (The above video is part one; here's part two.)

After taping this interview, we sought comment from a spokeswoman for CBS News, with the hope that the network would directly respond to Attkisson's assertions. The network responded with the same statement it distributed after Attkisson resigned in March: "We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well."


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April 19th, 2014
02:45 PM ET

Preview: Exclusive Interview with Glenn Greenwald

Above, Brian Stelter talks with Glenn Greenwald in his first interview since The Guardian and The Washington Post received the Pulitzer Prize for public service. Greenwald was a member of the Guardian team that reported on NSA mass surveillance programs using documents leaked by Edward Snowden last year.

 
Watch the full interview on Sunday, April 20th at 11am ET.

Read Brian's article to learn more about the other recipients of the Pulitzer prize for public service here.


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