Sunday, October 19

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.

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.

September 15th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

Syria crisis: covering all sides

NPR's International Correspondent Deborah Amos joins guest host Patrick Gavin to discuss the difficulties of reporting on Syria and how the Syrian people are interpreting the news. Then, CBS & PBS anchor Charlie Rose talks to ‘Reliable Sources’ about his exclusive interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


Filed under: Bashar al-Assad • Charlie Rose • Media • Media Criticism • Syria
September 15th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Rose on Syria

Guest host Patrick Gavin's complete interview with CBS and PBS anchor Charlie Rose.


Filed under: Bashar al-Assad • CBS • Charlie Rose • PBS • Syria
September 15th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

Explaining Syria

Washington Post reporter Max Fisher joins guest host Patrick Gavin to break down Fisher's piece, ‘9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask.’ Then, Andrea Seabrook of Decode DC and  Emily Cadei of CQ Roll Call speak with Gavin about how a news consumer processes the volume of information on Syria.


Filed under: Syria • Washington Post
September 15th, 2013
01:21 PM ET

The Onion takes on Syria, celebrates 25th anniversary

The Onion's Editor-in-chief Will Tracy speaks with guest host Patrick Gavin about the publication's 25th anniversary and the praise it's getting for recent Syria commentary.


Filed under: Syria • The Onion
September 8th, 2013
01:12 PM ET

Syria and the media

CNN's Arwa Damon joins guest host Frank Sesno with an update on the situation in Syria. Then, Shibley Telhami, Tara Sonenshine and Len Downie join Sesno to debate whether the horrific images of chemical attacks in Syria are affecting public opinion.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Chemical Weapons • Congress • Media • Media Criticism • Social Media • Syria • YouTube
September 8th, 2013
01:11 PM ET

Obama’s Syria struggle

Shibley Telhami, Tara Sonenshine and Len Downie return to the table with guest host Frank Sesno to discuss the media coverage of Syria and the president’s struggle to gain the support of Congress.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Congress • Media • Syria
September 6th, 2013
04:36 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Sara Fischer, CNN

We've got a packed show this week on Reliable Sources with guest host Frank Sesno, Director of The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. As a former CNN Washington bureau chief, Sesno will bring a unique perspective to this week’s media headlines.

We’ll kick off the show with CNN's Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon, who will provide an update on the crisis in Syria, reporting live from Beirut. Conversation about the conflict will then continue with Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and Shibley Telhami, Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park.

CNN’s own digital political reporter, Peter Hamby, released a case study describing Twitter’s impact on the coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign. Hamby will speak with us live to discuss his research and experience and will be joined on a panel by Christina Bellantoni, politics editor for The PBS NewsHour and former senior Romney campaign advisor and CNN political commentator Kevin Madden

Then, we’ll sit down with former executive editor of The Washington Post, Len Downie, to get his take on Jeffrey Bezos’ purchase of Washington Post, a new study with the Committee to Protect Journalists on leaks from the Obama administration and stories this week about Edward Snowden

Finally, we’ll hear from POLITICO’s Susan Glasser about the impact and survival of long-form journalism.

Tune in Sunday morning at 11am ET.

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What we're reading this week...
September 5th, 2013
05:04 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

We’re gearing up for a busy show this Sunday when Frank Sesno, director of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, rejoins ‘Reliable Sources’ as our guest host. As U.S. congressional leaders debate military action in Syria, we’ll discuss how the developments are playing out in media outlets at home and abroad- in the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week.

‘Jeff Daniels: ‘The Newsroom’ returning for Season 3’  There’s more to come from Will McAvoy and the world of Atlantis Cable News. On Tuesday, Jeff Daniels confirmed the hit HBO series had been renewed, tweeting ‘It’s official. #Newsroom coming back for a Season 3.’ The series has held onto steady ratings since its premiere last year. Both Jeff Daniels and co-star Jane Fonda received Primetime Emmy nominations for their performances as a fictional cable news anchor and CEO, respectively.

CBS honors 50th anniversary of 30-minute ‘Evening News’ by going black and white’  Viewers tuning in to the Labor Day broadcast of the CBS Evening News got a special treat on Monday. In honor of the network’s 50th anniversary of its transition to the 30-minute broadcast, anchor Scott Pelley ended Monday’s newscast with a black and white tribute video featuring footage with legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. Additionally, older newsreel footage incorporated into the segment helped illustrated the broadcast’s evolution.

‘The New York Post gets a new digital look and new ad units’  This week, ‘The New York Post’ got a digital makeover, complete with a simplified, cleaner overall look. Ad Age’s Alex Kantrowitz notes that the Post now incorporates more prominent photo placement on its site. The redesign was led by the paper’s managing editor, Remy Stern, as well as the same agency (Hard Candy Shell) which helped The New Republic and Newsweek with their web redesigns. The move is an approach many news organizations are undertaking in an effort to remain competitive on expanding digital platforms.

‘The Onion denies taking a serious line on Syria’  Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray takes a look at The Onion’s recent articles on Bashar al-Assad and Syria. While the satirical news site has always garnered attention for its take on the news, the Onion has taken a demonstrably more provocative approach with its recent Syria coverage. With headlines like “Help has to be on the way now, thinks Syrian man currently being gassed,” and ‘Nation currently more sympathetic to demise of Planet Krypton than plight of Syria,’ the Onion has remained critical of U.S.  inaction in Syria. However, Will Tracy, The Onion’s editor-in-chief, says the paper isn’t straying from its satirical point of view, saying “I wouldn’t say we’ve staked out an editorial line so much as we’ve chosen to acknowledge two equally valid points of view at once.”

What stories are you reading this week? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to tune in for 'Reliable Sources' Sunday at 11am EDT.

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September 1st, 2013
01:35 PM ET

Reporting from Syria

Guest host Brian Stelter speaks with CNN's Frederick Pleitgen about what it's like to report on the ground from Syria.


Filed under: Reliable Sources • Syria
September 1st, 2013
01:34 PM ET

The buildup to battle

Brian Stelter, Matt Lewis, Michael Calderone and Laura Rozen on how the media shapes the narrative around Syria coverage.


Filed under: Media Criticism • Syria
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