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.
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."


Filed under: Bias • Blog • CBS News • Reliable Sources
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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Lara Spencer promoted to 'GMA' co-host
April 18th, 2014
09:05 AM ET

Lara Spencer promoted to 'GMA' co-host

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Lara Spencer, a supporting member of the "Good Morning America" cast for the past three years, has been promoted to co-host, ABC said Friday.

The promotion puts Spencer on par with George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, the other two co-hosts, and means she'll be more visible during the 7 a.m. hour of the top-rated morning show.

"GMA" has weathered a number of cast changes in recent months: Weather anchor Sam Champion was replaced by Ginger Zee in December, and news anchorJosh Elliott was replaced by Amy Robach a few weeks ago. Two new contributors, Michael Strahan and Tony Reali, have been announced since Elliott's departure.

Spencer's promotion is most likely the last in this series of changes. It was announced about a month after she signed a new contract with ABC News.

Read more of Brian's article online here. 

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Brian Stelter on CNN's new TV app
April 15th, 2014
08:30 AM ET

Brian Stelter on CNN's new TV app

By Brian Stelter, CNN

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
At a presentation for advertisers last week, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker called it "our most important announcement of the day."

It wasn't a new prime time television program or a Web site expansion. It was a new way to watch everything that's already on CNN TV, enhanced by the Internet.

The announcement was about Watch CNNx, a product that takes programs on CNN (and sister channel HLN) and adds online capabilities like on-demand video viewing and links. The iPad version of it is available to some users now, and CNN says it will become more widely available later this year. More importantly, CNN wants it to show up on people's big screen TVs in the future, through next-generation set-top boxes.

Read more of Brian's article online here. 

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April 14th, 2014
01:53 PM ET

From Brian: 6 takeaways from April 13 show

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

1. Senator Al Franken joined me to discuss his opposition to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, days after he participated in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about it. Franken said some influential opponents of the merger — other major media companies — are staying quiet because they are "afraid of retaliation:"


STELTER: There are CEOs of big media companies that own lots of cable channels that are very concerned about this merger, but we haven't heard them speak out.



FRANKEN: Well, that speaks volumes about how anti-competitive this is. You know why they don't speak out? They come to my office and say, 'This is off the record.' Then they talk about how it's going to be anti-competitive, but - 



STELTER: You can't name names, then?



FRANKEN: No. They're afraid of retaliation. Doesn't that tell you everything you need to know?

Here's the rest of the interview.

2. "What cameras do for people and what shows like this do for people is, they give them two things. They give them profile and they give them access. And profile and access equals influence, especially in this town. But it's also the dangerous part of it, because, again, what are you using your podium, your platform for? Is it to inform the audience? Is it to persuade the audience? Is it to feather your own nest? Is it to run for office yourself someday, whether you declare that or not? And that's what the public has a right to know." —Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, discussing the ethical quandaries that exist when television personalities engage in political activities.

3. Keli Goff and Michelle Fields had quite a debate about Stephen Colbert, who will be succeeding David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show." Fields asserted that "Colbert's main goal isn't just to entertain. It's also to push a political agenda." Here's the video of the segment.

4. After the debate, I asked TV talk-show legend Dick Cavett if he thought CBS was taking a big gamble by bringing Colbert over from Comedy Central. Cavett answered, "If they are, it's probably the best gamble anybody ever took. I can't think of anybody more qualified, or if there ever has been anyone more qualified to do this show than Colbert." Here's what else he had to say...

5. I asked Al Franken about Colbert too, and he said: "I think Stephen is just brilliant, and I think every comedian and every satirist feels the same way. I think it's a great choice. It's going to be interesting to see him do it as himself. I mean, this is - and not in character." 



"He's going to have to really reinvent himself," I said.


"Well, and isn't that a great thing, to reinvent yourself?" said Franken, the "SNL" comedian turned senator.

6. What's it like to work for a cable news channel owned by the Chinese government? "We feel that it's important to include China in the mix in stories where China is relevant," Jim Spellman, a former CNN correspondent who now works for CCTV America, told me. Earlier, we had been talking about media coverage of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.

"So the plane is absolutely relevant," he said. "Something like the Ukraine, the Chinese position is essentially nonintervention. So, that will be in some reports, but they aren't going to be driving the day-to-day of the story. We are more likely to include, say, them in context of the Security Council votes in the U.N. But we certainly are not given and I have never received any type of memo to, you know, reflect some sort of party line." Here's the full interview.


Hope you'll tune in next Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern!

–Brian


Filed under: Reliable Sources
April 13th, 2014
01:38 PM ET

Money and power

Senator Al Franken discusses his opposition to the proposed merger between Comcast Time Warner and the influence that lobbyist money might have on the senators' scrutiny of the deal.


Filed under: Blog • Comcast • Time Warner Cable
April 13th, 2014
01:22 PM ET

The British are coming

A final thought from Brian Stelter about the influx of executives joining American media organizations from across the pond. Also, a look ahead to Monday's Pulitzer Prize announcement; should NSA reporting be honored?


Filed under: Reliable Sources
April 13th, 2014
01:16 PM ET

Not everyone loves Stephen Colbert

As Stephen Colbert is announced as David Letterman's replacement, Michelle Fields and Keli Goff debate the reaction to the pick on the left and the right.


Filed under: Blog • CBS • Comedy • David Letterman • Stephen Colbert
April 13th, 2014
01:04 PM ET

The Chinese perspective on MH-370

CCTV America correspondent Jim Spellman tells Brian Stelter how the state-run Chinese network has been covering the story of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources
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