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July 13th, 2014
10:54 AM ET

Josh Earnest on White House press strategy: "the president is the best advocate for his policies"

In this Web exclusive video clip, new White House press secretary Josh Earnest talks with Brian Stelter about how White House media strategy is evolving.


Filed under: Reliable Sources
The story of how IFC committed to 'Boyhood' – the incredibly risky '12 Year Project'
July 12th, 2014
09:57 PM ET

The story of how IFC committed to 'Boyhood' – the incredibly risky '12 Year Project'

By Brian Stelter, CNN 

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — On the ever-changing balance sheets of the independent film company IFC, there has been one constant since 2002: "The Twelve Year Project."

It is a film, now titled "Boyhood," by the acclaimed director Richard Linklater. Released on Friday in New York and Los Angeles, the film has been heralded as "an experience as much as a film" (The Los Angeles Times) and "an epic masterpiece that seems wholly unconcerned with trying to be one" (USA Today).

That's because "Boyhood" tells the story of one boy, Mason Jr., played by Ellar Coltrane, as he becomes a man over the course of twelve years. Patricia Arquette played his mother Olivia, Ethan Hawke played his father Mason Sr., and the director's daughter Lorelei played older sister Samantha.

FULL STORY

 

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July 12th, 2014
10:51 AM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show - 7/13, 11am

This Sunday on "Reliable Sources," I have an exclusive interview with the brand-new White House press secretary, Josh Earnest.

I interviewed Earnest in the White House press briefing room on Friday afternoon; he sat in CBS's front-row seat and I sat in ABC's seat. Tune in for his answers about President Obama's choice not to visit the southern border; changes to White House press strategy; criticisms of the government's restrictions on the press; and more.

I'm also going to moderate a must-see discussion about women, television news and attractiveness, inspired in part by this Huffington Post headline: This Is The Kind Of BS That Women In Television Have To Deal With.

My guests will represent two generations of anchorwomen on TV: Judy Woodruff, the co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour," and Kiran Chetry, a former anchor at CNN and Fox News.

I also have a CNN colleague, justice correspondent Evan Perez, lined up to discuss sketchy sources for stories about Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey. Perez has quite a story to tell about the anonymous tips that led to explosive - and unproven - accounts of Menendez patronizing prostitutes. (Before the broadcast, check out Perez's latest CNN.com story about Menendez here.)

And speaking of unproven: Slate political reporter Dave Weigel will join me to dissect Ed Klein's "Blood Feud," a new book about the Clintons and the Obamas. The book reached No. 1 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction best seller list this week, but, as The Times put it this week, it is a "barely sourced account full of implausible passages."

Weigel calls it "fan fiction," and he'll tell me why.

Plus: I'll have new editions of Red News-Blue News and Show Me A Story. Sometimes photos aren't what they appear - I'll show you what I mean.

See you Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern time! (Set your DVR if you won't be home.)

–Brian


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Why state and local reporting is suffering
July 10th, 2014
10:23 AM ET

Why state and local reporting is suffering

By Brian Stelter, CNN

When journalists and researchers express concerns about cutbacks in newsrooms, they often point to America's statehouses, where there's a perception that important local reporting has suffered because of newspapers' financial struggles.

Does that match up with reality? Essentially yes, says the Pew Research Center.

According to a new study released Thursday, Pew points out that the relatively small pool of reporters covering state governments has been drying up over the past decade.

FULL STORY


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George Clooney slams UK tabloid report about rift with his future mother-in-law
July 9th, 2014
10:50 AM ET

George Clooney slams UK tabloid report about rift with his future mother-in-law

By Brian Stelter, CNN

(CNN) – George Clooney 1, Daily Mail newspaper 0.

The British newspaper's website deleted an article about Clooney, his fiancee, Amal Alamuddin, and her mother, Baria, on Wednesday, after Clooney said the article was "completely fabricated" and even "dangerous."

The website subsequently apologized and said it had "launched a full investigation."

The offending article came out on the Web on Monday and in print on Tuesday. While it is now missing from the Mail's site, rewritten versions of it still appear on hundreds of other sites - a point that Clooney himself made in an unusual response to the Mail, published by USA Today on Wednesday morning.

FULL STORY

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July 6th, 2014
01:15 PM ET

Shakeup at ABC News: what's the real story?

In the video above, Lloyd Grove and Brian Stelter dissect the transition at ABC News - David Muir in for Diane Sawyer on "World News," George Stephanopoulos as chief anchor for the whole network - and what it says about the future of the “star” newscaster.

Stelter said:

You've heard the story that ABC is telling about this big transition. Diane Sawyer wants to step down, ABC says, from "World News" to focus on big interviews and specials. So David Muir will take over in September, although frankly, it's sort of already taken over. Sawyer was on vacation all this week, so he was filling in.

And as for George Stephanopoulos, well, ABC's story is that he was not passed over for the top job. Rather, he will be the chief anchor for the whole network, coming in whenever there is big breaking news.

So, that's ABC's story, but I don't believe it, and neither do a number of my most reliable sources at ABC. For example, here's a big question that they are asking - why isn't Diane being guaranteed a certain number of primetime special each year, or being given her own production unit like Ann Curry got after being booted from the "Today" show?

Grove said Sawyer has "done very well for ABC News - she's beat Brian Williams in the all-important 25 to 54 age demo on which advertising is sold." About the transition, he said, "If they brought it up first, I'm sure she agreed, and if she agreed, I'm sure it was with a lot of sweeteners and her new gig is going to be pretty wonderful for her, I would suspect."

Stelter and Grove also discussed the relationship between Muir and Stephanopoulos:

STELTER: Is there a rivalry, do you think, forming? Because my sense from the last ten days has been there's been a camp for George and there's a camp for David - each of them saying different things about how involved the other guy is going to be.

GROVE: I don't think there's a personal rivalry, at least not yet between George and David, certainly not the kind of personal rivalry as between Diane and Barbara Walters, but definitely the camps are working it hard. I mean, I've had heard from both camps myself, they think - the Muir camp thinks that George's role has been exaggerated in the press and, you know, George's camp thinks that, yes, I'm the lead anchor, or, he's the lead anchor.


Filed under: Reliable Sources
July 6th, 2014
01:13 PM ET

Obama is (not) the worst president since World War II

After a (questionable) Quinnipiac poll generated headlines calling Barack Obama the worst president since World War II, presidential historian Julian Zelizer joins Brian Stelter to go beyond the media hype and place the poll results in context.

Here's how the university summarized the poll: "President Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, 33 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Another 28 percent pick President George W. Bush."

Zelizer said the poll "fuels a conversation about the problems with President Obama, and it will create some political problems for him potentially as people make these comparisons. But I don't think it tells us much about his presidency or how his presidency compares to those who came before him."

He cautioned that "the reputation of a president changes over time, very dramatically."


Filed under: Barack Obama • Reliable Sources
July 6th, 2014
12:36 PM ET

How Facebook toys with your emotions

In the video above, Zeynep Tufekci and Tal Yarkoni discuss the controversial Facebook research that altered the content of users’ newsfeeds, and the power of Facebook more generally.


Filed under: Reliable Sources
July 6th, 2014
12:33 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: Hobby Lobby

In this week's Red News/Blue News, Brian Stelter breaks down liberal and conservative media reaction to this week’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case - was it a victory for religious liberty or an infringement on women’s rights?


Filed under: Reliable Sources
July 6th, 2014
12:22 PM ET

Could CNN and Fox News have the same owner?

In the video above, Brian Stelter discusses speculation that Rupert Murdoch might be interested in adding Time Warner to his media empire.


Filed under: Rupert Murdoch
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