December 7th, 2014
03:02 PM ET

The many hats of MSNBC's Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton is an activist, a fund-raiser for his civil rights organization, and an informal advisor to President Obama and the mayor of New York City. So is it problematic that he also hosts a talk show on MSNBC? Brian Stelter speaks with National Urban League president Marc Morial, West Angeles Church of God in Christ minister Johnathan Gentry , and NY1 host and CNN commentator Errol Louis.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 7th, 2014
02:59 PM ET

Death on tape: Where's the line?

Was it appropriate for television networks to repeatedly show disturbing video of Eric Garner being choked by a police officer, given that Garner died afterward? Carl Bernstein and Dr. Gail Saltz weigh in on the journalistic and psychological questions raised by the video.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 7th, 2014
02:16 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: killings by police

Brian Stelter examines varying numbers about deaths at the hands of police — as cited by Bill O'Reilly, Chris Hayes, Lawrence O'Donnell, and others — and determines that no reliable, comprehensive source of data exists.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 7th, 2014
02:07 PM ET

Candy Crowley to leave CNN after 27 years

At the end of Sunday's program, Brian Stelter noted a number of media news items, including Candy Crowley's decision to leave CNN.

Crowley has had "27 brilliant years" at the network, Stelter said. She has anchored "State of the Union" for the past four years.

She told him, "After 27 years, I want to do something new, someplace new. I knew I had to leap before the next election got started in earnest, because I am a moth and elections are my flame. I worried when 2016 really got underway, I couldn't bring myself to leave."

Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 6th, 2014
06:34 PM ET

White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer on media 'revolution'

Senior advisor to the president Dan Pfeiffer speaks with Brian Stelter about a revolution "in the distribution and consumption of information."

See more of the interview on "Reliable Sources," Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern time on CNN.

"We're on the cusp of a massively disruptive revolution" in the media, said Pfeiffer, who was previously the White House communications director.
"It is a revolution in the distribution and consumption of information. And there are big things that are going to happen. The old models are starting to fall. And how we adjust to them, and how everyone adjusts to them - you know, entertainment television, the movies, the news, politicians and the government trying to get their message out - is going to be a massively fascinating thing."
Pfeiffer added that he thinks these changes are "even more interesting and potentially consequential than the invention of television and the invention of the Internet, because it's all those things combined at the same time."

Responding to speculation that he may step down soon, Pfeiffer said he hasn't made a decision.

"I think you take this every day as it comes," he said, "and as long as it feels good and you're enjoying it, you keep doing it."

Filed under: Reliable Sources
November 30th, 2014
04:15 PM ET

What members of the media faced in Ferguson: tear gas, rocks and hostile crowds

Correspondents who covered Monday night's riots in Ferguson, Missouri recount what they experienced and whether they were, at times, too close to the violence.

Some of the highlights:

>> CNN correspondent Jason Carroll: "It was definitely dangerous. Was it too dangerous to broadcast live? I would say no. I think whenever you come to a point where you're covering a story as important as this one, one that could have historical significance, you have to be there."

>> CNN's Sara Sidner on reporting from Ferguson vs. reporting from foreign war zones: "In Libya, we weren't the targets. When I was with the rebels, the rebels actually wanted us there with them to show what was going on... But we were targets in Ferguson in some ways."

>> Sidner on peaceful protesters who were drowned out by looters and arsonists: "The message that they were trying to put out to the world got completely corrupted by violence that they did not want to see."

Filed under: Reliable Sources
November 30th, 2014
04:05 PM ET

Ferguson: the good, the bad, the ratings

A critical look at media coverage of the protests and spasms of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, with Frank Sesno, the director of the George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, and Frank Absher, founder of the St. Louis Media History Foundation.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
November 30th, 2014
04:01 PM ET

Do white people just not 'get' Ferguson?

Elon James White, who founded the Web series "This Week in Blackness," and Crystal Wright, who created the blog Conservative Black Chick, discuss dueling narratives about race and crime in the aftermath of the controversial grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

This was host Brian Stelter's introduction to the segment:

"A national conversation on race." How many times have you heard that phrase?

Can I be really honest here? The truth is we're not having "a" national conversation on race. We're having two very different conversations, and there's barely any overlap.

Tell me if you agree with me about this: there is a conversation, mainly among whites, that mostly tiptoes around race, and sometimes denies race as a factor.

Then there's a totally separate conversation, mainly among people of color, that argues many white people just don't get it - just don't, or can't or won't understand the pervasive, corrosive, devastating effects of racial bias. FULL POST

Filed under: Reliable Sources
November 30th, 2014
03:30 PM ET

Jemele Hill, the first reporter to interview Janay Rice, describes how it happened

ESPN's Jemele Hill, the first person to interview Ray Rice's wife Janay about the incident of domestic violence that became national news earlier this year, speaks with Brian Stelter about how the interview came to be.

Hill said she had to "interview for the interview," because Janay Rice and her family members had "an array of choices" about who to talk to, and "they wanted to figure out who they probably felt the most comfortable with."

"I think they felt as if I were fair. That doesn't mean favorable, but they felt as if I were fair," Hill said. "And I think that was a big reason why they decided to trust me with their story." Read more about the interview at CNNMoney...

Filed under: Reliable Sources
November 30th, 2014
03:20 PM ET

Reporter who saw Cosby's scandal coming

Eight years ago, Philadelphia Magazine writer Bob Huber detailed sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. So why were the accusations mostly ignored back then? Huber speaks with Brian Stelter about his reporting process, including a strange dinner with Cosby where the comedian wouldn't answer any questions.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
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