Sunday, August 17

The latest news from Ferguson, Missouri; interviews with reporters who were arrested and tear-gassed while covering protests; what's the future of "Meet the Press?"

The latest news from Ferguson, Missouri; interviews with reporters who were arrested and tear-gassed while covering protests; what's the future of "Meet the Press?"

August 10th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

Glenn Beck on his media role model

Here's an extra clip from Brian Stelter's interview with Glenn Beck. In it, Beck talks about why he gave every one of his employees a copy of a Walt Disney biography last year.

"I'm not headed towards Edward R. Murrow. I'm headed towards Walt Disney," Beck said.

During a tour of Beck's headquarters in Irving, Texas, Beck spoke admiringly of Disney's achievements. "He affected our culture in a positive way," Beck said.

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August 10th, 2014
12:16 PM ET

What will Murdoch do next?

Rupert Murdoch withdrew his bid for Time Warner earlier this week, but is that the end of the story? Brian Stelter asked New Yorker staff writer Ken Auletta, who has covered Murdoch and the media business for decades.

Related stories on
· Some people just can't get over Fox/Time Warner deal
· Rupert Murdoch explains why Fox "walked away" from Time Warner takeover talks
· No deal! Murdoch gives up on Time Warner

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August 10th, 2014
12:04 PM ET

Did the media miss the rise of ISIS?

Anne Barnard, the Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times, on the realities of reporting on the ground in the Middle East. Barnard recently returned from Gaza, and has previously reported from Syria and Iraq.

An excerpt:

STELTER: Correct me if I'm wrong, but this feels like a singularly difficult, almost impossible story to be covering. Have you ever covered anything like it?

BARNARD: No, I have to say covering Syria and all of the ripple effects of Syria around the region is by far the most challenging thing I have had to do as a journalist, because you have access problems, both on the side of the Syrian government and in the insurgent-held areas, and you have an incredibly complex array of ripple effects throughout the region. And you just can't be in all these countries at once.

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August 10th, 2014
12:03 PM ET

In the Middle East, media bias by omission?

"Crossfire" co-host SE Cupp and Arab American Institute president James Zogby joined Brian Stelter for a discussion on media bias amid developments in the Middle East, sparked by Cupp's op-ed in the New York Daily News.

"In discussing the demands that Hamas has in the negotiations with Israel, most reporters omit the fact that Hamas's stated main priority, its main objective is the total destruction of Israel and the annihilation of the Jews," Cupp said.

Zogby called that "one of the most bizarre arguments I've heard." He said, "If we adopted that line of argumentation, then every time we mentioned Benjamin Netanyahu or his coalition partners, we'd have to include parenthetically what they believe. We'd have to say in the Likud charter, there is a total claim for the entire land of Israel without Palestinians present in that land of Israel." Watch the rest of the conversation via the video link above.

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Sneak peek at this Sunday's show - 8/10, 11am
August 10th, 2014
09:01 AM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show - 8/10, 11am

Good morning! We have an excellent edition of "Reliable Sources" in store for you. Including more of my interview with the man you see above: conservative commentator and media mogul Glenn Beck.

But we'll begin with the very latest news from Iraq, Israel and Gaza. "Crossfire" co-host SE Cupp and Arab American Institute president James Zogby will join me to discuss media bias by omission, something that Cupp brought up in this New York Daily News op-ed.

And Anne Barnard, the Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times, will join me to share her on-the-ground view of the death and destruction in Gaza. Barnard was the Baghdad bureau chief for the Boston Globe after the American invasion of Iraq, so I'll also ask her about the current instability in that country.

I'm especially looking forward to sharing my conversation with CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta — the topic is an essential one for "Reliable Sources" — how journalists should inform the public about the Ebola epidemic without exaggerating the threat. Dr. Gupta has a lot to say about the media's responsibility.

And, as I mentioned up above, there's part two of my exclusive interview with Glenn Beck. You can catch up on part one of the interview right here. This week the focus is on Beck's business — Forbes magazine says it earns $90 million a year. Is it a model for other big media personalities?

Here's a one-minute preview of the interview:

Later on in the hour, I'll speak with one of the country's top media writers — Ken Auletta of The New Yorker — about the future of CNN's parent company Time Warner. Rupert Murdoch withdrew his proposal to acquire Time Warner earlier this week... so what might happen next?

"I believe that Time Warner's real game plan is [this]: they don't want to sell now, but... I think they are prepared to sell in a year or two or three," Auletta told me. You can read my latest story about Time Warner on

See you at 11 a.m. Eastern time,


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Some people just can't get over a Fox/Time Warner deal
August 8th, 2014
10:13 AM ET

Some people just can't get over a Fox/Time Warner deal

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Is Rupert Murdoch's quest to take over Time Warner over just because he says it's over?

That's what media watchers are asking each other now that Murdoch has "walked away" - his words - from 21st Century Fox's proposal to acquire Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.

Some are relieved. Some are disappointed. And some... don't buy it at all. Since Murdoch's statement on Tuesday, I've talked to plenty of people whose reactions can be summed up with three words: "This isn't over."



Exclusive interview: Glenn Beck like you've never heard him before
Photo credit: Josh Rubin
August 3rd, 2014
02:32 PM ET

Exclusive interview: Glenn Beck like you've never heard him before

Everybody's got an opinion about conservative commentator Glenn Beck. Maybe yours will be influenced, for better or ill, by Brian Stelter's conversation with him. Parts of it were televised on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday. Here's the first part:

Beck hosts daily radio and television shows. But he also oversees his own media company, Mercury Radio Arts, including a Web site and television channel called The Blaze. That's why Forbes magazine estimates that Beck and his company earn $90 million a year - making him not just a polarizing public speaker, but the face of a very big business.

Lately he's been espousing his distaste for politics - "I hate it more than I ever have," he said - and his desire to "affect culture."

Stelter asked if he had veered away from politics in part because it's bad for business, but Beck said no: it is "better for business if I talk about it."

"You would not believe the complaints that I get" about broadening out beyond politics, he added.

Beck talked at length about wanting Americans to unite around common principles and values.

"I think we're a country in civil war," he said. "I just think we're in a cold civil war. Shooting hasn't started, but somebody stupid is going to do something stupid and it will escalate - unless we talk to each other."

Here's the second part of the interview from Sunday's "Reliable Sources:"

Check out more of what Beck has to say on next weekend's "Reliable Sources," Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

August 3rd, 2014
01:39 PM ET

#GazaUnderAttack, #IsraelUnderFire: how social media can change perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

In the video above, Benjamin Wallace-Wells, a staff writer for New York magazine, discusses his column "Why Israel Is Losing the American Media War."

"Palestinian civilians under Israeli attack" has been "the single consistent theme of the coverage throughout," he said, "because of social media, because we're able to get a less filtered view of what the conflict looks like from within Gaza, because there are more cameras there now."

He also remarked that "I think that Israel is perfectly happy to lose the media argument, so long as they win the military fight. And I think the imbalance in this whole conflict is that Hamas sees it exactly the other way. They're perfectly happy to lose the military fight, so long as they win the media argument."

    · Related: Red News/Blue News about the Middle East P.R. war

At the end of the segment, host Brian Stelter shared this:

Ben was talking about the images that we do see - but what about the images we don't see? I have seen a lot of questions online from you about why news reports from Gaza rarely, if ever, show Hamas militants firing rockets into Israel.

So are reporters in Gaza under pressure from Hamas? Are they being intimidated into only showing civilians, and not the people Israel calls terrorists?

I asked the executive in charge of international here at CNN, Tony Maddox. And he says no. Quote:

"Our infield reporters have repeatedly said that Hamas militants are rarely to be found on the streets of Gaza. We have had no intimidation from Hamas, and received no threats regarding our reporting. They have so far refused all requests for interviews in Gaza."

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August 3rd, 2014
01:33 PM ET

Rula Jebreal and Elliott Abrams on the Middle East war of words

Former MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal and former Bush administration deputy national security advisor Elliott Abrams discuss the war of words playing out in the Middle East conflict.

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August 3rd, 2014
01:18 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: the Middle East P.R. war

In this week's edition of Red News/Blue News, Brian Stelter looks at the P.R. war between Israel and Hamas.

Here are the clips he cited in the segment:

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