June 7th, 2013
06:03 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday’s show

By: CNN's Elizabeth Cherneff

This week, reports of a U.S. government program tracking the personal phone calls, emails and texts of millions of Americans once again reignited the debate on privacy, protecting Americans and where to draw the line. Sunday on Reliable Sources, Howard Kurtz will talk to journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, who initially broke the news of the NSA’s phone surveillance program on Wednesday evening.

We will address this week’s coverage of the surveillance revelations with the National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru, The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox and The New York Times’ Charlie Savage. Our panel will also discuss the week’s top political stories, including Susan Rice’s appointment as National Security Advisor and why President Obama’s latest staffing changes are getting reaction across the political spectrum.

Later in the show, Mediaite’s Joe Concha will join Howard to weigh in on MSNBC’s recent ratings dip, the challenges of covering politics in a non-election year, and what Roger Ailes is saying about how he’s characterized in a new book by Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Alter.

And finally, everyone’s got an opinion about the Netflix series revival of “Arrested Development” – but what does this trend of streaming episodes mean for non-network produced tv? We’ll talk to media critic Ken Tucker and columnist Ana Marie Cox about how this trend is changing the way we watch our favorite shows.

Tune in Sunday morning, 11am ET.

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  8. Jan

    Today Sunday (6/9) Kurtz was alone on getting Glen Greenwald on his show. Greenwald was articulate as ever, he's not intimidated by bullying from talk shows or government authorities. His appearance today was the only bright moment in weeks and months of the usual talk show yammer because he doesn't mince words nor hide behind empty rhetoric (like Clappers' "unwittingly..."). Thanks Howard Kurtz for getting Greenwald on your show.

    June 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  9. Will Richardson

    Howard Kurtz sat by and allowed the first guest to tell a bald faced lie. He more than just implied that the government was listening in on conversations or messages of citizens, which has in no way been proven. It is obvious from the extremely one sided coverage of this issue, that the press of Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Morrow has been replaced by one that more closely resembles Barnum and Bailey, or Planet Hollywood. One wonders if in 1941, the current press existed, how we would have ever won the war. I dare say, that with the likes of CNN and FOX, Yamamoto would have been alerted well in advance that his code had been broken, and likely, Japanese troops would have marched up Pennsylvania avenue by November 1943.

    June 9, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
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    Howard Kurtz and his guest talking about MSNBC's head saying they were not into breaking news was not a very good piece. They did not seem to know that the station covered all the big breaking news of the last several months including the Boston bombing, the big tornado's of the last month, as well as other big breaking news to the exclusion of their regular programming. I just don't know how credible either of the commenters can be if they do not know this. Also there was no consideration of the changes in MSNBC's recent programming including moving Ed Schultz from the 8PM slot every night to the weekend 5PM slot. A lot of viewers were very unhappy. I think you guys need to have a better analysis of your topics.

    June 9, 2013 at 11:46 am | Reply
  11. rita sachs

    As a 78 year old who has never missed an opportunity to vote, I vote for the use of technology in the 21st century! In my opinion we would be negligent if we failed to use the systems available to us to track what might prove to be meaningful communication. The days of traditional warfare are over and it is time to protect ourselves with the use of electronic evaluation of massive amounts of communication. Every now and then, there may be a pathway that proves productive. I have nothing to fear and do not see this as an invasion of my privacy. I see this as the government using available tools as a means of avoiding conflict.
    I am further becoming terribly tired of endless criticism of everything. Let's get on with educating our children and building a workforce capable of providing sufficient jobs to improve the overall quality of life in America.
    As someone who watches way too much cable news, you are all being pulled into a frenzy to produce something new every day and failing to take positive news and move it to the top of the list. PLEASE STOP with the daily barking and get on with some stories about what is good news in America.

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