October 20th, 2013
12:23 PM ET

Risky business for whistleblowers

Former NSA official Thomas Drake tells guest host David Folkenflik about his recent Moscow meeting with Edward Snowden and his own experience being prosecuted as a whistleblower.

Filed under: Edward Snowden • Thomas Drake
October 20th, 2013
12:23 PM ET

Whistleblowers and the media

Joel Brenner, Lucy Dalglish and David Folkenflik discuss finding the right balance between having a free press and protecting national security.

October 20th, 2013
12:23 PM ET

Hannity accused of misrepresenting Obamacare

Eric Stern talks to guest host David Folkenflik about his Salon piece in which he fact-checked a “Hannity” segment about the damage being done by Obamacare.

Filed under: Fox News • Obamacare • Sean Hannity
October 20th, 2013
12:23 PM ET

Media mistakes

Following an erroneous report about a congressman’s death and the suspension of an AP reporter for an inaccurate story, Maggie Haberman, Andrew Lih and guest host David Folkenflik discuss how errors like these are made and how they are addressed.

Filed under: Bill Young • Media • Media Criticism
October 20th, 2013
12:22 PM ET

The Fifth Estate: fact or fiction?

Guest host David Folkenflik talks to “The Fifth Estate” screenwriter Josh Singer about how his film portrays the actions of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Filed under: Julian Assange • The Fifth Estate • WikiLeaks
October 18th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Sara Fischer, CNN

NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik returns to Reliable Sources as our guest host this week.

With the government shutdown finally coming to an end, David Gura, reporter for Marketplace and Edward Luce, Washington Bureau Chief for the Financial Times will join Folkenflik to discuss the overage of the economic impact of the shutdown, including confusion over the concept of the debt ceiling.

Next, we’ll speak with former NSA official and whistleblower Thomas Drake about the difference between “whistleblowers” and “leakers,” and how the Obama administration has pursued leakers. We'll also ask Drake about his meeting this week with ex-NSA employee Edward Snowden in Moscow.

Later, the discussion on whistleblowers will continue with Lucy Dalglish, Dean of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and Joel Brenner, Former Inspector General and Senior Counsel for the National Security Agency.

We will also look at lessons to be learned from several reporting mistakes this week. Andrew Lih, author of The Wikipedia Revolution and Maggie Haberman, senior political reporter for POLITICO will join us to discuss the danger of using new media platforms like Twitter when reporting.

Finally, the film “Fifth Estate” opens this weekend, facing controversy about how it portrays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.  We’ll talk with the film’s screenwriter Josh Singer.

Tune in this Sunday 11am ET.

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Filed under: Reliable Sources • Sneak Peek
What we're reading this week...
October 18th, 2013
10:42 AM ET

What we're reading this week...

By CNN's Elizabeth Cherneff

We've got  a great show planned this Sunday when David Folkenflik of NPR News returns to the ‘Reliable Sources’ guest chair. We’ll discuss xxx, but in the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week:

'Pew: Young people 'graze' for news, old people stick to tv and print'  In its recent report on trends that are shaping digital news, a Pew Research Study found that nearly 3 in 4 Americans ages 18-29 now cite the Internet as their main source of news (over both tv and radio). Among adults older than age 64, television and newspapers remained at the  top of the list of preferred news sources. While the findings illustrate perceptible shifts in news consumption by demographic, the study did reveal that older and younger viewers follow weather news more closely than other categories.

'New name for iconic International Herald Tribune'  As part of the New York Times Company's renaming strategy, the renowned 'International Herald Tribune' newspaper officially became the 'International New York Times' this week. USA Today's Rem Rieder notes that the IHT commemorated its final edition with a 24-page supplement with prominent articles and photos featured throughout the years. The latest rebranding also represents the NYT Company's broader approach to expand its global readership.

Read this: here's a new rare interview with Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson   Mental Floss Magazine readers got a rare treat when editor Jake Rossen nabbed a recent exclusive interview with Calvin and Hobbes comic creator Bill Watterson. The legendary cartoonist discussed the pressure to create spinoffs & sequels from his content, as well as his decision not to partake in licensing deals for his beloved comic strip characters . When asked about the enduring nature of Calvin and Hobbes, Watterson said, "You can’t really blame people for preferring more of what they already know and like. The trade-off, of course, is that predictability is boring. Repetition is the death of magic."

October 13th, 2013
12:40 PM ET

New York Times in the crosshairs

Eleanor Clift, Ramesh Ponnuru & Joe Concha join Sesno to discuss the New York Times facing questions about its reporting.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
October 13th, 2013
12:39 PM ET

Media's shutdown showdown

Eleanor Clift, Ramesh Ponnuru & Joe Concha speak with guest host Frank Sesno about the gridlock in Washington and the government shutdown.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
October 13th, 2013
12:38 PM ET

Just the facts, please

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, John Sides and Ginger Gibson chat with Sesno about the tricky waters of political fact-checking.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
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