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October 13th, 2013
12:37 PM ET

Obama and the press

Len Downie tells Frank Sesno about his findings regarding the Obama administration's willingness to open up to the press.


Filed under: Reliable Sources
October 13th, 2013
12:36 PM ET

Vine finds a new niche

Barbara Lippert & Cody Johns sit down with Frank Sesno to discuss how Vine has become an outlet for journalism and marketing.


Filed under: Reliable Sources
October 13th, 2013
12:35 PM ET

Frank's final thoughts

Guest host Frank Sesno highlights the other newsworthy headlines that have been largely overshadowed by the media's dramatic coverage of the government shutdown in recent weeks.


Filed under: Reliable Sources
October 11th, 2013
03:55 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

George Washington University professor and former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno returns to the Reliable Sources anchor chair this week.

With the government partially shut down for a second week, Frank will examine how the mainstream media has presented the debate over funding the government and raising the debt limit with Eleanor Clift, Joe Concha and Ramesh Ponnuru.

Next, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, John Sides and Ginger Gibson will look at the findings of a recent study that showed that politicians will lie less often if they think they’re being fact-checked.

The Committee to Protect Journalists released a special report this week examining US press freedom under the Obama administration. The report’s author Leonard Downie Jr. will sit down with Frank to discuss his findings.

Finally, newly-hired “Vine journalist” Cody Johns and Barbara Lippert join Frank to look at the pros and cons of using the six-second video app as a news and marketing tool.

Tune in this Sunday, 11am ET.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Sneak Peek
October 11th, 2013
01:19 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Sara Fischer, CNN

We've got a packed show this week on Reliable Sources with guest host Frank Sesno, Director of The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. As a former CNN Washington bureau chief, Sesno will bring a unique perspective to this week’s media headlines. We’ll discuss the continuing media coverage of the government shutdown, political fact-checking and more, but in the meantime; here are some other stories that caught our attention this week.

Liu Hu, Chinese Journalist, Arrested In Crackdown  A Chinese reporter was arrested on Friday and accused of defamation after reporting about corruption by the Chinese Government. This is the latest in a string of arrests in China for journalists speaking out against the government. The crackdown of speech on news websites and online blogs is seen by many as an attempt by the Chinese government to silence criticism against the ruling Communist Party.

Fox host apologizes for reporting fake news  Whoops! Fox News host Anna Kooiman accidentally reported a satirical story about President Obama offering to finance a museum of Muslim culture. The story was posted on the satirical website National Report in response to the Republican National Committee volunteering to pay to keep the World War II memorial open. Kooiman later tweeted out an apology.

Iran’s foreign minister in hospital with stress after newspaper misquote  Iran’s foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on his Facebook that criticisms of Iran’s outreach to the US have become so intense that they are causing him back pain and spasms. The main cause of the stress he said came from a headline of Kayhan which Zarif says misquoted him.

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October 6th, 2013
02:43 PM ET

A standstill in the nation's capital

Dan Froomkin, Lynn Sweet and Errol Louis join guest host Frank Sesno to discuss whether the media is covering the whole story on the government shutdown.


Filed under: Reliable Sources
October 6th, 2013
01:33 PM ET

The politics behind talking points

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) gives guest host Frank Sesno an insider’s perspective on the talking points legislators give to the media.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources
October 6th, 2013
01:32 PM ET

Cutting through the spin

Sirius XM Host Michael Smerconish sits down with guest host Frank Sesno to explain how he cuts through the political noise.


Filed under: Blog • Politics • Reliable Sources
October 6th, 2013
01:30 PM ET

Behind the scenes of "Tolo TV"

Filmmaker Eva Orner joins Sesno to discuss her recently released documentary “The Network,” which follows the rise of Afghanistan's popular independent television network, Tolo TV.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Blog • Reliable Sources
October 6th, 2013
01:21 PM ET

The future of news and journalism

GWU's School of Media and Public Affairs Director Frank Sesno sits down with his class to get their take on coverage of the government shutdown and what they think the media could be covering better.


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