November 15th, 2013
04:04 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Becky Perlow, CNN

George Washington University's Director of Media and Public Affairs Frank Sesno returns to guest host Reliable Sources this week with a full show planned for your viewing pleasure.

Up first, former CBS reporter Terence Smith, Politco's Dylan Byers, NY1's Errol Louis and the Chicago Sun Times' Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet join Sesno to discuss a smattering of media topics, including the '60 Minutes' apology for its erroneous report on Benghazi, a roundup of the reporting on Obamacare and the firestorm surrounding a Washington Post column that discussed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's multiracial family.

Next, Sesno invites Philippe Cousteau, social entrepreneur and grandson of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau, and the New York Time's Andy Revkin to discuss the media's lack of coverage surrounding climate change. They'll debate ways media outlets could change their reporting and touch on the United Nations Climate Change Conference currently taking place in Warsaw, Poland.

Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday and Sesno then journey from the TV screen to the big screen to discuss a new study that looks at the rise in violence currently featured in PG-13 movies, as opposed to 30 years ago.

A week from today, America will mourn the loss of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 50 years ago. We'll take a look at the media coverage from that time, as well as interview Esquire's Chris Jones, who wrote an amazing investigative article about the time spent aboard Air Force One on the trip from Dallas to Andrews Air Force Base.

Wrapping up the show, we visit The Newseum's newest exhibit, "Anchorman," which debuted yesterday to the public. The display ties into the release of next month's "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," a sequel 10 years in the making.

Only a few more days until Sunday's show.

Until then, you stay classy, viewers.

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What we're reading this week...
November 15th, 2013
12:04 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN

We've got a busy show planned this Sunday when Frank Sesno, director of The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, joins us once again as our 'Reliable Sources' guest host. With the devastating Philippines typhoon aftermath, continued fallout after the 60 Minutes/Benghazi apology, plus Obamacare woes here at home, we'll take a look at how these stories (and more) have competed for media attention this week. In the meantime, here are some other items that caught our show team's eye- sign off in the comments and tell us what you're reading this week!

'Why South Korea's media are furious with Vladimir Putin'

Russian President Vladimir Putin is known for being unpredictable. And in a Washington Post piece this week, Max Fisher writes that South Korean journalists aren't too pleased amid his latest trip to the country. Referencing articles in several South Korean media outlets, he notes that Putin's tardiness to events & last-minute schedule changes have been carefully documented by some journalists, some even calling Putin's actions 'insulting.' Beyond this, Fisher posits that even these minor acts could have larger impacts on Russian, Mideast and Western foreign policy relations.

'What happens when the weather computer fails'

Justin Chambers, meteorologist for Colorado Springs Fox affiliate KXRM, knows what it's like to have his software crash at the last minute. So on Wednesday morning, after he tweeted a photo of his blank/non-functional weather monitor, he put his improvisational skills to use once again. Using everything from dancing and iPads to pantomiming weather patterns, Chambers proved once again that when it comes to the weather, no technical glitch can prevent him from bringing viewers the forecast.

'Jana Winter's case, and what it means for journalists'

Fox News reporter Jana Winter is the latest journalist facing legal repercussions for refusing to identify her sources on a story she wrote about Aurora, CO movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes in 2012.  The upcoming New York Court of Appeals decision on whether Winter will be forced to testify & identify her sources on that story (or face jail) could have far-reaching consequences for journalists nationwide. This week's Business Insider piece highlights differences in New York/Colorado's shield laws (meant to protect journalists from being compelled to testify), but notes that with laws differing by state, Winter's case could set important precedent for other reporters & their confidential sources.

For more media news, tune in Sunday at 11am ET.