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December 7th, 2013
11:21 AM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show...

By Brian Stelter, CNN

I think it's safe to say that CNN couldn't have picked a better week to introduce a new host on "Reliable Sources!"

I'm Brian Stelter, CNN's Senior Media Correspondent, and I'm busy getting ready for my debut. "Reliable Sources" is one of a kind - a weekly opportunity to analyze the changing media world. It's an honor to be taking the helm.

With the world mourning the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela this week, we'll have an in-depth look at the global media coverage and how it is shaping Mandela's enduring legacy. The New York Times' Bill Keller, author of “Tree Shaker: The Story of Nelson Mandela,” will tell me about his 2007 interview with Mandela, portions of which were published for the first time on Thursday.

We –the top-notch "Reliable" team of producers and I in Washington - have been working all week on a bevy of other segments. From Martin Bashir’s resignation at MSNBC to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announcing his plans for drone delivery on "60 Minutes," we'll tackle the media highs and lows of the week with American University’s Jane Hall, The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi & NPR’s Eric Deggans.

We're reserving one segment for a conversation about coverage of the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. We wanted to know how news organizations around Newtown, Connecticut, where the shooting happened, are approaching the ethical issues that the anniversary presents for journalists — for example, whether to publish the 911 tapes that were made public earlier this week. Brian Koonz, who lives in Newtown and is the metro editor for a set of local newspapers owned by Hearst, will join us.

And in an exclusive interview with CNN, a media star who needs no introduction: Ryan Seacrest.  I shot the interview late Friday evening in Los Angeles and I was surprised by several of his answers about "American Idol," the "Today" show and the juggling act of his career.

Since we're nearing the end of the year, I'll also reveal the person who 'I Want Media' readers have voted as the media person of the year.

See you in a few hours! "Reliable Sources" starts at 11 a.m. Eastern time Sunday.

–Brian

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  8. Gary West

    The debut was of Brian Stalter as the host of "Reliable Sources" was very disappointing, so much so that I don't intend to watch again. The new host has little, if any, background in journalism aside from covering the media; in other words, he has no real news experience. And that's obvious as he fails to acknowledge, or at least blurs, the line between news and entertainment. Howard Kurtz and Bernard Kalb, who both had considerable experience in newsrooms and in working on deadline, understood not only the role of the media, but also the responsibilities. Stalter's interview with Ryan Seacrest would have been more fitting on "Entertainment Tonight." And this criticism of the new host goes beyond Salter's grating voice and his casual appearance, which seems to belie the importance of his subject. "Relaible Sources" has fallen far in a short time.

    December 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  9. kvenner53

    Like JHPorter, I was VERY disappointed you led with an "entertainment" piece and NOT a media piece. The Ryan Seacrest interview was well done, but has NO PLACE on "Reliable Sources," with which journalists and those interested in fair and objective media look for more relevant "media" pieces. With only an hour, you wasted your first piece, I believe, but like JHPorter, I will hold my judgement until you have 2-or-3 episodes under your belt to find your way to the best "Reliable Sources" reports that actually pertain to the media.

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    Would have been happier if you had led off with actual media criticism instead of industry gossip and navelgazing, but am trying to be patient for rest of segment.

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    "we'll have an in-depth look at the global media coverage and how it is shaping Mandela's enduring legacy..."

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