December 21st, 2013
08:31 AM ET

Sneak peek at the Dec. 22 show...

Tune in to "Reliable Sources" this Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern! Here's a preview from the program's host Brian Stelter:

Let's tally up all the important stories this week. Congress passed a budget for the first time in years. The stock market reached new record highs. A roof collapsed on a packed London theater. A federal judge said the NSA's bulk collection of our telephone records was likely unconstitutional.

Oh, and a star of "Duck Dynasty" thinks that homosexuality is a sin?

On "Reliable Sources" this week, I'll look at why Phil Robertson's comments in GQ turned into such a big story, how politics intersected with reality television, and whether the cable channel A&E has responded the right way. I'll be joined by Lola Ogunnaike, an anchor for Arise TV; Matea Gold, a reporter for The Washington Post who wrote about how "conservative politicians rushed to defend Phil Robertson," and Matt Lewis, a contributor to The Daily Caller who wrote this column about "two Americas" this week.

I also want to have a discussion about "60 Minutes." Did you watch last Sunday's report on the NSA? What did you think? I thought it was a missed opportunity for tough questions and truly groundbreaking reporting about the government's mass surveillance programs. The report was panned by many media critics, partly because the reporter John Miller used to work in the government (and likely will again — he has been in talks this week to rejoin the New York Police Department) and partly because he didn't include any outside voices that are critical of the NSA.

Here's what Ryan Lizza, a CNN commentator and Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, wrote on Twitter right after the "60 Minutes" telecast:

Lizza will join me in the studio on Sunday along with Alicia Shepard, the former ombudsman for NPR, and Michael Calderone, the senior media reporter for The Huffington Post.

Calderone will stick around for a separate segment about China. As he wrote earlier this week, there are "heightened concerns about the ability of U.S. news outlets to report independently in the authoritarian country." Also joining me: Jim Sciutto, CNN's chief national security correspondent, and Emily Parker, a senior fellow at The New America Foundation, who recently wrote a column titled "China's Government Is Scaring Foreign Journalists Into Censoring Themselves" for The New Republic.

Toward the end of the hour, I'll show the highlights of my sit-down interview with Jim VandeHei, the chief executive of Politico. Earlier this month Politico opened the curtain on its first-ever acquisition, Capital New York. VandeHei has a lot to say about how news organizations can thrive on the Internet — I'm curious to hear if you agree with him.

See you Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern!


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  9. Emeka

    Shame on Reliable Sources for masking the severity of Daily Beast's Justine Sacco's racist remarks on tweeter by focusing not on the damaging effects of her tweet but rather how unfair the reaction has been. The masking and downplay of her comment by reliable sources could be just as damaging as her tweet.

    Not only do such comments further drive the division of races in the world, but serves as catalyts for more racists to excersize and prophetize their believes as gospel by referencing comments from such highly profiled media figures, which can contribute to negatively tainting the opinion and support for AIDS researchers and donors to Africa.

    It also underlines the misconceptions that public media figures are never racists or have racist beleives. And the thought that reliable sources feels or infers that she was just unlucky by getting her hand caught in the cookie jar because she did not keep her feelings to herself and should be more careful. REALLY!!!

    How about highlighting the possibility and realization that true characters of jornalist or publicly sort after PR specialist like Justine Sacco matters. If not then someone please tell me how she would be believable in a scenario where she could be sort to help an organization minimize any racially sensitive debacle. Would CNN invite her to contribute her comments on such situations. How would CNN introduce her in such a situation. . I suppose Relaible sources will highlight in her intro her overnight website dedication to Africa and AIDS.

    Shame on Reliable Sources for further victimizing the victims which is the nation of South Africa, Africa and frankly all who are suffering and concerned about eradicating this terrible disease.

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  10. John

    NSA criticism: Please tell us who has been harmed by the NSA. What are other methods of defense from terrorism should the NSA use? Do you think the victims of 911 and Boston think the NSA is overstepping privacy laws. What does it take for the media to allow our government to defend the US citizens? Perhaps if terrorists detonate a thermal nuclear or chemical weapon in a major city they will see the real threat.

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    Why is it not raciest for your African American quest on this mornings show to call the Duck Dynasty people "hillbillies" and "red necks". Are these not racist comments? You should have her apologize immediately, issue a retracting by the show, followed by your resignation. All the media including CNN are hypocrites and should confess to the people that you are only in it for the money. It is unfortunate that you are allowed to abuse your privilege of being able to broadcast your "junk", hypocritical, and self serving dialog to the American people that are limited to what they can see on TV.

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