January 4th, 2014
08:55 PM ET

Sneak peek at the Jan. 5 show...

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

It's almost time for our first show of the New Year! We have a lot of interesting technology/digital media stories to get to, but we're going to begin with another apology from an MSNBC host for a questionable segment. This time it's Melissa Harris Perry saying sorry for poking fun at a photo of the former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney "with his wife and 21 grandchildren by zeroing in on his adopted African-American grandson."

I'll be joined by Politico media reporter Dylan Byers, Daily Beast columnist Sally Kohn and Callie Crossley, the host of WGBH's "Under the Radar."

Byers and Kohn will stick around for a discussion about last Sunday's exhaustively-reported New York Times story about Benghazi. I'll ask Thomas Joscelyn of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies why he felt the story was a "whitewash." Here's the column he wrote on the subject.

Also: why'd so many news outlets run with an unsubstantiated rumor that Kim Jong Un fed his uncle to 120 dogs? I'll ask Byers.

Later in the program, the big business of tech news. This week the veteran technology journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg launched a new Web site called Re/code. They'll tell me about their plans in a live interview.

So will Gawker's Neetzan Zimmerman. One month ago The Wall Street Journal said that "with his posts generating more than 30 million page views a month, Mr. Zimmerman may be the most popular blogger working on the Web today." On Friday Zimmerman said he was leaving Gawker to become the editor-in-chief at a startup.

One more technology story: the future of the online video service Hulu. We'll show the highlights of my recent visit to Hulu's headquarters, including an interview with Charlotte Koh, Hulu Originals' head of development.

Oh, and I'll talk about what this was like...

See you Sunday at 11 a.m.!


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  9. Greg Houston

    If the point of a show like Reliable Sources is to report/comment on news coverage– and excessive and unrelenting coverage of storms is a staple of cable news– it strikes me as odd that Mr Stelter was asked to, or agreed to, participate in the recent winter storm reporting. The minute I saw Mr Stelter doing a weather standup, I asked my wife how he could possibly comment on the quality or necessity of cable network weather coverage on any future installments of Reliable Sources since he was now an active participant in that exercise. Furthermore, considering that Mr Stelter does not normally work for CNN in the capacity of an on the scene reporter (or meteorologist), I'm at a loss to explain why he was engaged in this activity in the first place. It was like seeing Ali Velshi reporting on the hurricane in that it was both stupid and egregious. Personally, I'm of the opinion that no real purpose is served by seeing some schmuck reporter wade into the ocean, or get blown over by a wind gust, or stick a ruler into a snowbank. We all know what rain, wind and snow look like. I'm sure a camera can be trained out a window and the viewer can get a sense of what the weather is like. But, if showing the fury of the weather by making some idiot report from outdoors is THAT newsworthy and important, then why choose to make the money guy or media critic do this kind of reporting? Aren't there an abundance of real, experienced reporters available? On the one hand, the network is trying to make us believe that this is important, valuable information but on the other hand, they stick "personalities" into the field to do the reporting. This is nothing more than egregious hazing of on air personalities done for bragging rights. There's no intrinsic value in having these people doing this kid of reporting. Then, to make matters worse, hearing Mr Stelter do all sorts of verbal gymnastics on this morning's show in order to somehow justify this kind of over the top coverage as well as his participation in it not only challenges any and all credibility he and his program hope to have, it also insults the viewers. If the reporters at CNN want to prove their mettle, just have an off air pissing contest and spare the viewers from the tortured logic needed to convince us there is any level of journalistic value attached to having any of them muck around in the weather.

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