January 10th, 2014
04:43 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's 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 me preface a preview of this week's "Reliable Sources" with a story. In 2011, while I was working for The New York Times, I was interested in writing a book about the cable news wars. I'd been covering Fox News, CNN and MSNBC for years and I thought I could weave the stories of the three channels together in a compelling way. I drafted a 60-page proposal and sent it to a literary agent, Kate Lee, who shopped it around to eight publishing houses. Every one turned it down. Among the many reasons, this is the one that was mentioned most often: "Gabe Sherman's book."

A few months earlier, New York magazine writer Gabriel Sherman's proposal for a book about Fox News had been acquired by Random House. There had been a big bidding war for Sherman's book; Random House was thought to have paid handsomely for it. The tight-knit publishing industry expected Sherman's book to be the definitive account of the rise of Fox and its creator Roger Ailes, with brand new insights about how Ailes uses Fox to support Republican politicians and shape public opinion. Publishers doubted that there would be room for another cable news book.

Thanks to Kate's hard work, I wound up writing a book about morning television instead (and I'm glad I did). But I tell that story to make this point: Sherman's book, "The Loudest Voice In The Room," has been highly anticipated since the day he proposed it. Ailes, after all, has been influencing politics and television for decades, making him a hero to the American right, an enemy to the left and a clearly worthwhile subject for a biography. Next Tuesday the 560-page book is finally being published — and on Sunday I'll have Sherman's first extended interview.

The "Reliable Sources" producing team has allotted extra time for the interview at the top of the show. (You can watch his only other TV interview to date, from Friday's "CBS This Morning," here.)

For a debriefing after the interview, I'll be joined by two other authors, Jeffery Berry and Sarah Sobieraj, who co-wrote "The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility."

Later in the broadcast, I'll ask Michael Crowley, the author of this memorable Time magazine cover story on New Jersey governor Chris Christie, about this week's coverage of the #GWBridge scandal. Was Christie a "media darling" up until now? Have you noticed a sudden change in the tone of the media coverage surrounding him? Add a comment to the bottom of this blog post.

Separately, the show producers and I are trying to book a representative from Al Jazeera to update us on the three Al Jazeera journalists who have been imprisoned in Egypt since December 29. We'll cover their situation and the overall difficulties faced by reporters in the region.

And we'll close with a story about a very powerful photograph - tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. to see it.

See you then,


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Supreme Court to hear broadcasters' case against Aereo
January 10th, 2014
03:40 PM ET

Supreme Court to hear broadcasters' case against Aereo

By Julianne Pepitone & Brian Stelter, CNN

A high-stakes legal battle between the biggest broadcasters and Aereo, a startup that sells Internet streams of their shows, has reached the highest court in the land.

The Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear the broadcasters' challenge to Aereo, a nearly two-year-old service that picks up the signals of local television stations and streams them over the Internet to paying subscribers.

Aereo says what it's doing is perfectly legal, using the same sorts of antennas and digital video recorders that anyone can buy off the shelf. But the broadcasters say it is illegal, and they have filed a series of lawsuits to stop Aereo in its tracks.

Read more of the article here.

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What we're reading this week...
January 10th, 2014
02:24 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Becky Perlow, CNN

It's been a great week for media news, so Brian Stelter and the Reliable team are busy gathering all the stories for our Sunday show. Look for a few segments on the release of a new book that blasts Roger Ailes, as well as an interview with an AP photographer who reunited a young, homeless man with his family simply taking a picture. Unfortunately, we can't fit everything into our one-hour show, so we decided to share a few other stories  that didn't make the cut this week:

'Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet'

Amanda Hess writes in the Pacific Standard that female journalists (and women in general) are falling victim to violent cyber attacks. In the article, Hess shares her own experiences of violent, sexual tweets and comments that have been directed at her from people who were angered by her articles. In one of the tweets, the writer tells her, "Happy to say we live in the same state. Im looking you up, and when I find you, im going to rape you and remove your head." Hess adds that despite reaching out to local and federal authorities, she is told to either quit Twitter or given the run-around by the police. Hess hopes that her article will bring light to an issue that is too often not taken seriously.

'Navy mistakenly sends FOIA plans to reporter'

Scott MacFarlane, a reporter for NBC 4 in Washington, D.C, reportedly filed several requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but got more than he bargained for when the Navy accidentally sent him an internal memo about MacFarlane's requests. The Navy's official Twitter account has released an apology for the mistake.

"60 Minutes' Clean Tech Segment Disputed By Former Energy Department Loan Boss'

As if CBS '60 Minutes' didn't have enough public relations nightmares to deal with, another segment by the legendary newscast has recently come under fire. According to The Huffington Post, the segment "detail[ed] perceived failures in government support for the development of clean energy and other advanced technology," but was later "criticized for leaving out crucial information about the state of the clean tech sector and over-emphasizing governmental failures."

'TV news executive producer saves family from fire'

As journalists, we're always on the lookout for good stories, but one news producer went over and beyond the call of duty earlier this week in Dacula, Ga. On her way to work, she noticed a house on fire and immediately called 911, before running toward the house and "banging on the doors and windows" to get the people out to safety. Now that's a good producer.

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