Tune in to "Reliable Sources" this Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern! Here's a preview from the program's host Brian Stelter:
This week we're taking "Reliable Sources" on the road to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. There's probably never been a better - or more complicated - time to be a documentary filmmaker, so we'll show you interviews with directors of several attention-getting films here at the festival.
But we'll begin the show with a fast-developing controversy involving the New Jersey governor Chris Christie. MSNBC has led the way on a story about the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey's claims that Christie's office withheld relief funds after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Now the channel is being accused - by a spokesperson for the governor - of being "a partisan network that has been openly hostile to Governor Christie and almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him." I'll talk with Erik Wemple, media critic at The Washington Post, and Kate Zernike, who has covered Christie for The New York Times.
I'll also have an update on the television blackout affecting one in six households in the United States: the one that arose from a dispute between DirecTV and The Weather Channel. Meteorologist Jim Cantore will tell me how he feels about the blackout (we're about to tape an interview with him here in Park City) and media analyst Barry Parr will tell me what it signals about the television industry.
Then it's time for Sundance. Here's Main Street in Park City, right outside the sushi restaurant that CNN has turned into a lounge and workspace for the festival:
At the lounge I'll talk with a trio of film reporters - Brooks Barnes of The New York Times, Barbara Chai of the Wall Street Journal and Ramin Setoodeh of Variety - about the new ways that the films here can reach audiences all around the world, and show snippets of conversations with a trio of directors.
"Reliable" wouldn't be complete without a look at last night's "Saturday Night Live," which featured the new cast member Sasheer Zamata, the show's first African American woman in six years. Comedian Debra Wilson and theli.st co-founder Rachel Sklar will join me.
It's almost 11 a.m. Eastern - hope you'll tune in!