January 26th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

Covering the Justin Bieber saga

Buzzfeed’s Dorsey Shaw, James Poniewozik of TIME and Brian Stelter dissect the coverage of the pop singer’s arrest.

Filed under: Blog • Entertainment • Justin Bieber • Reliable Sources
January 26th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

Twist leads to tragedy

ESPN’s Christina Kahrl and GLAAD’s Tiq Milan discuss the mistakes made by sports blog Grantland in publishing a story that outed a transgender golf inventor.

Filed under: Blog • ESPN • GLAAD • Grantland • Reliable Sources
January 26th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

The “B” List

Brian Stelter runs down some of the week’s top media stories including President Obama’s comments about Fox News, a controversial CNN.com headline, a mistake by The Five and a papal critique of the media.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Blog • CNN • Fox News • Pope Francis • Reliable Sources • The "B" List • The New Yorker
January 26th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

Female reporters face Internet abuse

GQ's Amy Wallace and Slate contributor Amanda Hess tell Brian Stelter about the disproportionate levels of online vitriol they face as female journalists.

Filed under: Blog • Internet Abuse • Media Criticism • Reliable Sources • Women • Women's Rights
January 26th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

Sitting down with The Sundance Kid

Legendary actor and Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford talks to Brian Stelter about his festival, President Obama and how the media covers the environment.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Blog • Environment • Reliable Sources • Robert Redford • Sundance
January 26th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

“See It” for yourself

Comcast’s Sam Schwartz tells Brian Stelter about new “SEEiT” technology that allows for increased connection between Tweets and television.

Filed under: Blog • Comcast • Reliable Sources • Twitter
January 26th, 2014
09:01 AM 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:

By now, you've probably seen this viral video of the MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell interrupting former Congresswoman Jane Harman to cover Justin Bieber's arraignment on Thursday:

It's a starting point for our conversation about the media's saturation coverage of Bieber's legal troubles. I spoke with Mitchell last night, and I'll share how she felt about having to cut off Harman. I'll be joined by BuzzFeed's Dorsey Shaw and Time magazine's James Poniewozik.

There are at least a dozen other media stories I'd like to cover on the show this morning, so I'm trying out a new feature — "The B List" — that will include a bunch of them. The producers have come up with some great graphics to accompany it, so let us know if you'd like to see the feature on a regular basis.

I'm devoting a whole segment to "Dr. V's Magical Putter," a story on ESPN.com's Grantland about the mysterious inventor of a new putter that prompted a public apology from Grantland editor in chief Bill Simmons. The subject of the story was a transgender woman who committed suicide during the reporting process. ESPN.com's Christina Kahrl, who wrote this essay titled "What Grantland Got Wrong," will join me, along with Tiq Milan, a senior media strategist for GLAAD, the prominent gay media advocacy group.

I'm also interested in following up on the recent essays about the harassment that female writers face on the Internet. At the beginning of the month Amanda Hess started the conversation with this piece, titled "Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet," and Amy Wallace followed up last weekend with an op-ed titled "Life as a Female Journalist: Hot or Not?" Hess and Wallace will both join me live.

Toward the end of the hour, I have a very special guest: Robert Redford. I taped an interview with him at the Sundance Film Festival last week, and I think people will be very interested in what he says about the festival, his assessment of President Obama, and the media's track record covering climate change.

Last but not least, I'll show you a demo of a new technology developed by Comcast to connect Twitter with the big-screen TV. (This was originally going to be broadcast last month, but we had to postpone it.)

See you at 11 a.m.!


Filed under: Reliable Sources
Weather Channel-DirecTV blackout: No end in sight
January 26th, 2014
06:24 AM ET

Weather Channel-DirecTV blackout: No end in sight

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Nearly two weeks into the DirecTV blackout of the Weather Channel, it looks like there's no end in sight.

On Friday, DirecTV Chief Executive Mike White published a letter online blasting television channels for acting like "it's their absolute birthright to be paid more and more each year for the same content they offer, regardless of how many customers actually watch their channels."

White didn't stop there. He asserted that the Weather Channel's total audience has been declining as consumers gravitate to the Web.

"Why should DirecTV customers pay more for a channel they are watching far less?" he wrote.


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