February 16th, 2014
09:29 AM ET

The rundown for this Sunday's show

Don't miss "Reliable Sources" this Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern. Here's a look at the rundown:

  • NFL prospect Michael Sam identified as gay in a well-orchestrated press roll-out this week. On-the-record sources are saying one thing about Sam's chances in the NFL draft; anonymous sources are saying another.
    Guest: Howard Bragman, founder, Fifteen Minutes PR; he coordinated Sam's announcement, as detailed in this Outsports article
    Guest: Daniel Flynn, editor, Breitbart Sports, who wrote this column about "conflicting public, private reactions to gay player"
  • Comcast's takeover of Time Warner Cable: why some groups are already opposing the proposed merger.
    Guest: Craig Aaron, CEO, Free Press
  • What are journalists learning from a trove of newly discovered documents about Hillary Clinton at the University of Arkansas?
    Guest: Carl Bernstein, investigative journalist, CNN contributor and author of the Clinton biography "A Woman In Charge"
  • While Chris Christie continues to be dogged by the lane closure scandal, reporters continue to dig up new stories and reevaluate old ones for signs of how the governor runs the state...
    Guest: Michael Smerconish, CNN commentator; radio host, “The Michael Smerconish Program” for SiriusXM radio
  • Shouldn't the contaminated water crisis in West Virginia be getting more coverage from the national media?
    Guest: Kallie Cart, anchor, WCHS-WVAH TV

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    37. Bald Wally

      Daniel Flynn made a huge deal saying that the reason Michael Sam is in the news is because he is Gay, not because he is a great player. Well guess what? Like the host, he completely missed the point – it isn't because he is Gay, it is because he ANNOUNCED AND CAME OUT that he is Gay. This oversight ignores Michael's difficult choice of being "outed" vs. coming out, and stupidly presumes that all the other NFL players are straight if they haven't said they are Gay. Let's focus on the ball, guys, and it isn't publicity at play here, it is justice and everyone's right to be who they are without being punished by media or others who may be different (most of the most publicly disgusting and morally vacuous people I have ever seen are not Gay. Anybody remember Anthony Weiner? Or take nearly any non-gay congressperson who has been involved in a sex scandal – you will observe that about the same percentage as the general population, nine in ten are straight).

      February 16, 2014 at 11:23 am | Reply

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