May 4th, 2014
12:13 PM ET

Red News, Blue News: Benghazi

Above, CNN's Dana Bash, Politico's Glenn Thrush and "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter discuss how the investigations into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya are handled by different media outlets.

Stelter also spoke with Carl Bernstein - here's the video.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
May 4th, 2014
12:11 PM ET

Carl Bernstein: Benghazi “is not Watergate”

Brian Stelter continues the conversation about Benghazi (and Hillary Clinton) with Carl Bernstein. (Here's the first part of the Benghazi segment if you missed it.)

Filed under: Reliable Sources
May 4th, 2014
12:07 PM ET

Witness to the execution

After a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma renewed debate about the death penalty, Matt Trotter of Public Radio Tulsa and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Greg Bluestein share their experiences witnessing executions.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
May 4th, 2014
12:05 PM ET

Who's afraid of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger?

Above, Brian Stelter speaks with Buzzfeed business editor Peter Lauria.

Two and a half months have passed since Comcast announced its plan to merge with Time Warner Cable. Here's what Brian said on air:

Comcast owns NBCUniversal, which has lots of cable channels. When you talk privately with cable executives that own other channels - I'm talking about companies like Disney or Viacom or the parent of this network, Time Warner - they will tell you they hate the merger.

But those executives will not say that on the record. Netflix is an exception here. Its CEO, Reed Hastings, came out against the deal last month. And this week, the chief executive of Univision raised concerns as well. But that's about it.

Here was the headline on the front page of Friday's "New York Times" about this: "As Netflix Resists, Most Firms Just Try to Befriend Comcast."

Then he introduced Lauria, who wrote a story last month titled "Why Big Media Won’t Stand Up To Comcast." Lauria said:

"In a nutshell, it comes down to money. If you're big media, and Comcast is paying you millions and millions, if not billions, of dollars each year to carry your programming, you kind of don't want to bite the hand that pays you. So, that's one of the reasons. There are a bunch of others - another being that, like, it takes someone with a special backbone to stand up to the bully in the schoolyard, right? And they're trying to do this stuff off the record, behind the scenes."

Filed under: Reliable Sources
May 4th, 2014
12:03 PM ET

Undercovered: Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls

In the video above, CNN's Vladimir Duthiers joins Brian Stelter from Lagos, Nigeria to discuss the relative dearth of media coverage of a mass kidnapping in Nigeria.

Here's some of what Duthiers said:

Remember that, when people are attuned to an image or attuned to a story, for example, the South Korea ferry disaster or the Malaysia Air 370 disaster, there are images.

There is video. You have a dramatic rescue at sea. You have the tilting ship. You have family members that are crying and talking to the reporters, wanting to get the word out as to what they're going through, what they're experiencing.

And when that happens, people around the world can relate. They see those images, they hear those voices, and they are there. They are there with the reporters learning about the story as the reporters learn about it.

In Nigeria - in Africa, but specifically in Nigeria - there are a lot of challenges when it comes to reporting a story like this. This has happened in a part of the country that is very remote. There are challenges in getting signals there.

We, as journalists, cannot go to this area. The area where this occurred is considered a Boko Haram stronghold. Boko Haram is this Islamist terror group that has been accused of kidnapping these girls. To go into that part of Nigeria is very risky, indeed.

So we can't bring images of the parents talking about their daughters. We can't bring images even of the young girls that have gone missing, because the government has been very, very... close-guarded when it comes to releasing the names or images of these young girls.

So there's nothing for people to grasp onto. And print reporters have been doing this story, The New York Times, the U.K. Guardian, but, still, when you are not able to talk to those people, when you don't have those voices, we don't have those images, it's just hard for people to relate.

I think now, as the social media campaign has begun, the story really is simple. You don't really need all those images. You just have to imagine you are a parent. You send your kid to school. In the middle of the night, in their dormitory, they are abducted, and you never hear from them - or you haven't heard from them in two weeks. Any mother, any parent, anybody with a heart listening to that story will now start to understand what it is that these people are going through.

Filed under: Reliable Sources • Undercovered
May 4th, 2014
12:01 PM ET

Will Lara Logan return to "60 Minutes?"

Here's what Brian said on air:

Is Lara Logan ever coming back to "60 Minutes?"

That's the question that reporters, producers and TV executives will all be asking on Monday. New York magazine is about to come out with a feature by all-star reporter Joe Hagan, and the line on the cover says "Should Lara Logan Be Allowed Back on '60 Minutes?'"

You probably remember what happened last October. It was about the topic of our first segment this morning, the tragedy in Benghazi. Logan interviewed a security officer she called Morgan Jones. And he told a story about being in Benghazi on the night of the consulate attack.

But after Logan's report aired, the story unraveled. In November, she came back on the program, said "we were wrong to put him on air," and apologized. She has been on a leave of absence ever since.

So Hagan looked into what happened and into her past at CBS News. And in his story, he uses the word "toxic" to describe her. Hagan reports that "Logan's return appears less and less certain."

Some people at CBS say there is still a plan for her to come back on the air - and that it could happen soon. But I think this magazine story will create even more uncertainty about that. CBS has declined to comment. The story will come online tonight, and in print tomorrow.

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