July 13th, 2014
12:50 PM ET

Josh Earnest's first Sunday show interview

Video: New White House press secretary Josh Earnest steps away from the podium and sits down with Brian Stelter to talk about his new role.

Also check out these Web-exclusive video clips:
· About evolving White House press strategy
· About what Earnest has learned from his press secretary predecessors

CNN.com story about the interview:

Press groups, prominent journalists and administration critics have all accused President Barack Obama of failing to live up to his commitment to have the "most transparent administration in history." To some, that pledge is now a punch line. But the commitment endures, newly appointed White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in an interview on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday.

Earnest, who was a deputy press secretary before his promotion in June, cited "a number of steps that we've taken to give people greater insight into what's happening at the White House."

There is built-in tension in the relationship between the president and the press, Earnest said: "If there's ever a day when the White House press corps sits back and says, 'You know, we're getting all the information that we need from the White House Press Office,' then everybody in the White House press corps would not be doing their jobs, right?"


Filed under: Reliable Sources
July 13th, 2014
12:39 PM ET

Show me a story: ABC's photo flub

Brian Stelter looks at how photos can be used - and mis-used - by the media when telling a story.

Correction from Brian: the final photo I mentioned in this segment, of President Obama's meeting with Texas governor Rick Perry and other officials, was not taken aboard Air Force One; it was taken at Dallas Love Field. I'm sorry for the error.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
July 13th, 2014
12:30 PM ET

The TV news “arms race”

Cleavage, bare arms and short skirts: Kiran Chetry and Judy Woodruff on how and why female news anchors’ outfits have changed over the years.

· Related: The Huffington Post: This is the kind of BS women in television have to deal with, part 2

Filed under: Reliable Sources
July 13th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

Clinton “fan fiction” boots Hillary book

Slate’s Dave Weigel joins Brian Stelter to discuss “Blood Feud,” a salacious new best-seller that makes highly questionable allegations about the Clintons. The book recently surpassed Hillary Clinton's new memoir "Hard Choices" on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction best-seller list, as noted by this Times story.

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Reliable Sources
July 13th, 2014
12:19 PM ET

Anatomy of a smear: Bob Menendez

Was the Cuban government behind underage prostitution allegations made against Sen. Bob Menendez? CNN Justice Correspondent Evan Perez discuss how the smear story unfolded and then unraveled.

Filed under: Bob Menendez • Reliable Sources
July 13th, 2014
12:15 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: Immigration

Brian Stelter assess this week’s coverage of the contentious and emotional issue of immigration by liberal and conservative media.

July 13th, 2014
10:57 AM ET

Press secretary's lessons from predecessors

In this Web exclusive video clip, Brian Stelter asks new White House press secretary Josh Earnest what he has learned from his predecessors.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
July 13th, 2014
10:54 AM ET

Josh Earnest on White House press strategy: "the president is the best advocate for his policies"

In this Web exclusive video clip, new White House press secretary Josh Earnest talks with Brian Stelter about how White House media strategy is evolving.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
The story of how IFC committed to 'Boyhood' – the incredibly risky '12 Year Project'
July 12th, 2014
09:57 PM ET

The story of how IFC committed to 'Boyhood' – the incredibly risky '12 Year Project'

By Brian Stelter, CNN 

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — On the ever-changing balance sheets of the independent film company IFC, there has been one constant since 2002: "The Twelve Year Project."

It is a film, now titled "Boyhood," by the acclaimed director Richard Linklater. Released on Friday in New York and Los Angeles, the film has been heralded as "an experience as much as a film" (The Los Angeles Times) and "an epic masterpiece that seems wholly unconcerned with trying to be one" (USA Today).

That's because "Boyhood" tells the story of one boy, Mason Jr., played by Ellar Coltrane, as he becomes a man over the course of twelve years. Patricia Arquette played his mother Olivia, Ethan Hawke played his father Mason Sr., and the director's daughter Lorelei played older sister Samantha.



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Filed under: IFC • Reliable Sources
July 12th, 2014
10:51 AM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show - 7/13, 11am

This Sunday on "Reliable Sources," I have an exclusive interview with the brand-new White House press secretary, Josh Earnest.

I interviewed Earnest in the White House press briefing room on Friday afternoon; he sat in CBS's front-row seat and I sat in ABC's seat. Tune in for his answers about President Obama's choice not to visit the southern border; changes to White House press strategy; criticisms of the government's restrictions on the press; and more.

I'm also going to moderate a must-see discussion about women, television news and attractiveness, inspired in part by this Huffington Post headline: This Is The Kind Of BS That Women In Television Have To Deal With.

My guests will represent two generations of anchorwomen on TV: Judy Woodruff, the co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour," and Kiran Chetry, a former anchor at CNN and Fox News.

I also have a CNN colleague, justice correspondent Evan Perez, lined up to discuss sketchy sources for stories about Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey. Perez has quite a story to tell about the anonymous tips that led to explosive - and unproven - accounts of Menendez patronizing prostitutes. (Before the broadcast, check out Perez's latest CNN.com story about Menendez here.)

And speaking of unproven: Slate political reporter Dave Weigel will join me to dissect Ed Klein's "Blood Feud," a new book about the Clintons and the Obamas. The book reached No. 1 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction best seller list this week, but, as The Times put it this week, it is a "barely sourced account full of implausible passages."

Weigel calls it "fan fiction," and he'll tell me why.

Plus: I'll have new editions of Red News-Blue News and Show Me A Story. Sometimes photos aren't what they appear - I'll show you what I mean.

See you Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern time! (Set your DVR if you won't be home.)


Filed under: Reliable Sources
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