Brian Stelter talks to new "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd about the future of his storied Sunday morning program and the problems with political journalism.
In the above video, Brian Stelter assesses media coverage of ISIS and asks whether the press is provoking panic about the terror group's intentions and abilities.
Stelter also spoke with Ron Fournier of National Journal and Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation magazine.
In a column earlier this week, Fournier quoted one of his readers who remarked, A decade ago, we all hopped on the bus so the White House could take us to war. Now it seems like maybe we're driving the bus."
Stelter shared some overheated comments from news anchors and commentators and said he can't help but wonder whether some "are letting their fears get the best of them."
"Bottom line," he said, "we journalists cannot let fear-mongering get in the way of facts."
Ari Fleischer, who was President George W. Bush's first press secretary, and Bill Burton, who was a deputy press secretary for President Obama until 2011, join Brian Stelter to discuss President Obama's handling of the threat posed by ISIS.
"The press has a tendency to push the White House and the President to act faster than they might, and you see it in the questions that get asked in the briefing room, you see it in the conversations that happen on the talk shows," Burton said. "But one of the defining characteristics of this president is that he is not - he does not let his policies get dictated by those sorts of things."
Fleischer and Burton seemed to be on the same page about the media's saturation coverage of certain stories.
"The press is always interested in the next biggest story, and they do try to push in the direction of controversy and bigger news for them to cover. There is a bit of self-interest in what the press asks," Fleischer said.
"I do think that in the modern media - and this has been the case for maybe a decade - news spikes up with so much drama, so much more than it used to," Fleischer continued. "And then it comes right back down again and the press goes on to the next spike. It's as if everything has to be a driver of the news, and everything has to be a lead story, as opposed [to] there are multiple stories going on at one time and they can go up and down in relevance, but they all remain important."
"The press just hypes whatever is hottest," he added.
Burton said Fleischer made an important point. Earlier this summer, it was immigration. Now, it's ISIS. There's an "ebb and flow of big issues all the time," he said.
"They seem like they're the biggest issues on Earth and then they just go away," Burton said - in the media, that is, not in real life.
Foreign policy analyst Rula Jebreal reacts to last week's "Reliable Sources" segment with radical cleric Anjem Choudary.
Here's how Brian Stelter set up the segment:
This is all part of a battle of ideas, one that's going on every day in the Muslim world.
You know, every week here on "Reliable Sources," I ask you to send me a message on Twitter and on Facebook, to let me know what you think of a show. And I heard from a lot of you last Sunday after I invited Anjem Choudary, a radical Muslim cleric. Some of you said I should feature a more moderate Muslim voice to demonstrate that Choudary does not represent Islam.
So that's what we're doing here. I invited back to the show a guest from early this summer, Rula Jebreal, and then I showed her some of what Choudary had to say. She was disgusted by it. And here's what she told me.
Brian Stelter on the passing of a TV news legend and member of the CNN family, Bruce Morton.