September 28th, 2014
01:31 PM ET

Journalism and patriotism in wartime

In the above video, former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien and New York Times national security correspondent Mark Mazzetti discuss the duty of journalists to ask skeptical questions during wartime. And former CIA intelligence officer Michael Scheuer critiques the "media and the political establishment."

Host Brian Stelter said: "I want to start the morning by asking something controversial, but something that we as Americans have to be asking. Is our country again waging war in the Middle East based on faulty intelligence and exaggerated threats?"

It is "the media's duty to ask these questions in times of war," he said. FULL POST

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September 28th, 2014
01:30 PM ET

ESPN suspends Bill Simmons for rant

Jim Miller and Will Leitch on ESPN's decision to suspend one of its stars, Bill Simmons, for three weeks.

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September 28th, 2014
01:29 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: Eric Holder resigns

"So, civil rights champion or controversial political activist? Which one is it? Comparing blue news and red news coverage of this, it was like they were talking about two totally different people..."

Brian Stelter takes a look at how Fox News and MSNBC covered the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder.

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September 28th, 2014
01:27 PM ET

Univision and Fusion news anchor Jorge Ramos on point of view journalism

In the above video, Jorge Ramos, the most popular Spanish-language news anchor in the U.S., talks with Brian Stelter about immigration coverage and the power of point-of-view journalism.

Ramos is the co-anchor of "Noticiero Univision," the Spanish-language nightly newscast on Univision, and "America," a weekly English-language program on Fusion. (Fusion is a cable channel that Univision and The Walt Disney Company jointly created last year.)

"I think a capital sin on TV is to be boring," Ramos said while talking about his swim across the Rio Grande River earlier this year. His swim highlighted the plight of immigrants who try to cross the southern border into the U.S.

"The story was not about me," he said. "The story was about the children who are doing exactly the same thing. It's just that we don't see" them.

Ramos, who has been outspoken about the need for immigration reform, said that all journalists have points of view and prejudices, so "it doesn't make any sense to try to hide that from the public."

"Of course I have a point of view," he said. "I'm an immigrant. I came from Mexico. That's a very important part of my life and that is reflected in my reporting, but that doesn’t mean that when I'm reporting about Syria or Iraq or what's going on at the border that I can’t say exactly what's going on."

Related video clips:
  · Ramos: "In 2016, no one is going to be able to make it the White House without Fusion and without Univision"
  · Ramos says his point-of-view journalism is part of a "long tradition" dating back to the days of Walter Cronkite

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September 28th, 2014
01:23 PM ET

ABC's 'Miss America' trouble?

Last week, when allegations surfaced on the blog Jezebel that the newly crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, was involved in sorority hazing in college, Kazantsev defended herself on ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview with Lara Spencer.

ABC televised the pageant earlier this month, and Spencer was a co-host of it - and that's why the Jezebel editor who broke the hazing news, Erin Gloria Ryan, called the interview "a commercial."

"It was 'Good Morning America' protecting Miss America's reputation and presenting it as though it was news," Ryan told Brian Stelter.

ABC News declined to comment on Ryan's remarks.

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September 28th, 2014
01:22 PM ET

Brian Stelter's take

At the end of Sunday's show, Brian Stelter addressed the plagiarism allegations recently leveled against CNN's Fareed Zakaria.

Here's what he said:

Finally this morning, a story about the ethical practices of television shows like this one.

Earlier this month, anonymous bloggers who call themselves Our Bad Media accused one of my colleagues, Fareed Zakaria, of plagiarism, of stealing other people's words and passing them off as their own. They cited examples from "FAREED ZAKARIA GPS," the show that airs right before this one. FULL POST

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