June 29th, 2014
12:07 PM ET

Matt Lauer's sexist stumble

Inside Edition's Deborah Norville joins Jefferey Toobin to give her thoughts on Matt Lauer's interview with GM's female CEO, Mary Barra; did his questions about work/life balance cross the line?

Filed under: Blog • Inside Edition • Matt Lauer • Sexism
June 29th, 2014
12:02 PM ET

Should we listen to Dick Cheney?

Military analyst Rick Francona and counterterrorism analyst Phillip Mudd discuss former Vice President Dick Cheney's recent criticism of the Obama administration over Iraq; does he still deserve the media's attention?

Filed under: Blog • Dick Cheney • Iraq • Reliable Sources
June 29th, 2014
11:51 AM ET

Sawyer to depart ABC anchor desk

TV news legend Dan Rather gives Jeffrey Toobin his take on the big changes at ABC News, where Diane Sawyer will be replaced as "World News" anchor by David Muir and new "chief anchor" George Stephanopoulos.

Filed under: ABC • Blog • Reliable Sources
June 28th, 2014
03:56 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

Jeffrey Toobin hosts an abbreviated, yet packed Reliable Sources this week. Here's what we'll have for you on Sunday morning:

First up, Jeffrey will talk with Inside Edition's Deborah Norville about Matt Lauer's interview with GM CEO Mary Barra, in which he questioned her about her ability to balance the demands of her job with her role as a mother. Did Lauer's questions cross a line?

It was announced this week that Diane Sawyer will step down as anchor of ABC’s World News in September, with David Muir taking over and George Stephanopoulos stepping into a new role of "chief anchor" for breaking news and election coverage. We’ll talk with veteran anchor Dan Rather about the significance of the network anchor chair and the future of news.

Finally, former Vice President Dick Cheney has been back in the media spotlight, with a Wall Street Journal op-ed and a pair of interviews in which the Iraq war architect has slammed the Obama administration for the current perilous state of affairs in Iraq.  Should Cheney be back in the media spotlight, how are the media handling him, and are reporters getting at the truth about the cause of the current Iraq crisis?

Tune in this Sunday, 11am Eastern!


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Sneak Peek
June 8th, 2014
12:30 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: The Bergdahl backfire

Gloria Borger, Ryan Lizza, Matt Lewis and Brian Stelter on how the media mood surrounding Bowe Bergdahl’s release turned from celebration to condemnation.

Filed under: Blog • Red News/Blue News • Reliable Sources
June 8th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

What's been missing in the coverage of Bowe Bergdahl's return

Rolling Stone writer and former soldier Matthew Farwell tells Brian Stelter about Bowe Bergdahl based on the 2012 article he collaborated on with the late Michael Hastings.

Stelter started the segment with this commentary:

Before we go any further on this Bergdahl story, I have to say something about the press's role here. This story is not just about whether he deserted. His actions may have been deplorable - we have to wait and hear his side of the story.

But it's not just about him. This story, at its heart, is about ending the wars that have defined the first 14 years of this American century. It is also about facing the moral and legal consequences of holding so many prisoners for so long at Guantanamo Bay.

Here's something to keep in mind, something I wish the press have made more clear this week in the coverage. I fact-checked this with the State Department on Friday. These five Taliban prisoners? They were released partly because the Obama administration concluded it could not press charges against them. It did not have evidence to put them on trial.

We, the public, have turned away from Gitmo. We've definitely turned away from Afghanistan. But the press can and the press should pull us back. The press should encourage us to pay attention to these issues.

I think the media has an educational role to play here. As President Obama said on Monday, this is what happens at the end of wars.

But sometimes that's hard to see when you watch TV and all you hear is - well, fear-mongering.

Filed under: Blog • Bowe Bergdahl • Reliable Sources
June 8th, 2014
12:27 PM ET

Hillary’s big book blitz

On the eve of the release of Hillary Clinton’s much hyped memoir, Mark Leibovich, Amy Chozick and Brian Stelter discuss the PR strategy surrounding its launch and how it ties in with her possible presidential run.

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Blog • Hillary Clinton • Reliable Sources
June 8th, 2014
12:26 PM ET

CNN reporter questioned by Turkish police

After one of his live reports was forcefully interrupted by authorities and he was denounced by the Turkish Prime Minister, CNN's Ivan Watson tells Brian Stelter about the challenges of reporting from Turkey.

At the end of the segment, Stelter read this statement from CNN: "We have said repeatedly that we stand unequivocally by our reporting from Turkey and by our reporter Ivan Watson, a journalist of the highest integrity. We find his recent work in Turkey to be brave and commendable."

Filed under: Blog • CNN • Reliable Sources
June 8th, 2014
12:05 PM ET

The world according to Netflix

In the video above, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos tells Brian Stelter about his company’s central role in the move from scheduled TV viewing to streaming, on-demand programming.

Check out more of the interview at CNNMoney.com/Media/

Filed under: Blog • Netflix • Reliable Sources
June 8th, 2014
12:02 PM ET

Media movers and shakers

Brian Stelter gives us the details on Lara Logan’s return to work on 60 Minutes and Sharyl Attkisson’s new job.



Filed under: 60 Minutes • Blog • Reliable Sources
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