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
Clinton's memoir tops non-fiction hardcover list, fourth overall
June 18th, 2014
03:10 PM ET

Clinton's memoir tops non-fiction hardcover list, fourth overall

By Dan Merica and Brian Stelter, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton's frenetic book tour appears to have paid off: In its first week on the market, her memoir "Hard Choices" was the most purchased hardcover nonfiction book in the United States, according to Nielsen Bookscan data.

Booksellers who report to Nielsen – which makes up roughly 85% of all retail book sales – have sold approximately 86,000 physical copies of "Hard Choices" since June 10, according to the data provided to CNN by Nielsen.

The Nielsen numbers do not include tablet and e-book sales. On Tuesday, a source with Simon & Schuster, Clinton's publisher, told CNN that roughly 100,000 copies of "Hard Choices" were sold in the book's first week when you combine hardcover, e-book and preorders.


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June 15th, 2014
01:03 PM ET

How journalists "made news" in Hillary Clinton interviews

How did the journalists who interviewed Hillary Clinton manage to "make news?" Above, Dylan Byers of Politico and Erik Wemple of The Washington Post watch the interviews and analyze them with Brian Stelter.

STELTER: What is the takeaway for interviewers, for journalists, from the clips we just watched? What's the lesson?

WEMPLE: Dig in on one topic. I think, with Hillary, there's so much you can ask about. And Terry [Gross] did cover a lot of ground, a lot of shoreline. But I think you've got to make some decisions. You've got to make some decisions about what you care about, and go at them hard. I think that's it.

BYERS: Also, when you're giving - when the person you're interviewing is giving 12, 14, who knows how many interviews - ABC is OK because they have first-mover status. CNN is OK because they have a town hall, which is a unique sort of event. Everyone else, you have to be looking for one thing. And if you just go through the questions, she has answers for those questions. If, like Terry Gross, you hammer home one issue and you ask it seven or eight times, then you're going to generate a sort of response and you're going to generate some news.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • 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
Gender makeup of Clinton's interviewers. Coincidence?
June 4th, 2014
03:00 PM ET

Gender makeup of Clinton's interviewers. Coincidence?

By Brian Stelter, CNN

As Hillary Clinton prepares for the publication of her book "Hard Choices," here's who will be interviewing her on television:

• Diane Sawyer, ABC News

• Robin Roberts, ABC News

• Cynthia McFadden, NBC News

• Jane Pauley, CBS News

• Christiane Amanpour, CNN

• Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, Fox News

People magazine published an interview with Clinton on Wednesday, conducted by its Washington bureau chief, Sandra Sobieraj Westfall.

Is it a conscious choice on the part of Clinton's handlers that virtually all of the interviewers are women? Or is it a coincidence?


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
June 1st, 2014
12:13 PM ET

Is press taking Hillary’s bait?

Carl Bernstein and Mark Leibovich discuss the media attention surrounding Hillary Clinton’s upcoming autobiography.

Filed under: Blog • Hillary Clinton
May 25th, 2014
01:55 PM ET

Anatomy of a Hillary Clinton smear campaign

CNN contributor Paul Begala and "Crossfire" co-host S.E. Cupp join Brian Stelter to discuss how rumors about Hillary Clinton’s health have festered in the media.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Reliable Sources
May 11th, 2014
12:27 PM ET

Monica and the media

Following the publication of her essay in Vanity Fair, Naomi Wolf, Jeffrey Toobin and Brian Stelter discuss Monica Lewinsky’s return to the media spotlight.

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Blog • Hillary Clinton • Monica Lewinsky • Reliable Sources
February 16th, 2014
12:48 PM ET

A peek behind the Hillary curtain

Journalist and Hillary Clinton biographer Carl Bernstein on newly discovered documents that provide fresh insight into the mind of the possible 2016 candidate.

Filed under: Blog • Carl Bernstein • Hillary Clinton • Reliable Sources
February 9th, 2014
01:02 PM ET

Rand Paul takes on the Clintons

Sally Kohn, Will Cain and Brian Stelter on the Kentucky senator’s blistering attacks on Bill Clinton, Bill O’Reilly’s lengthy sit-down with President Obama and NBC's questionable Olympics edit.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Bill Clinton • Bill O'Reilly • Blog • Fox News • Hillary Clinton • Reliable Sources
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