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!


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February 21st, 2014
04:08 PM ET

The rundown for this Sunday's show

By Hardy Spire, CNN
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Coming up on this week’s Reliable Sources at 11am Eastern time Sunday:

Brian is off to get married this weekend, but before he left, the team put together this show!

This week’s BuzzFeed profile of would-be New York gubernatorial candidate Donald Trump turned out not to be the puff piece he anticipated.   Trump’s response was to take on reporter McKay Coppins who Trump had hosted aboard his private plane and at his Florida estate during the interviews.  Brian speaks with Coppins and Politico’s Maggie Haberman about the reaction and whether the media should continue to take Trump and his political ambitions seriously.

And there are some stories which do not have two sides.  The climate change debate is one of them.  Nevertheless, many news organizations continue to equate the skeptics with the scientists.  This week NBC’s Meet the Press faced criticism for its debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Rep. Marsha Blackburn.  We’ll talk to Michio Kaku from the City University of New York and CBS News as well as Jack Mirkinson, Senior Media Editor at the Huffington Post.

We’ll also focus on an “Undercovered” news story – Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier who has been missing in Afghanistan for five years.  Jake Tapper, CNN Chief Washington Correspondent and anchor of “The Lead” joins Brian.

Finally, Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott raised eyebrows this week when he took the stage with former rocker Ted Nugent whose recent inflammatory comments about President Obama have caused many to ask whether the media should call out hate speech when they see it.  Christy Hoppe, Austin Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News speaks with Brian.

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December 14th, 2013
01:58 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show...

Tune in to "Reliable Sources" this Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern! Here's a preview from the program's host Brian Stelter:

In 2010 the Associated Press reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman learned that the United States government had been lying about Robert Levinson, an American who had disappeared in Iran three years earlier. Levinson was not, as government officials claimed, a private investigator who had been in Iran on business. He was a contractor for the C.I.A. The Associated Press and several other news organizations refrained from reporting what they knew about Levinson's identity until this week. Why now?

That's where we will begin "Reliable Sources" this Sunday. The White House says that the publication of stories about Levinson has been "highly irresponsible." The A.P. obviously disagrees. Apuzzo will be on set with me in Washington to discuss.

Before the show, I'd like to know what you think about the C.I.A. spy stories - add a comment at the bottom of this blog post.

Then we'll pivot to this week's Santa controversy. (What an odd thing to write.) Aisha Harris, a culture blogger for Slate magazine, wrote a blog post on Tuesday titled "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore." By now you've probably heard about the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly's reaction — "Santa just is white" — and the reactions to her reaction, etcetera.

But someone was missing from Kelly's much-talked-about segment on Wednesday: the blogger who started it all. Harris says "Fox didn't bother reaching out to me personally to debate the issue at hand." Maybe Fox reached out to someone else at Slate; I don't know. But when a CNN producer emailed Harris on Friday morning, she replied right away; she'll join me live from New York. (For what it's worth, Fox also apparently tried to book her on Friday; Kelly said on Friday night that Slate "denied our request.")

Later on in the show, we'll look at the recently reignited debate between the White House and the press corps over access with CNN’s national political reporter Peter Hamby, Roll Call's new editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni and The Blaze's "Hot List" host Amy Holmes. The political panel will also discuss Hamby's exclusive report on Republican plans to overhaul the 2016 primary process.

Here's a segment we have been planning for weeks: the "Anchorman 2" marketing assault. Some analysts have said that Ron Burgundy is showing us the future of movie marketing. I'll ask Adweek's Sam Thielman if he agrees.

[Post-show update: I'd mentioned a segment here about Comcast and a new technology that lets Twitter users tune their TV sets and start watching shows on their mobile devices straight from Twitter. We held the segment for time constraints, so look for it on a future edition of the program.]

See you Sunday!


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December 7th, 2013
11:21 AM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show...

By Brian Stelter, CNN

I think it's safe to say that CNN couldn't have picked a better week to introduce a new host on "Reliable Sources!"

I'm Brian Stelter, CNN's Senior Media Correspondent, and I'm busy getting ready for my debut. "Reliable Sources" is one of a kind - a weekly opportunity to analyze the changing media world. It's an honor to be taking the helm.

With the world mourning the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela this week, we'll have an in-depth look at the global media coverage and how it is shaping Mandela's enduring legacy. The New York Times' Bill Keller, author of “Tree Shaker: The Story of Nelson Mandela,” will tell me about his 2007 interview with Mandela, portions of which were published for the first time on Thursday.

We –the top-notch "Reliable" team of producers and I in Washington - have been working all week on a bevy of other segments. From Martin Bashir’s resignation at MSNBC to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announcing his plans for drone delivery on "60 Minutes," we'll tackle the media highs and lows of the week with American University’s Jane Hall, The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi & NPR’s Eric Deggans.

We're reserving one segment for a conversation about coverage of the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. We wanted to know how news organizations around Newtown, Connecticut, where the shooting happened, are approaching the ethical issues that the anniversary presents for journalists — for example, whether to publish the 911 tapes that were made public earlier this week. Brian Koonz, who lives in Newtown and is the metro editor for a set of local newspapers owned by Hearst, will join us.

And in an exclusive interview with CNN, a media star who needs no introduction: Ryan Seacrest.  I shot the interview late Friday evening in Los Angeles and I was surprised by several of his answers about "American Idol," the "Today" show and the juggling act of his career.

Since we're nearing the end of the year, I'll also reveal the person who 'I Want Media' readers have voted as the media person of the year.

See you in a few hours! "Reliable Sources" starts at 11 a.m. Eastern time Sunday.


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November 22nd, 2013
04:42 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show...

By CNN's Elizabeth Cherneff

Team Reliable Sources is happy to welcome back NPR TV critic Eric Deggans as our guest host this weekend!

First up on Sunday’s show, following separate apologies from MSNBC hosts Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin this past week, we’ll discuss the broader impact on the cable channel with The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple and Amy Holmes, anchor for The Blaze.

Next we’ll turn our focus to Michigan’s Flint Journal newspaper, which apologized to readers after failing to realize/report that a candidate for city council was a convicted murder. Vincent Duffy, News Director of Michigan Radio, and Richard Prince of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education will join guest host Eric Deggans for the discussion.

With Buzzfeed announcing the addition of an international women’s rights correspondent to its ranks, we’ll look at the need for a dedicated beat reporter on this front with Buzzfeed foreign editor Miriam Elder and Lauren Wolfe, Director of the Women Under Siege Project.

In the wake of Bloomberg reporter Michael Forsythe’s suspension and ensuing allegations of self-censorship, we’ll analyze the journalistic repercussions of the decision with The Atlantic’s James Fallows and The New York Times’ Christine Haughney.

And in our constantly changing media environment, we’ll talk to author Jeff Jarvis and NYU School of Journalism’s Jay Rosen (who will be joining Glenn Greenwald/Pierre Omidyar’s media venture) about how these start-ups will compete with more traditional media outlets.

Finally, we’ll discuss the notion that films with non-white casts are often seen as “race-themed”, regardless of subject matter, with our panel, Viviana Hurtado, founding editor of The Wise Latina Club, and Alyssa Rosenberg, features editor for ThinkProgress.org

Tune in Sunday at 11am EST.

November 15th, 2013
04:04 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Becky Perlow, CNN

George Washington University's Director of Media and Public Affairs Frank Sesno returns to guest host Reliable Sources this week with a full show planned for your viewing pleasure.

Up first, former CBS reporter Terence Smith, Politco's Dylan Byers, NY1's Errol Louis and the Chicago Sun Times' Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet join Sesno to discuss a smattering of media topics, including the '60 Minutes' apology for its erroneous report on Benghazi, a roundup of the reporting on Obamacare and the firestorm surrounding a Washington Post column that discussed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's multiracial family.

Next, Sesno invites Philippe Cousteau, social entrepreneur and grandson of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau, and the New York Time's Andy Revkin to discuss the media's lack of coverage surrounding climate change. They'll debate ways media outlets could change their reporting and touch on the United Nations Climate Change Conference currently taking place in Warsaw, Poland.

Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday and Sesno then journey from the TV screen to the big screen to discuss a new study that looks at the rise in violence currently featured in PG-13 movies, as opposed to 30 years ago.

A week from today, America will mourn the loss of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 50 years ago. We'll take a look at the media coverage from that time, as well as interview Esquire's Chris Jones, who wrote an amazing investigative article about the time spent aboard Air Force One on the trip from Dallas to Andrews Air Force Base.

Wrapping up the show, we visit The Newseum's newest exhibit, "Anchorman," which debuted yesterday to the public. The display ties into the release of next month's "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," a sequel 10 years in the making.

Only a few more days until Sunday's show.

Until then, you stay classy, viewers.

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November 8th, 2013
04:11 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

NPR’s Eric Deggans  returns to the host’s chair for this week’s packed Reliable Sources.

Its investigation into the Benghazi attack made waves when it aired two weeks ago, but on Friday the venerable CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” was forced to admit its reporting on the story was flawed. Bill Carter of the New York Times, Kelly McBride of Poynter and David Brock of Media Matters will dissect what went wrong.

Twitter made its stock market debut this week and its shares skyrocketed on their first day of trading. Despite never turning a profit, the social media site is now valued at over $24 billion. So what does the future hold for the publicly traded Twitter? We’ll get answers from Jeff Bercovici of Forbes and Sarah Lacy of Pando Daily.

NBC News’s payment for video footage of the collision of two planes carrying a team of skydivers has led to allegations of “checkbook journalism.” Did NBC cross an ethical line? We’ll ask McBride and Paul Farhi of the Washington Post.

The inner workings of the Miami Dolphins locker room have been under the media microscope this week after offensive lineman Jonthan Martin left the team and allegations swirled that he had been bullied by teammate Richie Incognito. Incognito has been suspended pending an investigation. So was it bullying or hazing, and how can reporters get to the bottom of the story? Two sports columnists, Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel and Christine Brennan of USA Today join us to break down the coverage and discuss the challenges of reporting on a story where the facts are so subjective.

Tune in Sunday at 11am ET.

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November 1st, 2013
04:03 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Jamie Gray, CNN

A busy week of media news on a variety of fronts this week; we’ll break it all down on Reliable Sources with this week’s guest host, David Folkenflik of NPR.

The much anticipated trial of former News International chief executive Rebekkah Brooks and former News of the World editor Andy Coulson began in London this week. Brooks, Coulson and six other defendants face a range of charges related to alleged phone hacking by journalists at the News of the World. We’ll discuss this significant media trial with The Daily Beast’s Peter Jukes, who has been tweeting from inside the courtroom, and Emily Bell, former editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited. We’ll get context from CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and attorney Lin Wood, who will discuss the legal differences between the US and UK when it comes to covering court cases.

Last Sunday, New York Times writer Bill Keller published a column based on a series of online exchanges he had with former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald. The two journalistic heavyweights discussed the state of modern journalism and their differing views on journalistic objectivity.  Both men will join us for two separate interviews to expand on their views.

Finally, this week saw the launch of Fusion, a new cable television channel formed jointly by ABC and Univision. Fusion aims  to target the rapidly growing “millennial” demographic, in particular English-speaking Hispanics. We’ll discuss Fusion’s goals and the challenges it will face with former OWN chief executive Christina Norman and Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research at the Pew Research Center.

Tune in this Sunday, 11am ET.

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October 25th, 2013
05:54 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

We’ve got a packed show this weekend with our guest host, John Avlon.

The government may be fully operational again, but the same cannot be said for healthcare.gov, the government’s health insurance enrollment website. Three weeks of errors, reset passwords and disconnections have resulted in congressional hearings and provided fodder for late night comedians’ monologues. We’ll discuss how the media has handled these technical difficulties with Rosie Gray of Buzzfeed, Mediaite’s Joe Concha and Jamelle Bouie of The Daily Beast. They’ll also look at the fallout from the unmasking and firing of Jofi Joseph, the White House national security official who had been anonymously tweeting both inside information and insulting comments about Obama administration officials.

As his book “The Outpost” is released in paperback, we’ll talk to CNN’s Jake Tapper about the diminishing media coverage of the war in Afghanistan. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik shares details from “Murdoch’s World,” his new book that pulls back the curtain on the media empire of News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Finally, we’ll talk to legendary New York author and columnist Jimmy Breslin about his life and career.

Tune in this Sunday, 11am ET.

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October 18th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Sara Fischer, CNN

NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik returns to Reliable Sources as our guest host this week.

With the government shutdown finally coming to an end, David Gura, reporter for Marketplace and Edward Luce, Washington Bureau Chief for the Financial Times will join Folkenflik to discuss the overage of the economic impact of the shutdown, including confusion over the concept of the debt ceiling.

Next, we’ll speak with former NSA official and whistleblower Thomas Drake about the difference between “whistleblowers” and “leakers,” and how the Obama administration has pursued leakers. We'll also ask Drake about his meeting this week with ex-NSA employee Edward Snowden in Moscow.

Later, the discussion on whistleblowers will continue with Lucy Dalglish, Dean of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and Joel Brenner, Former Inspector General and Senior Counsel for the National Security Agency.

We will also look at lessons to be learned from several reporting mistakes this week. Andrew Lih, author of The Wikipedia Revolution and Maggie Haberman, senior political reporter for POLITICO will join us to discuss the danger of using new media platforms like Twitter when reporting.

Finally, the film “Fifth Estate” opens this weekend, facing controversy about how it portrays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.  We’ll talk with the film’s screenwriter Josh Singer.

Tune in this Sunday 11am ET.

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