October 11th, 2013
03:55 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

George Washington University professor and former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno returns to the Reliable Sources anchor chair this week.

With the government partially shut down for a second week, Frank will examine how the mainstream media has presented the debate over funding the government and raising the debt limit with Eleanor Clift, Joe Concha and Ramesh Ponnuru.

Next, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, John Sides and Ginger Gibson will look at the findings of a recent study that showed that politicians will lie less often if they think they’re being fact-checked.

The Committee to Protect Journalists released a special report this week examining US press freedom under the Obama administration. The report’s author Leonard Downie Jr. will sit down with Frank to discuss his findings.

Finally, newly-hired “Vine journalist” Cody Johns and Barbara Lippert join Frank to look at the pros and cons of using the six-second video app as a news and marketing tool.

Tune in this Sunday, 11am ET.

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October 4th, 2013
05:44 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Charmaine Crutchfield, CNN

This Sunday, Frank Sesno, CNN veteran and director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, will return as our guest host on ‘Reliable Sources.’

We’ll discuss how the news media is covering Obamacare debates and the government shutdown with CNN commentator and NY1’s ‘Road to City Hall’ host Errol Louis, Washington Bureau Chief and Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Lynn Sweet, and former Huffington Post Washington correspondent/ Center for Accountability Journalism founder Dan Froomkin.

Next, we will sit down with host Michael Smerconish of ‘The Michael Smerconish Program’ on SirusXM Radio- we’ll get his thoughts on what it takes for a host to prepare for guests who come armed with talking points in the midst of partisan battles happening now in Washington.

Later in the show, we’ll visit Frank Sesno’s journalism class at the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs for an eye-opening discussion on how the next generation of journalists retrieve their news and what they think about the coverage of the government shutdown.

Lastly, we will chat with award-winning filmmaker and director Eva Orner to discuss her new film “The Network,” which explores the development of Afghanistan’s most popular TV network in the years after the Taliban was overthrown.

Tune in Sunday at 11a ET.

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September 27th, 2013
04:45 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

We’ve got a busy show planned this Sunday when Brian Stelter of the New York Times returns as our ‘Reliable Sources’ guest host.

With the nationwide rollout of Obamacare and another government shutdown on the horizon, we’ll discuss how the bipartisan bickering in Washington is playing out across national media outlets with CNN commentator Ryan Lizza, Politico’s Manu Raju, and The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox.

And it’s the day all Walter White fans have been holding out for– ahead of the highly anticipated ‘Breaking Bad’ series finale, we’ll sit down with AMC President and General Manager Charlie Collier to discuss the success of the show and the series spin-off currently in the works.

Later in the show, Time Magazine’s James Poniewozik and the Huffington Post’s Mo Ryan will join us to talk all things ‘Breaking Bad.' We’ll also discuss ‘Saturday Night Live’ as NBC’s popular late-night comedy show enters its 39th season with a handful of new cast members, including a new ‘Weekend Update’ co-anchor.

Finally, author Allen Salkin will join us on ‘Reliable Sources’ to discuss his new book, “From Scratch: Inside the Food Network,” which details the founding of the network as well as the recent scandal surrounding celebrity chef Paula Deen.

Tune in Sunday at 11am ET.

September 13th, 2013
04:16 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

This Sunday, we welcome back Politico's Patrick Gavin as our 'Reliable Sources' guest host.

First up, NPR's Deborah Amos will join us from Beirut, Lebanon. A longtime NPR Middle East correspondent, Amos will offer her take on reporting from both Syria and Iraq and whether media comparisons between the two are fair.

Next, we'll speak with PBS anchor & 'CBS This Morning' co-host Charlie Rose about interviewing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As one of the few journalists to sit down with the controversial Syrian leader, Rose will tell us why he considers his recent interview "one of the biggest of his career."

Also on the show, The Washington Post's Max Fisher will join us to discuss his recent piece, '9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask.' Following that, DecodeDC host Andrea Seabrook and CQ/Roll Call's Emily Cadei will join us to weigh in on how readers and viewers are processing the volume of news reports coming from Syria.

On the heels of Apple announcing its latest iPhone versions and Twitter's IPO filing, we'll ask technology columnist Farhad Manjoo what's behind all of the hype.

Later in the show, University of Maryland journalism professor Mark Feldstein will join us on a visit to the Virginia parking garage made famous during the Watergate era by reporter Bob Woodward and "Deep Throat."

Finally, Will Tracy, editor-in-chief of 'The Onion,' joins us to discuss satire, spin, and what's behind recent Syria commentary & op-eds from 'America's Finest News Source.'

Tune in Sunday at 11am ET.

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September 6th, 2013
04:36 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Sara Fischer, CNN

We've got a packed show this week on Reliable Sources with guest host Frank Sesno, Director of The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. As a former CNN Washington bureau chief, Sesno will bring a unique perspective to this week’s media headlines.

We’ll kick off the show with CNN's Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon, who will provide an update on the crisis in Syria, reporting live from Beirut. Conversation about the conflict will then continue with Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and Shibley Telhami, Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park.

CNN’s own digital political reporter, Peter Hamby, released a case study describing Twitter’s impact on the coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign. Hamby will speak with us live to discuss his research and experience and will be joined on a panel by Christina Bellantoni, politics editor for The PBS NewsHour and former senior Romney campaign advisor and CNN political commentator Kevin Madden

Then, we’ll sit down with former executive editor of The Washington Post, Len Downie, to get his take on Jeffrey Bezos’ purchase of Washington Post, a new study with the Committee to Protect Journalists on leaks from the Obama administration and stories this week about Edward Snowden

Finally, we’ll hear from POLITICO’s Susan Glasser about the impact and survival of long-form journalism.

Tune in Sunday morning at 11am ET.

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August 30th, 2013
03:46 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Becky Perlow, CNN

New York Times' media reporter Brian Stelter returns to host our show this week and he's brought with him a slew of great media topics to discuss. Since Sunday's still a few days away, though, here's a sneak peek to whet your appetite.

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen will be kicking off our show in Beirut with an update on the situation in Syria. Jumping back across the ocean to Washington D.C., our show will turn to the media's coverage of the Syrian civil war. The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone, The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis and Al Monitor's Foreign Policy Reporter Laura Rozen join Stelter in the studio to discuss how the media's coverage of the Iraq War might be shaping the coverage of the Syrian war, and ultimately, America's opinion of the war-ravaged region.

Then, The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald joins the show for an update on the NSA leak story and why it has become the story of the summer.

Keith Olbermann, formely of ESPN, MSNBC and Current TV, returned to ESPN this week with a new show. Deadspin's Tim Burke will weigh in on the anchor's 16-year hiatus from his first debut on the sports network, how Olbermann has changed and what he has planned for his new late-night show.

Finally, BuzzFeed's Whitney Jefferson swings by to assess the media circus surrounding Miley Cyrus' recent VMA performance.

Tune in Sunday morning at 11am ET.

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August 23rd, 2013
05:14 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Sara Fischer, CNN

There’s a lot to discuss on ‘Reliable Sources’ this Sunday with our guest host, Eric Deggans, TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times and future TV critic for NPR.

We’ll start by taking a look at the coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Additionally, we will discuss the media coverage of American civil rights with longtime CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather, along with Senior External Affairs Director of Free Press, Joseph Torres and Founding Member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Paul Delaney.

Also on the show, we’ll speak with a Brian Beutler, political writer for Salon and New York Times Columnist Charles Blow about whether the media has been hyping the national race discussion and the fairness of its’ coverage.

We’ll also invite panelists David Zurawik, television and media critic for The Baltimore Sun and Mohammed el Nawawy, author and professor at Queens University of Charlotte to give their take on the launch of Al Jazeera America this week.

Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute will also join us to discuss ESPN’s decision to pull its logo and credit from "Frontline's" upcoming documentary about the controversial subject of sports and brain injury.

Lastly, we will chat with Wil Haygood, columnist for The Washington Post, who first reported on veteran White House butler Eugene Allen, the man who served as the inspiration for Lee Daniel's new film, "The Butler."

Tune in Sunday morning at 11am ET.

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August 16th, 2013
07:09 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Sara Fischer, CNN

There’s a lot to discuss ‘Reliable Sources’ this Sunday with our guest host, author and editor Joanne Lipman. Lipman is a former editor at the Wall Street Journal and Conde Nast and is co-editor of the forthcoming, “Strings Attached.”

We’ll start with the recent outbreak of violence in Egypt, speaking live with CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon and getting reaction from the Washington Post's Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, Sherif Mansour.

Also on the show, we’ll invite panelists Michael Calderone & Edward Felsenthal to weigh in on next week’s launch of Al Jazeera America and what challenges the new cable network may face.

While the rise of digital innovation of newspapers, we’ll ask Founder of Verifeed, Melinda Wittstock and principal technology columnist for the Wall Street Walt Mossberg, about how new technology will change the news gathering process, including the use of crowdsourcing.

Adding to the conversation about technology and journalism, we’ll sit down with Editor-in-Chief of USA Today David Callaway to discuss the digital future of print in light of Jeff Bezos’s purchase of The Washington Post.

And, we’ll chat with Public Editor of the York Times, Margaret Sullivan, about her role at the newspaper and the importance of media ombudsmen.

Lastly, as the President rounds out his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, we’ll speak with CNN’s White House Correspondent Dan Lothian about the President’s remarks about Egypt from Massachusetts and the media coverage of his trip.

Tune in Sunday morning at 11am ET.

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August 9th, 2013
05:17 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By: Elizabeth Cherneff

Lots to talk about on ‘Reliable Sources’ this Sunday with our guest host, Brian Stelter of the New York Times.

This week, the Washington Post’s historic decision to sell the paper to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos had journalists and those in the media world pondering the future of the paper and the larger implications across the print journalism industry. We’ll get reaction from American University’s Jane Hall, Paul Farhi of The Washington Post & Jenna Wortham of The New York Times.

We’ll also sit down with Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget to ask him what he thinks about Bezos’ recent purchase and what it could mean for The Washington Post’s future in a competitive digital news environment.

Also on the show, we’ll invite panelists Paul Farhi & Jane Hall back to weigh in on the ratings challenges facing new NBC News president Deborah Turness, the first female to hold the top spot at a network news operation.

Amid news of renewed terror threats from al Qaeda, we’ll ask Jeb Boone, former editor of the Yemen Times, and freelance reporters Adam Baron and Iona Craig about what it’s like to report on the ground from Yemen.

And as “Fox Sports 1” prepares to taken on ESPN, we’ll discuss the rise in popularity of sports programming with ESPN President John Skipper.

Finally, as John Oliver nears the end of his ‘The Daily Show’ summer guest hosting stint, we’ll get perspective on Oliver’s performance so far and reaction from fans on which Jon (or John) they prefer to see in the host’s chair.

Tune in Sunday morning at 11am ET.

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August 2nd, 2013
02:58 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

Lots to talk about on Reliable Sources this Sunday with our guest host, Patrick Gavin of Politico.

With reports this week that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity might both by dropped by Cumulus Radio, we’ll look at what the future holds for political talk radio with progressive radio host, Thom Hartmann, conservative radio host Michael Medved and Michael Harrison of Talkers magazine.

We’ll dig deeper into why the media had been so captivated by Anthony Weiner’s latest scandal with Inside Edition’s Jim Moret and Mike Walters of TMZ.

After NBC and CNN both announced film projects about Hillary Clinton, we’ll ask Matt Lewis of The Daily Caller and Marisa Guthrie of The Hollywood Reporter about how the media is treating the former Secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential candidate.

HBO’s The Newsroom is into its second season and drawing cheers and jeers from the journalists whose careers the show is aiming to depict. We’ll talk with Juana Summers of Politico and Rosie Gray of Buzzfeed to get their take on the Aaron Sorkin drama.

Finally, the Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel will tell us about the perks of working at the HuffPo’s DC office, which include access to a yoga room, a nap room and even a kegerator.

Tune in this Sunday, 11am ET.



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