December 14th, 2014
04:14 PM ET

Web exclusive: Using the word 'torture'

Should journalists be describing the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques as "torture?" Brian Stelter asks Yahoo chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff and former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 7th, 2014
03:22 PM ET

Rolling Stone editors reviewing mistakes after apologizing for 'Rape on Campus' article

With Rolling Stone's 9,000-word article about the brutal gang rape of a University of Virginia student under intense scrutiny, Washington Post reporter Taylor Rees Shapiro, who uncovered flaws in the article, and UVA student Sandra Menendez, who knows the alleged victim, speak with Brian Stelter.

Related: CNNMoney story about what comes next for Rolling Stone

Menendez was interviewed by Erdely but not quoted. She said she and several other students "felt really uncomfortable after being interviewed."

Menendez said she concluded that Erdely had an agenda: "I think she was trying to tell a really painful story, which is that sexual assault really does happen at the University of Virginia and also around the United States. I'm not quite sure if the story that was told, you know, really does speak truly to it."

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December 7th, 2014
03:20 PM ET

Hanna Rosin on Rolling Stone's journalistic sins and 'survivor culture'

Hanna Rosin, a writer for Slate and The Atlantic, says the disputed Rolling Stone article about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia sounds like an instance of "belief getting in way of facts."

"Wanting the story desperately to be true got in the way," Rosin said.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 7th, 2014
03:06 PM ET

Dan Pfeiffer, the man in Obama's ear

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior advisor to President Obama, talks with Brian Stelter about shaping the president's message and seeking new, nontraditional media forums.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 7th, 2014
03:02 PM ET

The many hats of MSNBC's Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton is an activist, a fund-raiser for his civil rights organization, and an informal advisor to President Obama and the mayor of New York City. So is it problematic that he also hosts a talk show on MSNBC? Brian Stelter speaks with National Urban League president Marc Morial, West Angeles Church of God in Christ minister Johnathan Gentry , and NY1 host and CNN commentator Errol Louis.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 7th, 2014
02:59 PM ET

Death on tape: Where's the line?

Was it appropriate for television networks to repeatedly show disturbing video of Eric Garner being choked by a police officer, given that Garner died afterward? Carl Bernstein and Dr. Gail Saltz weigh in on the journalistic and psychological questions raised by the video.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 7th, 2014
02:16 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: killings by police

Brian Stelter examines varying numbers about deaths at the hands of police — as cited by Bill O'Reilly, Chris Hayes, Lawrence O'Donnell, and others — and determines that no reliable, comprehensive source of data exists.

Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 7th, 2014
02:07 PM ET

Candy Crowley to leave CNN after 27 years

At the end of Sunday's program, Brian Stelter noted a number of media news items, including Candy Crowley's decision to leave CNN.

Crowley has had "27 brilliant years" at the network, Stelter said. She has anchored "State of the Union" for the past four years.

She told him, "After 27 years, I want to do something new, someplace new. I knew I had to leap before the next election got started in earnest, because I am a moth and elections are my flame. I worried when 2016 really got underway, I couldn't bring myself to leave."

Filed under: Reliable Sources
December 6th, 2014
06:34 PM ET

White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer on media 'revolution'

Senior advisor to the president Dan Pfeiffer speaks with Brian Stelter about a revolution "in the distribution and consumption of information."

See more of the interview on "Reliable Sources," Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern time on CNN.

"We're on the cusp of a massively disruptive revolution" in the media, said Pfeiffer, who was previously the White House communications director.
"It is a revolution in the distribution and consumption of information. And there are big things that are going to happen. The old models are starting to fall. And how we adjust to them, and how everyone adjusts to them - you know, entertainment television, the movies, the news, politicians and the government trying to get their message out - is going to be a massively fascinating thing."
Pfeiffer added that he thinks these changes are "even more interesting and potentially consequential than the invention of television and the invention of the Internet, because it's all those things combined at the same time."

Responding to speculation that he may step down soon, Pfeiffer said he hasn't made a decision.

"I think you take this every day as it comes," he said, "and as long as it feels good and you're enjoying it, you keep doing it."

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November 30th, 2014
04:15 PM ET

What members of the media faced in Ferguson: tear gas, rocks and hostile crowds

Correspondents who covered Monday night's riots in Ferguson, Missouri recount what they experienced and whether they were, at times, too close to the violence.

Some of the highlights:

>> CNN correspondent Jason Carroll: "It was definitely dangerous. Was it too dangerous to broadcast live? I would say no. I think whenever you come to a point where you're covering a story as important as this one, one that could have historical significance, you have to be there."

>> CNN's Sara Sidner on reporting from Ferguson vs. reporting from foreign war zones: "In Libya, we weren't the targets. When I was with the rebels, the rebels actually wanted us there with them to show what was going on... But we were targets in Ferguson in some ways."

>> Sidner on peaceful protesters who were drowned out by looters and arsonists: "The message that they were trying to put out to the world got completely corrupted by violence that they did not want to see."

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