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Now more than ever, the press is a part of every story it covers. And CNN's "Reliable Sources" is one of television's only regular programs to examine how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover.

Now more than ever, the press is a part of every story it covers. And CNN's "Reliable Sources" is one of television's only regular programs to examine how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover.
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Now more than ever, the press is a part of every story it covers. And CNN's "Reliable Sources" is one of television's only regular programs to examine how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover.






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Shep Smith's stunning exit; Three former Fox personalities speak out; Zurawik says this is a 'severe blow' to Fox's credibility; the power of Trump's anti-Democrat stories; Sam Donaldson and Douglas Brinkley speak about impeachment coverage; former Bush a

October 13, 2019: Sam Donaldson, Douglas Brinkley, Julie Roginsky, Carl Cameron, Conor Powell, Peter Wehner, Irin Carmon, Amanda Marcotte, and David Zurawik join Brian Stelter. via Knit


'Antisocial' author Andrew Marantz on the 'virality industry' and the 'hijacking of the American conversation'

New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz embedded with extremist "gate-crashers" teeming on social media platforms and the lax "gate-keepers" in Silicon Valley for his new book titled "Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation." In order to take the conversation back, Marantz tells Brian Stelter, "the only way forward is to really really look this stuff in the face." He also talks about the Overton Window, media manipulation, the "alt...


Trump's force field of falsehood; former Fox News host says they're 'lying by omission;' the power of language in politics; how authors get White House sources to talk; Iowa news director says Trump supporters are staying firm; 'my gut tells me' Trump wil

October 6, 2019: Masha Gessen, Oliver Darcy, Juliet Huddy, Michael Shear, Barbara Res, Douglas Heye, Jess McIntosh and Robert Leonard join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Matt Taibbi: With today's media, 'there's no profit incentive to get people to stop worrying'

Matt Taibbi's new book "Hate Inc.: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another" makes the case that news outlets have become "a twisted wing of the entertainment business," chasing clicks and views to survive. In a blunt conversation with Brian Stelter, Taibbi says he wants to encourage more "consumer awareness about the news." Stelter challenges some of Taibbi's arguments, including his portrayals of Fox News and MSNBC, and they discuss how Noam Chomsky's "Manufacturing Consent" applies...


Impeachment probe special edition; interview with Robert De Niro; Christine Pelosi's message for the Democratic party; Ruddy says impeachment probe is 'mortal threat' to Trump; Fox shows are smearing the Ukraine whistleblower; Glasser says White House is

September 29, 2019: Robert De Niro, Suzanne Nossel, Amanda Carpenter, Susan Glasser, Susan Hennessey, Christine Pelosi, and Christopher Ruddy join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Like drinking from a firehose: Jeff Greenfield on the week in historic headlines

Renowned political analyst Jeff Greenfield talks with Brian Stelter about the start of a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. He says "the kind of reflexive, circle the wagons, 'remember this is our guy'" strategy among Republicans and pro-Trump media outfits "may not fully survive this latest story." He describes the many differences between the Nixon and Clinton impeachments and the current proceedings, including a much more chaotic news environment. His advice for...


Trump's disinformation campaign; Biden's media strategy; Carl Bernstein's analysis of Ukraine scandal and possible cover-up; Times reporters defend 'nuance' of Kavanaugh book; GOP's 'deride and conquer' approach; Australian reporter shares why she was stu

September 22, 2019: Shane Harris, Carl Bernstein, Tara Dowdell, Philip Bump, Sam Vinograd, David Zurawik, Robin Pogrebin, Kate Kelly and Lenore Taylor join Brian Stelter. via Knit


More than 100 newsrooms are using the Washington Post's massive database to cover the opioid crisis in a new way

The Washington Post has opened up an enormous DEA database that charts the course of every pain pill in the country through 2012. The Post's investigations editor Jeff Leen says more than 100 local news outlets have conducted reporting using the information. Brian Stelter talks with Leen about this cooperative approach; what the data reveals; and what stories still need to be told about the opioid epidemic. via Knit


Democrats are losing the messaging war to Trump; 'She Said' authors Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey share secrets from Weinstein investigation; Krystal Ball fires back at Rush Limbaugh; CNN's Jim Sciutto talks Russian spy scoop; Barry Glassner on how the med

September 15, 2019: Alexandra Rojas, Dahlia Lithwick, Susan Glasser, Jim Sciutto, Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Krystal Ball and Barry Glassner join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Covering Climate Now: 250+ news outlets pledge a week's worth of focused climate crisis coverage

Kyle Pope, the editor of Columbia Journalism Review, tells Brian Stelter about the Covering Climate Now coalition, which CJR is spearheading with The Nation. Pope says that about 250 news outlets around the world have committed to a week's worth of focused climate change coverage in the run-up to the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23. He says it "could end up being the most extensive effort ever to sort of organize the world's press around a single topic." Pope and Stelter discuss...


James Poniewozik talks "Audience of One" and Trump's relationship with TV

New York Times chief TV critic James Poniewozik's new book traces how Trump evolved from a "TV character" to president at the same time that TV went from a broadcast to a niche medium. "Audience of One" argues that Trump's ascent "happened because of TV. It happened through TV." Poniewozik and Brian Stelter discuss Trump's reality TV roots, the American antihero, "the gorilla channel" that wasn't, the "Reliable Sources" cameo in "Audience," and more. via Knit


The truth about Trump's relationship with Fox News; Lawrence O'Donnell's reckless report; Joe Biden 'loose with facts' on the campaign trail; Brian Karem's lawsuit against Trump over press pass suspension; Jeffrey Goldberg gleans new info from James Matti

September 1, 2019: David Zurawik, Elaina Plott, Julia Ioffe, Dahlia Lithwick, Jeffrey Goldberg, Theodore J. Boutrous and Brian Karem join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Jeffrey Goldberg on James Mattis: 'The Man Who Couldn't Take it Anymore'

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis began his book tour by sitting down with The Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg. "There is a lot about Donald Trump that he finds absurd and repellent but he is trying to maintain this disciplined approach of not speaking ill of a sitting president," Goldberg says. Brian Stelter asks Goldberg about the challenges of interviewing Mattis, plus the ongoing discussions in newsrooms about how to cover Trump's erratic behavior. via Knit


Two psychiatrists on coverage of Trump's instability; Trump's messaging war over the economy; April Ryan breaks silence on bodyguard's alleged assault; trickle-down effects of Trump's anti-media rhetoric; parents of killed journalists work for reporter sa

August 25, 2019: Dr. Bandy X. Lee, Dr. Allen Frances, Daniel Dale, Irin Carmon, Ken Ward Jr., April Ryan, Diane Foley and Art Sotloff join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Barry Glassner on 'the culture of fear' and how the media should cover the 'fear-monger-in-chief'

Sociologist Barry Glassner, author of "The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things," talks with Brian Stelter about how news outlets both stoke peoples' fears and "correct exaggerated fears and scares." He says local TV news has an especially serious impact. Glassner says many presidents have preyed on fears, but none to the degree President Trump has. And he offers advice about how to cover Trump's claims. via Knit


Journalism during the disinformation wars; Study finds $235 million spent every year on ads on extremist sites; Russian site launches smear campaign against CNN's Clarissa Ward; How to avoid taking the bait when covering president Trump; WSJ report tallie

August 18, 2019: Adam Serwer, Mary C. Curtis, Jim Rutenberg, Catherine Rampell, Bari Weiss, Clarissa Ward, Danny Rogers, Matt Rivitz, Donie O'Sullivan, Oliver Darcy and Carole Cadwalladr join John Avlon. via Knit


Carole Cadwalladr on her role in Cambridge Analytica's downfall and "The Great Hack"

Investigative reporter for the Observer and the Guardian Carole Cadwalladr's year-long investigation resulted in the downfall of data company Cambridge Analytica. Her central role in the scandal is examined in the new Netflix documentary, "The Great Hack," which she discusses with John Avlon. Cadwalladr also talks about the still-open questions about Cambridge Analytica, its impact on UK and US elections, as well as citizens' lack of ownership over their own data. via Knit


Tucker takes vacation after white supremacy 'hoax' remark; "cancel culture" comes for the New York Times; headlines fall short of highlighting El Paso victims; CNN obtains draft order for FCC to police social media; reporter who reopened Epstein investiga

August 11, 2019: S.E. Cupp, Jane Coaston, Tim Archuleta, Enrique Acevedo, Jackie Kucinich, Nicole Chavez, Noah Shachtman, Julia Angwin, Julie K. Brown and Mark Brown join John Avlon. via Knit


Cosmo goes undercover with online extremism investigator

Brian Stelter sits down with Andrea Stanley, features editor at Cosmopolitan Magazine, to discuss her latest story: "Is It Possible to Stop a Mass Shooting Before It Happens?" In her piece, Stanley follows "K," a top-secret investigator who has been infiltrating online hate groups to monitor the behavior of men who display signs of violence. During her reporting process, "It was not lost on me that I was going to report on a woman who is tracking some of the worst men in our country," she...