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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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November 10, 2019: Bill Moyers says he fears for the country; Anthony Scaramucci accuses Trump of 'traitorous-like' behavior; what it's like to cover Capitol Hill during impeachment

How transcripts highlight Sean Hannity's political power... Why there's a right-wing fixation with the whistleblower's identity... Plus more from Bill Moyers and Anthony Scaramucci. Brian Stelter also talks with Melanie Zanona, Addy Baird, Manu Raju, Max Boot, Tara Dowdell, and Jess McIntosh. via Knit


Dave Jorgenson shows how the Washington Post newsroom ticks on TikTok

Since he launched the Washington Post's TikTok account in May, video producer Dave Jorgenson has created over 120 videos that show how the D.C. newsroom ticks with humor. Brian Stelter asks him about what the Post gains from TikTok; whether other news outlets should be using it; and how his videos have built trust and familiarity with the Post's reporters. They also discuss Jorgenson's daily production process, reactions from staffers, and attempts by presidential candidates to participate...


November 3, 2019: Joe Walsh says Fox News hosts are lying to their viewers; debating the role of pro-Trump voices on CNN; the journalists of Ground Zero are getting sick

Will right-wing media protect Trump from conviction? What are the dangers of political ads on the web? Why do the president's mispellings matter? Brian Stelter talks with Joe Walsh, Daniel Dale, Colby Hall, Aisha Moodie-Mills, Irin Carmon, Sarah Barnett, Bill Frischling, Bruce David Martin, Vincent Novak and Michael Barasch. via Knit


Jeff Zucker talks about CNN in the Trump era, fact-checking, Fox News, and the future of TV

Brian Stelter sits down with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker at the CITIZEN by CNN conference in New York City. They discuss the network's relationship with President Trump; decisions about whether to air Trump events; and a baseless lawsuit threat from one of Trump's lawyers. Zucker also defends the hiring of "Trump voices;" discusses the possibility of hiring Shep Smith; and addresses his interest in running for public office someday. via Knit


Ezra Klein: As impeachment escalates, Trump will become more 'corrosive to democracy'

Ezra Klein says people think about impeachment all wrong. It doesn't have to be a "traumatic" worst case scenario, he says: "We fire people for poor performance in most jobs. It seems that in the most important job, in arguably the entire world, we should be able to do the same thing." Klein, the editor-at-large of Vox Media, talks with Brian Stelter about his new podcast, "Impeachment, Explained," and the need to apply historical context to the daily drama. Klein also analyzes Trump's...


These aren't news cycles, they're shock cycles; damage control after Mulvaney presser; Ronan Farrow on the big picture in 'Catch and Kill'; how hateful anti-media video highlights 'empathy gap'; former FB advisor warns 2020 could be '2016 on steroids'

October 20, 2019: Daniel Dale, Erik Wemple, Olivia Nuzzi, Elaina Plott, Matt Lewis, Katie Rogers, Krystal Ball, Ronan Farrow, Dipayan Ghosh and Mo Elleithee join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Save Journalism Project co-founder John Stanton on why Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is the 'antithesis of free expression'

After BuzzFeed's DC bureau chief John Stanton was laid off in January, he co-founded the Save Journalism Project to "stand up" for journalists and "educate the public" about "the dangers facing us." Stanton talks with Brian Stelter about Facebook and Google's impacts on the news industry; Mark Zuckerberg's recent talk about Facebook's values and free speech; and what Facebook is doing about "toxic" content and disinformation. via Knit


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