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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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Charlotte Alter on why millennial politicians are "The Ones We've Been Waiting For"

Time national correspondent Charlotte Alter is the author of "The Ones We've Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America." She shares insights about millennial politicians like Pete Buttigieg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She also identifies some media myths and stereotypes surrounding this often-misunderstood generation. "A lot of the coverage is determined by people who are baby boomers," she points out. She discusses social movements like Occupy Wall Street...


February 16, 2020: How to cover 'creeping authoritarianism;' newfound media scrutiny of Michael Bloomberg's campaign; which Democrats are winning the TV primary?

Plus... journalism's role in sustaining democracy; an interview with two authors who offer a 'worm's-eye view' of Trumpworld; and Trump's former chief of staff critiques Fox News... Philip Bump, Joan Walsh, Anne Applebaum, Irin Carmon, Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng, Julie K. Brown and Ken Doctor join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Columbia's Emily Bell on the McClatchy bankruptcy, the 'crisis' of local journalism, and how 'civic media' could help

Columbia Journalism School professor Emily Bell, the founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, talks with Brian Stelter about the effects of local newspaper losses and the highly partisan websites that are trying to exploit the void. Bell calls them "pink slime sites." Bell discusses Facebook and Google's power: "Control of the media has totally changed in the last 15 years, and we have not really come to terms with that." She also talks about potential regulations that...


February 9, 2020: How Fox talk shows urged Trump to purge; inside a 'billion dollar disinformation campaign;' getting info from Chinese cities on Coronavirus lockdown

Plus: Senator Sherrod Brown says GOP senators fear Fox, talk radio and Trump; Bill Carter says journalists should stand in solidarity; Olivia Nuzzi says the Iowa caucus debacle has caused even more cynicism about politics. Sarah Isgur, Tara Dowdell, Bill Carter, McKay Coppins, Olivia Nuzzi, David Culver, and Sen. Sherrod Brown join Brian Stelter. via Knit


FiveThirtyEight's Clare Malone on the Iowa debacle, the mood in Hew Hampshire, and the 'cynicism' of voters

After being on the road in New Hampshire, FiveThirtyEight senior political writer Clare Malone talks about why voters feel cynical about campaign coverage and what they want from members of the media. Malone also talks with Brian Stelter about the "unmitigated disaster in Iowa" after the caucuses and why the debacle has people worrying about "election administration in the modern age of information warfare." They also discuss "the new normal" of political disinformation, and the "sports fan...


February 2, 2020: Sam Donaldson reacts to fast-tracked Senate trial; how impeachment reinforced two competing info-universes; news media's quick pivot to Iowa caucus coverage; how fear of Trump is hurting government agencies

Plus, why CNN nixed its plan for a final pre-Iowa poll; the State Department versus NPR; and David Zurawik on the 'mud wrestling pit' that is social media. Sam Donaldson, Julian Zelizer, Jill Filipovic, Alexi McCammond, Astead Herndon, Art Cullen and David Zurawik join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Politico's Tim Alberta is writing letters to DC "from the rest of America"

"I just don't think the media as an institution has done a great job keeping up with the pace of change, political and cultural and socioeconomic and otherwise," says Tim Alberta, the chief political correspondent for Politico. That's why he is writing columns "to Washington from the rest of America," aiming to break the campaign coverage mold. His first dispatch was from the Mid-Michigan Gun & Knife Show. Alberta talks with Brian Stelter about "diner" cliches, voters' motivations, and news...


January 26, 2020: What you're not seeing on TV during Trump's trial; facts vs. feelings about impeachment; Pompeo's track record of hostility towards the press

Plus... the impact of press restrictions during the Senate trial; viral hoaxes are spreading lies about Coronavirus; and free press groups are condemning Brazil's charges against Glenn Greenwald. Susan Glasser, Melanie Zanona, Oliver Darcy, John Avlon, Lyz Lenz, and Salena Zito join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Alan Miller says National News Literacy Week is about solving the misinformation "pandemic"

News Literacy Project founder and CEO Alan Miller previews the first-ever National News Literacy Week and a new partnership with Scripps' local TV stations. He tells Brian Stelter about his efforts to make people part of the "information solution." While Miller's organization focuses on middle and high school, the public awareness campaign with Scripps will give the general public "some tools and resources to become more news literate," he says. Miller also discusses the difference between...


January 19, 2020: Jon Favreau on 'the biggest challenge for Democrats;' Trump's Fox News defense team; Capitol Hill reporters protest restrictions on impeachment trial access

Plus... What happens when a president can't handle the truth? Brian Stelter says the result is an impeachment trial. Also: Meet the man who tracks the Fox-Trump feedback loop. Jon Favreau, Dahlia Lithwick, Margaret Sullivan, Meridith McGraw, Sarah Wire, Joe Lockhart, Matt Gertz, and Peter Hamby join Brian Stelter. via Knit


"Uncanny Valley" author Anna Wiener on Silicon Valley's media "reckoning"

In her new memoir "Uncanny Valley," Anna Wiener reflects on the power of Big Tech through the years she spent at several startups in Silicon Valley. Wiener talks with Brian Stelter about how media coverage and "public sentiment" about Big Tech are changing, the resulting feeling "in tech that people are being unfairly picked upon," plus her favorite examples of industry jargon and much more... via Knit


January 12, 2020: Twitter war turns into Twitter diplomacy; Bill Weld's view of campaign coverage; Harry and Meghan versus the British tabloids

Plus, a thought experiment by James Fallows; Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on their new book "Tightrope;" and the biggest change about campaign coverage in 2020. James Fallows, John Kirby, Hadas Gold, Bill Weld, Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn and Sally Buzbee join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Associated Press exec editor Sally Buzbee on Iran, impeachment, Iowa, and the future of news

Sally Buzbee, the top editor of the AP for the past three years, tells Brian Stelter about the news agency's top priorities and challenges, from covering the environment to combating misinformation. She tells how the news outlet is protecting journalists in Iran; fact-checking Donald Trump; and educating the public about polling ahead of the 2020 election. Buzbee also discusses the AP's future and the importance of collaborations. via Knit


January 5, 2020: How the US-Iran crisis is being covered; Stelter says it is patriotic to question officials in wartime; Bari Weiss on New York's solidarity march against anti-Semitism

Plus, Sam Donaldson on "wag the dog" claims and David Frum on lessons learned from the Iraq war... Kim Ghattas, Jasmine El-Gamal, Jason Rezaian, Sam Donaldson, Katie Rogers, Bari Weiss, Paul Rieckhoff, Irin Carmon, Chloe Melas and David Frum join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Salt Lake Tribune owner Paul Huntsman on paving a path for non-profit newspapers

Should struggling print newspapers shift into nonprofit status? That's what the Salt Lake Tribune did. In late 2019 the Salt Lake Tribune became the first metropolitan daily in the country to go nonprofit, after receiving permission from the IRS to do so. Owner and publisher Paul Huntsman speaks with Brian Stelter about how Salt Lake's application might be used as a blueprint by other papers. They also discuss print versus digital and the paper's coverage of the Mormon Church. via Knit


December 29, 2019: The next decade of news; one on one with Marc Benioff; how Trump has affected trust in media

Media winners and losers from the past decade; how to combat "truth decay;" and what to expect in media and tech in the next 10 years. David Zurawik, Nicole Carroll, Marc Benioff, Paul Huntsman, Jennifer Kavanagh, Oliver Darcy, and Amy Webb join Brian Stelter. via Knit


December 22, 2019: David Remnick reviews impeachment coverage; 'Bombshell' director Jay Roach shares what intrigued him about Fox News; media memory loss

Catherine Rampell, S.E. Cupp and Garry Kasparov discuss news overload, and how to cover the rival realities swirling around impeachment. Plus, inside the Washington Post with editor Marty Baron, and New Year's resolutions for the press... via Knit


Media in 2019: War on truth, the streaming Olympics, Tucker versus Shep, 'zombie' publications, and so much more

Oliver Darcy, Kerry Flynn, Frank Pallotta and Chloe Melas join Brian Stelter to reflect on the year's biggest media news, from the dawn of Disney+ to the failures of several digital media upstarts. Do you remember all these stories from 2019? Plus, Stelter asks the team to preview big changes happening on their beats in 2020. via Knit


Washington Post editor Marty Baron on the past, present and future

Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron discusses impeachment coverage, political headwinds, the Post's investigations unit, and the role of journalism. Brian Stelter also asks Baron about the health of the Post's business, the importance of subscription revenue, and Baron's future at the paper. via Knit


December 15, 2019: The right-wing media roots of Trump's impeachment; one on one with Jim Lehrer; Gretchen Carlson says 'we're in a cultural revolution'

Plus, Mark Lukasiewicz on the 'deliberate deception' of conspiracy theories; Tara Dowdell on the 'powerful forces' supporting Trump; fact versus fiction in Clint Eastwood's new movie 'Richard Jewell;' and how the Afghanistan Papers reveal 'the truth about the war.' Masha Gessen, Mark Lukasiewicz, Tara Dowdell, Jim Lehrer, Gretchen Carlson, Kevin Riley, Brian Lowry, and Craig Whitlock join Brian Stelter. via Knit