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Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter


Reliable Sources examines how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover in this weekly CNN program. Full video episodes available in the iTunes store.

Reliable Sources examines how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover in this weekly CNN program. Full video episodes available in the iTunes store.


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Reliable Sources examines how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover in this weekly CNN program. Full video episodes available in the iTunes store.






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Garrett Graff on the 'collective experience' of Covid-19, the media coverage, and Trump's disinformation

"We are living through a united, national moment," Garrett Graff says, likening the pandemic to WWII and 9/11. Despite the "paucity of national inspirational leadership," Graff highlights how "much of the nation's response has been driven by individuals at the local level." Graff also tells Brian Stelter about his decision to compile an "oral history" about the coronavirus crisis. He says the project is vital because "we're all losing track of time... We're all stuck in a weird 'Groundhog...


March 22, 2020: Dan Rather and Carl Bernstein on leadership in crisis; AT&T CEO on keeping America connected during the coronavirus shutdown; three top editors on the state of the news business

Plus... Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos on Hollywood's production halt; Julie Roginsky and Max Boot on Fox's U-turn; and much more. Jeffrey Goldberg, Sally Buzbee, Matt Murray, Dan Rather, Carl Bernstein, Julie Roginsky, Max Boot, Ted Sarandos and Randall Stephenson join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Andrew Rossi on "After Truth," a new HBO documentary about the disinformation age

Brian Stelter, executive producer of "After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News," shares a preview of the film and speaks with director Andrew Rossi about the real-world consequences of disinformation. Stelter and Rossi dissect "several case studies from 2015 to 2018" in the film, from the Jade Helm conspiracy theory to "Pizzagate." They discuss their decision to focus on the "victims" and "perpetrators" of false news. Rossi explains, "You have people who are pushing the false...


March 15, 2020: The great shutdown of 2020 is underway; wisdom for covering a pandemic; local news on the front lines of the coronavirus

Plus... Brian Stelter's message about "social distancing;" Juliette Kayyem on covering an unprecedented "50-state disaster;" James Hamblin on what we're missing to fight the virus; Susan Glasser on misinformation coming from the most powerful; and former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on the pandemic's future. Oliver Darcy, Dr. James Hamblin, Juliette Kayyem, Michele Matassa Flores, Audrey Cooper, Susan Glasser, Dr. Vivek Murthy and Andrew Rossi join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Covering coronavirus: NYMag editor David Haskell on how his newsroom is responding to the crisis

New York Media EIC David Haskell joins Brian Stelter to discuss how media companies are reacting to the coronavirus pandemic, how reporters are working remotely, and more. Haskell also reflects on his one-year anniversary as editor, what it was like to succeed Adam Moss, and the state of publishing. via Knit


March 8, 2020: Examining media coverage of coronavirus; Trump should 'lead, or get out of the way;' the importance of 'social distancing;' behind Joe Biden's comeback

Plus... How Bernie Sanders' critiques of the media differ from Trump's; one full year without a W.H. press secretary briefing; why the Trump campaign is suing CNN, the NYT, and WaPo. Elisabeth Rosenthal, Dr. Seema Yasmin, Kathleen Sebelius, TJ Ducklo, David Sirota, Errin Haines, Joe Lockhart and Sara Fischer join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Katherine Miller and Harry Enten on the primaries, the polls, and the political landscape 'where only the last 72 hours seems to matter'

BuzzFeed News reporter Katherine Miller and CNN senior writer and analyst Harry Enten debrief about the past week of Democratic politics and how the stunning developments have been framed by the news media. Joe Biden's victories were due "in part because people really wanted clarity in the field," Miller says: "People have found the news cycles very chaotic and the primary overall pretty chaotic." Miller, Enten and Brian Stelter discuss Biden's "earned media tsunami;" the limited power of...


March 1, 2020: How to cover the Coronavirus responsibly; a non-partisan virus in a partisan war; Trump attacks Comcast and vows to 'destroy their image'

Plus... The 'inside story' about Facebook's rise; interviews with officials from the Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg campaigns; and the difference between fact-checking Democratic candidates and Trump. Catherine Rampell, Dannagal Young, Daniel Dale, Aleksandra Kuzmanovic, Dr. Seema Yasmin, Bernie 2020 senior advisor Chuck Rocha, Bloomberg 2020 senior national spokesperson Sabrina Singh, and Steven Levy join Brian Stelter. via Knit


Coronavirus and the media, the wider impact of Weinstein verdict, Bob Iger's big move, and more with our media reporter roundtable

Oliver Darcy, Kerry Flynn, Frank Pallotta, and Chloe Melas join Brian Stelter for a wide-ranging discussion around the week's biggest media business and culture stories. Then they zoom out and assess the biggest stories on their beats in 2020 thus far and look ahead to the spring season. via Knit


February 23, 2020: Tim O'Brien on the secret to getting under Trump's skin; The Hill's long-awaited review of journalist who spread Ukraine conspiracy

Plus... The Fox News pardon pipeline; how censorship stifles essential journalism during a crisis; as the 2020 election escalates, so do the "Meme Wars"; Southern rock strikes a new chord in the Trump era. Oliver Darcy, Julia Ioffe, Marko Suprun, Errol Lewis, Taylor Lorenz, David Frum, Tim O'Brien, Megha Rajagopalan, Kim Dozier and Drive-By Truckers' frontmen Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood join John Avlon. via Knit


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