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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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May 31, 2020: Covering the protests and riots sweeping America; reporters arrested and assaulted in several major cities; amid the unrest, press must explain 'how we got here'

Plus... Reporters in Minneapolis describe dodging tear gas and rubber bullets; Errin Haines says news outlets should "center" the stories of peaceful protestors; is Facebook like a chemical factory polluter? Omar Jimenez, Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Jane Coaston, Errin Haines, David Zurawik, David Frum, Roger McNamee and Yael Eisenstat join Brian Stelter.


CNN's media reporters reflect on the three months that changed everything — and what the next three months may bring

Oliver Darcy, Kerry Flynn, Donie O'Sullivan, Frank Pallotta and Chloe Melas talk with Brian Stelter about all the ways the pandemic has upended the worlds of media, tech, and entertainment. "Even the media companies that I thought were the strongest and would be able to survive without making any cuts -- they've been forced" to make changes, Flynn says. Darcy and O'Sullivan call out the shortcomings of social media platforms. Pallotta and Melas discuss the movie, music and live event...


May 24, 2020: Ben Smith on his scrutiny of Ronan Farrow's reporting; Dan Abrams on decision to publish column by Matt Lauer

Plus... Garry Kasparov says Trump lowering the moral bar for us all; the significance of Trump's hostility toward VOA; The Atlantic's Ed Yong on America's 'patchwork pandemic'; NYT's Jennifer Senior: Trump doesn't believe what he can't see... Garry Kasparov, Ed Yong, Jennifer Senior, Ben Smith, Dan Abrams, Sunlen Serfaty and Matt Armstrong join Brian Stelter.


NPR's Nancy Barnes on pandemic coverage and Eric and Wendy Schmidt's big new donation

Nancy Barnes, NPR's senior VP of news and editorial director, talks with Brian Stelter about the recent $4.7 million gift from Eric and Wendy Schmidt. The funds will bolster reporting hubs in California and the Midwest. The gift is "specifically geared towards our efforts to grow local journalism," Barnes says. She also discusses NPR's pandemic coverage, and how the public radio network is faring financially. "The budget hit is significant," she says. "It's almost exclusively related to...


May 17, 2020: Trump's hate movement against the media; former Australian prime minister calls out the 'Murdoch mafia;' Lawrence Wright on parallels between 9/11 and Covid-19

Plus... A tale of two presidents; Trump's pattern of firing government watchdogs on Friday nights; and Garrett Graff on 'the storm we can't see.' Margaret Carlson, April Ryan, Peter Wehner, Garrett Graff, Kevin Rudd and Lawrence Wright join Brian Stelter.


FiveThirtyEight editor Nate Silver on the "known unknowns" of Covid-19 and the need for "humility"

Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, talks with Brian Stelter about Covid-19 data and media coverage of the pandemic. From the death rate to the daily number of tests, "any one indicator is going to have its flaws," Silver says. He addresses flaws in the conversation about "reopening" and the predictions of new waves of infections. While Silver says there is a relationship between social distancing efforts and rates of transmission, he warns that "trying to pick up a clear signal...


May 10, 2020: Experts explain the appeal of crazy conspiracy theories; the news media's role in making sense of the pandemic; WH withholding key Covid-19 data from the public?

Plus... an interview with NYT CEO Mark Thompson; Trump versus Voice of America; and a Mother's Day visit with the mom and daughters behind "The Quarantine Times." Maggie Haberman, Catherine Rampell, Oliver Darcy, Renee DiResta, Brendan Nyhan, Mark Thompson, Lisa Napoli, and Laura, Claire and Rachel Lundgren join Brian Stelter.


Author Lisa Napoli on CNN's birth, the creation of the 24-hour news cycle, and the rise of 'news junkies'

In the new book "Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN and the Birth of 24-Hour News," reporter Lisa Napoli recounts how Ted Turner's vision sparked a media revolution. Napoli speaks with Brian Stelter ahead of CNN's 40th birthday on June 1. She recalls her own internship at the fledging channel in 1981; the forgotten figures who made the channel into what it is today; and the international reach of CNN.


May 3, 2020: Carl Bernstein on the 'war on truth;' how Johns Hopkins maps every confirmed Covid-19 case; Katharine Viner on the 'coronavirus crackdown'

Plus... Brian Stelter's essay on the need for hard truths at a very hard time; how America's handling of the Covid-19 crisis is viewed abroad; and a thank you message to members of the media who cannot work from home. Carl Bernstein, Beth Blauer, Jennifer Nuzzo, Olivia Nuzzi, Ryan Lizza, Katharine Viner and Jake Tapper join Brian Stelter.


Former VOA director David Ensor on Trump's attacks: 'There's something in the water... and it's not good'

What is driving President Trump's recent barbs at the federally-funded news outlet Voice of America? David Ensor, former director of VOA, speaks with Brian Stelter about the president's attacks and the news organization's mission. Contrary to the White House's claims, VOA has "done a thorough job of covering and uncovering Chinese misinformation," he says. "It is a truthful news organization that really tries to get to the bottom of things and that represents all views on issues."


April 26, 2020: The Trump Show diverts attention from pandemic's true victims; Carson Daly on handling anxiety in a crisis; Brooke Baldwin on her Covid-19 recovery

Plus, Why do reporters put up with Trump's attacks? Can local news outlets survive the pandemic's blow? How much longer will the pandemic stress test last? Dr. Seema Yasmin, Oliver Darcy, Jonathan Karl, Brooke Baldwin, Mary Spicuzza, Amy Brothers, Nikki Vargas and Carson Daly join Brian Stelter.


Dr. Vivek Murthy on media coverage of the pandemic, the president's mixed messages, and the uncanny timing of his new book 'Together'

Dr. Vikek Murthy, who was Surgeon General during Barack Obama's second term, joins Brian Stelter to explain how his new book, "Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World," applies to this period of "physical distancing." Dr. Murthy discusses "the mental health impact of Covid-19," the danger of a "social recession," and more. Stelter also asks him to evaluate news coverage of the pandemic and describe what he expects the coming months to be like.


Piers Morgan's stunning advice for his friend Donald Trump; Fox News shows promoting protests against stay-at-home orders; interviews with Instagram head Adam Mosseri and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki

Plus... A new generation of White House reporters holding power to account; when TV shows become hazardous to public health; and Brian Stelter's message that "it's okay to not be okay." Piers Morgan, Juliette Kayyem, Philip Bump, Kaitlan Collins, Francesca Chambers, Adam Mosseri and Susan Wojcicki join Stelter.


YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki on what the online video giant is doing differently during the pandemic

In her first interview since much of the world went on "pause" due to the coronavirus crisis, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talks with Brian Stelter about the platform's policies and strategies relating to the pandemic. Wojcicki describes the steps YouTube is taking to amplify accurate public health information, while also identifying and removing false content. Wojcicki and Stelter also discuss an uptick in news viewership; the "acceleration of our digital lives" brought on by the pandemic;...


Len Downie on the Trump administration's 'unprecedented hostility' toward the press, and why it matters

Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of the Washington Post, shares his conclusions after writing a report for the Committee to Protect Journalists on the Trump administration and the media. Downie synthesizes three years of research and commentary about "the unprecedented hostility that President Trump has with the press, and the way in which he's trying to destroy the credibility of the news media's reporting about him." Downie says this is especially dangerous now, during a...


Interview with New York Times editor Dean Baquet; Stelter on Trump's infomercials; what's missing from the narrative about 'reopening the economy'

Plus... Senators urge stimulus funding for local newspapers and David Zurawik says "this isn't reality TV anymore." Sen. Angus King, Dean Baquet, Nicholas Kristof, Elaina Plott and David Zurawik join Brian Stelter.


How arts, sports and dining beats have changed due to 'social distancing' and the pandemic

What's a local sports editor to do when there are no sports? What's a classical music critic to do when there are no performances? What's a food writer to do when restaurants are closed? Three writers and editors join Brian Stelter for a dialogue about how their jobs and coverage priorities have changed due to the coronavirus crisis. Louisville Courier-Journal sports editor Rana Cash talks about how her newsroom is taking an "all hands on deck approach" to cover the crisis. Cash says, "Three...


April 5, 2020: Trump delivering daily doses of misinformation; Zoom CEO on taking a "step back" to focus on platform's privacy issues

Plus... When Covid-19 reporting becomes a first-person story; Washington Post editor on the White House's crippled response to pandemic; Fox's fingerprints all over Trump's pandemic response; Sharing stories from front-line health care workers; and more. Gregg Gonsalves, Susan Glasser, Nisha Mehta, Marty Baron and Eric Yuan join Brian Stelter.


Catherine Rampell on covering the "economic coma" caused by the coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens and the job market collapses, Washington Post opinion columnist Catherine Rampell talks about the "deficit in economic, business, quantitative fluency within the media" and identifies some tips to ensure journalists "are sufficiently informed to be able to push back when they're being spun" by political leaders. Rampell also dismisses the claims about a "trade-off between what we need to do to save lives, and what we need to do to salvage the economy......


March 29, 2020: Stephen King, Maggie Haberman, Hasan Minhaj dissect media coverage of a '50-state disaster;' front pages report rising death toll; doctors harness social media to alert the public

Plus... Amazon's Jay Carney on helping people stay connected... The New Yorker's David Remnick on federal leadership failures... and the Fox News presidency takes a dangerous turn. Maggie Haberman, Esther Choo, S.E. Cupp, Jay Carney, Stephen King, Hasan Minhaj and David Remnick join Brian Stelter.