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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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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.

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

    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.

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

    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 could help local news.

    • 44 min
    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

    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.

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

    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 mentality" voters have about the presidential race, plus Malone's recent profile on Buttigieg communications guru Lis Smith.

    • 37 min
    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

    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.

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

    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 media blind spots. Alberta also points to a different "defining group of swing voters in 2020," offers tips for breaking out of broad-brush reporting tendencies, and more...

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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Hilarious neo-liberal drivel

Only worth listening to for the Matt Taibbi episode where he crushes this centrist neo-liberal baby. Stelter desperately tries to defend his network and MSNBC, and whinges bitterly about being compared to Fox News. Like most most faux-journalists Stelter has no awareness of his role, and his network’s, in creating corrupt monsters like Trump and Biden. Avoid.

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