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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.

    TV critic James Poniewozik on Trump's season finale and the media's 'burnout' from four years of reality show governance

    TV critic James Poniewozik on Trump's season finale and the media's 'burnout' from four years of reality show governance

    New York Times chief TV critic James Poniewozik argues that President Trump's reality TV tendencies, and his reliance on "button-pushing, shocking stuff" to sustain attention from viewers or voters, has contributed to a feeling of "burnout" over time. Trump is so immersed in conservative media narratives, Poniewozik says, "that he can sort of only speak its language, and has a hard time speaking outside it." Poniewozik also suggests that Americans have become more adept at spotting reality and drama TV tropes through Trump, and he likens Joe Biden to an episode of “Antiques Roadshow,” in this conversation with Brian Stelter.

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    • 31 min
    October 18, 2020: Trump, Biden and the attention economy; anatomy of the NY Post's Hunter Biden story; interview with Andrew Sullivan

    October 18, 2020: Trump, Biden and the attention economy; anatomy of the NY Post's Hunter Biden story; interview with Andrew Sullivan

    Plus... Charlotte Alter on swing state voters gripped by 'unlogic;' Yochai Benkler on a looming test for American democracy; are Murdoch outlets positioning themselves for a Trump loss? Anne Applebaum, Yochai Benkler, Noah Shachtman, Charlotte Alter and Andrew Sullivan join Brian Stelter.

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    • 39 min
    CNN's director of polling and election analytics Jennifer Agiesta on election preparations, polling standards, and more

    CNN's director of polling and election analytics Jennifer Agiesta on election preparations, polling standards, and more

    Why are political polls trustworthy? What are TV networks doing to prepare for Election Night? Brian Stelter asks Jennifer Agiesta, the director of polling and election analytics for CNN. Agiesta talks about the impact of millions of early votes; the role of the decision desk; and the process for making projections. She also addresses common misconceptions about polling and the findings from CNN’s new polling project called The Breakthrough.

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    • 44 min
    October 11, 2020: Stelter says Trump's erratic behavior is stoking new concerns; Twitter exec says the site will take action on election disinformation

    October 11, 2020: Stelter says Trump's erratic behavior is stoking new concerns; Twitter exec says the site will take action on election disinformation

    Plus... Dan Rather on coverage of Trump's physical and mental health; Tom Friedman calls out 'voter suppression enterprise;' is there 'reticence' to report on Biden's big lead in the polls? Dan Rather, Tom Friedman, Jennifer Mercieca, Oliver Darcy, Brandon Borrman, Ryan Lizza and Clare Malone join Brian Stelter.

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    • 38 min
    What book critic Carlos Lozada learned by reading 150 plus books about the Trump era

    What book critic Carlos Lozada learned by reading 150 plus books about the Trump era

    Carlos Lozada's new book "What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era" is about his exploration of Trump-related tomes, from insider tell-alls to works on race, gender and identity. He tells Brian Stelter that some of the most revelatory books about this era are barely about Trump at all. Among his many findings: "Accepting Trump's lies is not really about belief, it's about allegiance." Also: "We've made this era all about Trump... He is constantly the man at the middle of the story, and that may not be the wisest way to think about it." For example, Lozada says "we obsess over the border because Donald Trump obsesses over the border," but "a lot of the most significant stories about immigration are happening far from the border."

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    • 34 min
    October 4, 2020: Reporters are relying on leaks about Trump's health; lack of White House credibility is compounding confusion

    October 4, 2020: Reporters are relying on leaks about Trump's health; lack of White House credibility is compounding confusion

    Plus... Masha Gessen on comparisons between the Trump White House and the Soviet Union; how Ronald Reagan's White House handled his health crisis; WHCA president on press corps precautions. Masha Gessen, Carl Cameron, Margaret Sullivan, Susan Glasser, Zeke Miller, David Gergen and Mark Weinberg join Brian Stelter.

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