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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.

    Elliot Ackerman reflects on Afghan war and how he helped rescue allies amid chaotic withdrawal

    Elliot Ackerman reflects on Afghan war and how he helped rescue allies amid chaotic withdrawal

    In his new book "The Fifth Act: America's End in Afghanistan," combat veteran and acclaimed novelist Elliot Ackerman documents the horrors of America's evacuation from Afghanistan. He talks with Brian Stelter about why he wrote the book; what people need to know about the August 2021 withdrawal; and the media's coverage of war. In "our obsession not to repeat Saigon... we actually created, I think, a far more terrible image and grisly image," he says. Ackerman also shares how the war in Ukraine relates to last year's images from Kabul. He predicts that "America might be done with Afghanistan, Afghanistan is certainly not done with America."
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    • 29 min
    Inside the Biden White House, the Alex Jones trial, and the Kansas abortion vote

    Inside the Biden White House, the Alex Jones trial, and the Kansas abortion vote

    First Lady Jill Biden's former press secretary Michael LaRosa talks with Brian Stelter about media coverage of the first family. Plus, Elaine Godfrey, Howard Polskin and Lauren Wright analyze election denialism; Dan Friesen and Jordan Holmes, co-hosts of the "Knowledge Fight" podcast, dissect the trial of Infowars host Alex Jones; and David Bornstein explains how "solutions journalism" can transform the media.
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    • 39 min
    Jennifer Mercieca and Oliver Darcy analyze the Alex Jones trial and the right's embrace of Infowars

    Jennifer Mercieca and Oliver Darcy analyze the Alex Jones trial and the right's embrace of Infowars

    Oliver Darcy analyzes Alex Jones' legal quagmire and Jennifer Mercieca explains that Jones' media properties have "had a hard time acquiring new customers." Both Darcy and Mercieca comment on Jones' demeanor during the recent trial in Texas and compare his defensive crouch to his past behavior. Mercieca says the Jones case is about accountability for lies: "They're not being gaslit by Alex Jones anymore." At the same time, Darcy points out that Jones has "become more accepted by the right-wing media" in recent years.
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    • 37 min
    Paul Krugman on the economy, the media, and 'negativity bias'

    Paul Krugman on the economy, the media, and 'negativity bias'

    The acclaimed economist talks with Brian Stelter about recession fears, inflation and the "dystopian myths of red America." Plus, Tara Palmeri, Oliver Darcy and Liz Mair analyze Jon Stewart's use of TV interviews to highlight veterans' health care needs; Rachel Leingang discusses Arizona's primaries and the growing trend of GOP candidates running against the media; Lydia X. Z. Brown shares what really happened during a White House meeting that was ridiculed by right-wing media; and Katherine Stewart, author of "The Power Worshippers," talks about Christian nationalism.
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    • 39 min
    Emily Baker-White on TikTok's Chinese ownership, global reach, and content challenges

    Emily Baker-White on TikTok's Chinese ownership, global reach, and content challenges

    With the TikTok app becoming more popular and powerful by the day, BuzzFeed News contributor Emily Baker-White discusses her string of scoops about TikTok and its parent company ByteDance. She says ex-employees have opened up to her because they feel "weird" about "the power that ByteDance has now amassed through TikTok in the US." Regarding TikTok's Chinese ownership, "we've seen a lot of concern from the US government; we haven't seen a lot of action," she says. She also points out that "they're distributing information at a scale where it's incredibly hard to get it right."
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    • 34 min
    Why the media must distinguish between Trump and 'Trumpism'

    Why the media must distinguish between Trump and 'Trumpism'

    Sarah Longwell shares findings from her GOP voter focus groups and says there is a key difference between "Trump the man" and "Trump the phenomenon." Plus, David From discusses the state of American politics; Jennifer Dresden shares findings from Project Democracy's "Authoritarian Playbook;" David Zurawik analyzes recent anti-Trump editorials in Rupert Murdoch's newspapers; Bill Weir discusses life on the climate change beat; and columnist Lynne O'Donnell describes being detained and threatened by the Taliban in Afghanistan; and Ken Auletta discusses his new book "Hollywood Ending."
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

midwestBlue ,

8.7

brian, please take some cbd to calm your overly dramatic gossipy interrupting guest tendencies.

RCJII ,

BIASED!!!

Brian Stelter & the show purport to take an unbiased look at the media…instead he presents a weekly defense & excuse-making for Democrats/Progressives because from his perspective what they want is “good” & “right” whereas what Republicans/Conservatives are trying to do, whether stopping anti-ethical policies or programs, or god-forbid just executing the laws already on the books, are “bad” & “wrong”!
We have been told by CNN, the Democrats, & the White House that illegal immigrants are hard working & commit crimes far below the rate of U.S. citizens…and that we must have sanctuary cities & not deport any of them or report them to ICE. Well, now we’re told the perpetrator of the 10-year old’s rape is an illegal immigrant…seems to me she wouldn’t have been raped if those with whom he came in contact with had checked his immigration status & deported him. You know, just like “common sense” gun regulations that determine every single thing about a person before they would be allowed concealed carry…why should “illegals” be afforded less scrutiny…hmmm, wouldn’t that be “common sense?”

Frank's Notebook ,

Well-balanced and informative

What a breath of fresh air. Behind the scenes objective information. Highly recommend.

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