Now more than ever, the press is a part of every story it covers. And CNN's "Reliable Sources" is one of television's only regular programs to examine how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover. Host Howard Kurtz, Washington Bureau Chief of The Daily Beast, is the nation's premier media critic, and each week he questions print reporters, television correspondents and Internet bloggers about how the press is covering the major stories of the week.
"Reliable Sources" is one of CNN's longest-running shows, premiering in 1992. The concept for the program was created during the Persian Gulf War when CNN assembled a panel of distinguished journalists, including Walter Cronkite, David Halberstam and Bill Moyers, for a one-hour special, "The Press Goes to War," in which journalists discussed the media coverage of the war.
In recent years, the show has dissected such topics as Judith Miller's role in the CIA leak case, coverage of the Iraq war, the changing of the guard at the network news divisions, the rise of bloggers, the outing of Deep Throat, and the wild success of magazines such as People and Us Weekly. The program also includes regular features like "Talk Back," a chance for people in the news respond to what they view as unfair media coverage. And Kurtz regularly does special one-on-one interviews with major media figures such as Tom Brokaw, Bob Schieffer, Jon Stewart, Thomas Friedman, Rush Limbaugh and even George Clooney.
RECENT SHOW TRANSCRIPTS
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--April 17, 2011: Lynn Sweet, Mark McKinnon, Craig Crawford, John Aravosis, Glynnis Macnicol, Jonathan Tasini, and Steven Levy
--April 10, 2011: Guests include David Zurawik, Bill Press, Amy Holmes, Ari Berman, Matt Lewis, Julie Mason, and Mark Cuban
--April 3, 2011: Guests include Roger Simon, Dana Milbank, Debra Saunders, Amy Argetsinger, Sharon Waxman, John Avlon, and John Darnton
--March 27, 2011: Guests include Jane Hall, Jennifer Rubin, Bill Press, and Ted Koppel,
--March 20, 2011: Guests include Rome Hartman, Fred Francis, Jamie McIntyre, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta
--March 13, 2011: Guests include Gary Tuchman, Mike Chinoy, Callie Crossley, James O'Keefe, Alicia Shepard, Terence Smith, and Dan Balz
--March 6, 2011: Guests include Andrea Canning, John Harris, Christiane Amanpour, David Frum, and Jennifer Rubin
--February 27, 2011: Guests include Jim Warren, Steven Pearlstein, Amy Holmes, Fred Francis, Bill Adair, and Siva Vaidhyanathan
--February 20, 2011: Guests include Judith Matloff, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Donatella Lorch, Michael Medved, "Jim Haggerty" and Carol Kolb
--February 13, 2011: Guests include Christopher Dickey, Jeffrey Goldberg, Janine Zacharia, Kara Swisher, Mark Potts, Felix Salmon, Rachel Sklar, Matt Lewis, Aaron Barnhart, and Maureen O'Connor
--February 6, 2011: Guests include Katie Couric, Frank Sesno, Christopher Dickey, Janine Zacharia, Lawrence Pintak, Abderrahim Foukara, John Fund, and Sam Donaldson
--January 30, 2011: Guests include Jeffrey Goldberg, Laura Rozen, Mohammed Jamjoom, Jeff Jarvis, Abderrahim Foukara, Margaret Carlson, Jim Geraghty, Michael Shear, and Jason Whitlock
--January 23, 2011: Guests include David Zurawick, David Shuster, Jane Hall, Verne Gay, Carole Simpson, Mark Potts, and Steven Levy
--January 16, 2011: Guests include Lauren Ashburn, Dana Milbank, David Frum, James Fallows, and Bill Kurtis
--January 9, 2011: Guests include Roger Simon, Debra Saunders, Clarence Page, Howard Fischer, Joe Klein, Steve Malzberg, and Rachel Sklar
--January 2, 2011: Guests include Christina Bellantoni, Craig Crawford, Buzz Bissinger, Dick Cavett, Lauren Ashburn, Steve Roberts, and Amy Holmes
--December 26, 2010: Guests include Larry King, Lauren Ashburn, Steve Roberts, and Amy Holmes
Host Howard Kurtz turns a critical lens on the media in this weekly CNN podcast.