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  • White Supremacists encircle counter protestors at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017. (Photo by Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

    Sabato: Marchers sought 'media attention'

    UVA Center for Politics director Larry Sabato, who lives on the UVA campus, says Friday's protests by torch-bearing white nationalists were "the most disturbing, nauseating thing" he has "ever witnessed there." Sabato said the protesters attacked counter-protesters to get "a lot of media attention."
  • White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

    Coverage of violent protests should be 'smart'

    Is media sunlight really the best disinfectant for racism? NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik says that journalists have an obligation to cover protests like the one in Charlottesville, but he urges "subtle distinctions and smart choices" in the coverage.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16:  U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions from reporters during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. The announcement comes a day after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Trump pledges to hold a press conference

    "The president took more questions this week than he had taken in months," CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins says. Will he follow through on plans for a "pretty big press conference" on Monday?
  • Strategist Steve Bannon waits while US President Donald Trump arrives at Lynchburg Regional Airport May 13, 2017 in Lynchburg, Virginia. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sabato: Trump should fire Bannon

    UVA Center for Politics director Larry Sabato says Trump "missed his moment" as the country watched the Charlottesville protests unfold. Sabato says that "actions speak louder than words," and Trump should "fire all the white nationalists on his staff, starting with Steve Bannon."
  • WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19:  Eric Bolling of Fox News attends the Capitol File 58th Presidential Inauguration Reception at Fiola Mare on January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol File Magazine)

    Ali: 'Best defense to defamation is the truth'

    Suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling is suing HuffPost writer Yashar Ali for defamation. Ali says the $50 million suit is a scare tactic. Bolling "is trying to intimidate me," Ali tells Brian Stelter, adding, "If he wants to wade into this pond, I'm happy to go in with him."
  • ST PETERSBURG, FL - MARCH 08:  NY POST OUT  Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, testifies in court during his trial against Gawker Media at the Pinellas County Courthouse on March 8, 2016 in St Petersburg, Florida.  Bollea is taking legal action against Gawker in a USD 100 million lawsuit for releasing a video of him having sex with his best friends wife.  (Photo by John Pendygraft-Pool/Getty Images)

    Lawsuits against media outlets are piling up

    Disney paid at least $177 million to settle a lawsuit against ABC. The New York Times, HBO, and Fox are among the outlets facing defamation suits. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik explains what's going on with these lawsuits against journalists and media companies.
  • This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 11, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) during a combat drill of the service personnel of the special operation battalion of the Korean People's Army Unit 525.     / AFP / KCNA VIA KNS / KNS / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT   ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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    Why it's so difficult to report on North Korea

    North Korea's rhetoric might sound "very frightening" to Americans, but officials in Pyongyang make blustery comments "all the time," says CNN international correspondent Will Ripley. He tells Brian Stelter what it's like to read between the lines of North Korea's state-controlled media.
  • WASHINGTON, DC: The television lights remain off as reporters wait for the arrival of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House June 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Press is still struggling to interpret Trump?

    Veteran White House correspondent Ann Compton asks: "Is it possible that we're still struggling with how to interpret President Trump's words?" Diplomacy, she says, "has a language of its own," and Trump's rhetoric puts "a special burden on reporters" to bring nuance to the news coverage.
  • How leaks and TV talking heads affect Trump

    Retired US Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby says a leak to the Washington Post "put in motion" President Trump's "fire and fury" rhetoric about North Korea. And Brian Stelter suggests the president sometimes takes his cues from cable news pundits. Plus, both Kirby and Ann Compton weigh in on leak investigations.
  • President Donald Trump speaks about the ongoing situation in Charlottesville, Va., at Trump National Golf Club, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Fact-checkers check out Trump's trust problem

    The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler says other politicians who get fact-checked "tend to stop saying those false facts," but President Trump instead repeats them "over and over." Angie Holan, editor of PolitiFact, says Trump could regain some of the public's trust "if he started speaking more accurately."
  • A man picks up a magnifying glass, circa 1948.

    Untruths, lies and how to tell the difference

    "Lie" has always been a "nitroglycerine type term," but it's being used more often now, Jeff Greenfield says. Kathleen Hall Jamieson says "I worry about the casual use of the word lie" when "we clearly don't know that it was deliberate."


    Brian Stelter

    Brian Stelter

    Brian Stelter is the host of "Reliable Sources" and the senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide.