Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter
Reliable Sources examines how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover in this weekly CNN program.
Wesley Lowery, Mara Schiavocampo, and Oliver Darcy discuss the media climate and possible connections to white supremacist violence. Plus, Ambassador Asaf Zamir, the Consul General of Israel in New York, addresses the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh; Holly Otterbein and Will Bunch discuss why some Republican candidates are shutting out the media; and Caroline Kitchener, who covers the politics of abortion for The Washington Post, discusses her reporting trip to Texas and best practices for journalists covering the abortion debate.
May 15, 2022
Steve Schmidt talks with Brian Stelter about his headline-making "war" with John McCain's family. Schmidt explains why he is sharing secrets from McCain's 2008 campaign; how his stories have relevance for political journalists; and why he feels compelled to annotate history now. Schmidt also discusses challenges for the press and says the next few years are going to be "wild and chaotic and dangerous:" 2024, he believes, "could be a last choice election."
May 13, 2022
Politico's executive editor Dafna Linzer discusses the decision to publish the Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Plus, interviews with Montse Alvarado, a host on the Catholic TV network EWTN, and Kate Smith, a former CBS reporter who now works at Planned Parenthood. Also: Some of the week's top media stories with Elahe Izadi, Brian Lowry, Eric Deggans, and David French.
May 8, 2022
New York Times reporter Nick Confessore spent months interviewing Tucker Carlson's friends, studying Carlson's show, and checking the accuracy of the content. Confessore's resulting series, "American Nationalist," is about everything from Carlson's childhood to Fox's future as a far-right broadcaster. Everything about Carlson's show "comes back to a central narrative of elite corruption, elite hatred, how much the ruling class hates you," he says.
May 6, 2022
April Ryan, Molly Ball, Leigh Ann Caldwell, and David Zurawik analyze President Biden and Trevor Noah's speeches at the 2022 White House Correspondents Dinner. Plus, Ball discusses Elon Musk's politics; Zurawik reacts to a new New York Times series about Tucker Carlson; Kristen Soltis Anderson addresses the disconnects between the press and the public; Moira Whelan talks about defending democratic values in the digital age; and Jodie Ginsberg shares her priorities as she takes over the Committee to Protect Journalists.
May 1, 2022
Acclaimed television producer David Simon speaks with Brian Stelter about his new crime drama; how it shares a theme with "The Wire;" and why the relationship between police and the public must be repaired. Simon also discusses the differences between journalism and drama, commenting that "it's an amorphous thing when you’re trying to depict reality after the fact, with limited information, on a camera…in my shop we try to have an ethical discussion about every scene." Simon also shares his thoughts on the Baltimore Banner startup; Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover; and the possible plot for his next project.
Apr 28, 2022
Brian Stelter covers the end of CNN+, Elon Musk's bid for Twitter and other media stories with Mara Schiavocampo, Oliver Darcy and Sara Fischer. Plus, Jonathan Haidt makes the case that social media has made American life "uniquely stupid;" White House Correspondents Association president Steven Portnoy discusses President Biden and the press corps; and "Navalny" director Daniel Roher talks about the making of his documentary.
Apr 24, 2022
Taylor Lorenz, the Washington Post journalist who profiled the "Libs of TikTok" Twitter account and revealed the creator's identity, answers questions about her reporting. She says "Libs of TikTok," which ridicules progressive educators, has become a "feeding ground" for right-wing media outlets: "The idea that this woman is not newsworthy is nonsense." She says the conservative commentators denouncing her want to "sow doubt and discredit journalism. That is their agenda."
Apr 21, 2022
Gessen argues that news outlets should not amplify "ridiculous messages" from Russian authorities. Plus: Scott McLean reports from Estonia; Jessica Toonkel and Clare Duffy discuss what Elon Musk and Twitter might do next; and Lynn Sweet dissects why President Biden is granting so few interviews and why the RNC is opposing the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Apr 17, 2022
American journalist Danny Fenster was imprisoned in Myanmar for nearly six months in 2021. Now he is readjusting to normal life and getting back to reporting. He talks with Brian Stelter about his arrest; going into "reporter mode" in prison; experiencing a "sham trial;" and eventually winning his freedom. Fenster discusses the lack of due process in Myanmar, the role of state-run media, and the "challenge for [journalists] to make the story more compelling" as the citizens of Myanmar continue to suffer.
Apr 14, 2022