Irin Carmon and David Zurawik join Brian Stelter to discuss the revelations in Ronan Farrow's new book "Catch and Kill" about Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer. Carmon says "there was never an independent investigation at NBC, in contrast to CBS."
New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz tells Brian Stelter about the "online extremists" he shadowed for his new book "Antisocial." He says they are "master propagandists, master 'metamedia insurgents' I call them -- master manipulators."
Peter Wehner, a lifelong Republican who worked in the Bush and Reagan administrations, is trying to sound the alarm about Trump's well-being. He says Trump supporters are almost in a "hermetically sealed" world. "They feel like the enemies of Trump are their enemies... Now it's not just a defense of Trump, it's a defense of their defense of Trump. To indict him would be to indict themselves."
On October 10, President Trump said "we have no soldiers in Syria." In fact, the U.S. has about 1,000 soldiers in Syria. Even if Trump simply misspoke, it is problematic to say the least, Brian Stelter asserts. Peter Wehner says it connects to the "core problem with Donald Trump: he's not well and he's not equipped to be president of the United States."
Many GOP lawmakers are in "hiding mode" right now, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley says. But it's critical for journalists to "keep pushing Republicans to go on the record now, just like they during the Watergate era." Sam Donaldson also weighs in.
"When Nixon resigned, 24 percent of the American public said they still liked him," Sam Donaldson says. "There's always been this strain in American life. But they don't represent the country." He says Trump's "strong" base makes up about 30 percent of the country, "but the other 70 percent are out there."
David Zurawik argues that "Fox management getting into bed with Trump hurts the network long-term." Losing Shep Smith amid tensions with the opinion hosts is a "severe blow" to the network's credibility, Zurawik says.
Chief Media Correspondent and Anchor of Reliable Sources
Brian Stelter is the chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and anchor of Reliable Sources, which examines the week's top media stories every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET on CNN/U.S. Stelter reports for CNN Media, and writes a nightly e-newsletter.