Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter

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. Full video episodes available in the iTunes store.

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June 30, 2022 37 min

Author and Dartmouth professor Jeff Sharlet has been reporting on the American right from a religious studies perspective for two decades. He talks with Brian Stelter about his forthcoming book, "The Undertow: Scenes From a Slow Civil War," and the blind spots that some members of the media have. He says it is important to understand the religious "lens" that many Americans see the world through. "If you don'...

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Kate Smith, Susan Matthews, and Sarah Longwell discuss how the overturning of Roe v. Wade is being covered by newsrooms. Plus, Brian Stelter connects the dots between recent episodes of political violence; Tom Nichols identifies some of the reasons why threats and violence keep occurring; and Ron Brownstein explains "the great divergence" between red and blue states.

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What is The New York Times' vision for Wordle and how does the viral hit game fit into the news outlet's broader strategy? Brian Stelter talks about that and more with Jonathan Knight, a senior vice president at The Times. Knight discusses the meteoric rise of the game; why The Times moved quickly to acquire it; and upcoming updates that will protect users' streaks and stats. Games are "intended to give people a bit...

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Top Associated Press editor Julie Pace joins Brian Stelter to discuss. Plus: Danielle Belton, John Harwood, Robby Soave, Brian Fung, and more. Amy Doyle shares memories of her father Mark Shields, the longtime PBS and CNN analyst who died at age 85. Ibram X. Kendi addresses the media's coverage of race education. And Kaya Yurieff explains why "everyone wants to be TikTok."

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Keri Blakinger's reporting for The Marshall Project focuses on prisons and jails. Her new memoir, "Corrections in Ink," shares her personal experience with the criminal justice system, from her arrest for heroin possession to her two years behind bars. Blakinger tells Brian Stelter how she created a journalism career by accepting the "darkest parts of her past" and how being a former inmate impacts her storytell...

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Brian Stelter analyzes Fox's decision not to air the prime-time hearings live and talks with Shelby Talcott and Garrett Graff. Plus, filmmaker Nick Quested on his newly published video of the Capitol riot; former Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer on growing complaints about Biden's media strategy; and a discussion of the Washington Post's Twitter feuding with Oliver Darcy and Mara Schiavocampo.

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Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian opposition politician and Washington Post contributing columnist, has been detained since April. His wife Evgenia is advocating for Vladimir and other activists and journalists who have been swept up amid Russia's crackdown on dissent. She tells Brian Stelter that "Russia can be different" and "we need to make it harder for those who would try to be silent about it." 

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Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward reflect on their bond 50 years after the Watergate story began. Plus, Biden senior adviser Gene Sperling explains the administration's media blitz about the economy; San Antonio Express-News executive editor Nora Lopez says officials are stonewalling the press in Uvalde; and Brian Stelter reports on CNN setting a higher standard for "breaking news."

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James Pogue's reporting for Vanity Fair has been one of the most-talked-about political articles of the year. Brian Stelter asks Pogue about the "dissident right;" its use of words like "regime;" and why it flies under the radar of much of the media. Pogue describes how he gained the trust of key sources like J.D. Vance and Blake Masters. He warns that "if we don't get government working again, on some l...

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Brian Stelter asks whether Texas officials are still withholding information about the massacre in Uvalde. Shimon Prokupecz and Stella Chavez report on the fallout. Stephen Gutowski and Clara Jeffery discuss media coverage of guns. Plus: Would graphic images of victims change the debate? John Woodrow Cox shares his thoughts. Later, Afghan news anchors Farida Sial and Hamid Bahraam discuss the Taliban's face-covering directive f...

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Sewell Chan, editor in chief of The Texas Tribune, talks about covering the massacre at Robb Elementary and making sure that his employees take mental health breaks amid marathon reporting days. Chan also discusses several other reasons why Texas is in the news, from primary election results to abortion restrictions to heat waves. Chan says the Tribune's nonpartisan accountability journalism approach is sorely needed. "Opin...

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Margaret Sullivan, Philip Bump, and Khaya Himmelman discuss the state of social media and disinformation; Insider global EIC Nicholas Carlson discusses his decision to publish a sexual harassment allegation against Musk; Kathy Barnette answers questions about her relationship with the media and controversies in her past; and Bill Carter talks about "SNL" and the TV upfronts.

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Kathleen Carley, a computer scientist and specialist in dynamic network analysis, defines spam bots, fake accounts, and other maladies of social networking. She discusses Elon Musk's recent questions about bots on Twitter and says the attention may be beneficial. She also says that "focusing on the number of bots is perhaps not a good thing to focus on, because more important than the numbers is how active are they and what...

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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 ...

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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,...

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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.

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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 ha...

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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;...

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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...

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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 ...

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