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.
What the media needs to know about Gen Z, the "zoomers" and their "Fight"
What the media needs to know about Gen Z, the "zoomers" and their "Fight"
John Della Volpe, author of the new book "Fight: How Gen Z Is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America," talks with Brian Stelter about how and why teens and young adults are misunderstood. He shares his optimistic view of the generation; discusses the news events that have shaped their opinions and values; and the role of TikTok and other social media in their lives. He also says Generation Z is "turning away from traditional media to preserve their mental health." To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Stark contrasts in how media treats Trump and Biden
Joe Lockhart and Alyssa Farah Griffin discuss the media's coverage. Plus, Olivia Nuzzi talks about her quest to interview Dr. Oz; Kate Starbird and Caroline Orr Bueno dissect Covid misinformation; and Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz share their experience building NewsGuard, a startup that is supplying credibility ratings for news sites. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jessica Lessin on 'influencer journalists' and the subscription model for startups
Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information, talks about her own company's profitable business model and takes stock of the digital media universe. She discusses Substack, Axios, Puck, and other new media ventures. She says "influencer journalism," signified by star writers churning out newsletter copy, should not be the primary mode of news production. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 14 2022
Facebook's Former Elections Boss Speaks Out About 'Electoral Tsunami'
Katie Harbath says Facebook and Twitter need more "guardrails." Plus, Dr. Lucy McBride addresses Covid-19 anxieties and "doomsday doctors," and former Ted Cruz staffer Amanda Carpenter reacts to Cruz's groveling on Tucker Carlson's show. Later, Carl Bernstein previews his new memoir "Chasing History." To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 9 2022
What the success of "Yellowstone" says about the state of cable TV and streaming
Wall Street Journal reporter John Jurgensen talks with Brian Stelter about the success of "Yellowstone," the Paramount Network drama that attracted more than 10 million viewers for its most recent season. Jurgensen says it may be "tempting to think streaming has flattened the world," but "Yellowstone" shows that cable can still be a launchpad for big hits. Now ViacomCBS is using the cowboy soap opera to lure subscribers over to its streaming service. Jurgensen and Stelter also discuss other trends on the television beat. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 7 2022
The story of January 6 keeps getting bigger
Two reporters open up about lingering trauma from covering the Jan. 6 attack. Plus, David Frum analyzes the rise in political violence and addresses America's "new normal." Later, Kara Swisher shares where Big Tech is taking us in 2022. Guests: Grace Segers, Hunter Walker, Nicole Hemmer, Ryan Reilly, David Frum, and Kara Swisher. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 2 2022
News overload, 'doomscrolling,' and global crackdowns on free press
The top editors of The AP and Reuters come together for a conversation about 2021 news and 2022 priorities. Plus, Brian interviews the outgoing head of the Committee to Protect Journalists; a member of the media who was evacuated from Afghanistan; and the editor of the humor website The Onion. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 26 2021
Brian and Oliver recap the year in media and look ahead to 2022
Oliver Darcy and Brian Stelter debrief about 2021's biggest stories at the intersection of media, politics, business, and culture. The two also look ahead to the new year, discussing cable news line-up changes, Fox’s future in "conspiracy land," and Facebook's response to vaccine disinformation. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 22 2021
How the media should cover Omicron and the Covid surge
David Leonhardt and Katherine Wu discuss how Covid risk calculations are changing. Derek Thompson says there are "three circles of risk." Plus, Carl Bernstein says the voting rights fight is the top story for newsrooms. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 19 2021
Global Reporting Center founder Peter Klein on "embracing complexity" and covering the world's neglected stories for an American audience
Former "60 Minutes" producer turned journalism professor Peter Klein says some American news outlets have a "problematic" approach to global reporting. He says he was motivated to start a nonprofit, the Global Reporting Center, to support deep reporting and collaboration. He discusses his center's work and the power of partnerships with scholars and experts. Klein also looks back at his time at "60 Minutes" and his work with Lara Logan, who is now an incendiary commentator on Fox. Klein says he and other former colleagues have been worried about Logan and ultimately embarrassed by her transition from respected reporter to fringe Fox "actor." To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 16 2021
December 12, 2021: Chris Wallace joins an exodus of journalists from Fox News; left and right both frustrated with Biden news coverage; media covering, and recovering from, tornado outbreak
Brian Stelter speaks with newspaper publishers in Kentucky and Tennessee about the recovery from Friday's tornado outbreak. Plus, why is Tucker Carlson so popular on Russian TV? CNN reports on how the Fox echo chamber fuels Russian propaganda. And was the outcome of the Jussie Smollett trial also a guilty verdict for the media? SE Cupp, Will Bunch, Julia Ioffe, Bill Evans, Daniel Richardson, and Jay Rosen join Brian. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 13 2021
Jay Rosen on "pro-democracy" media and what the next chapter in the political journalism playbook should say
Jay Rosen says newsrooms need to stand for "pro-democracy, pro-truth, pro-science, pro-evidence, pro-voting." The journalism professor at NYU shares thoughts about how to recalibrate and "redesign" news coverage. The biggest hurdle for journalists, he says, is recognizing how "the routines and assumptions of political journalism" collapse when covering GOP extremism and Donald Trump's lies. Rosen also responds to Jonathan Karl's recent remarks about the challenge of covering Trump, and he makes the case that some voters are now in an "information loop of their own." To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 10 2021
December 5, 2021: The timeline of events leading to Chris Cuomo’s firing; the White House speaks out against the press; reporter Lara Logan makes shocking Nazi comparison.
Plus…Julie K. Brown on the Ghislaine Maxwell trial giving rise to new conspiracies; an anti-vax Christian broadcast network CEO died from complications due to Covid-19 after downplaying the virus; former Republican Senator and Presidential candidate Bob Dole dies at the age of 98; and more. Mara Schiavocampo, Sara Fischer, David Zurawik, Bob Smietana, Eric Boehlert, Julie K. Brown join Brain Stelter. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 5 2021
"Tinderbox" author James Andrew Miller on HBO, streaming and the future of TV
James Andrew Miller, author of the new HBO oral history "Tinderbox," shares what he learned through his interviews with five decades of network executives, stars and producers. HBO created a "whole new pathway for people to experience television," he says. But now it is under tremendous pressure from the likes of Netflix. Miller also discusses the impacts of the AT&T-Time Warner deal and his interviews with media moguls about the pending combination of WarnerMedia and Discovery. Referring to the streaming race, he says "it's a really expensive war" and "not everyone is going to make it." To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 2 2021
November 28, 2021: Dr. Jonathan Reiner on how to cover Omicron; Susan Glasser on the GOP media's 'purge;' is President Biden doing enough to shape his own story?
Plus... Brian Stelter says Biden's detractors are shaping the "metastory" of his presidency; a Colorado anchor calls out Rep. Lauren Boebert and the media; a new report says "democratic backsliding" is underway in United States; and more. Kyle Clark, Magdi Semrau, Chris Arnade, Susan Glasser, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, Annika Silva-Leander, and Larry Hobbs join Brian Stelter. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 28 2021
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade guru Wesley Whatley takes us behind the scenes of the most-watched variety show of the year
Brian Stelter shares his previous experience as a balloon handler in the Thanksgiving parade, and he talks with Wesley Whatley, a creative producer at Macy's, who helps plan the festivities every year. Whatley reflects on the nearly 100-year "tradition" of the parade; his role selecting marching bands and other performers from across the country; and the importance of both the in-person experience and the television broadcast. Plus, Whatley asks Stelter about his balloon-flying skills and Whatley describes the moment Kermit sang a song he wrote. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 23 2021
November 21, 2021: David French critiques Rittenhouse coverage; Nikole Hannah-Jones reacts to '1619' curriculum bans; how would the press handle a Trump 2024 campaign?
Plus... David Zurawik discusses Rupert Murdoch's jab at Donald Trump; Brian Stelter describes "news whiplash;" Katelyn Polantz explains what we're not seeing during the Jan. 6 prosecutions in federal court; and more. Jon Karl, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Rachel Stockman, David French, Katelyn Polantz, and David Zurawik join Brian Stelter. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 21 2021
"All the News That's Fit to Click:" Caitlin Petre explains how metrics are reshaping how American newsrooms operate
The arrival of audience metrics went off like a "bomb" inside newsrooms like The New York Times, Caitlin Petre says. Petre researched how The Times and Gawker reckoned with analytics in very different ways. The result is her new book "All the News That's Fit to Click." Chartbeat metrics became "addictive" for some journalists as the "habit forming" offerings "mimicked digital games," encouraging users to "boost" their scores and "work harder and harder," Petre says. And for the average consumer? "Keep in mind," she says, that with every click, "you are actually sending a message or signal back to a newsroom." To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 18 2021
November 14, 2021: Steve Bannon becomes right-wing media's new martyr; the role of documentaries in the Britney Spears case; as inflation fears rise, is the news coverage falling short?
Plus: A new report offers solutions to 'information disorder;" Brian Williams' departure highlights a talent problem at MSNBC; MyPillow CEO's media empire shows the depth and breadth of the Big Lie delusion; and more. Catherine Rampell, Eric Deggans, Zachary Petrizzo, Rashad Robinson, Abigail Tracy, Art Cullen, and Beth Levison join Brian Stelter. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 14 2021
Jon Allsop on covering the coverage of COP26 and climate, "the biggest story in the world"
Media reporter Jon Allsop, speaking from the sidelines of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, shares his reporting and analysis about how the gathering is being covered. Allsop, the author of CJR's The Media Today newsletter, tells Brian Stelter that "this summit brings all the storylines together." He describes the unequal nature of global news coverage, citing a "huge equality problem" that is evident at the summit, and major investments by outlets like The New York Times. "This is a huge news peg," he says, but reporters will need to stay on the story and see if countries "actually follow through on the pledges that they made here." To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 12 2021