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Reliable Sources examines how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover in this weekly CNN program.

Reliable Sources examines how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover in this weekly CNN program.


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Reliable Sources examines how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover in this weekly CNN program.






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Media leaders convene for final episode of 'Reliable Sources' TV show

Brian Stelter addresses the end of "Reliable Sources" on television and thanks the audience. Carl Bernstein, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jodie Ginsberg, David Zurawik, Claire Atkinson, Eric Deggans, and Brian Karem discuss the past, present and future of journalism and media. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Shefali Luthra and Alice Miranda Ollstein on covering abortion rights in a post-Roe nation

Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico and Shefali Luthra of The 19th discuss their roles as health care beat reporters in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. They tell Brian Stelter about coverage priorities; different types of stories about abortion; and sudden spikes in interest about reproductive rights. "I think what's been so deeply important to me has been trying to prioritize the voices of people who are affected," Luthra says. "I just feel a lot of responsibility to...


Salman Rushdie event moderator recounts stabbing attack that left Rushdie critically injured

Henry Reese, who was on stage with Salman Rushdie when Rushdie was brutally stabbed, joins Brian Stelter. Plus: Bill McCarren on the ten year anniversary of Austin Tice's disappearance in Syria; Byron Allen on his plans for theGrio; John Dean on Donald Trump's potential legal peril; and Laura Bassett, Oliver Darcy and Caitlin Dickson on anti-FBI rhetoric becoming mainstream in the GOP. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit

Elliot Ackerman reflects on Afghan war and how he helped rescue allies amid chaotic withdrawal

In his new book "The Fifth Act: America's End in Afghanistan," combat veteran and acclaimed novelist Elliot Ackerman documents the horrors of America's evacuation from Afghanistan. He talks with Brian Stelter about why he wrote the book; what people need to know about the August 2021 withdrawal; and the media's coverage of war. In "our obsession not to repeat Saigon... we actually created, I think, a far more terrible image and grisly image," he says. Ackerman also shares how the war in...


Inside the Biden White House, the Alex Jones trial, and the Kansas abortion vote

First Lady Jill Biden's former press secretary Michael LaRosa talks with Brian Stelter about media coverage of the first family. Plus, Elaine Godfrey, Howard Polskin and Lauren Wright analyze election denialism; Dan Friesen and Jordan Holmes, co-hosts of the "Knowledge Fight" podcast, dissect the trial of Infowars host Alex Jones; and David Bornstein explains how "solutions journalism" can transform the media. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Jennifer Mercieca and Oliver Darcy analyze the Alex Jones trial and the right's embrace of Infowars

Oliver Darcy analyzes Alex Jones' legal quagmire and Jennifer Mercieca explains that Jones' media properties have "had a hard time acquiring new customers." Both Darcy and Mercieca comment on Jones' demeanor during the recent trial in Texas and compare his defensive crouch to his past behavior. Mercieca says the Jones case is about accountability for lies: "They're not being gaslit by Alex Jones anymore." At the same time, Darcy points out that Jones has "become more accepted by the...


Paul Krugman on the economy, the media, and 'negativity bias'

The acclaimed economist talks with Brian Stelter about recession fears, inflation and the "dystopian myths of red America." Plus, Tara Palmeri, Oliver Darcy and Liz Mair analyze Jon Stewart's use of TV interviews to highlight veterans' health care needs; Rachel Leingang discusses Arizona's primaries and the growing trend of GOP candidates running against the media; Lydia X. Z. Brown shares what really happened during a White House meeting that was ridiculed by right-wing media; and Katherine...


Emily Baker-White on TikTok's Chinese ownership, global reach, and content challenges

With the TikTok app becoming more popular and powerful by the day, BuzzFeed News contributor Emily Baker-White discusses her string of scoops about TikTok and its parent company ByteDance. She says ex-employees have opened up to her because they feel "weird" about "the power that ByteDance has now amassed through TikTok in the US." Regarding TikTok's Chinese ownership, "we've seen a lot of concern from the US government; we haven't seen a lot of action," she says. She also points out that...


Why the media must distinguish between Trump and 'Trumpism'

Sarah Longwell shares findings from her GOP voter focus groups and says there is a key difference between "Trump the man" and "Trump the phenomenon." Plus, David From discusses the state of American politics; Jennifer Dresden shares findings from Project Democracy's "Authoritarian Playbook;" David Zurawik analyzes recent anti-Trump editorials in Rupert Murdoch's newspapers; Bill Weir discusses life on the climate change beat; and columnist Lynne O'Donnell describes being detained and...


Charles Homans says 'Stop the Steal' is so much bigger than Trump and January 6

"How 'Stop the Steal' Captured the American Right" is this week's New York Times Magazine cover story. Author Charles Homans says the movement predates Donald Trump and will outlast him as well. Homans tells Brian Stelter about his interviews with GOP voters; why the conversations "quickly shift from 'stolen election' to abortion or Covid lockdowns;" and what might happen to "democratic trust in the system one step down the road." To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


Covering the new reality of abortion in post-Roe America

Dr. Tracey Wilkinson describes a "chilling effect" in the medical field as abortion bans take effect. Plus, Nicole Carroll describes how the Columbus Dispatch confirmed a child rape allegation that some conservative media outlets disbelieved; Natasha Alford and Bill Carter analyze the partisan media battles over abortion; Shimon Prokupecz discusses the need for transparency in Uvalde; Brian Stelter says polls show many Americans want generational and structural changes to politics; and...


Jeffrey Goldberg on The Atlantic's past, present and future

The Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg talks about the magazine's decision to digitize its 165-year archive and what he noticed about the centuries-old articles. "We're not going to know ourselves if we don't know what we thought 10, 20, 30, 100 years ago," he says. Plus, Goldberg shares his new reporting about the author of "Where the Crawdads Sing," and discusses his coverage priorities heading into the 2024 election. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


Nina Jankowicz on what can be done to end disinformation

Nina Jankowicz, former Director of DHS Disinformation Governance Board, joins to reveal how the the latest trends in disinformation are becoming harder to solve. Then, Melissa Bell on how to reestablish trust in American media and how to find the line between informing while not overwhelming the nation. Also, Elon Musk tells Twitter he wants out of the takeover deal, but is there someone who will buy it now? Plus, what is motivating voters this midterm year. To learn more about how CNN...


David Zurawik says Alden's newspaper strategy is 'a threat to democracy'

David Zurawik, a 32-year veteran of the Baltimore Sun, opens up about why he left the newspaper last year. He says he sensed pressure to tone down some of his politically opinionated columns and lacked confidence in hedge fund Alden Global Capital's ownership of the paper. Zurawik, now a CNN media analyst, talks about the state of local news; the launch of a nonprofit news outlet called The Baltimore Banner; and the House's hearings about January 6. He says it is vital to uphold the news...


TikTok under scrutiny: Top executive responds to concerns about China's ownership

Brian Stelter interviews TikTok VP Michael Beckerman and FCC commissioner Brendan Carr about TikTok's handling of user data. Plus, Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa talks about the fight for press freedom around the world; David French says most Americans are part of an "exhausted majority;" and Nicole Hemmer, Lulu Garcia-Navarro, and Oliver Darcy discuss some of the week's top media stories. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Jeff Sharlet on the 'undertow' pulling America toward conflict

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't have that lens, you're only telling part of the story," he says. Plus, Sharlet...


Scrutinizing media coverage of abortion and the Supreme Court

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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Talking Wordle's future with Jonathan Knight, head of games at The New York Times

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 of a break from the news, which can be a tough read," Knight says. To work...


Why newsrooms are adding 'democracy beat' reporters and ringing alarm bells about threats

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." To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Prison inmate turned journalist Keri Blakinger shares her unique insights from the criminal justice beat

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 storytelling. She also critiques how other news outlets cover America's prison system. To...