Reliable Sources

By Randy Hall | January 27, 2014 | 8:32 PM EST

Cable News Network president Jeff Zucker used his keynote address at the RealScreen Summit in Washington, D.C., on Monday to promote his “new vision” for CNN that he said has expanded beyond reporting breaking news while including documentaries and films in its programming, which he described as “more shows, less newscasts.”

“We’re never going to stray from breaking news,” Zucker stated before noting that CNN “provides more news coverage on a daily basis than any other TV network in America” while broadening out “our offerings to the public, and we have moved into the nonfiction world with some success thus far.”

By Noel Sheppard | December 29, 2013 | 4:14 PM EST


On Sunday's Reliable Sources, vulgar comedienne Kathy Griffin - who will once again be co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve special this year despite kissing Anderson Cooper's crotch on air last year! - actually asked new host Brian Stelter, "Have you ever spooned with Candy Crowley?...You might get a better time slot" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | December 15, 2013 | 5:13 PM EST

My nomination for the dumbest comment of the week by a television host on a news channel goes to CNN's Brian Stelter.

While talking to Slate's Aisha Harris about the reaction to her article calling for Santa Claus to be a penguin, the new Reliable Sources host wondered if Megyn Kelly wouldn't have been so adamant about Santa being white if Fox News had more black viewers (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | November 25, 2013 | 7:46 AM EST

Eric Deggans of National Public Radio sat in the guest-host chair on CNN's "Reliable Sources" show on Sunday, and pressed Amy Holmes of TheBlaze TV several times on how she should be more forgiving of Martin Bashir's outrageous remarks about Sarah Palin. First, he suggested, "Martin Bashir apologized for his comments. He reached out to the Palin family.Is there really a problem here? Or are competitors and partisan people try to make an issue being made out of something that has already passed?"

One doesn't have to be a partisan to suggest an on-air apology might seem like a weak punishment. Holmes cited that MSNBC removed David Shuster from the air (never to return) for suggesting Hillary Clinton "pimped out" her daughter Chelsea on the campaign trail. So Deggans turned the issue to Glenn Beck, who Holmes works for: [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]

By Matt Hadro | November 18, 2013 | 3:04 PM EST

On Sunday's Reliable Sources, former PBS and CBS reporter Terence Smith said President Obama "has a point" when complaining of media malpractice in covering ObamaCare.

"I think, in fact, in this case, the President has a point, however, that headlines like that, 'Disaster,' you're labeling ObamaCare before it has a chance," insisted Smith, who once defended the legacy of Jimmy Carter while ripping Reagan's management of government.

By Tim Graham | November 12, 2013 | 3:05 PM EST

MSNBC isn’t the only network with an under-30 host. CNN has hired 28-year-old New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter to host its Sunday media show Reliable Sources. Stelter has guest-hosted a few times already since longtime host Howard Kurtz left for Fox News.

Earlier this year, Stelter's book Top of the Morning came out, about the network morning shows, including a takedown of the "general meanness" on the set of NBC's Today. Time's James Poniewozik adds he'll be leaving the Times, not working at both media outlets:

By Noel Sheppard | November 3, 2013 | 4:49 PM EST

Former New York Times editor Bill Keller on Sunday perfectly demonstrated liberal media hypocrisy.

Moments after claiming on CNN's Reliable Sources that people who "deny climate change" shouldn't be given "equal time," he said "be wary of the guy who says he's got the absolute truth" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matt Hadro | October 28, 2013 | 6:36 PM EDT

On Sunday's Reliable Sources, BuzzFeed's Rosie Gray predicted that the "media is going to lose interest" in the problems with

"I think the media is going to lose interest, probably in the next few weeks, or even sooner than that," she claimed. "I mean, a crisis situation like the shutdown, that's going to get a lot of intense media coverage. This is sort of, as the Web site problems continue, eventually the interest in the media is going to peter out."

By Noel Sheppard | October 27, 2013 | 6:32 PM EDT

Is it possible for CNN's John Avlon to at least pretend to be impartial?

On Sunday's Reliable Sources, in the closing segment about PolitiFact's just announced new website PunditFact, Avlon showed three reports by the organization: one giving conservative author Ann Coulter a "Pants on Fire," another giving Fox News host Sean Hannity a "Mostly False," and a third giving MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell a "Mostly True" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 13, 2013 | 3:52 PM EDT

Just in time for Halloween, the Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift said something that should scare the heck out of people on both sides of the aisle.

Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Clift actually said, "I say to myself every day Eleanor, think less tweet more" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 6, 2013 | 7:22 PM EDT

You want to know why most members of the press are liberal?

Well, as CNN's Reliable Sources showed Sunday during an interview with a group of journalism students at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, these folks apart from Facebook and Twitter get their "news" from liberal sources such as the Associated Press, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and believe it or not Jon Stewart (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 22, 2013 | 3:08 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported several times last week, CNN's Piers Morgan refused to retract his repeated claim Monday that Aaron Alexis, the shooter at the Washington Navy Yard, used an AR-15 during the massacre.

On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, guest host David Folkenflik of NPR did a six-minute segment addressing the mistake several in the media made concerning this issue without once mentioning that the person probably most guilty of this error was Morgan (video follows with transcript and commentary):