Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter

Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter

www.cnn.com/audio/podcasts/reliable-sources
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.


September 27, 2020: How TV networks will make election projections in 2020; why the debates won’t be fact-checked in real time; Brian Stelter on the consequences of Trump’s daily lies
Sep 27 • 38 min
Plus… Maria Ressa’s warning about Facebook and misinformation; Brian Karem’s astonishment at his exchange with Trump. Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., Mark Lukasiewicz, Molly Jong-Fast, Brian Karem, Sam Feist and Maria Ressa join Brian Stelter. See…
CNN’s media reporters discuss 2020’s changes and challenges to their beats, from digital disinformation to entertainment
Sep 25 • 47 min
Oliver Darcy, Donie O’Sullivan, Kerry Flynn, Frank Pallotta and Chloe Melas join Brian Stelter for a once-a-quarter conversation about the media industry, misinformation and more. Darcy and O’Sullivan discuss “echo chambers” that radicalize voters. Flynn…
September 20, 2020: Foreign reporters warn about American authoritarianism; Nikole Hannah-Jones on Trump’s attacks
Sep 20 • 39 min
Plus… Len Downie’s tips for covering for the coming election chaos; David Zurawik on Supreme Court coverage; how C-SPAN helped us hear the pandemic pain. Luke Harding, Rana Ayyub, John-Allan Namu, Julie Cohen, David Zurawik, Nikole Hannah-Jones and…
Megan Garber on the Fox News language, a ‘celebration of incuriosity,’ and the rhetoric of warfare
Sep 18 • 28 min
The Atlantic staff writer Megan Garber says “we sometimes don’t have satisfying languages” for talking about Fox News. Garber talks with Brian Stelter about his new book “Hoax” and her essay titled “Do You Speak Fox?” She says the network employs the…
September 13, 2020: Mary Trump on the wave of tell-all Trump books; Sam Donaldson on the revelations from Bob Woodward’s reporting
Sep 13 • 40 min
Plus… Reed Hastings on Netflix’s culture and competitive set; Clarissa Ward’s messages for young journalists; and Jon Karl on the moment he asked Trump ‘Why did you lie?’ Sam Donaldson, Dr. Seema Yasmin, Bill Carter, Mary Trump, Jonathan Karl, Clarissa…
Slate’s Will Saletan on the timeline of Trump’s coronavirus response and the new revelations from Bob Woodward’s book
Sep 11 • 21 min
Will Saletan compiled a comprehensive timeline of “what Trump knew and when he knew it” about the coronavirus pandemic. He says the chronology proves that Trump is responsible for many deaths. Brian Stelter asks Saletan about his conclusions. Plus: What…
September 6, 2020: The Atlantic’s top editor answers Trump’s attacks; local TV’s political disinfo problem; Carl Bernstein on the use of anonymous sources in reporting
Sep 6 • 39 min
Plus… This is why political campaigns feel free to lie in TV ads; a Facebook exec explains the company’s US election actions; what’s next for Stars and Stripes? Jeffrey Goldberg, S.V. Date, SE Cupp, Nick Clegg, Nicole Hemmer, Carl Bernstein and Ernie…
Why an inflammatory headline caused Daniel Thompson to quit The Kenosha News
Sep 3 • 27 min
Daniel Thompson talks about his decision to resign from The Kenosha News in protest of a “grossly negligent and inappropriate” headline on a story about a rally in support of Jacob Blake. He says “I don’t think the old ways of covering things,…
August 30, 2020: Expert compares Trump’s politics to fascism; the GOP’s ‘big lie’ about Covid-19; Vanity Fair editor Radhika Jones on America’s racial reckoning
Aug 30 • 38 min
Plus… Kevin Roose on how algorithms are distorting American politics; Daniel Dale on his fast-paced fact-checking; Carolyn DeWitt on voter groups suing Trump over his social media executive order. Susan Glasser, Kevin Roose, Ayesha Rascoe, Jason Stanley,…
Oliver Darcy interviews Brian Stelter about ‘Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth’
Aug 26 • 41 min
Host Brian Stelter becomes the guest as CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy asks him about his new book ”Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth.” Stelter discusses his reasons for writing the book; how he convinced sources…
August 23, 2020: ‘Nobody talks about’ this scary aspect of Covid-19; behind the scenes of the virtual Democratic convention; how to cover ‘asymmetric lying’ by political leaders
Aug 23 • 39 min
Plus… Why Trump’s use of the word ‘hoax’ is poisonous; what Brian Stelter learned by writing a book about Fox News and Trump; how newsrooms should handle GOP convention disinformation. Peter Hamby, Amanda Carpenter, Sara Fischer, Alisyn Camerota, Peter…
Fifteen years after Hurricane Katrina, Vann Newkirk shares lessons still being learned about an American disaster
Aug 21 • 33 min
Vann Newkirk is the host of “Floodlines,” The Atlantic’s documentary podcast examining “mythmaking” and misinformation during and after Hurricane Katrina. Brian Stelter asks Newkirk about parallels between the U.S. response to the hurricane and the…
August 16, 2020: Stelter on how Trump is eroding Americans’ confidence in voting system; GOP congressman Adam Kinzinger takes a stand against QAnon
Aug 16 • 40 min
Plus… Carl Bernstein on covering Trump’s election threats; how the pandemic has changed 2020 campaign coverage; Trump lies to reporters while Biden avoids the press; the origins of the latest bogus “birther lie”; “excess death” data shows the true toll…
CNN’s Jim Sciutto on getting Trump insiders on the record for ‘The Madman Theory’
Aug 14 • 30 min
Jim Sciutto’s new book, “The Madman Theory: Trump Takes on the World,” contains on-the-record interviews with an array of Trump administration foreign policy officials. The CNN anchor shares his reporting process and his observations about the Trump years…
August 9, 2020: Biden-bashing fuels radio shows and Trump webcasts; right-wing radio is full of Covid-19 conspiracy talk; Jeffrey Toobin: ‘Repetition is not truth’
Aug 9 • 38 min
Plus… local reporters work overtime to honor the dead during the pandemic; “We Have Her Back” group will call out sexist VP coverage; were Trump’s executive orders merely a media stunt? David Zurawik, Nicole Hemmer, Errin Haines, Hilary Rosen, Claire…
The 19th* CEO Emily Ramshaw: ‘This is serious journalism that’s aimed at exposing disparities’
Aug 7 • 30 min
The 19th* is a nonprofit news startup “at the intersection of gender, politics and policy.” Co-founder and CEO Emily Ramshaw talks with Brian Stelter about this month’s launch and plans for the future. Ramshaw discusses the media’s glaring weaknesses when…
August 2, 2020: Stelter on why election coverage will be different this year; campaign aide explains Biden’s media strategy
Aug 2 • 39 min
Plus… Many Fox viewers changed the channel during John Lewis funeral; pandemic disinformation is wasting precious time; how the AP is prepping to cover ‘election week’ in 2020; ‘Election Meltdown’ author on Trump’s threat to democracy; why was Homeland…
Peter Kafka on the ‘Netflix effect’ and the newly crowded landscape of streaming services
Jul 29 • 34 min
Netflix “bent the world to the Netflix model,” Peter Kafka says, and its competitors are now many laps behind. Kafka, the co-host the current season of Recode’s “Land of the Giants” podcast, talks with Brian Stelter about the streaming service’s growth…
Jason Stanley on the ‘ten pillars of fascist politics’ and media coverage of federal forces in Portland, Oregon
Jul 24 • 41 min
Yale University professor Jason Stanley, author of “How Fascism Works,” says he sees a fascist social and political movement taking hold in America’s democracy. In this conversation with Brian Stelter, Stanley says the Trump administration is…
July 19, 2020: April Ryan and David Zurawik on Trump’s Fox interview; Brian Stelter on the coronavirus testing lie; Anne Applebaum on why authoritarians try to discredit the media
Jul 19 • 39 min
Plus… Trump’s reality distortion field extends to “fake polls;” Dr. Anthony Fauci returns to TV; is there growing intolerance in American newsrooms? Peter Nicholas, Ed Yong, April Ryan, David Zurawik, Amanda Carpenter, Jill Filipovic, Tim O’Brien and Anne…
‘Great Influenza’ author John Barry on politicization of public health and news coverage of the Covid-19 crisis
Jul 17 • 39 min
John Barry, author of “The Great Influenza,” reflects on what can be learned from history, now that his 2004 book has been thrust back onto best-seller lists. “Fortunately this virus is not nearly as virulent, as deadly as the 1918 virus, so we’re not in…
July 12, 2020: Tucker Carlson faces questions after staffer resigns over racist posts; Jon Karl on White House briefing woes; Brian Stelter says ‘we are in a truth emergency’
Jul 12 • 39 min
Plus… Keeping up with the ‘firehose’ of news about Covid-19; What Mary Trump’s tell-all says about Trump’s psyche; Margaret Sullivan’s new book offers six partial solutions to the crisis in local news. Oliver Darcy, Nicole Hemmer, Helen Branswell,…
Nina Jankowicz on Facebook, ‘whack-a-troll,’ and her book ‘How to Lose the Information War’
Jul 9 • 39 min
Disinformation expert Nina Jankowicz talks with Brian Stelter about her new book, “How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict.” Recounting her travels throughout Ukraine and her briefings for lawmakers on Capitol Hill,…
July 5, 2020: Covid-19 coverage in Texas, Arizona and Florida; how Trump is speaking the language of Fox News; Ted Boutrous on Trumpworld’s pattern of legal intimidation
Jul 5 • 39 min
Plus… Dr. Anthony Fauci’s disappearances from national TV shows; Dr. Seema Yasmin on the press as the ‘immune system of a democracy;’ behind the ‘Tucker Carlson 2024’ chatter. Mindy Marques Gonzalez, Kathy Tulumello, Steve Riley, Dr. Seema Yasmin, Douglas…
James Fallows on a ‘national-scale Titanic’ and why reporters must keep investigating the U.S. response to the pandemic
Jul 2 • 35 min
The Atlantic’s James Fallows talks with Brian Stelter about his recent article that imagines a National Transportation Safety Board probe into the U.S. pandemic response. Fallows shares his reporting about critical leadership failures that occurred in…
June 28, 2020: Facebook exec responds to ad boycott campaign; pro-Trump outlets are downplaying Covid-19 dangers; ‘what is the cost of lies?’
Jun 28 • 39 min
Plus… Susan Glasser on the view from Trump’s ‘Hannity bunker,’ Bill Moyers on Facebook’s ‘garbage,’ and Jake Tapper on the origins of new movie ‘The Outpost.’ Joan Lunden, Kristen Powers, David Zurawik, Susan Glasser, Jake Tapper, Nick Clegg, and Bill…
Kurt Andersen on ‘Fantasyland’ thinking about the pandemic and America’s long-held taste for mistruths
Jun 26 • 37 min
“Believe-whatever-you-want fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA,” journalist Kurt Andersen wrote in his 2017 book “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire.” Brian Stelter asks him to apply the lessons of “Fantasyland” to the Covid-19 crisis. Andersen also…
June 21, 2020: How the ‘no-show protest’ of Trump’s rally originated; what the rallies look like from beyond America’s borders; why Stelter says Trump’s ignorance proves the need for media literacy
Jun 21 • 39 min
Plus… Astead Herndon’s reporters notebook from Tulsa; Carl Bernstein on Trump’s mood swings; inside the mass firings at the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Mary Jo Laupp, Astead Herndon, Jasmine El-Gamal, Guy Snodgrass, Karen Kornbluh, Sarah Ellison,…
Dr. Richard Besser on ‘radio silence’ from government experts and ‘pandemic fatigue’ among the public
Jun 18 • 32 min
Public health science and communication “are inextricably linked,” says Dr. Richard Besser, former CDC acting director, ABC News medical expert, and president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He and Brian Stelter discuss the “unmet need” for…
June 14, 2020: Brian Stelter challenges Trump attorney Jenna Ellis; Sara Sidner on her experience ‘from Ferguson to Floyd;’ is the Trump admin keeping medical experts off the air?
Jun 14 • 44 min
A racism reckoning for the media industry? Plus… Why the press should be careful when forecasting “waves;” an interview with journalist Linda Tirado, who was blinded at a protest and is now suing police. Dr. James Hamblin, Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, Dan…
Alexis Johnson, barred from protest coverage at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, tells her side of the story
Jun 12 • 30 min
“Who exactly does objectivity serve? And is there a difference between objectivity and fairness?” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Alexis Johnson joins Brian Stelter to discuss turmoil at the paper, which stems from management’s decision to stop Johnson…
June 7, 2020: Masha Gessen on ‘Surviving Autocracy;’ Nikole Hannah-Jones on NYT op-ed controversy; Jemele Hill on newsroom diversity failures
Jun 7 • 39 min
Plus… Brian Stelter on the president telling you not to believe your eyes; Alexi McCammond on White House coverage; Karen Attiah on the need for newsroom integration; and a message from CNN’s master control operations team. Karen Attiah, Jemele Hill,…
Stories from the frontlines: Reflections and suggestions from journalists covering the George Floyd protests
Jun 5 • 58 min
Brian Stelter speaks with six journalists covering the anti-racism protests across America during a Society of Professional Journalists webinar titled “stories from the frontlines: journalists and protests.” The panel addresses the troubling spate of…
May 31, 2020: Covering the protests and riots sweeping America; reporters arrested and assaulted in several major cities; amid the unrest, press must explain ‘how we got here’
May 31 • 39 min
Plus… Reporters in Minneapolis describe dodging tear gas and rubber bullets; Errin Haines says news outlets should “center” the stories of peaceful protestors; is Facebook like a chemical factory polluter? Omar Jimenez, Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Jane Coaston,…
CNN’s media reporters reflect on the three months that changed everything — and what the next three months may bring
May 28 • 49 min
Oliver Darcy, Kerry Flynn, Donie O’Sullivan, Frank Pallotta and Chloe Melas talk with Brian Stelter about all the ways the pandemic has upended the worlds of media, tech, and entertainment. “Even the media companies that I thought were the strongest and…
May 24, 2020: Ben Smith on his scrutiny of Ronan Farrow’s reporting; Dan Abrams on decision to publish column by Matt Lauer
May 24 • 44 min
Plus… Garry Kasparov says Trump lowering the moral bar for us all; the significance of Trump’s hostility toward VOA; The Atlantic’s Ed Yong on America’s ‘patchwork pandemic’; NYT’s Jennifer Senior: Trump doesn’t believe what he can’t see… Garry Kasparov,…
NPR’s Nancy Barnes on pandemic coverage and Eric and Wendy Schmidt’s big new donation
May 21 • 27 min
Nancy Barnes, NPR’s senior VP of news and editorial director, talks with Brian Stelter about the recent $4.7 million gift from Eric and Wendy Schmidt. The funds will bolster reporting hubs in California and the Midwest. The gift is “specifically geared…
May 17, 2020: Trump’s hate movement against the media; former Australian prime minister calls out the ‘Murdoch mafia;’ Lawrence Wright on parallels between 9/11 and Covid-19
May 17 • 40 min
Plus… A tale of two presidents; Trump’s pattern of firing government watchdogs on Friday nights; and Garrett Graff on ‘the storm we can’t see.’ Margaret Carlson, April Ryan, Peter Wehner, Garrett Graff, Kevin Rudd and Lawrence Wright join Brian Stelter.…
FiveThirtyEight editor Nate Silver on the “known unknowns” of Covid-19 and the need for “humility”
May 15 • 35 min
Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, talks with Brian Stelter about Covid-19 data and media coverage of the pandemic. From the death rate to the daily number of tests, “any one indicator is going to have its flaws,” Silver says. He addresses…
May 10, 2020: Experts explain the appeal of crazy conspiracy theories; the news media’s role in making sense of the pandemic; WH withholding key Covid-19 data from the public?
May 10 • 42 min
Plus… an interview with NYT CEO Mark Thompson; Trump versus Voice of America; and a Mother’s Day visit with the mom and daughters behind “The Quarantine Times.” Maggie Haberman, Catherine Rampell, Oliver Darcy, Renee DiResta, Brendan Nyhan, Mark Thompson,…
Author Lisa Napoli on CNN’s birth, the creation of the 24-hour news cycle, and the rise of ‘news junkies’
May 8 • 44 min
In the new book “Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN and the Birth of 24-Hour News,” reporter Lisa Napoli recounts how Ted Turner’s vision sparked a media revolution. Napoli speaks with Brian Stelter ahead of CNN’s 40th birthday on June 1. She recalls her own…
May 3, 2020: Carl Bernstein on the ‘war on truth;’ how Johns Hopkins maps every confirmed Covid-19 case; Katharine Viner on the ‘coronavirus crackdown’
May 3 • 39 min
Plus… Brian Stelter’s essay on the need for hard truths at a very hard time; how America’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis is viewed abroad; and a thank you message to members of the media who cannot work from home. Carl Bernstein, Beth Blauer, Jennifer…
Former VOA director David Ensor on Trump’s attacks: ‘There’s something in the water… and it’s not good’
May 1 • 31 min
What is driving President Trump’s recent barbs at the federally-funded news outlet Voice of America? David Ensor, former director of VOA, speaks with Brian Stelter about the president’s attacks and the news organization’s mission. Contrary to the White…
April 26, 2020: The Trump Show diverts attention from pandemic’s true victims; Carson Daly on handling anxiety in a crisis; Brooke Baldwin on her Covid-19 recovery
Apr 26 • 38 min
Plus, Why do reporters put up with Trump’s attacks? Can local news outlets survive the pandemic’s blow? How much longer will the pandemic stress test last? Dr. Seema Yasmin, Oliver Darcy, Jonathan Karl, Brooke Baldwin, Mary Spicuzza, Amy Brothers, Nikki…
Dr. Vivek Murthy on media coverage of the pandemic, the president’s mixed messages, and the uncanny timing of his new book ‘Together’
Apr 23 • 36 min
Dr. Vikek Murthy, who was Surgeon General during Barack Obama’s second term, joins Brian Stelter to explain how his new book, “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World,” applies to this period of “physical distancing.”…
Piers Morgan’s stunning advice for his friend Donald Trump; Fox News shows promoting protests against stay-at-home orders; interviews with Instagram head Adam Mosseri and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki
Apr 19 • 48 min
Plus… A new generation of White House reporters holding power to account; when TV shows become hazardous to public health; and Brian Stelter’s message that “it’s okay to not be okay.” Piers Morgan, Juliette Kayyem, Philip Bump, Kaitlan Collins, Francesca…
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki on what the online video giant is doing differently during the pandemic
Apr 17 • 38 min
In her first interview since much of the world went on “pause” due to the coronavirus crisis, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talks with Brian Stelter about the platform’s policies and strategies relating to the pandemic. Wojcicki describes the steps YouTube…
Len Downie on the Trump administration’s ‘unprecedented hostility’ toward the press, and why it matters
Apr 16 • 32 min
Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of the Washington Post, shares his conclusions after writing a report for the Committee to Protect Journalists on the Trump administration and the media. Downie synthesizes three years of research and commentary…
Interview with New York Times editor Dean Baquet; Stelter on Trump’s infomercials; what’s missing from the narrative about ‘reopening the economy’
Apr 12 • 23 min
Plus… Senators urge stimulus funding for local newspapers and David Zurawik says “this isn’t reality TV anymore.” Sen. Angus King, Dean Baquet, Nicholas Kristof, Elaina Plott and David Zurawik join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for…
How arts, sports and dining beats have changed due to ‘social distancing’ and the pandemic
Apr 10 • 26 min
What’s a local sports editor to do when there are no sports? What’s a classical music critic to do when there are no performances? What’s a food writer to do when restaurants are closed? Three writers and editors join Brian Stelter for a dialogue about…
April 5, 2020: Trump delivering daily doses of misinformation; Zoom CEO on taking a “step back” to focus on platform’s privacy issues
Apr 5 • 36 min
Plus… When Covid-19 reporting becomes a first-person story; Washington Post editor on the White House’s crippled response to pandemic; Fox’s fingerprints all over Trump’s pandemic response; Sharing stories from front-line health care workers; and more.…
Catherine Rampell on covering the “economic coma” caused by the coronavirus
Apr 3 • 34 min
As the coronavirus pandemic worsens and the job market collapses, Washington Post opinion columnist Catherine Rampell talks about the “deficit in economic, business, quantitative fluency within the media” and identifies some tips to ensure journalists…
March 29, 2020: Stephen King, Maggie Haberman, Hasan Minhaj dissect media coverage of a ‘50-state disaster;’ front pages report rising death toll; doctors harness social media to alert the public
Mar 29 • 39 min
Plus… Amazon’s Jay Carney on helping people stay connected… The New Yorker’s David Remnick on federal leadership failures… and the Fox News presidency takes a dangerous turn. Maggie Haberman, Esther Choo, S.E. Cupp, Jay Carney, Stephen King, Hasan Minhaj…
Garrett Graff on the ‘collective experience’ of Covid-19, the media coverage, and Trump’s disinformation
Mar 27 • 36 min
“We are living through a united, national moment,” Garrett Graff says, likening the pandemic to WWII and 9/11. Despite the “paucity of national inspirational leadership,” Graff highlights how “much of the nation’s response has been driven by individuals…
March 22, 2020: Dan Rather and Carl Bernstein on leadership in crisis; AT&T CEO on keeping America connected during the coronavirus shutdown; three top editors on the state of the news business
Mar 22 • 38 min
Plus… Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos on Hollywood’s production halt; Julie Roginsky and Max Boot on Fox’s U-turn; and much more. Jeffrey Goldberg, Sally Buzbee, Matt Murray, Dan Rather, Carl Bernstein, Julie Roginsky, Max Boot, Ted Sarandos…
Andrew Rossi on “After Truth,” a new HBO documentary about the disinformation age
Mar 18 • 25 min
Brian Stelter, executive producer of “After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News,” shares a preview of the film and speaks with director Andrew Rossi about the real-world consequences of disinformation. Stelter and Rossi dissect “several case…
March 15, 2020: The great shutdown of 2020 is underway; wisdom for covering a pandemic; local news on the front lines of the coronavirus
Mar 15 • 39 min
Plus… Brian Stelter’s message about “social distancing;” Juliette Kayyem on covering an unprecedented “50-state disaster;” James Hamblin on what we’re missing to fight the virus; Susan Glasser on misinformation coming from the most powerful; and former…
Covering coronavirus: NYMag editor David Haskell on how his newsroom is responding to the crisis
Mar 12 • 35 min
New York Media EIC David Haskell joins Brian Stelter to discuss how media companies are reacting to the coronavirus pandemic, how reporters are working remotely, and more. Haskell also reflects on his one-year anniversary as editor, what it was like to…
March 8, 2020: Examining media coverage of coronavirus; Trump should ‘lead, or get out of the way;’ the importance of ‘social distancing;’ behind Joe Biden’s comeback
Mar 8 • 39 min
Plus… How Bernie Sanders’ critiques of the media differ from Trump’s; one full year without a W.H. press secretary briefing; why the Trump campaign is suing CNN, the NYT, and WaPo. Elisabeth Rosenthal, Dr. Seema Yasmin, Kathleen Sebelius, TJ Ducklo, David…
Katherine Miller and Harry Enten on the primaries, the polls, and the political landscape ‘where only the last 72 hours seems to matter’
Mar 6 • 37 min
BuzzFeed News reporter Katherine Miller and CNN senior writer and analyst Harry Enten debrief about the past week of Democratic politics and how the stunning developments have been framed by the news media. Joe Biden’s victories were due “in part because…
March 1, 2020: How to cover the Coronavirus responsibly; a non-partisan virus in a partisan war; Trump attacks Comcast and vows to ‘destroy their image’
Mar 1 • 39 min
Plus… The ‘inside story’ about Facebook’s rise; interviews with officials from the Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg campaigns; and the difference between fact-checking Democratic candidates and Trump. Catherine Rampell, Dannagal Young, Daniel Dale,…
Coronavirus and the media, the wider impact of Weinstein verdict, Bob Iger’s big move, and more with our media reporter roundtable
Feb 28 • 36 min
Oliver Darcy, Kerry Flynn, Frank Pallotta, and Chloe Melas join Brian Stelter for a wide-ranging discussion around the week’s biggest media business and culture stories. Then they zoom out and assess the biggest stories on their beats in 2020 thus far and…
February 23, 2020: Tim O’Brien on the secret to getting under Trump’s skin; The Hill’s long-awaited review of journalist who spread Ukraine conspiracy
Feb 23 • 39 min
Plus… The Fox News pardon pipeline; how censorship stifles essential journalism during a crisis; as the 2020 election escalates, so do the “Meme Wars”; Southern rock strikes a new chord in the Trump era. Oliver Darcy, Julia Ioffe, Marko Suprun, Errol…
Charlotte Alter on why millennial politicians are “The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For”
Feb 19 • 34 min
Time national correspondent Charlotte Alter is the author of “The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America.” She shares insights about millennial politicians like Pete Buttigieg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She…
February 16, 2020: How to cover ‘creeping authoritarianism;’ newfound media scrutiny of Michael Bloomberg’s campaign; which Democrats are winning the TV primary?
Feb 16 • 38 min
Plus… journalism’s role in sustaining democracy; an interview with two authors who offer a ‘worm’s-eye view’ of Trumpworld; and Trump’s former chief of staff critiques Fox News… Philip Bump, Joan Walsh, Anne Applebaum, Irin Carmon, Lachlan Markay, Asawin…
Columbia’s Emily Bell on the McClatchy bankruptcy, the ‘crisis’ of local journalism, and how ‘civic media’ could help
Feb 14 • 44 min
Columbia Journalism School professor Emily Bell, the founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, talks with Brian Stelter about the effects of local newspaper losses and the highly partisan websites that are trying to exploit the void.…
February 9, 2020: How Fox talk shows urged Trump to purge; inside a ‘billion dollar disinformation campaign;’ getting info from Chinese cities on Coronavirus lockdown
Feb 9 • 38 min
Plus: Senator Sherrod Brown says GOP senators fear Fox, talk radio and Trump; Bill Carter says journalists should stand in solidarity; Olivia Nuzzi says the Iowa caucus debacle has caused even more cynicism about politics. Sarah Isgur, Tara Dowdell, Bill…
FiveThirtyEight’s Clare Malone on the Iowa debacle, the mood in Hew Hampshire, and the ‘cynicism’ of voters
Feb 7 • 37 min
After being on the road in New Hampshire, FiveThirtyEight senior political writer Clare Malone talks about why voters feel cynical about campaign coverage and what they want from members of the media. Malone also talks with Brian Stelter about the…
February 2, 2020: Sam Donaldson reacts to fast-tracked Senate trial; how impeachment reinforced two competing info-universes; news media’s quick pivot to Iowa caucus coverage; how fear of Trump is hurting government agencies
Feb 2 • 38 min
Plus, why CNN nixed its plan for a final pre-Iowa poll; the State Department versus NPR; and David Zurawik on the ‘mud wrestling pit’ that is social media. Sam Donaldson, Julian Zelizer, Jill Filipovic, Alexi McCammond, Astead Herndon, Art Cullen and…
Politico’s Tim Alberta is writing letters to DC “from the rest of America”
Jan 29 • 32 min
“I just don’t think the media as an institution has done a great job keeping up with the pace of change, political and cultural and socioeconomic and otherwise,” says Tim Alberta, the chief political correspondent for Politico. That’s why he is writing…
January 26, 2020: What you’re not seeing on TV during Trump’s trial; facts vs. feelings about impeachment; Pompeo’s track record of hostility towards the press
Jan 26 • 38 min
Plus… the impact of press restrictions during the Senate trial; viral hoaxes are spreading lies about Coronavirus; and free press groups are condemning Brazil’s charges against Glenn Greenwald. Susan Glasser, Melanie Zanona, Oliver Darcy, John Avlon, Lyz…
Alan Miller says National News Literacy Week is about solving the misinformation “pandemic”
Jan 23 • 29 min
News Literacy Project founder and CEO Alan Miller previews the first-ever National News Literacy Week and a new partnership with Scripps’ local TV stations. He tells Brian Stelter about his efforts to make people part of the “information solution.” While…
January 19, 2020: Jon Favreau on ‘the biggest challenge for Democrats;’ Trump’s Fox News defense team; Capitol Hill reporters protest restrictions on impeachment trial access
Jan 19 • 38 min
Plus… What happens when a president can’t handle the truth? Brian Stelter says the result is an impeachment trial. Also: Meet the man who tracks the Fox-Trump feedback loop. Jon Favreau, Dahlia Lithwick, Margaret Sullivan, Meridith McGraw, Sarah Wire, Joe…
“Uncanny Valley” author Anna Wiener on Silicon Valley’s media “reckoning”
Jan 16 • 36 min
In her new memoir “Uncanny Valley,” Anna Wiener reflects on the power of Big Tech through the years she spent at several startups in Silicon Valley. Wiener talks with Brian Stelter about how media coverage and “public sentiment” about Big Tech are…
January 12, 2020: Twitter war turns into Twitter diplomacy; Bill Weld’s view of campaign coverage; Harry and Meghan versus the British tabloids
Jan 12 • 38 min
Plus, a thought experiment by James Fallows; Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on their new book “Tightrope;” and the biggest change about campaign coverage in 2020. James Fallows, John Kirby, Hadas Gold, Bill Weld, Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn and…
Associated Press exec editor Sally Buzbee on Iran, impeachment, Iowa, and the future of news
Jan 10 • 35 min
Sally Buzbee, the top editor of the AP for the past three years, tells Brian Stelter about the news agency’s top priorities and challenges, from covering the environment to combating misinformation. She tells how the news outlet is protecting journalists…
January 5, 2020: How the US-Iran crisis is being covered; Stelter says it is patriotic to question officials in wartime; Bari Weiss on New York’s solidarity march against anti-Semitism
Jan 5 • 44 min
Plus, Sam Donaldson on “wag the dog” claims and David Frum on lessons learned from the Iraq war… Kim Ghattas, Jasmine El-Gamal, Jason Rezaian, Sam Donaldson, Katie Rogers, Bari Weiss, Paul Rieckhoff, Irin Carmon, Chloe Melas and David Frum join Brian…
Salt Lake Tribune owner Paul Huntsman on paving a path for non-profit newspapers
Jan 2 • 39 min
Should struggling print newspapers shift into nonprofit status? That’s what the Salt Lake Tribune did. In late 2019 the Salt Lake Tribune became the first metropolitan daily in the country to go nonprofit, after receiving permission from the IRS to do so.…
December 29, 2019: The next decade of news; one on one with Marc Benioff; how Trump has affected trust in media
Dec 30, 2019 • 42 min
Media winners and losers from the past decade; how to combat “truth decay;” and what to expect in media and tech in the next 10 years. David Zurawik, Nicole Carroll, Marc Benioff, Paul Huntsman, Jennifer Kavanagh, Oliver Darcy, and Amy Webb join Brian…
December 22, 2019: David Remnick reviews impeachment coverage; ‘Bombshell’ director Jay Roach shares what intrigued him about Fox News; media memory loss
Dec 22, 2019 • 38 min
Catherine Rampell, S.E. Cupp and Garry Kasparov discuss news overload, and how to cover the rival realities swirling around impeachment. Plus, inside the Washington Post with editor Marty Baron, and New Year’s resolutions for the press… See…
Media in 2019: War on truth, the streaming Olympics, Tucker versus Shep, ‘zombie’ publications, and so much more
Dec 20, 2019 • 37 min
Oliver Darcy, Kerry Flynn, Frank Pallotta and Chloe Melas join Brian Stelter to reflect on the year’s biggest media news, from the dawn of Disney+ to the failures of several digital media upstarts. Do you remember all these stories from 2019? Plus,…
Washington Post editor Marty Baron on the past, present and future
Dec 19, 2019 • 19 min
Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron discusses impeachment coverage, political headwinds, the Post’s investigations unit, and the role of journalism. Brian Stelter also asks Baron about the health of the Post’s business, the importance of…
December 15, 2019: The right-wing media roots of Trump’s impeachment; one on one with Jim Lehrer; Gretchen Carlson says ‘we’re in a cultural revolution’
Dec 15, 2019 • 38 min
Plus, Mark Lukasiewicz on the ‘deliberate deception’ of conspiracy theories; Tara Dowdell on the ‘powerful forces’ supporting Trump; fact versus fiction in Clint Eastwood’s new movie ‘Richard Jewell;’ and how the Afghanistan Papers reveal ‘the truth about…
How the Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock unearthed the Afghanistan Papers
Dec 13, 2019 • 23 min
Craig Whitlock led the Washington Post’s years-long effort to obtain hundreds of secret interviews about the Afghan war. The result: A week-long series and a database of the Afghanistan Papers. Whitlock speaks with Brian Stelter about the Post’s legal…
December 8, 2019: Carl Bernstein on the impeachment hearings and what’s next; Olivia Nuzzi on the messaging wars; politicians using the courts to punish the press?
Dec 8, 2019 • 38 min
Plus, Trump’s hypocrisy about anonymous sources; a British researcher shows how phones are changing news consumption; and a Harvard professor argues that America has “lost its mind.” Irin Carmon, David Frum, Olivia Nuzzi, Carl Bernstein, Liz Mair, Damon…
Professor Thomas Patterson on ‘How America Lost Its Mind’
Dec 6, 2019 • 27 min
The media bears partial responsibility for the assault on reason that is crippling American democracy, Thomas Patterson says. The Harvard professor’s new book on the subject is titled “How America Lost Its Mind.” He talks with Brian Stelter about how…
December 1, 2019: Tale of two Fox News judges; Zurawik’s take on pro-Trump media; ‘follow the money’ in the Trump age; how Bloomberg is covering Bloomberg’s campaign
Dec 1, 2019 • 38 min
Dahlia Lithwick, Caroline Polisi, David Zurawik, Rebecca Davis O’Brien, Andrea Bernstein, Kathy Kiely, Peter T. Coleman, and Angela Denker join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
November 24, 2019: Katie Hill on right-wing media; Prince Andrew’s interviewer Emily Maitlis; Jake Tapper on Trump’s penchant for lies
Nov 24, 2019 • 42 min
Plus, Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the “mystery of President Trump’s unannounced hospital visit,” and Margaret Sullivan, Juliet Huddy, Oliver Darcy, Joel Simon, Kathleen Carroll, Steven Hassan join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy…
Steven Hassan explains “The Cult of Trump”
Nov 22, 2019 • 4 min
Steven Hassan, a leading cult expert with firsthand experience escaping the Unification Church, says Trump’s cultivation of his base is cult-like. Brian Stelter questions Hassan’s claims and asks why he has decided to branch into politics through the new…
November 17, 2019: Radio host canceled for criticizing Trump on the radio; Stelter: This is when Trump needs to have credibility; Here are pro Trump-media’s defense tactics on impeachment
Nov 17, 2019 • 15 min
Plus, ways to help rebuild local journalism… Dan Rather says McConnell is part of the Trump “cult…” The Atlantic wants to show “How to Stop a Civil War…” Dan Rather, Nicole Hemmer, Abigail Tracy, Craig Silverman, Jeffrey Goldberg and Jennifer Preston join…
Medill dean discusses Daily Northwestern controversy and calls for ‘campaign of media literacy’
Nov 15, 2019 • 28 min
Charles Whitaker, dean of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, discusses the student newspaper’s ill-considered decision to apologize for covering a campus protest. The Daily Northwestern is independent, but Whitaker spoke out when the…
November 10, 2019: Bill Moyers says he fears for the country; Anthony Scaramucci accuses Trump of ‘traitorous-like’ behavior; what it’s like to cover Capitol Hill during impeachment
Nov 10, 2019 • 38 min
How transcripts highlight Sean Hannity’s political power… Why there’s a right-wing fixation with the whistleblower’s identity… Plus more from Bill Moyers and Anthony Scaramucci. Brian Stelter also talks with Melanie Zanona, Addy Baird, Manu Raju, Max…
Dave Jorgenson shows how the Washington Post newsroom ticks on TikTok
Nov 7, 2019 • 8 min
Since he launched the Washington Post’s TikTok account in May, video producer Dave Jorgenson has created over 120 videos that show how the D.C. newsroom ticks with humor. Brian Stelter asks him about what the Post gains from TikTok; whether other news…
November 3, 2019: Joe Walsh says Fox News hosts are lying to their viewers; debating the role of pro-Trump voices on CNN; the journalists of Ground Zero are getting sick
Nov 3, 2019 • 38 min
Will right-wing media protect Trump from conviction? What are the dangers of political ads on the web? Why do the president’s mispellings matter? Brian Stelter talks with Joe Walsh, Daniel Dale, Colby Hall, Aisha Moodie-Mills, Irin Carmon, Sarah Barnett,…
Jeff Zucker talks about CNN in the Trump era, fact-checking, Fox News, and the future of TV
Oct 31, 2019 • 31 min
Brian Stelter sits down with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker at the CITIZEN by CNN conference in New York City. They discuss the network’s relationship with President Trump; decisions about whether to air Trump events; and a baseless lawsuit threat…
Extreme highs and lows of the Trump presidency; covering GOP House hijinks v. Senate silence; ‘Primary Colors’ author on ‘Anonymous’ book; CNN president on network’s relationship with Trump; Ezra Klein: Negative coverage of Trump is good for his…
Oct 27, 2019 • 11 min
October 27, 2019: Catherine Rampell, Andrew Marantz, Sam Vinograd, Ezra Klein, Sarah Ellison, Joe Klein and Jeff Zucker join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Ezra Klein: As impeachment escalates, Trump will become more ‘corrosive to democracy’
Oct 25, 2019 • 25 min
Ezra Klein says people think about impeachment all wrong. It doesn’t have to be a “traumatic” worst case scenario, he says: “We fire people for poor performance in most jobs. It seems that in the most important job, in arguably the entire world, we should…
These aren’t news cycles, they’re shock cycles; damage control after Mulvaney presser; Ronan Farrow on the big picture in ‘Catch and Kill’; how hateful anti-media video highlights ‘empathy gap’; former FB advisor warns 2020 could be ‘2016 on…
Oct 20, 2019 • 13 min
October 20, 2019: Daniel Dale, Erik Wemple, Olivia Nuzzi, Elaina Plott, Matt Lewis, Katie Rogers, Krystal Ball, Ronan Farrow, Dipayan Ghosh and Mo Elleithee join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Save Journalism Project co-founder John Stanton on why Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is the ‘antithesis of free expression’
Oct 18, 2019 • 30 min
After BuzzFeed’s DC bureau chief John Stanton was laid off in January, he co-founded the Save Journalism Project to “stand up” for journalists and “educate the public” about “the dangers facing us.” Stanton talks with Brian Stelter about Facebook and…
Shep Smith’s stunning exit; Three former Fox personalities speak out; Zurawik says this is a ‘severe blow’ to Fox’s credibility; the power of Trump’s anti-Democrat stories; Sam Donaldson and Douglas Brinkley speak about impeachment coverage; former…
Oct 13, 2019 • 37 min
October 13, 2019: Sam Donaldson, Douglas Brinkley, Julie Roginsky, Carl Cameron, Conor Powell, Peter Wehner, Irin Carmon, Amanda Marcotte, and David Zurawik join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
‘Antisocial’ author Andrew Marantz on the ‘virality industry’ and the ‘hijacking of the American conversation’
Oct 11, 2019 • 31 min
New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz embedded with extremist “gate-crashers” teeming on social media platforms and the lax “gate-keepers” in Silicon Valley for his new book titled “Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the…
Trump’s force field of falsehood; former Fox News host says they’re ‘lying by omission;’ the power of language in politics; how authors get White House sources to talk; Iowa news director says Trump supporters are staying firm; ‘my gut tells me’…
Oct 6, 2019 • 38 min
October 6, 2019: Masha Gessen, Oliver Darcy, Juliet Huddy, Michael Shear, Barbara Res, Douglas Heye, Jess McIntosh and Robert Leonard join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Matt Taibbi: With today’s media, ‘there’s no profit incentive to get people to stop worrying’
Oct 4, 2019 • 41 min
Matt Taibbi’s new book “Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another” makes the case that news outlets have become “a twisted wing of the entertainment business,” chasing clicks and views to survive. In a blunt conversation with Brian…
Impeachment probe special edition; interview with Robert De Niro; Christine Pelosi’s message for the Democratic party; Ruddy says impeachment probe is ‘mortal threat’ to Trump; Fox shows are smearing the Ukraine whistleblower; Glasser says White…
Sep 29, 2019 • 38 min
September 29, 2019: Robert De Niro, Suzanne Nossel, Amanda Carpenter, Susan Glasser, Susan Hennessey, Christine Pelosi, and Christopher Ruddy join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Like drinking from a firehose: Jeff Greenfield on the week in historic headlines
Sep 27, 2019 • 31 min
Renowned political analyst Jeff Greenfield talks with Brian Stelter about the start of a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. He says “the kind of reflexive, circle the wagons, ‘remember this is our guy’” strategy among Republicans and…
Trump’s disinformation campaign; Biden’s media strategy; Carl Bernstein’s analysis of Ukraine scandal and possible cover-up; Times reporters defend ‘nuance’ of Kavanaugh book; GOP’s ‘deride and conquer’ approach; Australian reporter shares why she…
Sep 22, 2019 • 39 min
September 22, 2019: Shane Harris, Carl Bernstein, Tara Dowdell, Philip Bump, Sam Vinograd, David Zurawik, Robin Pogrebin, Kate Kelly and Lenore Taylor join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
More than 100 newsrooms are using the Washington Post’s massive database to cover the opioid crisis in a new way
Sep 19, 2019 • 23 min
The Washington Post has opened up an enormous DEA database that charts the course of every pain pill in the country through 2012. The Post’s investigations editor Jeff Leen says more than 100 local news outlets have conducted reporting using the…
Democrats are losing the messaging war to Trump; ‘She Said’ authors Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey share secrets from Weinstein investigation; Krystal Ball fires back at Rush Limbaugh; CNN’s Jim Sciutto talks Russian spy scoop; Barry Glassner on how…
Sep 15, 2019 • 38 min
September 15, 2019: Alexandra Rojas, Dahlia Lithwick, Susan Glasser, Jim Sciutto, Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Krystal Ball and Barry Glassner join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Covering Climate Now: 250+ news outlets pledge a week’s worth of focused climate crisis coverage
Sep 13, 2019 • 34 min
Kyle Pope, the editor of Columbia Journalism Review, tells Brian Stelter about the Covering Climate Now coalition, which CJR is spearheading with The Nation. Pope says that about 250 news outlets around the world have committed to a week’s worth of…
Watch out for language that legitimizes Trump’s lies; a long week of White House misinformation; Steve Kroft reflects on 30 years of ‘60 Minutes’; new book ‘Audience of One’ examines Trump and TV; how online harassment threatens press freedom; the…
Sep 8, 2019 • 38 min
September 8, 2019: Steve Kroft, James Poniewozik, Julie Roginsky, Bianna Golodryga, Joan Walsh and Courtney Radsch join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
James Poniewozik talks “Audience of One” and Trump’s relationship with TV
Sep 5, 2019 • 32 min
New York Times chief TV critic James Poniewozik’s new book traces how Trump evolved from a “TV character” to president at the same time that TV went from a broadcast to a niche medium. “Audience of One” argues that Trump’s ascent “happened because of TV.…
The truth about Trump’s relationship with Fox News; Lawrence O’Donnell’s reckless report; Joe Biden ‘loose with facts’ on the campaign trail; Brian Karem’s lawsuit against Trump over press pass suspension; Jeffrey Goldberg gleans new info from James…
Sep 1, 2019 • 32 min
September 1, 2019: David Zurawik, Elaina Plott, Julia Ioffe, Dahlia Lithwick, Jeffrey Goldberg, Theodore J. Boutrous and Brian Karem join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Jeffrey Goldberg on James Mattis: ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Take it Anymore’
Aug 30, 2019 • 27 min
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis began his book tour by sitting down with The Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg. “There is a lot about Donald Trump that he finds absurd and repellent but he is trying to maintain this disciplined approach of not…
Two psychiatrists on coverage of Trump’s instability; Trump’s messaging war over the economy; April Ryan breaks silence on bodyguard’s alleged assault; trickle-down effects of Trump’s anti-media rhetoric; parents of killed journalists work for…
Aug 25, 2019 • 39 min
August 25, 2019: Dr. Bandy X. Lee, Dr. Allen Frances, Daniel Dale, Irin Carmon, Ken Ward Jr., April Ryan, Diane Foley and Art Sotloff join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Barry Glassner on ‘the culture of fear’ and how the media should cover the ‘fear-monger-in-chief’
Aug 23, 2019 • 27 min
Sociologist Barry Glassner, author of “The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things,” talks with Brian Stelter about how news outlets both stoke peoples’ fears and “correct exaggerated fears and scares.” He says local TV news has an…
Journalism during the disinformation wars; Study finds $235 million spent every year on ads on extremist sites; Russian site launches smear campaign against CNN’s Clarissa Ward; How to avoid taking the bait when covering president Trump; WSJ report…
Aug 18, 2019 • 38 min
August 18, 2019: Adam Serwer, Mary C. Curtis, Jim Rutenberg, Catherine Rampell, Bari Weiss, Clarissa Ward, Danny Rogers, Matt Rivitz, Donie O’Sullivan, Oliver Darcy and Carole Cadwalladr join John Avlon. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy…
Carole Cadwalladr on her role in Cambridge Analytica’s downfall and “The Great Hack”
Aug 15, 2019 • 19 min
Investigative reporter for the Observer and the Guardian Carole Cadwalladr’s year-long investigation resulted in the downfall of data company Cambridge Analytica. Her central role in the scandal is examined in the new Netflix documentary, “The Great…
Tucker takes vacation after white supremacy ‘hoax’ remark; “cancel culture” comes for the New York Times; headlines fall short of highlighting El Paso victims; CNN obtains draft order for FCC to police social media; reporter who reopened Epstein…
Aug 11, 2019 • 38 min
August 11, 2019: S.E. Cupp, Jane Coaston, Tim Archuleta, Enrique Acevedo, Jackie Kucinich, Nicole Chavez, Noah Shachtman, Julia Angwin, Julie K. Brown and Mark Brown join John Avlon. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Cosmo goes undercover with online extremism investigator
Aug 8, 2019 • 17 min
Brian Stelter sits down with Andrea Stanley, features editor at Cosmopolitan Magazine, to discuss her latest story: “Is It Possible to Stop a Mass Shooting Before It Happens?” In her piece, Stanley follows “K,” a top-secret investigator who has been…
Texas and Ohio newsrooms respond to shooting sprees; racist essay was published shortly before El Paso attack; growing threat of online radicalization; activists converge on Capitol Hill; Moms Demand Action founder calls for Senate vote; how to…
Aug 4, 2019 • 35 min
August 4, 2019: Dave Cullen, Jennifer Mascia, Shimon Prokupecz, Oliver Darcy, Wesley Lowery, Olivia Nuzzi, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Shannon Watts, Bob Moore and Jim Bebbington join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Their journalist sons were murdered by ISIS. Now they work to make sure reporters stay safe in conflict zones.
Aug 3, 2019 • 29 min
James Foley and Steven Sotloff were both executed by ISIS in the summer of 2014. Five years later, the Foley and Sotloff families are running foundations that seek to help other journalists who are heading into harm’s way. Brian Stelter speaks with Diane…
David Zurawik and April Ryan react to Trump’s harsh tweets; Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager speaks out about media bias; how the Mueller hearings reinforced America’s media bunkers; behind the story that led to mass protests in Puerto Rico
Jul 28, 2019 • 43 min
July 28, 2019: Caitlin Dickerson, Andrew Marantz, Faiz Shakir, David Zurawik, April Ryan, Susan Glasser, Carla Minet, Luis Valentin Ortiz, and Amanda Carpenter join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Susan Glasser on Trump’s lies, Mueller’s aftermath, and the danger of “information bubbles”
Jul 26, 2019 • 25 min
Were the “optics” of the Mueller hearings worth the media’s attention? “Let’s be real,” Susan Glasser says, “of course it was.” After a “nutty” week in politics, the author of The New Yorker’s “Letter from Trump’s Washington” column talks about Mueller…
Trump, race, and 2020; Fox’s fixation with Ocasio-Cortez and Omar; Dan Rather previews the Mueller hearings; Democrats pledge to bring back White House press briefings; founder of socialist magazine responds to right-wing rhetoric; remembering…
Jul 21, 2019 • 38 min
July 21, 2019: Astead Herndon, Tara Dowdell, Dan Rather, Adam Serwer, Tim Alberta, and Bhaskar Sunkara join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Farai Chideya on Trump, racism, xenophobia, and news media’s coverage of ‘political propaganda’
Jul 19, 2019 • 22 min
“Racial resentment has been a winning political strategy” in the past, but journalists are sometimes reluctant to call it what it is, Farai Chideya tells Brian Stelter. In part that’s because the news media lacks “mechanisms for charting” the race factor…
Special edition about the information wars; Trump rallies meme makers for 2020; fact-checking claims about Big Tech bias; Trump’s warped definition of ‘free speech;’ the link between Tucker Carlson’s anti-Omar attacks and Trump’s racist tweets.
Jul 14, 2019 • 1 min
July 14, 2019: Jane Coaston, Robby Soave, Samantha Vinograd, Renee DiResta, Oliver Darcy and Katie Rogers join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Meet three journalists from competing Florida newsrooms who are collaborating to expand climate coverage
Jul 10, 2019 • 15 min
Some of Florida’s biggest news outlets are banding together to form the Florida Climate Reporting Network. Brian Stelter speaks with three of the participants: Miami Herald climate change reporter Alex Harris, Tampa Bay Times executive editor Mark…
Miami Herald reporter speaks about Jeffrey Epstein arrest; unpacking the census citizenship battle; Trump claims the truth is up to him; Carl Bernstein on the post-Mueller news cycle; new book says there is a method to Trump’s ‘madness;’ how news…
Jul 7, 2019 • 39 min
July 7, 2019: Julie K. Brown, Catherine Rampell, Philip Bump, Carl Bernstein, Allen Salkin, Aaron Short, Elora Mukhurjee and Carl Cameron join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Ex-Fox Newser Carl Cameron on Trump, cable TV, and the progressive news site he’s working on
Jul 3, 2019 • 2 min
Two years after leaving Fox News, Carl Cameron is collaborating on a new progressive news site, Front Page Live, that he wants to be a version of The Drudge Report for the left. He talks with Brian Stelter about his years as Fox’s chief political…
Kamala Harris 2020’s press secretary talks media strategy; Trump’s ‘stunt’ at the DMZ; press grading Trump on a curve versus the Dems; Tim Ryan on the loss of Youngstown’s local newspaper; E. Jean Carroll says ‘I’m not sorry;’ behind the scenes of…
Jun 30, 2019 • 0 min
June 30, 2019: Ian Sams, Tim Ryan, E. Jean Carroll, Katie Rogers, Frank Bruni, Bianna Golodryga, Jason Blum and Alex Metcalf join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
E. Jean Carroll discusses her new book, Trump’s alleged assault, media coverage, role of men: “This is not a Trump book”
Jun 27, 2019 • 0 min
E. Jean Carroll says “I’m not sorry” for coming forward and alleging that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s. Brian Stelter talks with Carroll about Trump’s denial of the accusation; the reactions…
The problem with headlines; how TV coverage of Iran is influencing Trump; former Facebook moderator blows the whistle; bipartisan support for fallen journalists memorial; Michael Collins on how Apollo 11 united the world; Trump speaking on…
Jun 23, 2019 • 38 min
June 23, 2019: Sam Vinograd, Shani Hilton, Ana Kasparian, Ron Brownstein, David Dreier, Shawn Speagle, Casey Newton, and Michael Collins join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Alexander Nazaryan’s new book “The Best People” scrutinizes Trump’s cabinet picks and contains a message for the media
Jun 20, 2019 • 28 min
Alexander Nazaryan says newsrooms need to devote more time to the actions of government agencies — and less time to President Trump’s tweets. But he admits this may be “impossible.” Brian Stelter interviews Nazaryan about the reporting in his new book…
The podcasting primary; interview with Andrew Yang; the polarization of trust in the Trump era; sensationalism and scare tactics in local news; secrecy surrounding immigration policy; does the press want impeachment?
Jun 16, 2019 • 0 min
June 16, 2019: Andrew Yang, Sam Vinograd, Max Boot, Margaret Sullivan, David Zurawik and Caitlin Dickerson join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
NYT’s Kevin Roose on YouTube’s recommendation engine, online radicalization, and a parallel media world
Jun 13, 2019 • 33 min
Kevin Roose and Brian Stelter discuss Roose’s newest story, “The Making of a YouTube Radical.” Roose, a tech columnist at The New York Times, says YouTube’s algorithm is “designed to create personalized rabbit holes,” sometimes with dangerous…
Trump uses cemetery backdrop for trash talking on Fox; Coverage of 2020 race revolves around Joe Biden; Looking back at the day Trump entered the GOP race; Jim Acosta’s new book: ‘The Enemy of the People’; Have Democrats lost the Mueller messaging…
Jun 9, 2019 • 38 min
Trump uses cemetery backdrop for trash talking on Fox; Coverage of 2020 race revolves around Joe Biden; Looking back at the day Trump entered the GOP race; Jim Acosta’s new book: ‘The Enemy of the People’; Have Democrats lost the Mueller messaging war?;…
Meet three of the witnesses who are speaking about journalism at an antitrust hearing about Big Tech
Jun 7, 2019 • 29 min
The House’s first hearing about “Online Platforms and Market Power” is examining how Google and Facebook have affected local journalism. Ahead of the June 11 hearing, Brian Stelter speaks with Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Kevin Riley, News Media…
Mueller’s big TV moment; Handmaid’s Tale star speaks out about abortion bans; new book says America “is split into two worlds;” how to improve coverage of inequality; Bill Nye’s explanation for strange UFO sightings; why has the Pentagon stopped…
Jun 2, 2019 • 38 min
June 2, 2019: Ann Dowd, Warren Littlefield, Bill Nye, Elaina Plott, Sarah Ellison, Noah Shachtman, Barbara Starr, and Chris Arnade join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Bill Nye explains climate change coverage, science denialism, UFO sightings, and how his “Science Guy” role has evolved
May 30, 2019 • 33 min
Fresh off the release of his new podcast, “Science Rules!,” Bill Nye unpacks the pressing questions of our day, and how the press is faring in covering them. He talks with Brian Stelter about climate science, dinosaurs, vaccinations, UFOs, and much more.…
Scott Pelley on CBS, media and democracy; the ‘dumbfake’ problem; Trump’s go-to rhetorical device; why press advocates are concerned about Julian Assange case; update on San Francisco police raid of journalist’s home; Pete Hegseth lobbying POTUS;…
May 26, 2019 • 38 min
May 26, 2019: Neera Tanden, David Frum, Olivia Nuzzi, Ted Boutrous, Scott Pelley, Audrey Cooper and Paul Rieckhoff join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Paul Rieckhoff says Fox host’s push to pardon accused war criminals ‘should alarm all Americans’
May 23, 2019 • 19 min
Paul Rieckhoff, founder of the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America organization, talks with Brian Stelter about the Pentagon’s lack of press briefings; news coverage of veteran’s issues; and President Trump’s relationship with the military. Rieckhoff…
Trump’s reckless treason talk; Attorney General Sean Hannity; the death of the daily briefing; White House’s so-called ‘censorship’ tool; how the media bolstered Trump’s businessman image; the red and blue media divide about abortion; how ‘Game of…
May 19, 2019 • 38 min
May 19, 2019: Joe Lockhart, Irin Carmon, Jane Coaston, Oliver Darcy, Suzanne Craig, Catherine Hadro and Brian Lowry join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Facebook VP responds to co-founder’s critique; Chelsea Manning’s first interview after two months behind bars; The Intercept’s top editor reacts to the arrest of another alleged leaker; news coverage of ‘constitutional crisis’ claims; Democrats get…
May 12, 2019 • 40 min
May 12, 2019: Nick Clegg, Chelsea Manning, Carl Bernstein, Jess McIntosh, Julian Zelizer and Catherine Rampell join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Trump and InfoWars; Ben Shapiro on the slippery slope of Facebook’s bans; the anatomy of a right-wing smear; the Mueller report is America’s best selling book; big changes coming to CBS News
May 5, 2019 • 40 min
May 5, 2019: Ben Shapiro, Irin Carmon, Judd Legum, Kmele Foster, Oliver Darcy, and Sara Murray join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Fast-growing One Free Press Coalition spotlights journalists in danger
May 1, 2019 • 20 min
Randall Lane, the head of Forbes magazine, talks with Brian Stelter about the new group that is spotlighting journalists under attack around the world. Since the launch of the One Free Press Coalition in March, more than thirty other news organizations…
Ron Chernow’s message for the media; Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein speaks out after synagogue shooting; the role of social media in online radicalization; Trump is the ‘say anything’ president; Jordan Klepper on the role of comedy in the Trump age; Sally…
Apr 28, 2019 • 45 min
April 28, 2019: Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Amanda Carpenter, David Zurawik, Karen Finney, Elaina Plott, Jordan Klepper, Sally Quinn, and Glenn Kessler join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Julia Angwin on what went wrong at The Markup
Apr 24, 2019 • 31 min
The firing of Julia Angwin has shocked the world of tech journalism. Five staffers have resigned in protest, and now the startup she co-founded, The Markup, is in a state of limbo. What went wrong? And what’s Angwin going to do next? She sits down with…
Mueller report reveals a White House of lies; Sarah Sanders’ lack of credibility; inside CNN’s 18 months of reporting on the Mueller probe; viral video shows hypocrisy of Fox hosts; Jay Rosen warns about ‘authoritarian news system’
Apr 21, 2019 • 43 min
April 21, 2019: Katie Rogers, Ezra Klein, April Ryan, Tim Naftali, Jay Rosen, Nicole Hemmer, and Katelyn Polantz join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Two perspectives on the Pulitzer Prizes: winner Nariman El-Mofty and administrator Dana Canedy
Apr 18, 2019 • 28 min
Brian Stelter goes inside the Pulitzer Prize process with award administrator Dana Canedy. Then he speaks with one of this year’s winners, AP photojournalist Nariman El-Mofty, about her team’s experience on the ground covering the war in Yemen. El-Mofty…
The manufacturing of the Trump-Omar controversy; Peter Buttigieg’s journey from small city mayor to magazine cover star; is the Assange case a threat to press freedom?; the scandal-plagued National Inquirer is up for sale; Fox’s Lou Dobbs has the…
Apr 14, 2019 • 6 min
April, 13, 2019: Waleed Shahid, Karen Finney, Matt Lewis, Olivia Nuzzi, Bradley Moss, Ryan Grim, Sarah Ellison, Sarah Ellison, Craig Forman See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Erin Lee Carr talks about her new book, lessons from her father David Carr, and why she was ‘lucky’ he mentored her
Apr 11, 2019 • 35 min
Four years after acclaimed media columnist David Carr died, one of his daughters is out with a powerful memoir. In “All That You Leave Behind,” Erin Lee Carr shares the ups and downs of their lives through emails, Gchats, photos and stories. She talks…
Former Murdoch exec speaks out on why he quit; David Axelrod’s prescription for 2020 coverage; are women candidates getting more negative coverage than men?; NYT says we’re all living on Planet Fox; why the State Department stripped a reporter’s…
Apr 7, 2019 • 43 min
April 7, 2019: David Zurawik, Katie Glueck, Katie Rogers, Jim Rutenberg, Joseph Azam, Laura Bassett, David Axelrod, and Jessikka Aro join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Jessikka Aro’s courageous reporting was going to be honored by the State Department. Then something went wrong.
Apr 4, 2019 • 30 min
Did the State Department really rescind a planned award for Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro because she posted critical tweets about President Trump? She wants to find out. Aro speaks with Brian Stelter about the award controversy, the…
The post-Mueller media landscape; Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s TV strategy; the Trump-and-TV revolving door keeps turning; Zuckerberg calls for social media regulations in op-ed; Knight Foundation’s next big investment in local news
Mar 31, 2019 • 39 min
March 31, 2019: Farhad Manjoo, Alice Stewart, Elaina Plott, Jane Coaston, Susan Glasser, Lis Smith, Barbara Starr, Taylor Lorenz and Alberto Ibargüen join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
How Big Tech is combating white nationalism, vaccine myths, and other viruses
Mar 29, 2019 • 40 min
CNN’s Brian Stelter, Oliver Darcy and Donie O’Sullivan connect the dots between all of the week’s biggest tech and media headlines, from Facebook vowing to ban white nationalism to Apple launching a news subscription service. Stelter asks about Alex…
Tune out the noise, tune in to the news; partisans pushing far-fetched theories on the left and right; George Conway urges press to cover Trump’s ‘narcissism;’ Pirro sidelined at the time Trump needs her most; why 33 California newsrooms are…
Mar 24, 2019 • 38 min
March 24, 2019: Carl Bernstein, Matt Rosenberg, Olivia Nuzzi, Oliver Darcy, Philip Bump, Jess McIntosh, Alexandra Rojas, Norm Pearlstine and Sukey Lewis join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara says Democratic Socialists are having a moment
Mar 21, 2019 • 35 min
Jacobin, a socialist magazine, says it is benefiting from the rise of politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and readers’ fears about the Trump presidency. Brian Stelter asks Bhaskar Sunkara, Jacobin’s founder and editor, about the magazine’s mission…
Fox suspends Pirro; Rather on covering presidents under pressure; Standing up for tech literacy; Wake-up call about right-wing extremist violence; Attorney for Diana Falzone on status of Fox News NDA; NBC hires YouTube star Lilly Singh for late-night
Mar 17, 2019 • 39 min
March 17, 2019: Dan Rather, Nancy Erika Smith, Katie Rogers, Nayyera Haq, David Zurawik, and Andy Parker join Brian Stelter. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Hot Pod’s Nick Quah talks about the podcasting “tipping point”
Mar 14, 2019 • 32 min
Brian Stelter charts the growth of podcasting with Nick Quah, the founder of Hot Pod and a critic for Vulture. Has the industry “peaked?” Who are the major players? Are podcasts the new blogs? What do Spotify and Pandora’s arrival on the scene signify?…
Fox shifting from partisanship to propaganda?; Debating the DNC’s decision to exclude Fox from debates; Democrats probing Trump’s opposition to AT&T deal; Lights out for Bill Shine at the White House; Will daily W.H. press briefings make a…
Mar 10, 2019 • 39 min
Fox shifting from partisanship to propaganda?; Debating the DNC’s decision to exclude Fox from debates; Democrats probing Trump’s opposition to AT&T deal; Lights out for Bill Shine at the White House; Will daily W.H. press briefings make a comeback?;…
Jonah Peretti on BuzzFeed’s business, digital media turbulence and the future of the internet
Mar 8, 2019 • 28 min
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti sits down with Brian Stelter to discuss the “bright future” he sees for the company, despite recent layoffs and other changes. He describes the internet as a “flaming dumpster fire” but also a source of “joy and truth,” and says…
Haberman on NYT’s shocking security clearance story; Why Trump is tweeting about Cohen’s mystery ‘manuscript’; Maggie Haberman’s most important lesson on the Trump beat; Critics call out CPAC’s pro-Trump ‘grifters’; Kristol: ‘We’re now in late stage…
Mar 3, 2019 • 38 min
Haberman on NYT’s shocking security clearance story; Why Trump is tweeting about Cohen’s mystery ‘manuscript’; Maggie Haberman’s most important lesson on the Trump beat; Critics call out CPAC’s pro-Trump ‘grifters’; Kristol: ‘We’re now in late stage…
Adam Moss reflects on his time running NYMag in the rapidly changing magazine industry
Feb 28, 2019 • 40 min
Adam Moss, editor of New York Media, is leaving his post at the end of March. In this exit interview with Brian Stelter, he discusses his decision to step down; his favorite covers; how the magazine transformed over his 15-year run; and where the magazine…
In an era of insanity, is anything shocking anymore?; New threats against normalcy; Clarence Thomas calls for review of landmark libel case; Politics and pop culture collide in Smollett story; Legendary Barry Diller on the “revolution” in Hollywood;…
Feb 24, 2019 • 42 min
In an era of insanity, is anything shocking anymore?; New threats against normalcy; Clarence Thomas calls for review of landmark libel case; Politics and pop culture collide in Smollett story; Legendary Barry Diller on the “revolution” in Hollywood; Barry…
Tim Carney on the media’s blind spots about ‘Alienated America’
Feb 20, 2019 • 26 min
Conservative journalist Timothy P. Carney’s new book “Alienated America” is about the collapse of local communities and the causes of “social deserts.” In an interview with Brian Stelter, he shares the findings from his research and says national news…
Trump’s media strategy: Pretend to win while losing; Trump says ‘SNL’ is anti-GOP and ‘should be looked into’; Rush to judgment in the Jussie Smollett case?; Was ‘GMA’ too soft in Jussie Smollett interview?; How the Mueller probe is viewed in…
Feb 17, 2019 • 39 min
Trump’s media strategy: Pretend to win while losing; Trump says ‘SNL’ is anti-GOP and ‘should be looked into’; Rush to judgment in the Jussie Smollett case?; Was ‘GMA’ too soft in Jussie Smollett interview?; How the Mueller probe is viewed in Moscow; This…
Valentine’s Day edition: Jamie Stelter interviews Brian about Twitter, romance, and Trump
Feb 13, 2019 • 34 min
Jamie Stelter turns the mic on Brian in this husband-and-wife Valentine’s Day edition of the podcast. Jamie asks questions submitted by CNN viewers - covering everything from their busy schedules to Twitter trolls to screen time concerns. Plus, TV in the…
How the Post, owned by Bezos, is covering his scandal; Behind Bezos’ strategy to out the Enquirer; The twisted path from Pecker to Saudis to Bezos; Abramson points to ‘oppo campaign’ by Vice; Moynihan: ‘One cannot cite plagiarism away’; ‘Team of…
Feb 10, 2019 • 44 min
How the Post, owned by Bezos, is covering his scandal; Behind Bezos’ strategy to out the Enquirer; The twisted path from Pecker to Saudis to Bezos; Abramson points to ‘oppo campaign’ by Vice; Moynihan: ‘One cannot cite plagiarism away’; ‘Team of Vipers’…
Karen Attiah and Marcela Garcia confront threats to the press at home and abroad
Feb 8, 2019 • 29 min
How should journalists spread the word that “we are not the enemy?” Washington Post global opinions editor Karen Attiah and Boston Globe editorial writer Marcela Garcia examine the state of press freedom in this conversation with Brian Stelter. At this…
Covering a historic field of presidential hopefuls; Dueling news cycles for the Democrats; Warren’s rollout and the significance of female candidates; Reporters stunned by Northam’s press conference; Was Howard Schultz’s book rollout a ‘grande’…
Feb 3, 2019 • 38 min
Covering a historic field of presidential hopefuls; Dueling news cycles for the Democrats; Warren’s rollout and the significance of female candidates; Reporters stunned by Northam’s press conference; Was Howard Schultz’s book rollout a ‘grande’ failure?;…
Super Bowl media preview: Three reporters share forecasts for the big game, weather and all
Jan 31, 2019 • 24 min
The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch, AdWeek’s Sara Jerde and Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand join Brian Stelter to preview this year’s Super Bowl broadcast. They discuss the NFL’s ratings recovery, recent controversies involving the league, and what’s…
A huge test of Trump’s ‘reality distortion field’; What it means to live in the ‘information war’ age; Laid-off journalist reacts to Trump’s insult; Media primary: Dems on Colbert, Maddow and Instagram; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s relationship with…
Jan 27, 2019 • 39 min
A huge test of Trump’s ‘reality distortion field’; What it means to live in the ‘information war’ age; Laid-off journalist reacts to Trump’s insult; Media primary: Dems on Colbert, Maddow and Instagram; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s relationship with the…
Jason Rezaian and Joel Simon on what happens when journalists are taken hostage
Jan 25, 2019 • 28 min
Two new books explore what it’s like for journalists behind bars — one from the perspective of the prisoner and one from the perspective of the advocate trying to get him out. Jason Rezaian, author of “Prisoner,” reflects on his time in Iranian captivity.…
BuzzFeed editor and reporter defend scoop; Bernstein weighs in on BuzzFeed controversy; Atlantic editor shares story behind ‘IMPEACH’ cover; These reporters are being affected by shutdown; Zurawik on conservative media’s ‘caravan’ talk; What ‘Report…
Jan 20, 2019 • 48 min
BuzzFeed editor and reporter defend scoop; Bernstein weighs in on BuzzFeed controversy; Atlantic editor shares story behind ‘IMPEACH’ cover; These reporters are being affected by shutdown; Zurawik on conservative media’s ‘caravan’ talk; What ‘Report for…
Report for America co-founders are trying to help local newsrooms, one reporter at a time
Jan 17, 2019 • 39 min
Charles Sennott and Steve Waldman, the co-founders of Report for America, tell Brian Stelter about the project’s humble origins and their goal of reaching 1,000 newsrooms within five years. “The crisis in journalism has become a crisis for our democracy,”…
Stelter: When will the public get answers?; Bernstein’s latest on Trump-Putin relationship; Trump’s defense strategy: Phone a Fox friend; What has Bill Shine done as WH comms chief?; Should networks air Trump’s speeches live?; Sizing up the shutdown…
Jan 13, 2019 • 39 min
Stelter: When will the public get answers?; Bernstein’s latest on Trump-Putin relationship; Trump’s defense strategy: Phone a Fox friend; What has Bill Shine done as WH comms chief?; Should networks air Trump’s speeches live?; Sizing up the shutdown news…
Hulu CEO Randy Freer on the streaming wars and the future of TV
Jan 10, 2019 • 29 min
What is Hulu’s strategy in the increasingly crowded streaming TV space? Randy Freer sits down with Brian Stelter at CES to discuss recent subscriber growth, investments in new shows, and competition with Netflix. Freer also shares insights about the…
Sanders on the left’s distrust of the press; Finney, Pfeiffer’s hopes for 2020 coverage; ‘Golden age’ or ‘garbage age’ of journalism?; Inside Sherrod and Schultz’s 2020 discussions; Trump stoking fear amid border funding fight; Critics say Trump…
Jan 6, 2019 • 43 min
Sanders on the left’s distrust of the press; Finney, Pfeiffer’s hopes for 2020 coverage; ‘Golden age’ or ‘garbage age’ of journalism?; Inside Sherrod and Schultz’s 2020 discussions; Trump stoking fear amid border funding fight; Critics say Trump spouted…
Connie Schultz on Trump, journalism, and her husband Sen. Sherrod Brown’s potential presidential run
Jan 4, 2019 • 38 min
Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and journalism professor. She is married to a Senator, Sherrod Brown, who is seriously considering a run for president in 2020. So she has a unique perspective about campaign coverage and President…
A year full of ‘Fire and Fury’ and ‘Fear’; Media shakeups in a dizzying 2018; Threats against journalists are multiplying; Media’s biggest winners and losers of 2018; Farrow, Carmon, Abrams on year two of #MeToo; How reporters convince victims to…
Dec 30, 2018 • 44 min
A year full of ‘Fire and Fury’ and ‘Fear’; Media shakeups in a dizzying 2018; Threats against journalists are multiplying; Media’s biggest winners and losers of 2018; Farrow, Carmon, Abrams on year two of #MeToo; How reporters convince victims to speak…
Media in 2018: Deals, scandals, streaming services, movies, celebs, weddings, and more
Dec 27, 2018 • 28 min
Jill Disis, Frank Pallotta, and Chloe Melas join Brian Stelter to discuss everything from the shakeup at CBS to the success of “Black Panther,” the fall of Roseanne Barr to the failure of Mic, and the year’s wildest moments in entertainment and culture.…
Stelter: This is the as-seen-on TV presidency; Restoring sanity to the border wall battle; Carl Bernstein on Mattis’ resignation; Right-wing personalities pulling Trump’s strings?; Market meltdown overshadowed by other news?; A year of ‘fake’…
Dec 23, 2018 • 40 min
Stelter: This is the as-seen-on TV presidency; Restoring sanity to the border wall battle; Carl Bernstein on Mattis’ resignation; Right-wing personalities pulling Trump’s strings?; Market meltdown overshadowed by other news?; A year of ‘fake’ complaints…
Media in 2018: Politics, tech, Trump, threats, and an $85 billion deal
Dec 20, 2018 • 41 min
Hadas Gold, Oliver Darcy and Tom Kludt join Brian Stelter with insights about the year in media. They sum up 2018’s biggest storylines in media where it intersects with politics, business and tech. They even share some predictions about what might happen…
Stelter: How to help viewers see the big story; Bunch: Conspiracy is ‘hiding in plain sight’; Right and left views of Mueller news coverage; How the WSJ exposed hush money schemes; Is there value in interviewing Trump’s aides?; Trump lashes out at…
Dec 16, 2018 • 39 min
Stelter: How to help viewers see the big story; Bunch: Conspiracy is ‘hiding in plain sight’; Right and left views of Mueller news coverage; How the WSJ exposed hush money schemes; Is there value in interviewing Trump’s aides?; Trump lashes out at ‘SNL’…
Inside Mic’s collapse and Vox Media’s growth as digital media companies fight for their futures
Dec 13, 2018 • 39 min
Mic’s former executive editor Kerry Lauerman and former managing editor Colleen Curry join Brian Stelter to discuss what went wrong at the publication, which laid off its entire editorial staff earlier this month. How much of a factor was Facebook in…
Where are we in the Trump-Russia story?; Bernstein: Trump led a ‘criminal conspiracy’; Glasser: ‘Stick to the facts’ about scandals; Frum: Treat Trump’s comments ‘with tongs’; Concerns about the fate of the Weekly Standard; Another turn of the…
Dec 9, 2018 • 43 min
Where are we in the Trump-Russia story?; Bernstein: Trump led a ‘criminal conspiracy’; Glasser: ‘Stick to the facts’ about scandals; Frum: Treat Trump’s comments ‘with tongs’; Concerns about the fate of the Weekly Standard; Another turn of the Fox-Trump…
Harry Enten unpacks the midterm results, how the polls performed, and the North Carolina fraud allegations
Dec 6, 2018 • 37 min
On election night, the story was incomplete. One month later it’s finally possible to size up the 2018 midterm results. CNN’s Harry Enten joins Brian Stelter to reflect on the size of the “blue wave,” the major surprises, and the media’s coverage of the…
Matt Lewis and Margaret Sullivan on the present and future of conservative media
Dec 2, 2018 • 20 min
Principled conservative columnists are awkwardly sharing space with pro-Trump propagandists. On this bonus podcast, Margaret Sullivan and Matt Lewis discuss coverage of the Robert Mueller probe, Fox’s role in the media ecosystem, the recent report that…
Donaldson: H.W. Bush respected media’s role; What a presidential funeral signifies; Sesno: Bush ‘actually believed in government’; Piecing together the Trump-Russia story; Inside Miami Herald’s Jeffrey Epstein exposé
Dec 2, 2018 • 39 min
Donaldson: H.W. Bush respected media’s role; What a presidential funeral signifies; Sesno: Bush ‘actually believed in government’; Piecing together the Trump-Russia story; Inside Miami Herald’s Jeffrey Epstein exposé See omnystudio.com/policies/listener…
How these NYT reporters revealed what really happened with Moonves and CBS
Nov 30, 2018 • 37 min
NYT reporters Ellen Gabler, James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams worked together to expose Les Moonves’ attempts to bury a sexual assault allegation against him. The trio shared the backstory with Brian Stelter — from tracking down sources to digging into…
Two Americas, two different news worlds; Shachtman on the ‘merging’ of Trump and Fox; Press corps shrugs off White House ‘rules’; Asking questions about Trump’s military claims; Conservative media’s Ocasio-Cortez obsession; This video could tip…
Nov 25, 2018 • 38 min
Two Americas, two different news worlds; Shachtman on the ‘merging’ of Trump and Fox; Press corps shrugs off White House ‘rules’; Asking questions about Trump’s military claims; Conservative media’s Ocasio-Cortez obsession; This video could tip…
StoryCorps’ Dave Isay: Listening is a form of love
Nov 20, 2018 • 26 min
Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps, has an uplifting message for this Thanksgiving season. In a conversation with Brian Stelter, Isay reflects on the power of listening to loved ones’ stories. Fights on cable news and Twitter are “just not who we are,”…
Should Trump’s mood swings be a top story?; Rethinking live TV coverage of Trump’s events?; Acosta has his press pass back. What’s next?; Bernstein answers Trump’s demand for ‘decorum’; Ruddy and Stelter spar over Trump and media; How local…
Nov 18, 2018 • 42 min
Should Trump’s mood swings be a top story?; Rethinking live TV coverage of Trump’s events?; Acosta has his press pass back. What’s next?; Bernstein answers Trump’s demand for ‘decorum’; Ruddy and Stelter spar over Trump and media; How local reporters are…
Renee DiResta: Misinformation is a ‘chronic condition.’ Here’s how to address it
Nov 15, 2018 • 39 min
With another Facebook scandal erupting, thanks to a New York Times investigation, Brian Stelter talks with researcher Renee DiResta about misinformation and the tech companies. DiResta, the head of policy at Data for Democracy and director of research at…
Sam Donaldson to Jim Acosta: ‘Keep it up’; Abrams: CNN has strong case for lawsuit; Sam Donaldson on how the Trump era will end; Ryan says some of Trump’s attacks are racial; Police investigating protest at Carlson’s home; Fox News executives call…
Nov 11, 2018 • 38 min
Sam Donaldson to Jim Acosta: ‘Keep it up’; Abrams: CNN has strong case for lawsuit; Sam Donaldson on how the Trump era will end; Ryan says some of Trump’s attacks are racial; Police investigating protest at Carlson’s home; Fox News executives call for…
Linguist George Lakoff breaks down Trump’s “tropes”
Nov 8, 2018 • 31 min
Renowned linguist George Lakoff joins Brian Stelter to discuss how Trump uses speech as a technique to manipulate audiences. “The media is not doing its job,” Lakoff argues. He urges the press to not just repeat or negate what the president says about…
Trump ‘raised the stakes’ of the midterms; Have journalists learned anything since 2016?; Fact-checker says Trump is a ‘serial liar’; Trump’s midterm message: News is ‘fake’; How much faith can we put in the polls?; Soros rep: Fox News refuses to…
Nov 4, 2018 • 39 min
Trump ‘raised the stakes’ of the midterms; Have journalists learned anything since 2016?; Fact-checker says Trump is a ‘serial liar’; Trump’s midterm message: News is ‘fake’; How much faith can we put in the polls?; Soros rep: Fox News refuses to have us…
Midterm elections in news deserts: This researcher studies the problem at work and sees it at home
Nov 1, 2018 • 37 min
Penelope Abernathy discusses her new report, “The Expanding News Desert,” with Brian Stelter. She expects a dearth of news and info in rural areas to impact midterm elections. Abernathy doesn’t just study this problem, she happens to live in a part of…
Kristol: Fox is part of ‘toxic environment’; Lewis: Cable news heightens America’s rage; America’s tone starts at the very top; Inside the evacuation of CNN New York; Stelter: What I learned at a Trump rally; Social media’s role in spreading hate;…
Oct 28, 2018 • 45 min
Kristol: Fox is part of ‘toxic environment’; Lewis: Cable news heightens America’s rage; America’s tone starts at the very top; Inside the evacuation of CNN New York; Stelter: What I learned at a Trump rally; Social media’s role in spreading hate; What’s…
A.G. Sulzberger: “This is an all-hands-on-deck time” for journalism
Oct 25, 2018 • 33 min
A.G. Sulzberger sits down with Brian Stelter for one of his first interviews since becoming publisher of The New York Times. Sulzberger discusses the responsibilities of his new role, the challenge of earning readers’ trust, his relationship with Trump,…