CNN’s Reliable Sources on Hope Hicks and Bill Shine: The Fox ‘Revolving Door’ with Trump Admin ‘Very Real’

On CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday, host Brian Stelter addressed briefly the move to Fox PR by former Trump administration official Hope Hicks, as part of a larger segment on Donald Trump‘s media moves recently and his relationship with Fox News. First in the clip above the panel discussed Fox News pulling their entrance-to-exit coverage of Trump rallies, which Stelter noted was obviously a business decision, and how that has affected the Trump PR calculus. Politico White House Reporter Gabby Orr noted that Trump has been calling in to Fox News shows more in the last week, and giving more interviews to other outlets in the wake of Fox’s decision not to air his rallies in their entirety, something CNN and MSNBC stopped doing some time ago. She said that Trump is obviously frustrated, and that Communications Director Bill Shine is frustrated as they scramble to find other Continue reading "CNN’s Reliable Sources on Hope Hicks and Bill Shine: The Fox ‘Revolving Door’ with Trump Admin ‘Very Real’"

CNN’s Brian Stelter Breaks Down the ‘Questionable Editorial Decisions’ in Kavanaugh Coverage

On CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday, host Brian Stelter examined the question of whether the media lowered their standards in publishing or reporting some stories about Brett Kavanaugh during the confirmation process. Stelter asked New York Magazine‘s Olivia Nuzzi, former CNN anchor Frank Sesno, and White House reporter and CNN analyst April Ryan if the media “worked with” Democrats take Donald Trump‘s Supreme Court nominee down. “I have to ask this question,” said Stelter introducing the discussion. “Has the news media come out of this controversy looking better or worse? Because I’m pretty sure we don’t look better.” First he spoke with Nuzzi, who said that Trump’s feeling that he had a good week is “very unusual” considering his nominee was investigated and the New York Times story about Trump’s finances and taxes. She said it wouldn’t be considered a good week under “normal” circumstances Continue reading "CNN’s Brian Stelter Breaks Down the ‘Questionable Editorial Decisions’ in Kavanaugh Coverage"

Ted Koppel Battles CNN’s Brian Stelter: Your Network’s Ratings ‘Would Be In The Toilet’ Without Trump!

Veteran journalist Ted Koppel had a fiery exchange with CNN’s senior media correspondent Brian Stelter over the co-dependent relationship between the press and President Donald Trump. During a Monday panel discussion, Koppel began by pointing out that top media moguls like former CBS chief Les Moonves have acknowledged that despite the chaos, Trump’s candidacy and presidency have been financial beneficial to the press. But Stelter challenged Koppel’s not-so-subtle undertone about how much the media relies on Trump. “That means what?” Stelter asked. “If ratings are up, that means what?” “The ratings are up, that Continue reading "Ted Koppel Battles CNN’s Brian Stelter: Your Network’s Ratings ‘Would Be In The Toilet’ Without Trump!"

Katie Couric Says Hierarchy at Every Major News Network is Male, Misses Major Exception: Fox News

Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday, journalist Katie Couric and host Brian Stelter discussed the ousting of Les Moonves from CBS and the general media landscape as it pertains to women and the one year anniversary of the start of the #MeToo movement. Couric lamented the fact that the news divisions of the broadcast giants, and every cable news network, are all run by men. But are they? Couric said she never saw or knew about any disturbing behavior from her former news partner Matt Lauer, who was fired in #MeToo moment over alleged sexual harassment, but that she did notice the bad culture at CBS News. “CBS news, I think, it’s clear from Ronan Farrow’s excellent reporting that they have a real culture problem there,” she said. “The culture I found at 60 Minutes personally was very challenging and at times quite offensive, because I think Continue reading "Katie Couric Says Hierarchy at Every Major News Network is Male, Misses Major Exception: Fox News"

Jeff Greenfield Calls Out CNN’s Non-Stop Anti-Trump ‘Panels Rather Than Reporting’

Political analyst Jeff Greenfield didn’t mince words with CNN’s Brian Stelter when calling out the network’s political coverage, which he felt embraced punditry rather than hard-nosed reporting. “I’m skeptical about almost everything I’ve heard,” Greenfield told Stelter during a Sunday interview. The topic at hand had been the potential scope of an FBI probe into Judge Brett Kavanaugh over sexual assault allegations plaguing the SCOTUS nominee, but things soon turned to matters of journalistic ethics. “I don’t think it’s surprising, at least in my view, a fair percentage of the press in one way or another thinks of itself as a kind of resistance,” he said, referencing opposition to President Donald Trump‘s administration. “We have to speak truth…we have to correct his statement about what we do.” Though Greenfield, a veteran journalist himself, acknowledged the media’s role as the fourth estate, he didn’t spare any criticism of CNN. Continue reading "Jeff Greenfield Calls Out CNN’s Non-Stop Anti-Trump ‘Panels Rather Than Reporting’"

Mark Levin Calls Brian Stelter ‘A True Sleaze Ball’ After CNN Host Slams Right for Smearing Kavanaugh Accuser

Conservative Radio host Mark Levin was not happy that CNN’s Brian Stelter slammed the right’s response to the accusations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In fact, he called Stelter “a true sleaze ball.” Levin also vowed “to address Brian Stelter’s contemptible propaganda on [the] radio tomorrow.” Levin’s tweet, which links to an earlier Mediaite report, is referring to comments Stelter made slamming the “right-wing smear machine” and flagging Mark Levin and other “other bright lights of the right” for spreading false narratives. “Social media full of lies about you,” Stelter said, referring to the woman who accused Kavanaugh, Continue reading "Mark Levin Calls Brian Stelter ‘A True Sleaze Ball’ After CNN Host Slams Right for Smearing Kavanaugh Accuser"

Brian Stelter Bashes ‘Right Wing Smear Machine’ For False Reports on Kavanaugh Accuser

Ahead of Senate testimony expected Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, CNN’s Brian Stelter ripped into right wingers for spreading lies about the woman who’s accused Judge Brett Kavauagh of sexual assault. During his Reliable Sources program Sunday, Stelter asked the audience to take a moment to put themselves in her shoes. “Now, if you’re Ford, you’re living in a hotel, you’re staring down death threats, you’re thinking about testifying, the President of the United States is tweeting about you, casting doubt on your story,” he said, referring to President Donald Trump‘s comment last week appearing to discredit Ford’s story that Kavanaugh assaulted her when the two were in high school. Stelter then continued, remarking on the media’s fascination with the allegations. “Everybody on TV is talking Continue reading "Brian Stelter Bashes ‘Right Wing Smear Machine’ For False Reports on Kavanaugh Accuser"