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"Reliable Sources" with Brian Stelter examines the media world -- telling the story behind the story -- how news and pop culture get made. Discussions revolve around media fairness and objectivity, with panels consisting of journalists from top television, digital and print news organizations. Regularly featured special one-on-one interviews with major media figures are also part of the Sunday morning show.

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Brian Stelter examines how journalists do their jobs and how the media affects the stories they cover.
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Capturing the scope of the coronavirus pandemic; former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd calls Rupert Murdoch's media empire a "cancer on democracy"; a GOP administration veteran discusses President Trump's behavior during the pandemic.
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President Trump's TV interviews; the White House Coronavirus Task Force and a crackdown on COVID-19 information; how The New York Times is weathering the pandemic; the Lincoln Project's efforts to get under President Trump's skin.
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Juggling coverage of the pandemic and politics; global coverage of the pandemic; how Johns Hopkins is mapping every confirmed COVID-19 case; the pandemic and the president.
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A front-row view from the White House press briefings; misinformation in the age of COVID-19; Brooke Baldwin on her COVID-19 diagnosis and her return to the anchor chair; the pandemic's effect on local news.
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The pandemic, journalism, and the importance of questioning people in power; White House reporters in the spotlight; YouTube tackles misinformation during the pandemic; Instagram reaction to the pandemic.
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Covering a global pandemic while living it at the same time; federal support for local journalism during the pandemic; using the press to get the word out about conditions at hospitals.
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With Zoom's intense and sudden popularity comes intense scrutiny; how the media can help doctors and nurses tell their stories; holding the government accountable for pandemic missteps; staying inspired while covering a global crisis.
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Amazon's top spokesman answers questions about the company's role during the pandemic; covering the American epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis; top challenges for journalists covering the pandemic, from the White House to the hospital emergency room.
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Three of the nation's top editors discuss how journalists are covering the COVID-19 pandemic; examining President Trump's conduct during a national emergency; how Fox and right-wing media downplayed the threat from the virus.
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How news coverage of COVID-19 can help protect the public; two local newspaper editors discuss how they are covering the spread of the disease; the new HBO documentary "After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News."
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Evaluating media coverage of the COVID-19 crisis; Joe Biden's "earned media tsunami" and his campaign's press strategy; Bernie Sanders tells supporters not to believe the media; the limits of Michael Bloomberg's money; state of the Democratic race.
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Media efforts to discredit COVID-19 reporting; the World Health Organization warns of an "infodemic"; fact-checking the Democratic front-runner; social media's role in spreading fear and misinformation.
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The Fox News/Trump pardon pipeline; Facebook says it can't remove all disinformation because it will disproportionately affect conservatives; Trump, Bloomberg and the 2020 "Meme Wars."
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Post-impeachment coverage of President Trump and intensifying concerns about the eroding rule of law; the authors of the book "Sinking in the Swamp"; The McClatchy Co.'s bankruptcy filing and the crisis facing local news.
aired 106 days ago
President Trump takes revenge against the media; impeachment trial coverage and the power of the pro-Trump media machine; campaign coverage in Iowa, New Hampshire and beyond, The Atlantic's deep dive into the 2020 disinformation wars.
aired 113 days ago
The lasting impacts of impeachment coverage; Iowa caucuses overshadowed by impeachment coverage; White House attempts to silence John Bolton.
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How the impeachment trial is being covered on the right and the left; how much the public outside of Washington, D.C., is paying attention to the trial; an American journalist in Brazil is charged with cybercrimes.
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How the media can help make sense of the impeachment trial; reporters protest new restrictions on access; three years of the Fox-Trump feedback loop; the Twitter primary versus the real world.
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Media coverage of U.S.-Iran tensions; Republican presidential hopeful Bill Weld's view of right-wing media; Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take revenge on the British tabloid press; reporting in regions of conflict.
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Critiquing media coverage of the Baghdad strike; analysis of the impeachment standoff; New York magazine talks with 21 of Harvey Weinstein's accusers on the eve of his trial; solidarity march against anti-Semitism in New York City.

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