CNN's Show "Reliable Sources"

CNN's Show "Reliable Sources"

Have you watched CNN's show, "Reliable Sources?" It explores how media affect the stories they cover and how the news media covers stories in general. While a little on the "lightweight" side as far as criticism of the news media, it is nice to have a show on a mainstream media outlet dedicated to this topic.

 

The show started in 1992 and early on they seemed to focus on how the media was covering the Persian Gulf War. It is hosted by Howard Kurtz who interviews various reporters and others involved in the news media but he also often interjects his own perspective into the conversation. The show airs weekly at 11:00 a.m. EST and 8:00 a.m PST.

While I do find the show interesting, I often find myself "talking to" the television wishing they would delve into things more thoroughly and not be so lightweight. However, again I am glad to see a show on television which does at least openly admit the news media influences the news to such a degree that they actually create the news at times instead of just reporting on it.

 

It would be nice to see a show on an independent station that does not have news and is not owned by a company that has a news outlet (tall order I know). I think this is the only way we'd get the truth out about how the news media colors stories and point how they are in no way neutral of objective.