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  • Trump campaign senior advisor Boris Epshteyn arrives at Trump Tower, November 16, 2016 in New York City.

    Are Sinclair's segments almost 'propaganda?'

    Sinclair's TV segments by former White House operative Boris Ephsteyn are "close to classic propaganda," Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik says. He highlights Sinclair's powerful connection through 173 stations across the U.S.
  • Press as opposition? Kurson and Stelter spar

    Ken Kurson asserts that "the press has assigned itself the chore of undoing the results of this election, which they simply don't accept." Brian Stelter and Tara Palmeri disagree. The role of a journalist is to be "critical, no matter who the president is," Palmeri says.
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    Are WH briefings now a waste of time?

    Non-answers are commonplace at the press briefings. But Jeff Mason, head of the White House Correspondents' Association, says the sessions are important both in principle and in practice. Ken Kurson disagrees, calling them "so canned."
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets fans tailgating outside Jack Trice Stadium before the start of the Iowa State University versus University of Iowa football game on September 12, 2015 in Ames, Iowa.

    Kurson says Trump 'connects' with people

    Ken Kurson spent time with President Trump on Saturday. He says journalists don't appreciate the fact that Trump is a "normal" person who "connects" with people. Brian Stelter suggests improved media accessibility would help share this with the public.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16:  U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions from reporters during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. The announcement comes a day after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    White House's threats against reporters

    White House Correspondents Association president Jeff Mason and Politico's Tara Palmeri discuss the Trump administration's efforts to push back on hard-hitting coverage. Mason says the White House wanted the association to issue a statement criticizing one of Palmeri's stories. He refused to do so.
  • Donald Trump, Jr. (R) greets his father Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election.

    Pro-Trump media's shifting Russia narratives

    Former New York Observer editor Ken Kurson, who worked closely with Jared Kushner, says the Russia controversies are being over-covered, while "actual news that's affecting real people's lives" is getting short shrift.
  • Bernstein: 'We are in a cold civil war'

    Fox News "has changed American politics" profoundly, Carl Bernstein says, by providing a pro-Trump counter-narrative. "A fact-based debate is becoming impossible in this culture, and that's part of the difficulty here," he says.
  • 30th April 1973:  White House reporters watch President Richard Nixon on TV as he told the nation of White House involvement in the Watergate scandal, Washington D.C.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    Reporting advice from the Watergate pros

    Carl Bernstein and Len Downie, who worked closely together covering Watergate, discuss the differences and similarities between that scandal and the Russia investigations. "In Watergate, we did more than 200 stories, not one of them had a named source," Bernstein recalls.
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    Bernstein on Trump: We know there's a cover-up

    Carl Bernstein, who was one of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal, says that while we don't know if there is collusion or obstruction of justice committed by the Trump family, they seem to be open to subversion of the American electoral process.
  • President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Trump meets Putin: who to believe?

    John Avlon, Lynn Sweet and John Gizzi discuss the confusion about what exactly was said when Trump and Putin met in Hamburg. Sweet tells Brian Stelter there was even some confusion between Trump and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
  • US President Donald Trump waits ahead a working session on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017.
Leaders of the world's top economies gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / Patrik STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump opts not to hold a G20 presser

    John Gizzi comments on Trump's press conference drought and the sharp decrease in off-camera briefings. He predicts that within a month, the White House will revert to hosting daily televised briefings because "the president likes ratings."
  • Eric Swalwell

    Swalwell on Trump, Russia, and the press

    Congressman Eric Swalwell talks with Brian Stelter about the Russia investigations, his concerns about hateful anti-media rhetoric against the press, and a report that White House have discussed using the Time Warner-AT&T deal as "leverage" against CNN.

 

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    Brian Stelter is the host of "Reliable Sources" and the senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide.