Hate and fake news sites rake in $235 million annually from advertisers, according to an exhaustive new report from the Global Disinformation Index, exclusively obtained by CNN ahead of its September release. Danny Rogers, Chief Technology Officer for GDI, says advertisers "don't actually know where their ads are ending up in this programmatic world." Matt Rivitz, the once-anonymous founder of the internet-based activist community Sleeping Giants, agrees but says "some of it lies within ad tech and some of it lies within the customers that are buying the ads... Google and Facebook are two of the biggest players" and "there's no real impetus for them to change" or better regulate.
CNN's Donie O'Sullivan and Oliver Darcy break down the top technology stories from this week, including the bombshell Wall Street Journal report that reveals major companies are avoiding posting ads to real news sites to avoid putting their products near controversial content. Darcy says though politics is becoming "radioactive," companies should be worried because brands are already "facing declining revenue" and avoiding hard news outlets will make "it even more difficult for them to sell ads."
Netflix's popular new documentary "The Great Hack" focuses on how data company Cambridge Analytica utilized personal information from Facebook users to benefit the Trump and Brexit campaigns. The investigative reporter who uncovered the story for The Observer and The Guardian, Carole Cadwalladr, speaks out about the "ongoing mystery" surrounding the company and the "pattern of harassment" she's faced by reporting the truth.
Donald Trump passed a milestone with more than 12,000 lies and falsehoods during his presidency to date, according to The Washington Post. How can journalists cover this blizzard of lies without amplifying misinformation? Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell says, "it's quite challenging... figuring out do you let every single falsehood go by, do you challenge all of them?" Jim Rutenberg and Bari Weiss also join.
Ahead of the 2020 election, John Avlon speaks about the foreign and domestic disinformation campaigns Americans and journalists should be prepared to face. Avlon concludes that the job of the press is not to be the resistance to any particular president but the defender of truth.
Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown's investigative series sparked the latest round of litigation surrounding Jeffrey Epstein. She reacts to his suicide, saying she was "stunned," and insists, "we've got to keep our focus on the victims and on this particular case, which really has so many avenues that have yet to be investigated." Brown also reacts to the president's tweet about Epstein's suicide that promoted a conspiracy theory saying, "social media is not the place to get your news."
Univision anchor Enrique Acevedo, El Paso Executive Editor Tim Archuleta and CNN Digital associate writer Nicole Chavez talk about covering the deadliest attack targeting Latinos in American history. Acevedo says the media missed the mark in its coverage because of a "lack of diversity in newsrooms"; Archuleta says their focus is "getting away from the rhetoric"; and Chavez describes what it was like to cover a shooting in her hometown. Plus, Washington bureau chief at The Daily Beast Jackie Kucinich weighs in on Trump's complaints at the media coverage of his visits to the shooting victims.
Chief Media Correspondent and Anchor of Reliable Sources
Brian Stelter is the chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and anchor of Reliable Sources, which examines the week's top media stories every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET on CNN/U.S. Stelter reports for CNN Media, and writes a nightly e-newsletter.