Annika Silva-Leander says there are "clear signs that U.S. democracy" is continuing to backslide, but points to hopeful signs as well. She also says "media has a key role to play" in upholding democracy.
Brian Stelter and Susan Glasser discuss the resignations of Fox News contributors Steve Hayes and Jonah Goldberg. "The purging of the media ecosphere on the right creates even more potential for extremism," Glasser says.
Kyle Clark, an anchor at KUSA in Denver, says the news media holds Rep. Lauren Boebert to a lower standard because she floods the zone with "disinformation and bigotry." Journalists need to think about how to handle it differently, he says, because "when we ignore the bigotry, we normalize the bigotry and we abandon our neighbors who are the targets of the bigotry."
News coverage about the new Covid variant needs to emphasize what we don't know, Brian Stelter says. So far, "this is a story that's based entirely on speculation," Dr. Jonathan Reiner says. "We will have data from really hardworking scientists over the next few weeks that will help inform how we can put this new variant into context."
"I think it's quite clear that Biden should be out in front of cameras more often," Magdi Semrau says. "He should do more town halls and he should be attaching his face to his agenda." But "it's still the media's job to tell the public what's in the" Build Back Better bill, she adds. Chris Arnade and Susan Glasser also join the conversation.
Brian Stelter and Katelyn Polantz discuss the longstanding prohibition on broadcasting in federal courtrooms and how it impacts public perceptions of January 6 prosecutions. Some defendants in court are "disavowing what they did on January 6," then walking out of court and telling very different stories, Polantz says.
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.