- 2017 Seasons
Reliable Sources is CNN cable television news and commentary show broadcast weekly at various times. The show focuses upon analyzing the news media in American and its impact upon worldwide perceptions on various topics. The show features Howard Kurtz as its host. The topics on the show range from coverage of relevant news stories from the past week to the most pressing stories of the day. Depending on the importance of a story, it could be featured above another on that basis. In addition to news stories about how the news media handles their stories behind the scenes, the show also focuses upon the continually changing traditional broadcast, print and online journalists. Segments also include several individual interviews where the journalists participate in news events or covering stories. For example, the journey of journalist Bob Woodruff once he returned to the ABC News family after his near fatal attack while on assignment in Iraq. Some of the topics have included how the Haitians recovered from the disastrous earthquake when an ESPN pundit questioned Robert Griffin III's ability to handle the racial issues present. Also discussed was how Al Roker's admission concerning gastric bypass surgery side effects were handled by the media. The show was first created in order to cover how the media dealt with many of the aspects of the facts pertaining to the Persian Gulf War. However, its popularity extended it to follow the media coverage of the War in Iraq, Valerie Plame affair, the the outing of Deep Throat, Mark Felt and many other internal media events and stories. Between 1992 and 2009 the show ran independently. In early 2009, the show became part of a segment during the political program, State of the Union that is hosted by John King each week. However, Kurtz remained as the segment host. After John King left the show, Reliable Sources became a show on its own once more and changed its timeslot.