Reliable Sources is a Sunday morning talk show on the cable/satellite news network CNN that focuses on analysis of the American news media, currently hosted by Brian Stelter. The show is broadcast from 11:00 am to noon ET, from CNN's Time Warner Center studios in New York City. The show is also broadcast around the world by CNN International. It was initially created to cover the media's coverage of the Persian Gulf War, but has since also covered the media's coverage of the Valerie Plame affair, the Iraq War, the outing of Mark Felt as Deep Throat, and many other events and internal media stories. More recently, it has focused on coverage of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, and the subsequent presidential transition and Presidency of Donald Trump, the fake news epidemic, the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, and the media's coverage of mass shootings, among several other topics.
The show debuted in 1992. Until 2009, it was broadcast as a stand-alone program, but on January 18, 2009, Reliable Sources became a segment during CNN's new Sunday morning political program State of the Union with John King, although it remained hosted by Kurtz and retained its timeslot. In January 2010, after John King left the show, Reliable Sources was re-spun off as its own show, moving back one hour in the process.
Reliable Sources reviews the coverage of the news stories of the past week by the media, in addition to news about the news media behind the scenes, all with a constantly changing group of online, print, and broadcast journalists. The segments also feature some one-on-one interviews with journalists taking part in a news event or covering a story, such as Bob Woodruff after his return to ABC News in February 2007 after his severe injuries in Iraq on January 29, 2006.
Bernard Kalb was the founding host. Howard Kurtz had been host of the program for 15 years before leaving CNN to join Fox News Channel on July 1, 2013, where he became host of Media Buzz, which airs opposite Reliable Sources on Sunday mornings and serves as its direct competition. After Kurtz's departure, Reliable Sources used a rotating roster of guest hosts until December 8, 2013, when former New York Times reporter Brian Stelter became the program's permanent host.
Reliable Sources was also broadcast via tape-delay on CNN Philippines. Prior to June 1, 2015, the show aired at 6:00 am and again at 5:00 pm. Reliable Sources, along with The Lead with Jake Tapper moved its morning telecast to 9:00 am to make way for CNN Philippines Traffic Center . However, Reliable Sources 's afternoon replay was truncated to 45 minutes as a pre-programming to Traffic Center. On February 15, 2016, Reliable Sources, followed with Erin Burnett OutFront the following day, moved to a new timeslot at 2:00 PM every Monday local time, and the show continued until July 18.