Brian Stelter signed off in his final airing of CNN’s “Reliable Sources”Sunday: A message to CNN
“I believe America needs CNN to be strong,”CNN host: “And they will continue to be, because all of us are going to help make that happen. The free world needs a reliable source.”
This Sunday’s show marks the final episode of the morning talk show as Stelter exits CNN in a move announced Thursday.
After nine years as a host, Stelter reflected on his time at CNN, even thanking CEO Chris Licht, who reportedly wasn’t a fan of Stelter’s opinionated on-camera style, for the “unusual”Even though the show was cancelled, there is still an opportunity to see the final show.
Since 1993, CNN’s host on CNN has been holding the audience responsible for CNN and the rest the media industry. “we are all members of the media now.”
“But it’s going to be on you to hold CNN accountable,”He said: “and not just CNN, you got to hold your local paper accountable, you got to hold your local digital outlet accountable. It’s on all of us. We are all members of the media, all helping to make it better.”
“This show’s going away but there’s gonna be so many more; we need to have room for media criticism and debate and discussion and we will,”Stelter stated. “We also must make sure we are representing the full spectrum of debate and representing what’s going on in this country and in this world.”
Stelter opened the show at the end of the hour by noting the program’s ongoing importance and legacy, calling it “one of the greatest programs in the world”. “CNN’s highest-rated weekend shows.”
“This small but mighty show punched above its weight for so many years — even a former president commented on its cancelation,”CNN host: “I was lucky to be a part of it for nine years but it began 30 years ago, right after the Gulf War.”
“The thing about TV is that it’s ephemeral. It’s fleeting. It evaporates up into the air and a lot of it is not even meant to be remembered,”Stelter stated. “But this program transcended that,”It is important to note that “Reliable Sources”This has been more commonly used in journalism courses and classroom lessons.
Veteran journalist, the veteran journalist, used his final hour to concentrate on familiar topic: Media industry. “This week, thanks to CNN management, we’ve been given the gift of signing off on our terms, and actually talking about the media industry,”He stated.
During the hour, Stelter hosted a slew of journalists and news experts, including pulitzer prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein, NPR’s Eric Deggans and Insider’s Claire Atkinson, who discussed the state of journalism in the current political landscape and beyond. Stelter’s last guest, Brian Karem, came full circle, as he was the first guest hosted by the show in 1992.
While the show’s demise involved Laying offThe entire staff of “Reliable Sources,” the Reliable Sources newsletter will continue led by CNN’s senior media reporter Oliver Darcy. The news of Stelter’s exit from CNN comes under four months after Licht took over as head of the company.
“It was the gift of a lifetime to get to confront these issues on international television with the backing of CNN,”Stelter was terminated.