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comedian tracy morgan turned himself in. 35-year-old kevin roper was driving the tractor-trailer that hit the limo bus from behind. morgan and two others are still in critical condition today. i'm erin mcpike in washington. "reliable sources" starts right now. >> good morning from new york. i'm brian stelter and it's time for "reliable sources." today there is one obvious lead story. it provides a textbook example of red news and blue news, the way in which the news you get is so sharply skewed by the politics of people who deliver it. when the president walked out to the rose garden last saturday afternoon for this photo-op, i, you, we, couldn't help but feel a swell of patriotism. our only prisoner of war, sergeant bowe bergdahl, was finally coming over after five years of taliban captivity. members of congress sent out tweets to celebrate and then
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there was this the next morning. >> he served the united states with honor and distinction. >> the white house pr operation really failed on this one. the suspicious circumstances of bergdahl's disappearance and claims he had been a deserter, have been known for years and yet there was no acknowledgement of that from susan rice. after the prisoner swap, this story got personal and political fast. >> but it is robert bergdahl, the father, who is also causing controversy. he has learned to speak the language of the taliban and looks like a muslim. he's also somewhat sympathetic to islam thinking allah right in front of the president. >> thank you, bill o'reilly for demonstrating how to conduct a smear campaign against a military family. it went on and on like that. many congressional tweets i mentioned, many from republicans, they were deleted. here's how some of o'reilly's opponents on msnbc did try to
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muster a defense. >> prisoner exchanges are common place in armed conflict. ronald reagan gave 1,500 missiles to iran in exchange for prisoners. what do you think? you do the calculation, folks. do you think 1,500 missiles are more dangerous in hands of those folks than five guys on probation in qatar? >> it just kept coming back to bergdahl and his family. we saw red news/blue knnews pla outside in one network. >> any good father who would tell their son to father their conscience and leave men and women on the line. >> i confess i almost threw my remote control at the tv at one point this week. by the end of the week, fox news was asserting that bergdahl converted to islam and declared jihad in captivity. that's not backed up by other sources. i only bring it up here because we're a media show designed to point out media missteps. let's tackle the
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administration's missteps. how did the president wind up on the defensive again? let me ask three excellent guests. matt lewis, ryan lizza, and gloria borger, cnn's chief political analyst. thank you all for joining me. >> thank you. >> gloria, let me start with you what you wrote on earlier this week. you said years of internal deliberations have gone into this moment where this prisoner swap occurred. why did the white house so mismanage this pr situation? >> well, i think that's the good question we don't know the answer to. in talking to people at the white house, what i can tell you is -- i think the rose garden appearance, that triumphant rose garden appearance, it struck a bad cord. the white house was thinking that they were going to get pushback on the national security side. why do a swap for five prisoners. what they were trying to do with that white house appearance was put a human face on it.
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was to say, look, sergeant bergdahl has a mother. he has a father. they haven't seen him in five years. and so let's put a human face on it. instead what that seemed to inspire was a lot about the apparent circumstances in which he left his post and they weren't ready for that kind of a firestorm. >> matt, you have been recapping all of the conservative reactions on twitter the last few days. what do you think the white house should have done differently? >> i think the president is pr 101 says you underpromise and overachieve. i think had president obama done what david brooks did on friday in his column, which is to basically say, look, there are problems surrounding, you know -- we don't quite know what happened. there are questions that linger. it is our policy to bring our
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men and women home. he left it at that. had he avoided the rose garden ceremony, he would have been in much better shape. >> two things the white house did. one, they kept this among a very small circle of aides and often with a small circle, the less outside views to sort of vet the pr process and the policy process. so they may have had blind spots here. second, i think what they really didn't anticipate, they did not anticipate bergdahl's fellow soldiers coming forward and making some pretty tough accusations against him. that was sort of organized by a republican operative. i think that's one thing they didn't expect at all. >> i also think the white house did not expect sort of the public outcry from the democratic chairwoman of the senate intelligence committee saying it was outrageous that she had not been told in advance. >> i just think they must have known. they obviously knew this was not going to be swallowed easily by
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either the public or the press, right? they knew they were giving up five taliban soldiers. i don't think -- i doubt anyone was sitting in the white house saying we'll get bergdahl back and everyone is going to love this story. it's going to be great. it was an awful sort of hold your nose deal. >> but what galoloria was sayins indicative. they thought this would be a win. >> let me play a clip of susan rice being interviewed by jim accosta on friday. one about benghazi and one about bergdahl. >> are you being upfront with the american people or are you being guided by talking points too much when you go on these programs? >> jim, i'm upfront with the american people and do the best on behalf of my country and do my best to tell facts as we know them. in the case of bowe bergdahl for me to condemn him without any opportunity for him to have the chance to tell his side of the story without any due process
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that we accord any american, that would be inherently unfair. similarly with benghazi as has been recounted on many occasions, i provided the best information that the u.s. government had at the time. >> susan rice should never appear on another sunday morning television show. is that right, gloria? >> no. she should go on and she should be armed with the facts and i think that she tried to defend using the words honor and distinction because we don't know any different. what we do know is this is somebody who volunteered to serve his country. so you have to give sergeant bergdahl that at the very least and you have to leave the rest to be discovered. >> i want to put up on screen some graphics from fox news on friday. one banner said bergdahl converted to islam. a lot of this was based on reporting from a secret document obtained by a private intelligence company that has not been proven from other
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sources that the u.s. government has not corroborated. ryan, when you saw this report on thursday and you read about is it, what was your reaction to it? >> the reporter who wrote the original story, i've known him for a long time. i think he's a very good reporter. i was one of his most vocal defenders over an issue of controversy that he was involved in last year. this report does not meet the bar -- i've been a journalist for 17 years. the sources on this report, i can't think of an outlet i was ever associated with that would have reported this. this is hearsay from terrorists passed through an ex-felon and then to the american people. >> let me add one more detail to that about what it's like to be in captivity. i want to share a story from 2006. forced to convert to islam at gunpoint on video. fox news employee. he and his producer were taken
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hostage for several weeks in gaza. they appeared to convert to islam on video. they said that they did it at gunpoint under threat of death and was later untrue. for fox to go off on length talking about this idea of him converting to islam without knowing strikes me as particularly unfair given that situation in 2006. >> and by the way, this is somebody who was probably trying to save his life. and none of us can stand here, not one of us can say what we would do in the circumstances in which we felt that we were threatened every single minute. >> this is one of those stories that could be talked about for days and is being talked about for days and yet i think sometimes it needs fewer hours of coverage because there's so much we don't know. there's so many answers that we don't have. as a result, you see something like on fox. you see the claims about jihad and islam that seem way out
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ahead of where we actually are. >> what happens with all political stories now is they get filtered almost 100% through folks as cultural and political biases. >> also the fact that we need content. people who are out there getting paid and more and more outlets that we need to keep uncovering something new. >> by the way, the white house was aware of everything. in this kind of a situation, i think you have a presidential decision that was made and was controversial and what they want to do was put a face on it to downgrade the kind of controversy they were going to get and that didn't work. >> gloria borger, matt lewis, ryan lizza, thank you all for joining me. i have to fit in break here. i want to keep this discussion going. as i mentioned, i have a reporter standing by who covered bergdahl's case for "rolling stone" years before rest of the other media caught up and is fired up about slant of coverage this week and so i am. we'll tell you why right after this.
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welcome back. this story is not just about whether he deserted. his actions may have been deplorable. we have to wait to hear his side of the story. it's not just about him. this story is about ending wars that have defined the first 14 years of this american century. it is also about facing the moral and legal consequences of holding so many prisoners for so long at guantanamo bay. here's something to keep in mind. something i wish the press made more clear this week in coverage. i fact checked this with the state department on friday. these five taliban prisoners, they were released partly because the obama administration concluded it could not press charges against them. it did not have evidence to put them on trial. we, the public, turned away from gitmo. we definitely have turned away from afghanistan. but the press can and the press
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should pull us back. the press should encourage us to pay attention to these issues. i think the media has an educational role to play here. as president obama said on monday, this is what happens at the end of wars. sometimes that's hard to see when you watch tv and all you hear is fear mongering. news accounts that don't include all of the context here are incomplete. they are worse than that. misleading to the people watching and reading them which brings me to something else misleading. reporters pretending they discovered something brand new about bergdahl's disappearance. a lot of what you heard in the last week was first reported years ago by "rolling stone" magazine. in this 2012 article, michael hastings talked about these issues. unfortunately bergdahl did not get a lot of press attention when he was in captivity. in fact, we talked about that. we called his case under covered here on "reliable sources" back in february but hastings was on it. unfortunately he died when his car crash in los angeles last
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year. he had a partner on this story, a former infantry man named matthew farwell. farwell was deployed to afghanistan for 16 months. he helped hastings with a lot of reporting about bergdahl and i spoke with him earlier about the press' role. thanks for being here. >> thank you for having me. >> you called this the most important story you've ever written. why is that? >> probably ever will write. it deals with eternal themes. war, captivity, problems, and because we wrote it at a time two years ago michael hastings and i wrote this for "rolling stone," nobody covered it. nobody cared. and people were being shut up by the white house about it. >> tell me what you mean about that. how were they being shut up? >> one of my white house sources was in charge of coordinating the getting the press to not write about this story. >> to not talk too much about him. what were the reasons for that?
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i would think it might be because they were concerned that it would affect the negotiations that were under way. >> officially that's the story. but because it reflects badly on the military and on a failed war in afghanistan. >> you're saying that the white house and the pentagon as well tried to keep the story of bowe bergdahl's captivity quiet. what did they say to you? did they try to do that to you and michael hastings as well? >> absolutely. we're still being investigated by the fbi. >> interesting to think how this story you wrote two years ago with michael hastings hasn't ended. it's still something that's ongoing and still being talked about. >> we agonized about it. michael and i both considered it the most important thing we'll ever right. we had a real hard time doing it because the kid was still in captivity. we didn't know if it would help or hurt him and we sat with his parents for 6 1/2 hours. his parents came to my brother's
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funeral in idaho. we have an emotional bond with these people. i love the bergdahl family. they're great people. i don't know bowe. i hope to meet him one day. i'm not sure how that will go because i'm a former infantry man. we'll have some issues. but the bergdahl family is a great family. they're an all-american family and all of this stuff that's been coming out about them is disgusting. >> i think you're referring to people like bill o'reilly and sean hannity raising questions about the beard saying he looks muslim. when you heard those comments, how have you reacted? >> i thought that they are racist first of all. i have muslim friends. they can be good americans as well. but he grew the beard because his son was being held hostage by the taliban and he was trying
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to get better treatment for his son. >> this is where i hone in on the point about the public and press not being aware enough of bowe bergdahl's status for five years. we heard so much this week from pundits who have suddenly decided they know what happened. but where were they during these five years? >> exactly. and the other thing that should be brought up is the fact that the soldiers in his unit were under a blanket gag order. a nondisclosure agreement that they were all forced to sign. >> that's a very important point so they wouldn't talk about circumstances of his disappearance. >> they were on the tarmac at bagram signing this paper saying they wouldn't talk about it. so they could go home. and now they're finally free to talk. we got quite a few of them to talk two years ago. to not be able to talk about your deployment for five years, that's ridiculous.
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that's awful. >> for many years we heard about a disconnect between the press and military. do you sense that disconnect and what is the significance of it, if so? >> absolutely. there's not only a disconnect between the press and the military and i'm a former infantry man. i spent five years in the army as a soldier. i pulled the trigger on people in afghanistan. but there's not only a disconnect between the press and the military, there's a disconnect between the american public and the military. >> it has bothered me for years that there aren't more reporters in afghanistan. cnn has a bureau. the other networks sort of have bureaus. they don't always have full-time correspondents in the country. even though we're still fighting a war there. >> right. and there aren't many independent reporters that are off base that aren't embedded with u.s. forces. >> it's not enough to be in kabul. you also have to be with the troops you're saying? >> no. i'm saying that you have to not be with the troops. you have to be independent.
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look at matthew akins. he's a "rolling stone" reporter. he's written for "harpers" before. he wrote a great story for "rolling stone" that won an award earlier about war crimes committed by u.s. special forces. and how much press coverage did that get? he's completely independent. he doesn't buy any line that anybody gives him. and the rest of the people show up to a press briefing at 10:00 a.m. and go eat omelets in the ba bagram airfield. they are reliant on the military for news. >> president obama said at that press conference earlier in the week. this is what happens at the end of wars. to me that's also the missing context in the past seven days. >> that's one of the things i want to say too. when michael was writing that
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article two years ago, he included the line that it is with bowe this war is likely to end. at the time i was, like, dude, i don't know. it turned out he was really, really present. i miss michael. i wish he were around to talk about this. i'm a poor substitute frankly. >> i wish he was here to see bowe return. i think he would do a hell of an interview with him. maybe you will. >> too early to tell. >> i agree with you on that 100%. thank you for being here and sharing this story. coming up next, did hillary clinton's aides have a secret meeting with "the new york times" to complain about unfair coverage? the answer to that question right after this. ♪ tracks! they connect the factories built along the lines. and that means jobs, lots of people, making lots and lots of things. let's get your business rolling now, everybody sing. ♪ norfolk southern what's your function? ♪
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t minus two days until you can read hillary clinton's new memoir "hard choices" if you're so inclined. the political press has already devoured it and many that read it think it's another chapter of a clinton presidential campaign. it's time for tv interviews related to the book. they begin this week with abc which released this snippet to premiere diane sawyer's prime time interview. >> what would you like to say to karl rove about your brain? >> that i know he was called bush's brain in one of the books written about him and i wish him well. >> after diane sawyer, clinton
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talks with robin roberts on abc's "good morning america" and then jane pauley of cbs, christiane amanpour here on cnn and a fox news interview. expert interviewers. every one of them. all of the interviews except for one are women. you might ask is that a coincidence? i doubt it. you might also ask, would we notice if all of the interviewers were men? that's a fair question. i think we should notice if that were the case. the fact of the matter is that an a-lister like clinton whether woman or man, democrat or republican, can choose who gets the interview because everyone wants the interview. that's why media reporters scrutinize the selection and so do political reporters. let me bring in two of them right now. we have the chief national correspondent for "the new york times" magazine and we have a former cubical mate who is now a national political reporter on the clinton beat.
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thank you both for joining me. amy, let me start with you on this almost all female lineup of interviewers. a conscious choice on the part of clinton's aides or a coincidence? >> as a woman covering hillary clinton, i hadn't even noticed the lineup from female until some other media organizations pointed it out. i think there's nothing unusual in choosing diane sawyer but you have to look at the context of the rollout of the book. the first excerpt came to "vogue" on mother's day and how she was excited to become a grandmother and this week we saw "people" magazine story and hillary clinton is posing in the kitchen. i think when you look at it in the broader sort of array of things that she's doing around the book, it does sort of make sense. >> we talked last week about whether the press is taking clinton's bait talking about this book before it comes out.
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here we are talking about it. are we falling for their pr strategy? >> no. the clintons have a built in pr strategy. they're the clintons. people are going to cover them. this is clearly a very, very staged rollout. it looks like a presidential campaign more and more every day. at the very least i hope this will put to rest the clinton world claim they should be treated like a private citizens. it seems very much campaigning to me. i think that's how it's going to play out. >> do they say because they're not in office right now they should be treated more like private citizens? >> yeah. i think that's the general response is that she's not in office and should not be scrutinized like someone in public office. they have come up with coordinated response to the attack this is a campaign book. they said did you call geithner's book a campaign book or gates a campaign book? >> was there any news in
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"people" magazine cover story that came out that was the wave of coverage of the book that came out this week. >> it shows how low our bar is for news. people said she addresses monica lewinsky issue in this interview and says i moved on. we need to all look at the future. i'm not going to talk about that. >> with a there news in this cover story? >> the fact that gates and geithner didn't get that question is wrong. i'm saying that with some sarcasm. >> i can hear it in your voice. >> there was a story this week about a so-called secret summit between you and your editor and clinton aides complaining about unfair coverage. is that true? >> i won't be able to confirm or talk about any meetings. this is part of the broader point this is about clintons and
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the press. compared to what? the obama white house has such a good relationship with the press? >> to me that sounded like if a meeting happened was part of the norm normal journalism process. you talk to sources all the time, is that fair to say? >> yes. people often send representatives into the "times" and i'm sure cnn and every other media outlet to discuss coverage and voice their complaints and try to get something better out of it. >> with this book rollout what do you expect to happen after these waves of television interviewses that we've seen? is this going to have a lasting import for her? >> yes. i think these interviews could be what breaks news. people who have seen the book told me there's nothing earth shattering. mark wrote a humorous column anticipating nothing much in the book. she could break news in the abc interview with diane sawyer and cnn town hall with christiane
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amanpour. >> go with cliche that she's resbror reintroducing herself for the american public. on the other hand she never left. giving the american public to get sick of the clinton drama again? again, who knows how it will play out. it does seem like this has been a very, very carefully calculated media strategy, which is generally how they proceed. >> mark, amy, thank you both for join ming. >> thanks, brian. i miss you. >> i miss you at the "times" but i get to read you every day. >> i feel left out. i miss you guys too. coming up here, the power of a live television picture. look at this from cnn's ivan watson in istanbul, turkey last weekend. i'll talk to him about what this was like to be on air while being interrupted and harassed by police. stay tuned. [thinking] i'm still working. he's retired. i hope he's saving.
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>> if you were live on television and a crowd of police officers started to push and shove and harass you, how would you handle it? what would you do? watch ivan watson here in istanbul last weekend. he calmly narrated while turkish authorities interrupted his live shot on cnn international. >> reporter: often you get demonstrates are throwing rocks and bottles and police cracking down with their use of force as well. excuse me. i think i'm -- i think i'm being -- cnn.
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>> can i see your passport? >> we're being checked. this is my press card. it allows me to work in turkey. okay. >> technically watson wasn't detained but he was held by the police for about half an hour. a few days later the prime minister of turkey disparaged him as a flunky and agent of the west. the committee to protect journalists say these comments are irresponsible and have a chilling effect on the press. harassing and kicking a reporter on live tv also has a chilling effect. what were they thinking and what was he thinking. let's ask ivan watson who joins me now. thanks for joining me. >> no problem, brian. >> what was it like in that moment? how did you stay so calm? >> i've said this before. as the police were coming around me, i'm accustomed to having
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security forces in many countries i've worked with in hassling me. the treatment really wasn't that rough. i was kneed in the posterior. the difference is that it happened on live television and so that of course created a media ripple not only in the media but online as well. it made front page news here in turkey and it was picked up around the world and perhaps that's why the turkish prime minister felt he had to address this speaking on national television in the turkish parliament in front of a cheering crowd of parliament members from his parliament and that's where this went from being an isolated perhaps incident as some of the prime minister aides assured me in private to being a much bigger issue because the prime minister took this one step further. he didn't just insult me calling a cnn idiot. he went further and said i was
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caught red handed and i was acting like a spy and that is a very serious accusation that has some very dangerous implications and potential consequences here in turkey. >> it also seems like a page from an old playbook which is to blame the press for your own internal political issues. am i right about that? >> yes. we've seen this in many countries around the world. it happens in the u.s. sometimes where the press is blamed for the message. the difference here is these allegations were patently absurd, almost laughable, except they were made by the most powerful man in the country and against a journalist, me. i've been accredited with a yellow press badge from the prime minister's office for 12 years in turkey. first as a journalist for national public radio and then as a correspondent for the last five years for cnn. the prime minister and his
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entourage know me personally. i interviewed him. i was invited with a television crew on his private jet in 2009 to accompany him on a campaign tour. one-on-one interviews on his campaign bus. the same going in 2010. again invited on his campaign bus for exclusive one-on-one interviews. so if i am in fact a spy as the prime minister alleged falsely in the turkish parliament, that would suggest a major security breach by the turkish security forces since i've also been in one-on-one interviews on camera the president of turkey as well as the foreign minister of turkey during my five years as a resident correspondent for cnn here in turkey. >> so after years of covering turkey, you're moving onto hong kong, right? what are your reflections on covering turkey? >> i have been deeply in love particularly with the city, istanbul, for more than a decade
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here. i fell in love with this city on my first ride from the airport to the center of the city. it's really an incredible historic rich cultural place. it's been very sad to see the neighborhoods that i love behind me, the streets behind me, turned into an urban battleground again and again over the course of the last year and to see civilian bystanders who are not part of the political clashes living in these neighborhoods suffering the effects of tear gas that come through their windows being frightened by riot police storming through their streets by demonstrators hurling rocks and molotov cocktails in the street. a very sad thing to see. also sad to be just a couple weeks from moving to the next chapter in my career in hong kong with such a very bitter and unfortunate taste in my mouth. >> ivan watson, thanks for joining me on this. >> thank you, brian. >> i want to end this segment
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with a statement from top executives at cnn. here's what they say. we have said repeatedly that we stand by our reporting from turkey and by our reporter, ivan watson. a journalist of the highest integrity. we find his recent work in turkey to be brave and commendable. >> i have to squeeze in a break here. we'll take a turn coming up and i want to introduce you to one of the most powerful people in hollywood. you're going to want to hear predictions about how we'll be watching tv in the a near future. stay tuned.
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responsible in streaming tv show you're watching slows down and buffers. there was a headline predicting that revenue from sites like netflix will overtake the u.s. box office in just three years. most importantl lyimportantly, season premiered on friday "orange is black." every media business story of this era is the seismic shift in linear scheduled viewing to taped on demand on your schedule viewing. that's the future and no company is doing more to move us toward that on demand world than netflix. this week i went out west to the company's silicon valley headquarters and sat down with one of the most powerful men in media. the man who picks and chooses which shows show up on net flicks. pete ted sarandos.
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>> i would say there was scorn in some corners when they premiered. do you feel vindicated now? >> it was a likely bet that an internet dvd by mail company streaming for a few years was not going to launch tv shows that mattered off the bat. it would have taken us several years to get to the level of original programming that we have achieved in our first year. >> sounds like you were a bit of a skeptic as well this time last year. >> i was cautiously optimistic. >> you can see why there was so many skeptics. >> i can absolutely respect why someone would give some pause before they would declare victory on it. >> by having an around the world launch, doesn't it make it more of an event for netflix. >> a global event. not just a launch of a u.s. show that some people in some pockets of the world are interested in. house of cards, by the way, in china is an enormous hit. i talked to kevin spacey last
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week who talked about doing a live show and he said he does a show regularly there and he's always well received but this time he was like elvis and people just love him because they love francis underwood. >> netflix said in that case, more people watching the show. more people watching the show for more hours than house of cards. they're both a successful show. orange is the new black is the largest one recently. >> not from a third party like nielsen. by choosing not to release ratings, you're also making a statement about people's viewing habits are changing. people aren't watching at the same time. they're watching on their own schedules. >> that's right. we value that viewing equally a year later or the night we go live. for some people who really love "orange is the new black" a lot of them will watch all 13 hours in the first 13 hours of availability when it comes on. but for the vast majority of the people, they will watch at their own pace whenever they want, in
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whatever phase they want. that's the beauty of it. >> it's not that significant. >> depends how you define -- >> people who watch the moment it's available right that same weekend. >> i mean, you have to imagine first of all, you have to narrow it down to people who have 13 hours on their hands and don't need to sleep much. hardly anyone will watch one episode and watch one at the exact same time. >> they're not going to watch the way the networks trained them to for netflix. >> the more we talk about ratings and compare our shows to television shows, the more you'll think about it in that light. >> what conventions would you most like to change right now? >> i mean, it's mostly all different flavors of waiting. >> waiting. >> waiting. i think there's so much built into the -- we're going to string the audience along for several weeks so that we can sell ads and promote our shows and i think that every kind of flavor of that should go out the
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window as we have conditioned the universe to expect instant gratification by the internet. i've never heard anybody say that, you know it would be great if i put in my question in google and waited a week for the answer to come back. i don't think the sexiness or the anticipation is anywhere near as good as the satisfaction of watching it. >> you can watch much more of my interview with ted sarandos on demand, of course. up next on "reliable sources" a question on the minds of many. will lara logan being coming back to cbs news? . during the day, we generate as much electricity as we can using solar. at night and when it's cloudy, we use more natural gas. this ensures we can produce clean electricity whenever our customers need it. ♪
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check your speed. see how fast your internet can be. switch now and add voice and tv for $34.90. comcast business. built for business. finally this morning, a couple of media moves you should know about. let's go back to the reliable sources archives for this first one. five weeks ago i asked this question. is lara logan ever coming back to "60 minutes"? cbs did not have an answer at the time but now we know the answer is yes. the network confirmed that logan is back at work now, seven months after taking a leave of absence and apologizing for her story about benghazi that was full of holes. how will logan and cbs regain the trust that was lost? well, still no answer to that question. also this week, news about a former cbs newser, cheryl at kiss son.
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she challenged the obama administration. we talked to her here on reliable in april. the conservative heritage foundation started a news website this week called the daily signal and she's on board. senior independent contributor is her title. they want to combine accurate reporting and conservative analysis. it's part of the proliferation of outlets that contain news and a point of view. that's all for this televised edition of reliable sources. we're on demand on and this spiffy app. check out the blog and grab your remote, set your dvr for next week. we'll be right back here next sunday for another update. stay tuned for a news update and state of the union with candy crowley. good morning. i'm erin mcpike. here are the big stories we're following this hour. steve coburn is blasting the owners of the top finishers in the belmont stakes.
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this is what he said after his horse's fourth place finish. >> target on its back. everybody else lays out one. they won't run in the kentucky derby or the preakness, they wait until the belmont. if you have a horse that -- if you've got a horse that earns points to run in the kentucky derby, those 20 horses that start in kentucky are the only 20 available -- eligible to run in all three races. this is the coward's way out. >> neither of the horses that finished ahead of california chrome competed in the previous triple crown races, the kentucky derby and the preakness and it's been 36 years since a horse has won the triple crown. the belmont was won by tonalist which put on a last-minute surge to win by a head. the pope is hosting a unique prayer meeting at the vatican today where shimon peres and mahmoud abbas will pray for peace together. they'll plant an olive tree in
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the garden. they were invited by the pontiff during his last visit to the holy land. a truck driver charged in the crash that critically hurt comedian tracy morgan turned himself in. kevin roper of georgia was driving the tractor-trailer that hit the limo bus. comedian james mcnair who goes by jimmy mac was killed. there are others in critical condition today. state of the union with candy crowley starts right now. saving sergeant bergdahl, the fallout. today, two exclusives. u.s. secretary of state john kerry talks for the first time about the five taliban prisoners released from gitmo to qatar. >> not telling you they don't have the ability at some point to go back and get involved. but they also have an ability to get killed doing that. >> and the response from senator john mccain. >> the exchange for five hardest of the hard core al