‘Reliable Sources’ Tackles The ‘Crossfire’ Disclosure Issue


By Alex Weprin Comment

On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday, guest-host Brian Stelter (filling for the third time) dedicated the final segment of the program to the “Crossfire” disclosure controversy.

If you aren’t caught up: late last week CNN revealed that it changed its ethics and disclosure policy for the hosts of “Crossfire,” allowing them to fundraise for and donate money to political candidates. The justification was that someone like Newt Gingrich is on the “right,” therefore he is assumed to be supporting Republicans.

CNN declined to answer questions TVNewser asked as to why the policy was reversed so quickly, or what would happen if one of the hosts donated money to someone challenging an incumbent from the same party, support of whom would not be self-evident.

“CNN can do better than this, it can start by debating this very issue of disclosure, on ‘Crossfire,'” Stelter said.