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Stephen Adler, Jeffrey Toobin bring wisdom to Sunday morning TV

Two panels on CNN's 'Reliable Sources' Sunday prove worth of public affairs television.

I was lucky enough to be part of two panels Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources," and each had something special to offer viewers.

The first panel looked at Trump and his relationship to the press last week. Everyone on it pulled their weight and then some.

But Stephen J. Adler, editor-in-chief of Reuters, offered genuine wisdom on covering Trump with traditional journalistic practices -- and without the hysteria. I literally wanted to cheer on air at what he was saying.

You can see the video here.

And you can read his statement to Reuters staff here under the title, "Covering Trump the Reuters Way," here. Please take a minute out of your media life to read it. You won't be sorry.

The second discussion looked at Trump's firing of Preet Bharara and other U.S. Attorneys the day after Sean Hannity called for such a purge from the platform of his Fox News show.

Host Brian Stelter skillfully teed it up, and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin drove the green with his first answer. Really, Toobin brought more context and knowledge to the issue in three minutes than I heard all day Saturday on all three cable news channels.

I especially savored the way he critiqued the theories that Trump fired the attorneys because Hannity told him to on-air.

If you are uncertain of the public service Sunday morning public affairs serve in a democracy, check out the work of Adler and Toobin on CNN's "Reliable Sources" today.

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