Should The Media Try To Uncover Identity Of Anonymous White House Book Author? A new book written by the unnamed White House official who wrote an anonymous New York Times op-ed last year is causing a stir, even before its release. It depicts the president as “cruel, inept, and a danger to the nation,” according to The Washington Post, which obtained excerpts. How aggressively should the media try to uncover the author’s identity?

ABC Anchor Claims Network Quashed Epstein Story: A video has been making the rounds, showing ABC anchor Amy Robach complaining that her network held back her reporting about sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein — a complaint that sounded very similar to those that Ronan Farrow levied against NBC for not airing his story about Harvey Weinstein.

Should “Trending News” Coverage Be Scrapped? A former Des Moines Register reporter says he was fired for doing exactly what he was asked to do: cover viral stories. It’s not the first time a report on “trending news” has gone wrong. Should news organizations scrap the idea of covering virality altogether?

Florida Officials Tell Library: No “Fake News” New York Times: The Citrus County Commission in Florida recently dismissed a request from the local library to purchase a digital subscription to the New York Times, calling the paper fake news — a move emblematic of a bigger issue.

Rants & Raves: 11/08/19: The panel reviews this week in media.

On this week’s edition of Beat The Press, Emily Rooney was joined by Adam Reilly of WGBH News; Jon Keller of WBZ News; Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University; and Callie Crossley of WGBH News.