Muhammad Lila

In the 24 Hour News Cycle, it has become increasingly difficult to disseminate truth from propaganda . . . we aim to help you learn how to tell the difference.

Today’s guest, Muhammad Lila is a fascinating guy with a great story.  He has followed his passion and ultimately his heart through a career in journalism and most recently in founding a new kind of news network, one focused on delivering positive stories to help us all see the light in the word.  He has seen things that many of us couldn’t imagine and has been in some incredibly precarious situations — all with the purpose of providing truth.

Our goal with today’s show is to help us all learn how we can better filter all the information in the media and make informed decisions based on truth. Given how scary the world can be today, I thought someone who has built a platform based on positivity would be a great guest.

Whether we’re talking about the Corona virus, or any other issue, there’s no doubt there is a serious problem across the globe for people hoping to get accurate information from their governments and this isn’t just an issue in countries with dictatorships.  Across democracies, elected officials have used propaganda to influence segments of the population to retain power and shape narratives.  

It is important for the electorate to be able to disseminate truth from fiction and we dive in on that, along with many other important topics such as: the danger of the echo chambers of social media, how we can all start to listen to one another again, the dangers of propaganda, and much more.  We also get to learn the personal path Muhammad has followed and dive in on some of the notable stories he has covered in his career, including war stories, stories about modern day slavery, and more. We learn about some of the times he has come close to death for the job and on a less serious note, we even learn what Elephant Coffee is and what it tastes like.

I’ve met few people who have led lives as fascinating as Muhammad.  With that, a little more about him….

  • In 2012, Muhammad joined ABC News as a Correspondent and Anchor, reporting for all ABC shows plus Radio, Digital, and sister networks ESPN, Fusion, and Yahoo. He also regularly filled-in as an Anchor for ABC World News Now and America This Morning.
  • In 2016, he joined CNN, going on to lead coverage of some of the world’s biggest stories and appearing regularly on AC360, Situation Room, Amanpour, and The Lead. He was the first international correspondent to arrive after the Manchester Attacks, delivering more than 65+ live reports and earning an Emmy nomination for “Best Breaking News Coverage.”
  • He has also hosted two week-long specials for CNN’s flagship “Freedom Project,” exposing an international human trafficking ring and going undercover to rescue young girls from modern slavery. 
  • Today he spends his time bringing us the stories to warm our hearts and if you’re not already following Goodable, take a second and do so across social media.

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Time Stamps:

(07:02) How he hitchhiked from Iraq to Damascus
(15:38) One of his best travel experiences
(16:51) The impact his upbringing had on his desire to travel
(19:55) What inspired him to become a journalist
(26:28) How he transitioned from anchor to war correspondent
(29:01) Why a job correspondent’s job matters
(32:27) How he approaches journalism
(34:51) His thoughts on fake news
(40:21) One thing that has never sat well with him
(43:02) One thing he learned when he was in journalism school
(45:29) Why news is important to society
(46:46) How journalism has changed over the years
(53:24) How to get people to hear one another once again
(01:02:33) Some of the scariest moments for him as a reporter
(01:07:10) His experience sailing down the Ganges River
(01:12:17) How huge human trafficking is today
(01:15:44) What people can do to protect themselves from abusive relationships
(01:19:22) His experience drinking the world’s most expensive coffee
(01:22:50) What inspired him to create Goodable
(01:26:37) What Goodable is all about
(01:28:56) What journalism could be for him
(01:29:23) The whole premise behind Goodable
(01:33:10) A story he did that showed the power of goodness
(01:41:09) What the nature of goodness is for him
(01:43:00) Three of his favorite travel hacks
(01:46:43) How he got invited to have tea with the Dalai Lama
(01:48:52) Question he has always wanted to ask the Dalai Lama and the response he got
(01:50:59) One story where his curiosity got him in trouble
(01:55:20) Line he wants imprinted on his tombstone
(01:56:40) Person whose life he’d like to experience for a day
(01:58:33) Where he’d go if he could time travel
(01:59:54) Book that has had the biggest impact on his life
(02:01:33) How people can support Goodable
(02:02:27) Best way people can reach him


“I think some people know what they’re good at very early on. Some people are good at selling stuff, some people are good at fixing stuff, some people can build stuff. I was always just the storyteller.”

“I love the ability to change the way people feel based on nothing other words. That’s a powerful thing.”

“The good thing for me was I was a good storytellers so my storytelling kept me going.”

“I was really ambitious. And when you’re really ambitious, you need that space to grow.”

“I wanted to go somewhere where I can make a name for myself.”

“I think as human beings we don’t always know what we’re capable of.”

“It’s only by seeing your darkness that you can come to appreciate all the other good things.”

“I think there are as many good things happening in the world as bad things.”

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Books / Links Mentioned:

  • No Time to Think: The Menace of Media Speed and the 24-Hour News Cycle by Howard Rosenberg and Charles Feldman –
  • The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu –
  • The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America by Daniel J. Boorstin –

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