CNN clown Brian Stelter fancies himself a media critic, and he’s always willing to bash Fox News and other conservative-leaning news agencies for what he perceives as bias towards Trump. He is not so willing to turn that magnifying glass back on his own network…or any other media outlet that carries a torch for the Democrats. No, indeed – when confronted with the evidence of CNN’s reckless approach to “news,” he gets his fur up, goes into Defensive Posture #5, and bares his teeth.
So it was on Wednesday when his guest, Washington Examiner correspondent Susan Ferrechio, reminded Stelter about how badly the media bungled the Russia hoax storyline.
The trouble started when Ferrechio, Stelter, and the panel began discussing Twitter’s efforts to censor a New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop and its controversial contents. As far as Stelter was concerned, this was a positive development and one he would like to see more of. He said that Big Tech should be censoring right-wing media as much as possible because Trump and the Republicans traffic in “asymmetric nastiness.” In other words, Biden and the Democrats are running a clean campaign while Trump and conservative media are down in the muck, making up lies.
“There’s more BS being spread by the right,” he claimed. “It’s sad, hopefully it’ll stop, but right now it’s true.”
This from the network that still believes that Michael Brown was murdered by a racist cop, mind you.
Stelter went on to wave away the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop as old news that has no place in the election conversation.
This from the network that still thinks America is dying to see Trump’s tax returns.
Ferrechio had finally heard enough.
“This is not last year’s news,” she said. “It’s whether or not his son was coordinating to get him to talk to these Ukrainian oligarchs, and he was benefiting from it. It’s really dirty, and it needs to be looked at.”
Stelter said, “Newsrooms in America are very careful about this stuff. I think bottom line is we don’t know what is real and what is fake in these emails, if there is anything real in them.”
“Yeah,” said Ferrechio. “But that didn’t stop [anyone] from reporting the Mueller and the dossier and all that stuff. Now we have ethics.”
“Don’t you dare,” Stelter said. “Don’t you dare act like newsrooms didn’t have ethics in 2017 and 2018.”
“You can ‘don’t dare’ me all you want, Brian,” Ferrechio replied. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years, so say whatever you want. It’s my view, and I have a right to say it.”
As far as high horses go, the one Stelter is riding here is as weak as it is tall. Defending the way the media conducted its reporting on Russia, Mueller, the dossier, and everything else surrounding that hoax is a losing proposition.
Embarrassing, to tell the truth about it.