CNN’s Brian Stelter apparently needed to clear his dirty conscience. He appeared on S.E. Cupp’s HLN show on Monday night and admitted that when he had Parkland student activist David Hogg on his own show, he went easy on him to the point of letting his lies go unchallenged.
“Gun policy is boring right?” asked Cupp in the interview. “So it doesn’t get a lot of TV coverage. But the policy is the tough part. Do you think in showing these kids so often, as often as we all do, we’re doing them a disservice because the policy is actually what’s going to change this? The passion, I fear, will just sound like noise after a while and people will tune it out.”
“Disservice is a strong word,” Stelter said, “but when I was interviewing David Hogg only 10 days after the massacre, there were a few times I wanted to jump in and say, ‘Let’s correct that fact.’”
But…he didn’t. While he took credit for correcting Hogg’s misstatement that Dana Loesch was the CEO of the NRA, that’s hardly the kind of fact-checking this little brat and his cohorts need.
“Other times,” Stelter said, “I did not. There’s always that balance, how many times you’re going to interrupt.”
That’s fine and well; no one wants to watch an interview where the host is jumping in on every other word to correct some minor point. But this Parkland situation has gone far beyond the point of correcting a fact here and there. These kids – and Hogg is by far the worst and most visible offender – are out there on television every single night of the week spewing absolute hateful nonsense that does nothing to further this “debate” over guns. They are demonizing every Republican they can think to name, including ones like Marco Rubio who are actually sympathetic to their cause. And what they’re doing when it comes to the NRA is despicable.
We would like to see a complete moratorium on having these kids on TV, yes, but short of that, we would like to at least see these so-called journalists have a bit of integrity. Sorry, but if you’ve decided that you’re now a political activist, you have entered the realm of debate. It doesn’t matter if you survived a mass shooting. You don’t get to go out there and smear good people without consequences.
Sadly, the mainstream media has put on their Black Lives Matter kid gloves; everyone who espouses a certain point of view is automatically deemed correct and above all reproach. That’s fine. It isn’t going to change anything significant as far as our gun laws are concerned; it’s only going to tarnish the reputation of the media even more than it already has been.