The mainstream media’s battle against Donald Trump continues.
On CNN’s Sunday installment of Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter declared day 470 of what he designated a “credibility crisis” for the White House.
Stelter left unaddressed what some would label media gaffes over the past eight days — events which constituted a “no good, very bad week” according to The Daily Caller. TDC observed:
“The establishment media suffered a series of self-inflicted wounds this week that diminished its own credibility far more than the president ever could.”
One blunder occurred Monday, when major news outlets trumpeted the NRA’s banning of guns from its own assembly due to Vice President Mike Pence’s scheduled appearance.
The moratorium, in fact, was imposed by the secret Service as per their policy.
Additionally, NBC claimed that Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s phone calls had been listened to by federal investigators. Rampant coverage from the mainstream ensued.
The story was eventually discredited.
Reportedly, NBC coerced female staffers to sign a letter of support for Tom Brokaw in light of sexual harassment allegations against the news veteran. Furthermore, anchors were to told to cover the letter on-air.
And at April 28th’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner — an event meant to award the best in reporting and to benefit scholarships for journalism — the show turned notably political, with guest comedian Michelle Wolf harshly blasting White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as an “Uncle Tom…for white women who disappoint other white women.”
On Reliable Sources, Stelter’s focus was elsewhere.
He segued thusly out of a story about Afghanistan:
“But first, back here in the U.S., enough is enough. The lies, the deceit, the fear mongering. Journalists increasingly are feeling empowered to call out the Trump White House’s lies.”
Later, the host announced, “The Trump presidency — this is what a crisis of leadership looks and feels like. Every week, another scandal. Every week, another cover-up.”
He conclusion was something with which most can probably agree; but as to its meaning, that would depend on one’s chosen side of the aisle:
“This week, I have to admit I chuckled at some of the banners on screen — some of the headlines calling this a…credibility crisis. I mean, that is true. That’s objectively true. It is a crisis, but it’s been true since day one.”