I generally have a rule about writing on CNN’s Brian Stelter. Namely, I try not to do so because he’s boring and predictable at this point. Nothing he says is unique or shocking. He’s just your typical, ultra-biased cable news flack that pretends to be objective when he’s clearly not. They are a dime a dozen on his network.
But this exchange on CSPAN was just too good to pass up. Instead of some pablum, partisan rant from Stelter, we get this gem of an exchange, where a caller decides to wreck him to his face live on air.
C-SPAN caller GOES OFF on CNN’s Brian Stelter live on the air: pic.twitter.com/V9see3Pbpz
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) September 1, 2020
I’ll just note that CSPAN is supposed to be dull, dry commentary that focuses on facts and hard news. Why would they have Brian Stelter on to pose as anything other than what he is? But I digress. The caller absolutely goes off on the CNN host, accusing him of lying and causing division. That’s of course true, as we’ve witnessed recently via CNN’s coverage of the rioting across the country.
But then the caller dropped his biggest bomb. He brought up Nick Sandmann and pointed out that CNN defamed a child, choosing to chase a partisan narrative instead of investigating the truth of the story. Fact-check true on that point.
Stelter didn’t address any of the caller’s criticisms, instead choosing to jump to his weak talking points about people being “radicalized,” because if you rightly note that any media that willfully lies and distorts to cause division is an enemy of the people, you must be a mouth breathing radical or something. Like I said, this guy is as predictable as the day is long.
Regardless, it was a good 1:30 or so getting to watch Stelter just sit there and have someone lay out to his face just how incredibly dishonest and harmful he and his network are. You’d hope it’d lead to some introspection, but it won’t. He’s still got that low-rated book to push.
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