Watching Brian Stelter get owned is a favorite pass-time among the right, and why not? It’s obviously entertaining to see someone so doggedly arrogant in their bias be reality checked when he otherwise so often hides behind his low-rated show and “newsletter” to protect him from criticism.
In this case, he was part of a joint interview with the Washington Examiner’s Susan Ferrechio where the topic of Hunter Biden’s emails came up. When Stelter tried to get disrespectful and indignant, Ferrechio absolutely goes off on him.
It’s a good one minute listen.
.@susanferrechio destroys Stelter in this interview. When she challenged the media on ethics, Stelter fumed, “Don’t you dare” twice.
“You can don’t dare me all you want, Brian. I’ve been doing this for 30 years, so say whatever you want. It’s my view.”pic.twitter.com/vQOpi2nbJY
— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) October 21, 2020
Stelter: "Don't you dare. Don't you dare act like newsrooms didn't have ethics in 2017 & 2018."
Ferrechio: "You can 'don't dare me' all you want, I've been doing this for 30 years"
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) October 21, 2020
Stelter tries to “don’t you dare” Ferrechio twice when she suggests that the media were an abject, standard-less dumpster fire during the Mueller investigation. That was in response to Stelter’s assertion that we “don’t know” if any of the Hunter Biden emails are real. Ferrechio’s point was that they are real, but also that the media didn’t use that excuse to not run with the Steele Dossier, so why start now? That set Stelter off, who routinely pretends journalists are a sacrosanct, protected class of being when they clearly are mostly political hacks.
As Stelter tries to lecture her, Ferrechio lights into Stelter, pointing out how awful the media handled past stories of this nature when the target was Trump. Stelter is left stammering and faking disbelief that she would dare suggest the media lacked ethics, which they clearly do.
The entire spectacle is a microcosm of everything that is wrong with the news media. These people think they can do whatever they want while facing zero criticism or skepticism about their methods. In reality, they do not deserve such treatment, nor would it be proper to give it to them. There is no more of a dishonest, partisan profession than that of mainstream journalist. Stelter knows this but his business model relies on pretending otherwise. It was good to see someone like Ferrechio call him out on his nonsense.
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