CNN host Brian Stelter wanted to put his viewers at ease and reassure them that they would be fact-checking the Republican National Convention as it goes on, making sure that every “lie” or “mistruth” had CNN’s spin on it.
As my colleague Bonchie covered on Sunday, Stelter didn’t just make it sound like this should not just be a CNN thing. CNN made the fact-checking angle an “interesting choice” other networks would have to make. What makes it an “interesting choice” is the fact that the choice wasn’t even a choice last week when the Democrats had their multi-day long staged show.
If you thought this announcement alone makes this monologue insufferable, Stelter continues with a level of self-awareness that approaches zero by attacking Fox News for being biased.
“There is an asymmetry in our media…where Fox is off there on the right in ways that other networks are not, in the middle or on the left,” said one of the most leftist hosts in the industry, who continued by claiming that one side is lying “a whole lot more than the other.”
“SHOULD TV NETWORKS AIR RNC IN FULL?” @BrianStelter advanced rationale for nets not to: “Television nets are going to have interesting choices to make…about whether to cut away if there’s this stream of disinformation happening live.” Promises CNN will cut in w/ “fact checks. pic.twitter.com/7GBgDSdiaI
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) August 23, 2020
Despite CNN’s high-minded and self-aggrandizing quest to rid the world of Republican lies is what it is and isn’t what it isn’t. It is a strike against the Republican party and isn’t a quest for truth. If it were a quest for truth then they obviously would have done the same “noble” fact-checking for the Democrat party as well, but as we all know, CNN had much better things to do than truth-seeking when Biden was reading off teleprompters and Billy Porter was dancing around in a dress.
But I expect leftists to do these kinds of things. Attacking their ideological opponents is half the fun of politics. The most striking thing about Stelter’s self-kudos for striking at the right during its performance is the fact that he thinks he’s doing so from a central position and is even admonishing networks for being biased in ways he thinks he isn’t.
No one could be this stupid, or at least we’d all like to think so. There has to be some modicum of intelligence necessary to work your way up to being a national news host, but Stelter makes us wonder. There can only be two real answers to this action here. Either Stelter really is that stupid and doesn’t see his own glaring hypocrisy or he’s intentionally misleading his viewers into believing that the left is truly pure as the driven snow and never lies or is mistaken.
Stelter isn’t a news reporter or even just a biased political commentator at this point. He’s a propagandist. He’s a party man through and through and is making sure that you never start to even suspect that the Democrat party is wrong by one iota.
For this to happen without blinking, Stelter has to assume something about you, and that’s that you’re stupid.
If he’s not the dumb one in the room, he believes you’re the idiot and is blatantly lying to you and pretending he’s noble for doing so because he thinks you’re too stupid to know any better and that it’s up to him to put you on the right course, to make you believe the right “facts,” and to support the right candidates.
Sadly, I can’t say that when it comes to a chunk of the American population, he’s not wrong. Some people are stupid enough, or at least ideologically blinded enough, to buy into to Stelter’s propagandizing. Their minds are made up. However, there are many out there who aren’t stupid, but woefully ignorant of what’s going on in the world of the media and could be swayed by Stelter’s pied piper play.
CNN relies on a lack of knowledge in order to push their agenda. These “facts” that they push, especially those during the RNC, aren’t facts but merely spin. They’ll criticize every little detail and inject their own mistruths in order to paint a picture of their own.
Their hope is that you don’t look too far into what they say. For CNN, knowledge and information is something they’d rather you not have. CNN would rather you never be too careful in your reading because one paragraph could knock their entire narrative out of wack.
And wouldn’t that be a shame?
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