Brian Stelter attends the 11th annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
On Saturday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams spoke at the White House press conference on the Coronavirus and appears to have triggered the media. His comments especially struck a nerve with CNN’s Brian Stelter.
Adams told reporters, “We really need you all to lean into and prioritize the health and safety of the American people. No more bickering, no more partisanship, no more criticism or finger-pointing. There’ll be plenty of time for that. But we all need to hit the reset button and lean into moving forward the health and safety of the American people…”
In his newsletter, Stelter wrote:
What Adams called “bickering” and “criticism” is what most of us call accountability. Is there value in focusing on the future? Yes, but when Adams said he wants “less stories looking at what happened in the past,” I hear him saying “stop exposing the Trump administration’s failures.” There is value in all of the coverage. And government officials don’t get to decide that — readers and reporters and whistleblowers and editors do.
Adams used the word “need,” talking to the press corps. So I will too. He needs to spend his time educating the public about how to protect each other, not lecturing the press about what’s newsworthy.
Karen Tumulty summed it up perfectly: “Surgeon General admonishes reporters that they should not be holding government officials accountable for their actions. The real danger to the nation’s health is not to.”
Apparently, the left considers the poison they direct toward President Trump and his administration to be accountability. I’d call it character assassination or slander.
Stelter hears the Surgeon General saying “stop exposing the Trump administration’s failures.” My question for Stelter is, why don’t you ever expose the Trump administration’s successes? Even the left has to admit there are a few.
The press searches for the negative element in every story. If they fail to find one, they simply make one up.
Fortunately for Stelter and his ilk, the U.S. Constitution provides them with the freedom to write whatever they choose to about the President. (Why don’t they try that in China?)
The problem is that today’s media has so grossly abused this freedom that their broadcasts and articles no longer bear any resemblance to the truth. Their coverage has so lost touch with reality that viewers are no longer hearing the facts, only their distorted version of the facts.
Collectively, the mainstream media has abdicated their responsibility to inform the public. They can’t honestly tell us the skewed, exaggerated garbage they provide Americans is accurate.
Here’s what CNN is reporting on the front page of their website today: “Fareed: Crisis Brings Out the Worst in Trump.” It begins, “The President has blustered and fibbed his way through life, but the charm has worn off with America’s well-being at risk.”
Intellectual giant Karen Tumulty weighs in to say, “Surgeon General admonishes reporters that they should not be holding government officials accountable for their actions. The real danger to the nation’s health is not to.” That’s not at all what the Surgeon General told reporters. He said, “No more bickering, no more partisanship, no more criticism or finger-pointing. There’ll be plenty of time for that.” But, after his statement was processed through the TDS-saturated filter in her head, that’s what his words became.
And that’s what the media feeds their readers on a daily basis. So, they’ve created a generation of liberals who learn and repeat all the talking points, even though they don’t quite understand why they should be true.
I included this exchange in a previous post, but it’s applicable here as well.
I received a reader email last week which said, “People are dying from an epidemic mishandled by your fearless leader.”
I emailed back and asked how exactly did she think President Trump has mishandled the Coronavirus.
Seriously? As usual, when people who knew of the virus and advised him, he disregarded the severity and waited too long. I don’t know why I get your emails, as I am not a fan of trump. Haven’t been for years. You see, my family and my husbands family aren’t the chosen few who trump cares about. His problem is he cannot be told by people who know about the virus. He has to have the last say, over and over. Quite frankly, I haven’t like him since the 1970’s. I believe he is useless as a president. My view.
She provided a completely uninformed and brief answer which was followed by an immediate pivot to her minutiae.
What more can President Trump conceivably be doing? Nobody in the media can answer that question. Why not? Because he is already doing everything he can possibly do.
The following reply to Stelter’s remarks sums it up nicely:
MSM: Listen to the experts.
Expert: MSM, stop being part of the problem.
MSM: Oh shut up, you don’t even know how to do your job.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams used the word "need" while talking to the WH press corps. So I will too. He needs to spend his time educating the public about how to protect each other, not lecturing the press about what's newsworthy. https://t.co/1beTbBHZPW pic.twitter.com/VXFYkD19H9
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 15, 2020