Grab the Popcorn: Brian Stelter's Days at CNN Are Reportedly Numbered

Grab the Popcorn: Brian Stelter's Days at CNN Are Reportedly Numbered
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For anyone who’s watched Brian Stelter at CNN over the years, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would give him a job or keep him on. The fact that CNN has for so long says how little their news/media coverage is worth.

But Jeff Zucker is gone, and the new Discovery owners allegedly want to take CNN back to their news roots and limit the opinion content. That’s not good news for someone like Brian Stelter, whose whole shtick isn’t reporting news — it’s just attacking Fox.

We saw on Friday how Stelter reached new heights of bootlicking, being a shill to defend White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki after she attacked Fox News’ reporter, Peter Doocy. Psaki claimed that Fox fed Doocy questions to ask Psaki, and that “might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a b**ch.”

Stelter dared to say that she didn’t “criticize him directly.” Not only that, he didn’t criticize her attack on the press or their right to ask questions. If it had been the Trump Administration, we never would have heard the end of it from him in response — we would have heard how the press was being threatened and that the end of democracy was nigh.

But Stelter has been a nightmare for years. Recently, he got nailed for it in a glorious moment by a young student reporter at The Chicago Thinker during a “disinformation” conference that Stelter was speaking at — irony of all ironies. The student, Chris Phillips, told Tucker Carlson about the incident.

But now there’s word that Stelter’s days at CNN may be numbered.

“Brian Stelter’s days are numbered with the network,” journalist Jon Nicosia says sources told him.

Discovery management “very much considers him a Zucker henchmen and embarrassment” and believes he is “a negative partisan lighting rod and distraction going forward” /more to come.

Can we laugh any harder that the long arm of karma might finally be dropping on this character? There are few people in media–in any position–who more deserves the ax than Stelter. And if they dump him, who would hire him for anything? His options are severely limited. Where is he going to run? To MSNBC, the future home of Jen Psaki?

Maybe that would explain why he’s shilling for her–hoping that she’d put in a word for him there. Or he can replace Psaki at the White House. He’s such a Democratic operative, that would be the perfect fit. He’s already not trusted by anyone, so he’d just go from one non-trusted position to another, just being more open about being a Democratic shill.

At this point, CNN is in such a morass, and they’re foundering–with the failure of things like their new streaming service CNN+ that allegedly has left Chris Wallace apoplectic. It may be too late to save the network, given everything Zucker did to sink it. But if they cut all the deadwood like Stelter, they can only go up from there.

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