Brian Stelter's Reaction to Trump's Wuhan Virus Speech Tells Us Everything We Need to Know About Brian Stelter

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)


Naturally, there were a lot of varied reactions to President Trump’s speech to the nation on the Wuhan virus issue Wednesday night.

But among the most illuminating – and not in a good way – was that of CNN’s self-styled media firefighter Brian Stelter.

Keep in mind that when it comes to reporting on the Wuhan virus, for weeks CNN has been a non-stop “bash Trump” machine. It literally has not mattered to CNN what the Trump administration has said and done to date. Their default response on social media, on their website, and on-air has been, in a nutshell, “Orange Man Bad. Panic panic!”

This was evidenced by the contentious exchange between CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta and Trump yesterday during a press briefing that focused on the Wuhan virus and the administration’s response.

Fast forward a few hours later to Trump’s speech. In the immediate aftermath of his address to the nation last night, Brian Stelter’s first reaction was not to focus on the substance of what Trump said. It was to note … what it meant for Trump’s so-called “Fox wingmen” including Sean Hannity:

And right on cue just a few minutes later, Stelter’s own wingman Oliver Darcy swooped in for the assist to let us know Hannity’s reaction to Trump’s speech:


Stelter made sure to retweet it.

My mouth dropped open when I read Stelter’s tweet. Here’s how I responded:

Others were quick to react to Stelter’s strange priorities, too:


Unfortunately, Stelter and Darcy weren’t the only CNN personalities whose priorities were skewed last night after Trump’s speech. Anchor Don Lemon went ballistic when former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) refused to criticize Trump’s remarks. And while talking with anchor Chris Cuomo, Acosta alleged, without evidence, that Trump’s speech was “going to come across to a lot of Americans as smacking of xenophobia.”

The absurd hot takes that came from CNN “journalists” last night might as well have been written by the DNC. Then again, the network has existed for decades as little more than a propaganda arm for Democrats, so their reactions to Trump should really not be a surprise to anyone. They’re still worth documenting for the record, though.


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