Brian Stelter – Screen grab via CNN.
As my RedState colleague Betsy Vaughn wrote earlier, the White House press corps has declared war on One America News Network in recent weeks, most notably by way of the White House Correspondents Association removing the network from the press briefing rotation Wednesday for allegedly violating their social distancing policy.
CNN’s Brian Stelter, who along with colleague Oliver Darcy fancies himself to be a credible arbiter of what is and isn’t “real journalism”, took to the Twitter machine on Wednesday to express his frustrations over how OANN had supposedly been given “preferential treatment” by the White House over “100+ media outlets in the United States with bigger audiences and better journalistic reputations”:
OANN just lost its spot in the White House press briefing room rotation, @WHCA says, because the "reporter for this outlet twice attended press briefings" in contravention of the social distancing policy.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 1, 2020
People who are more than familiar with the fake news CNN regularly propagates on its news channel took exception:
ah yeah let's talk about credibility pic.twitter.com/0Bdj28FfJV
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) April 1, 2020
CNN has had credibility issues before Mr. Sandmann; the only difference between many other stories and Mr. Sandmann is that CNN has had to pay a financial penalty for their lies. https://t.co/i3Cjw6eKjF
— King Pizza 🍕✝️🍕 🇺🇸🍕📷🍕 (@md06john316) April 1, 2020
I'll reserve judgement until I hear what Sean Penn, Michael Avenatti and Richard Spencer have to say ….
will you be having them all on again this week?
— SoCal MFG (@cynicpolitic) April 1, 2020
Some of the 100+ outlets with bigger audiences and higher standards than CNN:
Old VHS tapes of MTV Spring Break ‘85
— Robert Laurie (@RobertLaurie) April 1, 2020
This… is CNN pic.twitter.com/wAjAqMbEZ3
— Tanner (@RealTannerJL) April 2, 2020
Here are 13 other networks Americans would rather watch than CNN 🤡🤡🤡 pic.twitter.com/HFpWhlIxdq
— Cat Fra (@CatFra2) April 1, 2020
One America News Network has been covering the daily White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefings since the briefings first began, and the network had previously come under fire from so-called “respectable” journalists after asking President Trump if it “alarmed” him that so many in the mainstream media appeared to be teaming up with China’s government in their propaganda offensive against Trump’s use of the term “Chinese virus” to describe the Wuhan coronavirus.