Minneapolis is being burned to the ground by looters, arsonists, and anarchists who are despicably using the senseless death of George Floyd to steal and destroy what they want and to hell with how it hurts the very community they claim they’re trying to help.
With all that in mind, you’d hope that media firefighter Brian Stelter maybe, just maybe might find it within himself to suppress the urge to do really stupid things like compare Floyd’s death to last night’s arrest of the CNN news crew by the Minnesota state patrol.
Unfortunately, making such an absurd comparison is exactly what Stelter did in a tweet posted this afternoon in which he quoted a Washington Post article about how “America saw the world through George Floyd’s eyes” when the CNN camera hit the ground:
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 29, 2020
It was a ridiculous hot take, considering we’ve already got video – horrific video – of what Floyd’s arrest looked like, with him on the pavement with a knee pressed firmly on his neck. Another video from the scene showed at one point that more than one officer was pinning Floyd down.
The scene looked nothing, nothing at all like the scene that unfolded during the arrests of the CNN reporter and his crew, which though wrong took place without incident.
The comparison, which Stelter clearly agreed with was, in a nutshell, contemptible:
You and the writer are… actually comparing the arrest of the CNN crew to George Floyd's death. Wow. There are no words to describe how stupid this comparison is. Shame on you. https://t.co/qzkQ8HRksF
— Sister Toldjah 😁 (@sistertoldjah) May 29, 2020
I think we've just reached peak press narcissism. https://t.co/fdExfge82Y
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) May 29, 2020
See, this is how the media so often throw good will, which was absolutely there this morning b/c it was awful.
Perhaps the biggest lie about the news media is that their insistence that they don't like being a part of the story. They love it and relish it, especially CNN. https://t.co/Y1nOEbB7cC
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 29, 2020
Even when it is a man's unjust murder, the media would still rather be the story than report the story. https://t.co/HXquLn3t5F
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 29, 2020
After he gets thoroughly dunked on for that tweet Stelter will probably claim that quoting from articles is not an endorsement.
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) May 29, 2020
He hasn’t … yet.
What was only mildly satisfying about Stelter quoting from the WaPo was how not all of the article was dripping with praise for the media and contempt for Trump:
Did Stelter read the piece before tweeting? 😂
"[V]olumes could be written about how CNN has turned news into theater, how the narcissism of celebrity degrades its coverage and how it has substituted the argument of self-aggrandizing ideologues for genuine discourse." https://t.co/iDeI3WN0s6
— Watchdog (@LibWatchdog) May 29, 2020
That quote pretty much describes Stelter perfectly, especially in the days of his obsession with Democrat fraudster Michael Avenatti.
Quite frankly, I’m not sure which is worse: Stelter’s comparison or Chris Hayes’s comparison of this week’s riots to the American Revolution.
We report, you decide. 😉