CNN's Brian Stelter Loses It, Gives up the Game in Comments on Trump's Return to the White House (Watch)

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“Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter – screengrab via CNN.


As we documented last night, mainstream media figures were in rare form – and not in a good way – in their reporting on President Trump’s departure from Walter Reed Medical Center back to the White House.


This was especially true of the cast of characters at CNN, where we saw White House correspondent Jim Acosta declare that “this is the virus coming back to the White House” and later refer to Trump as the “coronavirus in chief.” Anchor Chris Cuomo went off the deep end as well, admitting he was glad to see Trump get better only because it meant that he didn’t have to “feign” concern for him anymore.

Their chief media correspondent, Brian Stelter, who laughably tries to pass himself off as an “objective journalist”, made a stunning claim about POTUS as the cameras rolled and showed him returning home to continue his COVID recovery. Trump’s show of strength several days after first being diagnosed with a deadly virus was “not a real show of strength,” Stelter claimed. It was a “performative show of strength,” the kind you see come from ” autocratic regimes”:

“It’s not a real show of strength but it’s a performative show of strength, this is what strong men do in autocratic regimes. Of course, thankfully we’re in a democracy, but this is the kind of thing you see from strong men who want to appear to be leading. It’s a “Dear Leader” sort of approach. I think that is what we’re seeing on the television screens.”



He later bragged about his remark when someone cheered it on Twitter:

Stelter himself posted another clip from the segment where he alleged Trump viewed every day as a TV show where he had to perform for the cameras:

I think, all of it makes sense when you view it through the prism of the following idea. The President views every day as a television show. He produces the show, he wants to be the star of the show. He’s not thinking two days ahead or two weeks ahead, he not thinking about how he’s going to be feeling at the White House next week. He’s just trying to win today, and make today’s TV show the best he can, where he wins, he is the star of the show. I think that’s what we’re seeing on our screens right now.

It’s cynical, it is performative, and it’s dangerous given his own health and his own condition that he is off producing this show on his own.


As you watch (or re-watch) those, keep in mind that CNN has been perhaps the most determined of all media outlets to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that, in contrast to what his medical team was saying in news briefings, President Trump was on his deathbed over the last few days. They insinuated with every report that at any moment Trump’s family would be called in so he could say a few final words, and family members could say their final goodbyes, etc.


This is something the “journalists” at CNN seemed to believe at the time and wanted their readers and viewers to believe as well.

So with that in mind, that Stelter characterized Trump’s return to the White House as “not a real show of strength” but instead a “performative show” just gives up CNN’s entire game on this story. If CNN really believed Trump had been gravely ill and incoherent, then even they would be reluctantly conceding that Trump’s show of strength Monday was authentic and genuine and something to be celebrated regardless of your political position and/or grievances with Trump.

If you read between the lines here, what Stelter is really saying is that CNN probably didn’t believe for a second that Trump was in gravely ill condition and that they chose to deliberately paint his situation as dire for dramatic effect, maybe even to make Joe Biden look like a stronger leader, by comparison, considering he was out campaigning while Trump was in the hospital.

Based on available evidence and info, it appears Trump has been battling a mild to moderate case of the Wuhan virus this entire time and has experienced the physical ups and downs typical of someone his age with a similar diagnosis. This is something any rational, sane person who watched the pressers and Trump’s videos could clearly see.

But because “rational” and “sane” does not in any way apply to anything CNN reports, that’s not what we got from the “news” network. Instead, we got hysterical rantings from their performative, TDS-positive journalists about the “coronavirus in chief”, and relief expressed over no longer having to feign concern, and ridiculous claims that this wasn’t really a show of strength from POTUS just days after CNN tried to paint a “Weekend at Bernie’s” scenario.


I’d say “shame on CNN”, but as we’ve pointed out numerous times here, it’s obvious they don’t have any.

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