Brian Stelter Owned After Ridiculous Rant on 'Need' for Reporters to Do Some Vaccine Virtue Signaling

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My RedState colleague Alex Parker reported Sunday on how Brian Stelter actually conducted a segment on his “Reliable Sources” program yesterday alongside a Media Matters hack to whine about how Fox News reporters weren’t virtue signaling about getting the coronavirus vaccine by way of displaying “vaccine selfies.”


A screengrab of the segment, seen below, captures the essence of his rant, but we’ll share some excerpts, as well, just so readers who missed it when it aired can get the full impact of just how ridiculous his “reporting” was:

Here’s a partial transcript:

We’ve seen a lot of vaccine selfies from lots of folks at different networks. It’s been really inspiring to see. You know, “The Today” show even brought the co-host outside for a live group vaccination this week. And Rachel Maddow on Friday on MSNBC talked about how she was fearful of the needle, really worried about and yet it was important to get the shot and she did, and there she is talking about it on air.

So I say all of that to make the following point. Where are Tucker and Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham? Where is Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade? Where are the biggest stars on Fox getting vaccinated? I get it’s a personal choice. I get that’s between, you know, the host and their health care provider. But everybody else is doing it, right, Matt? I mean, all across television, all those anchors are rolling up their sleeves.

Why do you think we hadn’t seen the biggest stars on Fox News get vaccinated or show us their vaccine selfies?



Stelter’s self-serving rant prompted much criticism on Twitter. He made the decision to get involved in a back and forth exchange with a critic, but may have ended up regretting doing so after a number of Twitter users absolutely cleaned his clock, especially after he proclaimed reporters were “trusted individuals”:

Perhaps in the midst of his insane obsession with Fox News, Stelter didn’t get the memo that trust in the media is at an all-time low. So, no, reporters are not “trusted individuals” on the vaccine nor on most any other issue, for that matter:


The smackdowns were brutal, like this one from New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz:

And then there was this dunk from Newsbusters analyst Nick Fondacaro, showing a piece published at CNN about three weeks ago urging people to stop showing their vaccine cards on social media because people were risking oversharing personal information. I guess I missed Stelter’s condemnation of his network’s own reporting:

Stelter then had the nerve to complain that he was being mocked for his Sunday segment — including by Fox News, but then yours truly stepped in to set the record straight:


Lastly, there was this — which Stelter conveniently omitted from his commentary:

I agree with Karol Markowicz’s comments 100%. Any network that claims to be dedicated to presenting “facts first” but which then proceeds to bring on the likes of musician Dave Matthews and Big Tech billionaire Bill Gates to provide medical advice on what people should be doing to protect themselves from the coronavirus really should take a seat instead of lecturing other networks on how to conduct their pandemic programming.

Related: CNN’s Jim Acosta Does a Very Jim Acosta Thing While Getting COVID Vaccine, Receives Responses He Deserves


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