CNN’s Brian Stelter is dropping any semblance of impartial journalism to promote his personal politics.
It’s not exactly a breaking news shocker, but he made it official at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week, when he alleged the president is “poisoning the American people.”
“Why is this a moment we should be so concerned about?” NPR’s David Folkenflik asked Stelter during a panel discussion.
“Because the most powerful people in the world are trying to destroy our news organizations,” said Stelter, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources.
“The president is trying to destroy our news organizations. That has never happened in our nation’s history, as far as I’m aware.”
Folkenflik countered with examples of public officials attacking the media throughout the country’s history, but Stelter insisted the current situation is different.
“President Trump is poising the American people. A subset of the American people have been infected by the poison. It’s getting worse every day, and we’re going to reckon with the consequences for decades,” he said.
The panel discussion involved Stelter, Folkenflik, Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart, NPR’s Joshua Johnson, USA Today reporter Susan Page and Andrea Mitchell of NBC News in what NewsBuster editor Curtis Houck described as a “liberal media lovefest.”
“The Aspen Ideas Festival has a reputation of being an elitist conclave of liberal academics, journalists, and pundits (with rare exceptions) to pat themselves on the back and how they could work together to advance their left-of-center worldviews,” Houck wrote. “The 65-minute-long panel was a sanctimonious love letter to the liberal media with only occasional reflection about how to improve themselves and win back supporters.”
Stelter said it tough being a journalist with a president who’s unafraid to push back when provoked, and admitted sometimes he actually considers the media’s role in the mess.
“Some days I’m very optimistic. I wake up glass half full a lot of days – I think Trump is pretty weak right now and we’re going to get through this, it’s an aberration. Other days I wake up and think, how are we going to win people back?” Stelter said.
“Every single day he’s beating the you-know-what out of the press, not just CNN but many, many outlets, tarring the nation’s news media, along with other institutions,” he continued. “I find myself wondering in 20 years when we look back, will we think ‘this is an emergency, why didn’t we step up and say ‘this is an emergency!’
“Now many of us do call it a crisis, right? There’s a crisis of credibility with the White House. There’s also a crisis of credibility with the press. We’re clearly flawed and I don’t think we should pretend like we’re not flawed, we all make mistakes,” he said.
“But rather than hang on the mistakes, and focus on the mistakes – which are few and far between – you know, there is this incredible amount of journalism being produced every day that’s being dismissed by a segment of the population.”
Stelter alleges the “crisis” is “fueled by the boss,” ignoring the media fueled hysteria about his presidency, and seemed oblivious to what the American public truly wants – an unbiased media.
“There’s always been an ability to dismiss unpleasant or unwanted news, but it’s been supercharged and lit on fire and fueled now by the boss, by the president,” he said, “and that’s clearly what’s different and clearly what’s a threat and I think we have to ask ourselves: ‘If this is an emergency, what should you, I, what should we be doing differently?’”