CNN isn’t letting a media-driven story go away, simply because of a doctor’s qualified opinion.
“Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter, who dismissed legitimate questions about Hillary Clinton’s health status, only to push them about Trump’s, is now dissatisfied with Dr. Ronny Jackson’s response to a question about the president’s “mental fitness.”
Jackson told reporters a mental exam is not called for at Trump’s age, but that the president requested it and the doctor obliged.
In his answer, Jackson emphasized he sees the president often multiple times a day, so he is able to observe his behavior.
He said he picked a longer test and that Trump did “exceedingly well.”
That good news wasn’t good enough for Stelter, who took to Twitter to gripe.
Here's how the next few hours will go. Trump supporters will say "Concerns about Trump's mental health were always absurd. Case closed now." The obvious response: "The Q's about fitness for office are serious. Someone could be sharp as a tack, but still unfit"
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 16, 2018
“Here’s how the next few hours will go,” he sniffed. “Trump supporters will say ‘Concerns about Trump’s mental health were always absurd. Case closed now.’
“The obvious response: ‘The Q’s about fitness for office are serious. Someone could be sharp as a tack, but still unfit,” he tweeted.
Stelter’s demands to know about Trump’s health are vastly different to his coverage of serious questions about Hillary Clinton’s health after she collapsed on a New York City street.
In August 2016, he literally rolled his eyes while beginning a segment on the topic.
Stelter devoted two-and-a-half minutes to trashing Fox News host Sean Hannity and attempting to end speculation about her coughing fits and bizarre behavior.
“If photographers followed you around every day for decades, would they come up with any embarrassing video of you?” Stelter asked his audience.
“With that in mind, watch Sean Hannity,” Stelter continued, rolling his eyes and sighing, “spreading conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health.”
Stelter then played a montage of Hannity on his Fox News program talking to several doctors about Clinton’s behavior and what it may mean.
The “Reliable Sources” chryon deemed the health “rumors” as “debunked.”
“That was reckless speculation by Sean Hannity — all of it,” Stelter declared. “This whole Clinton-is-really-sick thing has been promoted by conservative news sites for years.
He went on to say there’s a “grain of truth to the idea about her health because she did have a health scare in 2012. It was well reported at the time.
“But her doctors say now she is physically fit to be president,” Stelter declared, “There’s no doubt about that.”
So does Trump’s. So what’s the difference, Brian, besides the politician’s partisan affiliation?