CNN’s Stelter admits bias … In a special edition of his daily email yesterday, CNN’s media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter unintentionally admitted the blatant bias at his network. Stelter bemoaned that Fox News would dare cover any other story but the indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and the guilty plea of Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos. Stelter said that Fox News’, “‘change the subject’ dodge has to be called out.” He later went on to highlight colleague Tom Kludt’s chastising of Fox for daring to cover the Sen. Bob Menendez corruption trial on “Fox and Friends.” Stelter also was aghast that Fox would cover the Hillary Clinton-Fusion GPS collusion. Stelter obviously wants a world where he and his media allies get to determine what is and isn’t news.
Politico’s laughable attack on News Corp … Politico’s Jason Schwartz also took Fox News and other News Corp properties to task yesterday. Schwartz highlighted the Wall Street Journal’s calls for further investigation into the Hillary Clinton campaign and Fusion GPS. Except, well, he didn’t mention Fusion GPS, only the “dossier.” And who did he use as the final quote to go after the Rupert Murdoch-owned publications? Neil King, a former Wall Street Journal editor. What Schwartz failed to mention? Neil King works for Fusion GPS. I mean, that’s beyond blatant.
Group amnesia … There seems to be a collective group amnesia about George Papadopoulos in the mainstream media. With the unsealed guilty plea yesterday, the media was puffing up Papadopoulos’ role on the campaign to be more than it actually was. They must simply not have seen the Washington Post stories from August that not only showed that Papadopoulos was a mere volunteer on the campaign, but that emails show his entreaties on behalf of “Russia” were rebuffed time and time again.
Detailed take on the indictments … Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy wrote about the indictments at the National Review. His take is that the indictment is “much ado about nothing … except as a vehicle to squeeze Manafort.” LevinTV host Mark Levin further tore apart the indictment and the media’s obfuscation on his radio program last night.
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A history of overreach … This fall marks the 50th anniversary of CBS’ “60 Minutes” television program. There are many retrospectives appearing in the media. For his part, the National Review’s Jim Geraghty reminds readers of the program’s “long history of overreach and sometimes outright fabrication.” He attributes this to the program’s overreliance on “whistleblowers” who offer up stories that should have raised red flags at the program.
Stelter fawns and doesn’t bring up Rather … It should come as no surprise that Brian Stelter, who grew up admiring TV news anchors, wouldn’t want to throw one of his idols under the bus. So in an interview that took over 20 minutes about the history of “60 Minutes,” Stelter allowed his guest, show producer Jeff Fager, to gloss over Dan Rather as a “low point” for the show. Rather was infamously fired by CBS for his “60 Minutes” segment on George W. Bush’s time in the Texas National Guard, which was riddled with errors and untruths. Cheerleaders gonna cheerlead.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC. If you see something you’d like him to cover, tweet him @robeno.