Brian Stelter’s amnesia: He can’t recall questioning Trump’s mental health

· February 13, 2018  
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Brian Stelter as Lucy in the psychiatric help booth
Photoshop, Rob Eno

Zero self-awareness …

Stelter’s amnesia … Before Donald Trump’s doctor gave him a clean bill of health, you may remember that CNN and in particular media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter frequently called into question Donald Trump’s “mental fitness” to be president. That’s why it was completely surprising when Stelter tweeted:

The images attached were of Stelter searching for him using the words “mentally ill” and “25th amendment” and coming up blank. That’s because Stelter used the word “fitness” over and over again. Not “mentally ill.” For example:

  • January 2, 2018 email: “We’re once again confronted by questions about the president’s fitness. Questions about his health. It’s uncomfortable. But it is incumbent on journalists to ask these questions and report out the answers…”
  • January 3, 2018 email: “If you read last night’s newsletter, you know I’ve been focused on the Q’s about the president’s fitness. I was struck by the way David Gergen framed it on ‘Erin Burnett OutFront’ Wednesday night. He said ‘if Donald Trump were the head of any other major institution in this country, he would be gone by now.’ Later in the hour, Gergen said other details from Wolff’s book — about Trump’s paranoia, etc — reinforce questions about whether he’s fit for office.”
  • January 3, 2018 email: “I think NBC’s Peter Alexander deserves credit for bringing this up at Wednesday’s briefing. He asked: ‘Should Americans be concerned about the President’s mental fitness,’ given ‘that he appears to be speaking so lightly about threats regarding a nuclear button?’ Sarah Sanders did not say ‘no, Americans should not be concerned.’ Instead, she said we should all be ‘concerned about the mental fitness of the leader of North Korea…’”
  • August 23, 2017: Stelter published a couple of points from Brian Lowry, who said, “2) This performance won’t do anything to quell speculation about the President’s mental fitness and competency.”

I could go on, and on, and on. Those are just a few of the many times that Stelter questioned the “mental fitness” of Donald Trump to be president. Maybe Stelter has some amnesia.

Also Stelter … After what CRTV host Steve Deace termed “the worst weekend in American media,” Ben Domenech wrote at The Federalist: “Dear America: Your news media absolutely hates you.” Sometimes truth hurts. Domenech wrote about how even after being called out, the media continued to prop up North Korea’s propaganda-fueled weekend. Well, that was just too much for Stelter, who tweeted:

Domenech used to work for the Washington Post. I’m sure he knows a lot of journalists. Oh, and he’s married to Meghan McCain, who works on the ABC News show “The View.” Yes, the media was absolutely that far out of line this past weekend.

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Odds and ends …

CNN layoffs … A couple of weeks ago, I told you about CNN parting ways with YouTube star Casey Neistat and shuttering the CNN division that Neistat started as a separate company, Beme. That was just the beginning of CNN’s re-evaluation of its digital strategy. Yesterday CNN announced that it would lay off up to 50 employees in the restructuring efforts. As media changes and companies shift priorities, expect to see more of that in the future. While your first instinct may be to cheer, remember that this doesn’t mean that CNN is hurting, just reprioritizing, and sadly, there are real people, with families, attached to those layoffs.

Riveting investigation … Have you been wondering Why does Donald Trump Capitalize certain words in his tweets Randomly? If that has been keeping you up all night, well, CNN’s Chris Cillizza has the in-depth can’t-miss investigation you crave. Yep, Cillizza got to the bottom of it with his hard-hitting piece: “Donald Trump’s super weird capitalization habits: An investigation.” Not content to rest on this insightful piece of journalism, Cillizza also was busy making up news about people who left the “Trump White House.” The Daily Caller has the details on just how bad this was.

Two hours later you’ll be hungry again … The life of a TV graphic artist can be tough. For instance, take what happened at WLS, the ABC affiliate in Chicago. Instead of the Pyeongchang Olympics, the graphics team called them the P.F. Chang Olympics, and the graphic made it onto the air. Sometimes you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. The station has apologized. P.F. Chang’s, of course, is a national Chinese restaurant chain. The poor graphic artist probably got hungry two hours after watching the Olympics and was confused.

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Author: Rob Eno

Rob Eno is the editor of Blaze Media’s WTF MSM!? newsletter.