Last week, in one of my daily emails on bias in the media (which you can sign up for here), I exposed yet another untruth from CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter. He claimed he hadn’t repeatedly called the mental health of President Donald Trump into question.
Spoiler alert: He did.
Now, less than a week later, Stelter is back at it. But first, here’s the February 12 tweet in which Stelter claimed he’s not obsessed with calling Trump mentally ill.
Fox News quoted a guy who claimed that I'm "obsessed with claiming Trump is mentally ill and talking about 'Trump's removal under the 25th Amendment.'" So… I checked. pic.twitter.com/tXZTE9tefU
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 13, 2018
As I showed last week, his claim is blatantly false. Stelter framed his “concern” as questions about the president’s “mental fitness.” And as proof that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, Stelter is still at it.
Maybe President Trump is cool, calm and collected in person. But on Twitter, he sounds deeply troubled right now. He sounds unhinged. This is why Q's about his fitness for office are so urgent… https://t.co/Kj8xG1PZAp
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 18, 2018
“He sounds unhinged,” Stelter tweeted. You see, Stelter didn’t use the words “mental” or “illness,” so obviously he didn’t question the president’s mental state. Even though it’s very obvious he did. Stelter finished his little monologue with this dramatic declaration: “This is the biggest story that I see happening right now.”
The Trump tweets Stelter mentioned on “Reliable Sources” followed the indictments of 13 Russian nationals for trying to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Trump has been on a tear about what the Russians were trying to do between 2014 and today — sow division in the United States. He rightly claims that the indictments say that while the Russians tried to recruit people affiliated with campaigns into their schemes, the effort was ultimately not successful.
Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy explained why the collusion story is likely dead:
Finally, since the indictment is a political document, we should evaluate its political impact at home. On balance, it is good for President Trump. The Russian election-meddling scheme stretches back to the years before he became a political candidate. To the extent there was Russian outreach to the Trump campaign, the indictment makes clear that the campaign acted unwittingly. Not only does that mean there was no collusion on the face of things; it means there was almost surely no collusion at all. Had there been an established framework of Trump–Russia coordination, there would have been no need for Russians to reach out to unwitting Trump-campaign officials.
With CNN’s beloved collusion narrative on life support, Stelter returned to his old standby — Trump’s “fitness” for office.
Trump is not unfit for office. Beyond that, I’m not convinced his method of using Twitter to drive narratives is chaotic or undisciplined. Trump is, if nothing else, a master marketer. His tweets produce the exact effect he desires: driving the elites like Stelter crazy.
Stelter’s Sunday outburst proves, once again, that he is not a media critic. He is not an unbiased journalist. He is not nonpartisan. Brian Stelter is a left-wing partisan and a cheerleader for his fellow leftist journalists.
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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.