Still running defense … CNN’s media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter seems as if he’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It’s sad, really; he can’t stop muttering the words “Hannity” and “alternate reality.” After the Nunes memo came out on Friday, Stelter jumped into full defense of “institutions” and how to protect them from Trump. Newsbusters has the whole exchange from Sunday’s “Reliable Sources.” To Stelter, Sean Hannity is the wizard behind the curtain who is orchestrating the whole of conservative media to do his bidding and make up stories about malfeasance at the FBI. While the folks at CNN, of course, are not taking any sides.
Oh, you thought I was kidding? Stelter also had The Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe on his show Sunday and with a straight face said:
… part of the problem is that the media sphere is so bifurcated, and on one side we have a very politically motivated media — Fox, Breitbart, InfoWars, etc. — that are pushing a dishonest narrative, frankly, that is politically motivated. And on the other side, we’re trying to be, like, ‘Well, we’re not on any side, here are the details’ — and I think people’s eyes glaze over.
I’ll give you a moment to stop laughing. CNN particularly has been nonstop pushing a partisan narrative that Donald Trump would be indicted any moment for the last year. A point that Newsmax’s Christopher Ruddy made on the same program — and Stelter bristled.
A great business opportunity may be a 12-step program for left-wing journalists who pretend to be objective. Step one: “Hi, my name is Brian, and I am a left-wing partisan hack.”
CNN hires Comey assistant … You may remember last week, when, to great fanfare, distressed former FBI agent Josh Campbell wrote an op-ed detailing why he was leaving the FBI. Yeah, turns out all of his reasons were predictably bunk. Campbell left the FBI to take a lucrative gig as a talking head at CNN. What’s more, Campbell didn’t disclose in the op-ed that he was James Comey’s special assistant – the FBI equivalent of a chief of staff. Now he’s taking the show on the road to defend Comey on CNN, which may just have graduated from being the Clinton News Network to the Comey News Network. CR’s Jordan Schachtel has all the details. But remember, Brian Stelter tells you CNN isn’t biased.
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They’re better than us … MSNBC’s Katy Tur had a tweet yesterday afternoon that lit the internet on fire. It seems that Ms. Tur doesn’t understand how savings work. Not content to slam just President Trump, Tur is going after hardworking Americans who share his views. This is what Tur tweeted:
Gentleman at Ohio Trump event says he's going to save to start a family with his 1,000 dollar one time bonus.
Average cost to give birth to one child in Ohio is $5,836.
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) February 5, 2018
Well, jeez, thanks, financial adviser Tur! I mean, he should just give up. That thousand bucks – less taxes – should just be wasted on something like lottery tickets and booze, because, well, it’s meaningless crumbs anyway. These people don’t understand the real world. At all.
Treasonous … As CRTV’s Dan Bongino routinely reminds his podcast viewers, Donald Trump is from Queens. People from Queens exaggerate things when they talk. It’s how they grew up. Everything they do is the best or biggest. Razzing people is a way of life and is meant in a playful manner. Enter yesterday’s speech by Donald Trump to a friendly crowd in Ohio, where upon the suggestion of an audience member, he joked whether he could call people who didn’t applaud for his State of the Union speech “treasonous.” The line was clearly not serious and meant in jest. But the internet exploded. As did The Daily News, which devoted the front page today to the comment and juxtaposed it with the stock market drop. Enter the Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold, who reminds us of the time The Daily News called 47 GOP senators “traitors” for opposing the Iran deal and having the temerity to tell Iran it might not stand. Take a look at the two images.
About those “fact-checks” … Here’s another shout-out to Griswold. I’ve frequently told you how fact-check sites are really opinion peddlers. The sites routinely use the opinions both of the fact-checker and supposed experts to determine if something is true or not. Griswold highlights how PolitiFact rated a story by “Michelle Malkin Investigates” Season One Bulldog Award recipient Rob Port, showing how Chuck Schumer and Heidi Heitkamp high-fived after voting against the 20-week abortion ban.
As Griswold noted in a tweet, PolitiFact “fact”-checkers rated this “false” because … they didn’t like the “implication.” The facts are that the high-five happened. Port even shared the video. “Fact-check” websites are nothing more than ideological purity mills.
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Robert Eno is the editor of the WTF MSM!? newsletter and director of retention for Blaze Media.