WTF MSM!? Laying the groundwork for a coup?

· January 8, 2018  
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Coup? …

Stelter is giddy … Over the past few months, I’ve chronicled how CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter has been pushing the narrative that President Donald Trump is mentally unstable. This of course is being done to lay the groundwork for the use of the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Now that others in the media have caught on, Stelter is positively giddy at the development. Over at NewsBusters, Nicholas Fondacaro outlined what happened on this weekend’s “Reliable Sources.” Stelter used the new Michael Wolff book to help buttress his point.

Not so fast … Stelter earned a rare rebuke from his CNN colleague Jake Tapper Saturday via Twitter. Stelter issued a correction regarding an RNC ad that he thought misquoted him regarding the Wolff book. Stelter, who has been using the book to push his Trump-is-a-mental-case narrative, said in the correction, “Big picture point: Wolff’s errors are sloppy, but many Trump experts say the book ‘rings true’ overall.” Tapper’s response: “Having many errors but ‘ringing true’ is not a journalistic standard.” It is pretty sad when the media critic needs to be reminded of “journalistic standards.”

Is this a coup? … The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway has a great explanation of what all this talk about Trump’s mental health really is: a coup attempt. She walks through the entire history of the narrative and the fantasy playing in the heads of folks like Stelter — that the 25th Amendment will be invoked and Trump will no longer be allowed to exercise the duties of the presidency. It is well worth the read.

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Oprah 2020? …

NBC’s tweet … During the broadcast of last night’s Golden Globes, NBC — the network, not the news division — sent out a tweet: “Nothing but respect for OUR future president. #GoldenGlobes.” After causing a firestorm, the tweet has since been deleted, but is still available at

NBC issued a statement regarding the tweet: “Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast. It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.”

This statement was issued more than 12 hours after the original tweet was sent. In that time it was referenced on social media over and over again, and it made the front page of the Drudge Report. Why did it take NBC so long to delete it? Is it because in the moment the NBC social media team was basking in the controversy?

Shapiro on Oprah … The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro took aim at Oprah Winfrey’s speech. In the speech, Oprah said that having “your truth” is important. Shapiro reminds Oprah and us all that there isn’t any “your truth.” As Andrew Breitbart reminded us all, “the truth is the truth.” Moral relativists don’t get that.

She’s serious … CNN’s Stelter is out this morning with an article citing “two of her close friends” saying that the billionaire Winfrey is “actively thinking” about running for president in 2020. It is looking like last night’s Golden Globes may have been a scripted trial balloon.

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Author: Rob Eno

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