You may have noticed that the Fox News-obsessed cast and staff of CNN aren't spending as much time as they once did talking about their rival network lately due to leadership changes at the supposed “news” outlet having forced famous Fox News-bashers, such as media-hall monitors Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy, to speak about real news for once, which no doubt has been a slog for the pair.
Additionally, it's also true that the struggling CNN+ paid streaming service has subscriptions available for sale, but they’re not going to be filled if 95 percent of the content is dominated by angry former anchors who are constantly throwing temper tantrums over Tucker Carlson's latest tirade.
However, back to Stelter, who attended a “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” event hosted at the University of Chicago with a number of participants and guests, including former and present politicians as well as notable media personalities–a small fraction of them were actually conservatives.
The three-day gathering was described as one that “explor[es] the organized spread of disinformation and strategies to respond to it,” which Stelter is adamantly claiming he is an expert in. However, the tables were turned on the former “Reliable Sources” host when a university student, Christopher Phillips, confronted him about his opinions regarding the significant role CNN was playing in spreading disinformation, such as the Russia-collusion hoax and smears against conservatives such as US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and high-school student Nick Sandmann.
There's been a lot of discussion about Fox News being a purveyor of misinformation. However, CNN is right there with them. They promoted the Russia-collusion hoax. They promoted their own Jussie Smollett hoax, discredited Justice Kavanaugh as a rapist and smacked Nick Sandmann as a white supremacist. Oh, and they disregarded the whole Hunter Biden laptop affair as pure Russian disinformation.
As the mainstream corporate journalists become simply apologists and cheerleaders for the regime, is it the right time to declare that the code of journalistic ethics is no longer in operation? Every mistake made by the mainstream media, and CNN specifically, seems to be destined to go in the same direction. Can we really believe that this is an unplanned coincidence, or is there something more to it?
Stelter's reaction was to “joke” about it being time to eat lunch, without discussing the real issue, other than declaring it to be a “popular right-wing narrative.” After that, he mentioned how the networks merged on the field after Fox News' Benjamin Hall was injured while covering Russia's incursion into Ukraine. He also mentioned that he'd talk about the issue with Christopher Phillips on a personal basis “in more detail.”
Christopher Phillips, who writes for the self-described conservative and libertarian newspaper the Chicago Thinker, roasted Stelter. He later wrote on his Twitter account that Stelter spoke to him privately over the following days but did not address the problem. There’s not much worse than seeing a “veteran” of any given profession be so eloquently snubbed by a student at an event designed to highlight the supposed “expertise” and “vast knowledge” of those who are invited to give a speech. What’s not clear is why Stelter wasn't more explicit with Phillips in the actual segment rather than choosing to move him off to the side to speak to him. Even though Stelter did not respond to the question at all, he gave audience members the microphone to ask panelists questions–but the panelists weren't willing to try to answer the questions in front of the whole audience. Stelter likely believed that by telling Phillips that he would talk to him in the future, it would appear as if he did really care about the issue despite his initial reply; however, in reality, it made him appear tinier and more insignificant.
CNN’s ratings are in the trash for a reason, at a time when trust in the media is at its lowest. Why not be open and honest about the changes and resultant problems that you’ve observed in your own network? Wasn't that part of the purpose of this conference to begin with?
The fact that Stelter has been employed by CNN is not a solid reason for his deliberate inability to answer questions. Stelter could have been more professional in his response to Phillips’ concerns, while at the same time not throwing his network under the bus. He didn't because, contrary to the claims of Brian Stelter (and most of his colleagues at CNN), he wants you to believe that the disinformation circulating in the media that the network is disregarding is no big deal, so long as it's “appropriate” and the “right kind” of disinformation that promotes false political narratives that help Democrats pursue their extreme agendas while also smearing Republicans.