At least the mainstream media is finally casting off the facade of objectivity.
CNN’s Brian Stelter on Monday admitted he let Parkland student activist David Hogg make false statements on his program, “Reliable Sources,” without correcting him.
In response to HLN host S.E. Cupp’s question about whether the media’s greater focus on student activists than on policy does the teenagers a “disservice,” Stelter said:
“When I was interviewing David Hogg only ten days after the massacre, there were a few times I wanted to jump in and say ‘let’s correct that fact.'”
“Did you?” Cupp asked.
“At one of the times I did and other times I did not,” Stelter confessed. “There’s always that balance, how many times you’re going to interrupt.”
He excused Hogg and other students’ factual lapses by saying Americans need to realize where the teenagers “are coming from.”
“When he called Dana Loesch the NRA CEO, I interrupted and corrected that but there are other times when–I think, all of us can agree, any of these students, any of these parents, we want everybody to be as well-informed as we can about the contours of this debate. I think we have to recognize where David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez are coming from.”
On Stelter’s “Reliable Sources,” Hogg chastised Dana Loesch for saying she can’t force lawmakers to pass mental health laws, claiming the NRA spokeswoman “owns these politicians.”
“There has been this increase in the lethality of mass shootings in recent years in this country. The so-called top ten list of horrors is very, very ugly and very recent, so, I can see where these students are coming from, saying this is getting worse. It’s not just that there are 90 something people a day that die from guns, mostly from suicides. It’s that the mass shootings are getting worse. I do think they are trying to raise awareness of that.”
Also on Monday, Hogg was fact-checked on-air by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, who questioned the high schooler’s constant attacks on Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), despite the Republican’s efforts to pass legislation student activists desire.
“Do you think that’s unnecessarily provocative?” Camerota asked.
“No … I don’t think it’s even provocative enough,” Hogg replied.
Last month, Hogg told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough that the failure of Broward Sheriff’s deputies to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was the fault of Republican Governor Rick Scott.
During the interview, Hogg mistakenly described Broward Sheriff Scott Israel as an appointed bureaucrat rather than an elected official, and claimed Gov. Scott is seeking reelection–which he is not and cannot due to term limits.
For David Hogg, facts are nowhere near as appealing as emotion-driven talking points.
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