A CNN journalist earned intense mockery Saturday after he posted a GIF to Twitter of an anti-Kavanaugh protester and described it as “[t]he most memorable image of the day.”
The GIF posted by CNN journalist and senior media correspondent Brian Stelter specifically depicted a rabid anti-Kavanaugh protester sitting cross-legged on one of the statues outside the Supreme Court where Supreme Court Justice was at the time preparing to be sworn in.
The most memorable image of the day. pic.twitter.com/GYAT55Kv2H
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 6, 2018
There’s no question that it was a memorable image. What’s in doubt is whether it was “[t]he most memorable image of the day.” According to the 1000+ social media users who replied to Stelter’s post, there was a far more memorable image — that of Kavanaugh being sworn-in.
Or how about this one? Your bias is showing again Brian. pic.twitter.com/5885ajka7b
— Geoffrey Dickens (@GCDickens) October 6, 2018
“But CNN isn’t liberal, right?” https://t.co/aszsXgrHWf
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) October 6, 2018
Imagine how far outside normal you are, if you really believe this. https://t.co/QiIPekYbsR
— Ezra Levant ? (@ezralevant) October 6, 2018
Literally no one will ever remember this photo. The swearing in picture will go in history books. https://t.co/qjyKMqDbzp
— Daniel Vaughan (@dvaughanCI) October 6, 2018
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) October 6, 2018
LOL! Not even close. pic.twitter.com/6mkht8Dsss
— Mrs B (@ProdigiousMrsB) October 6, 2018
Nah, that wasn’t even in the top twenty or so…
— Andrew Donaldson (@four4thefire) October 6, 2018
I beg to differ: pic.twitter.com/vrUiqNbPFk
— Frank Mucaria (@FMucaria) October 7, 2018
Stelter rebutted this criticism by noting that “[t]he swearing in picture hadn’t happened yet, when I posted the gif.” That was a fair point. Another point to consider is that memorability is a subjective trait, meaning what’s memorable to you might not be memorable to someone else.
But the CNN journalist’s critics had some valid points too, namely that his choice demonstrated his liberal bias. Would a conservative commentator like Sean Hannity have chosen the anti-Kavanaugh protester pic as the day’s most memorable? No. That Stelter would suggests he may be more of a liberal commentator than an objective journalist. His past rhetoric certainly fits this profile.
While the memorability of the Kavanaugh protester photo can be debated, what’s not up for debate is the fact that Stelter is quite sensitive. Watch what happened when his social media followers teasingly accused him of being “fake news”:
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) October 7, 2018
When I posted the GIF, the swearing in hadn’t happened yet. You can put your hateful hashtag away.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 7, 2018
For a month I’ve had the Twitter “quality filter” on. It removes almost every hateful reply and meme from my mentions. I just turned it off… and it was like taking off a blindfold and headphones and finding out you’re in the middle of a riot.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 6, 2018
It’s not that serious, bro. Or at least it wasn’t up until Stelter became emotional, at which point the criticism began raining in like arrows.
— Idyllic Living (@IdyllicLiving) October 7, 2018
— Richard Delingpole (@DickDelingpole) October 7, 2018
Well then you were premature in your declaration of today’s climax.
Don’t worry, I heard lots of people on your network have the same problem.
— MasterchiefMoroni (@Hotchkiz) October 7, 2018
Hateful? Try reporting the actual news instead of your biased opinion!
— Steve (@azurephoenix_) October 7, 2018
“Hateful” ? So dramatic. Your bias is clear and pointing that out is not hateful.
— clarice starling (@hell_oh_clarice) October 7, 2018
— Russian Bot 12875 (@msbviper) October 7, 2018
Hateful? “Fake news” is an opinion that is used to dispute CNNs assertion of truth in reporting. You’re not even smart enough to know this.
— Whiskey Business (@bormal) October 7, 2018
They had a point, in that Stelter is indeed biased, and calling him out for his bias is neither hateful nor wrong. Just how biased is he? So much so that even his fellow co-workers at “fake news” CNN have previously called him out. Now that’s biased!
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