CNN’s Brian Stelter took it upon himself to call out Fox News anchors over why they haven’t quit in light of recent comments by Jeanine Pirro.
Stelter joined his CNN colleagues on “New Day” Monday with pitchforks and torches as they ripped Fox News for controversial remarks by Pirro as well as decade-old comments by host Tucker Carlson.
Co-hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota slammed Pirro for her opinions about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic and anti-American comments which they called out as “just hate” and “fear-based.” Fox News issued a statement saying they “strongly condemn” Pirro’s opening remarks on “Justice With Judge Jeanine” on Saturday in which she blasted the Democrats and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who “appeased rising anti-Semitism” within her party.
“Think about it: Omar wears a hijab. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?” Pirro asked, predicting election losses for Democrats in 2020 if the anti-Semitism is tolerated.
“When I worked at Fox, Sharia law was one of their favorite boogeymen,” Camerota declared Monday. “Roger Ailes was very exercised about Sharia law, and so we did a lot of segments on Sharia law. None of them were fact-based or they didn’t—there was no emphasis on them being fact-based.”
“They were fear-based,” Stelter chimed in.
“If she happens to be watching, I would say, ‘What are you so afraid of? What are you so scared of?’” the “Reliable Sources” host asked of the former district attorney from New York also happens to be the daughter of Lebanese parents. “The Fox narrative for years has been about fear of Muslims, fear of minorities.”
“I guarantee you Jeanine Pirro knows the truth here. It’s not just ignorance. It’s just hate,” Berman said smugly with CNN senior political analyst, John Avlon, agreeing that “It’s not a slip-up. It’s intentional.”
Stelter added his pompous assessment to the blatant lack of self-awareness on display by the network that runs anti-Trump propaganda as news ad nauseam.
“This is something that’s been going on for a very long time at Fox. Where are the news anchors on Fox saying, ‘I don’t want to work in this kind of place’? ‘Jeanine Pirro should not be allowed to be on this network reading this script that’s been put in the teleprompter.’ Where are those news anchors today?” he asked.
By the same argument, one has to wonder where the CNN anchors are who never quit after their colleagues malign and defame President Trump and his supporters regularly, or continue to work at a network that employs Jim Acosta and that doesn’t issue apologies even after being caught spreading fake news.
Stelter continued his commentary by accusing Carlson of creating a “ratings ploy” for himself after not apologizing for controversial comments he made about women during “shock jock” radio interviews several years before he worked for Fox News.
Meanwhile, Pirro defended her monologue in a statement issued on Sunday saying she “did not call Rep. Omar un-American” and only intended to “ask a question and start a debate.”
“Of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution. I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today,” Pirro said.
Twitter users had no patience for Stelter or his CNN colleagues and their one-sided, self-righteous criticism.
— Michelle (@MichelleHill387) March 11, 2019
This guy needs help, he is obsessed with Fox News .
— Mike Parker (@MJP1313) March 11, 2019
Just more divisive BS from these guys. Terrible.
— Pete (@THESuperswede78) March 11, 2019
— Len J Lemmer (@LennyJLem) March 11, 2019
Her parents were #lebanese! In matters concerning @Ilhan @IlhanMN, I will listen carefully African & Arab descents views in context, if I was you @brianstelter?@MZHemingway #MAGA #Conservatives #Conservative
— SOAY (@olivierserge) March 11, 2019
I am wondering why CNN employees stay while Brian Stelter works there.
— Bill Onesty (@billonesty) March 11, 2019
So did @brianstelter ask the same of MSNBC hosts after the Joy Reid homophobic slurs surfaced?
— judy (@judy060709) March 11, 2019
Imagine working for CNN and critizing anyone else in the media
— AbbyLerun (@AbbyLerun) March 11, 2019
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