Even as reports revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller found no collusion, CNN’s Brian Stelter defended the left-wing media justified “speculation” as a valuable journalistic tool.
The CNN host opened Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” with a monologue epically devoid of any self-awareness as he laid out his argument about being able to tell the difference “between agenda-driven columnists and journalists trying to report.”
“Partisans on the right are already claiming the end of the Mueller probe vindicates all of their prior positions. They are saying the media, the evil media, was wrong all along,” Stelter said after after Mueller’s team submitted a report to Attorney General William Barr.
Stelter accused those criticizing the media coverage, such as Donald Trump Jr., of “making a rookie mistake.”
“Mueller’s assignment was to get to the truth about Russian interference,” Stelter said. “Now, did many commentators and Democratic politicians allege collusion? Yes. Did many journalists ask about it? Yes. But there is a giant difference between asking and telling.”
“The job of the nation’s news media is to ask, to question all sides a to scrutinize all sides and report on opposing points of view and only take the side of truth and decency,” he added with a straight face.
“Obviously, some opinion columnists and point-of-view news outlets have invested in an anti-Trump narrative,” he remarked, adding that others, like Fox News’ Jesse Watters, have “promoted a pro-Trump narrative. That is our wild media world.”
Stelter continued his analysis, noting that there is a “difference between news and opinion,” something his own network has trouble coming to terms with.
“I realize it can be hard to tune out all of the noise and just tune in to the news these days. If I had to pick speculation or solid reporting, I would pick solid reporting in a second. I bet you would too,” he said, adding that “hundreds of journalists have been trying to solve pieces of this Trump-Russia puzzle.”
“But here’s the thing — Speculation actually has value too. It helps open our eyes and our minds to what’s possible,” Stelter suggested.
“I know people like to mock cable news in moments like this. It’s an easy punch line, right? We are standing by to find out what the news is going to be. Waiting for AG Barr to tell us something. But that does have value too,” he elaborated. “It gives us a place to go, a place to turn to. A recognition that you’re not the only one who wants to know.”
The CNN host who has frequently seemed to have trouble distinguishing reporting from his own biased liberal rhetoric, urged “news consumers” to “distinguish what is true and news versus what is wishful thinking, speculation, opinion.”
“We need to distinguish between what has actually happened and what might happen,” he said, from the newtork that joined the liberal meltdown over the fact that Mueller was not calling for any more indictments and that the investigation was wrapped up without a takedown of Trump.
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— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 23, 2019
“So don’t be fooled by the partisans who cherry-pick the worst mistakes over individual journalists or the craziest ideas from commentators and claim that’s the entire media. It’s not,” Stelter said, missing the irony of his words as he went on to prove his own network leads the way in muddying up the truth versus opinion.
“You’re going to hear it from the right for the next days and weeks to come. That the press has made all of this up to take down President Trump. The press is just following a trail that Trump created. He has proven time and time again he cannot be trusted. He is so dishonest that even America’s allies don’t know what to believe. He is so unpredictable that his aides sometimes don’t know what to say or how to respond. That’s the crucial context for whatever comes next,” the CNN host continued.
“Trump’s daily deceptions have given this country ample reasons to be suspicious. That’s why there’s so much noise,” Stelter declared.
“News coverage doesn’t happen in a vacuum, speculation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Reporters don’t ask questions for no good reason,” he added. “Let’s hope real research and real reporting can lead us out of this.”
Stelter’s rant received its just reward on Twitter.
Walk away Brian. Walk away.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) March 24, 2019
CNN was all noise.
— Larry Smith (@LarrySMith4) March 24, 2019
Blaming @seanhannity and @FoxNews is ridiculous. Obviously their reporting was far more accurate than the crap you and MSM pedaled for the last 3 years. Just apologize for being a partisan hack and move on. #cnnfakenews
— Jake O’Donnell (@Donnell12O) March 24, 2019
Hey idiot. The parallel isn’t “left wing blogs” to “Fox News.” You’d like it to be. The parallel is CNN to Fox and you and you’re hysterical, hyperventilation for 2 years is an embarrassment. You know what you did and now don’t own it. You are shit. Your whole network is.
— DH in TX (@DiscordantNoise) March 24, 2019
Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers.
— Brady (@bradynichols85) March 24, 2019
NOPE! You and other media outlets helped lead a constant attack over the last 2 years, ignoring actual news in the process. You were wrong – and you knew you were the entire time.
— David Tripp (@SolidOrangeDave) March 24, 2019
You should be embarrassed and apologize for reckless reporting based on zero evidence. If you did that, I might respect you. But you aren’t. Shameful.
— Douglas Karr (@douglaskarr) March 24, 2019
What a clown. You’ve never waited on the facts before so why start now?
— The Dank Knight ? (@capeandcowell) March 24, 2019
You are the noise.
— American (@tweetingacct) March 24, 2019
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