CNN’s Brian Stelter is apparently missing the irony in his own show’s title.
The “Reliable Sources” host mocked Fox News hosts for allegedly being hypocritical in coverage of Wednesday’s House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry hearing.
Stelter called out “Fox’s pro-Trump shows” in a tweet noting their criticism of “hearsay” evidence presented by witnesses before Congress on Wednesday.
The CNN host made what he must have thought was a clever dig at the network by pointing out that Fox News correspondent Ed Henry and host Laura Ingraham were commenting on second-hand information as well.
“So… in other words… hearsay?” The junior detective quipped.
Fox’s pro-Trump shows are blasting “hearsay.” But then Ed Henry told Laura Ingraham that he spoke to “three senior Republicans” who told him that THEY were talking to Democrats who were “absolutely deflated” by Wednesday’s hearing.
So… in other words… hearsay?
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 14, 2019
Democrats were slammed Wednesday as their star witnesses in the impeachment hearings delivered an endless round of second and third-hand information.
‘Heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend’ witness hypes another NEW Trump phone call https://t.co/vnLPwjWApS
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 13, 2019
William Taylor, the acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, at one point made the ridiculous statement that “what I can do here for you today is tell you what I heard from people” as related to the whistleblower complaint, which contained no first-hand information about President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but sparked the impeachment inquiry.
Rep. John Ratcliffe noted the issue during his questioning of Taylor after reading multiple quotes from Zelensky about the phone conversation.
“Unlike the first 45 minutes that we heard from the Democrats today, that’s not second-hand information, it’s not hearsay,” he said referring to the fact that witnesses so far on Wednesday appeared to not be witnesses at all.
Even on Stelter’s own network, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin noted Wednesday that neither of the witnesses even had direct contact with Trump.
“That’s a problem if you’re going to impeach the president,” he said.
Stelter’s hot take on “hearsay” earned him a quick schooling on Twitter.
Ironically Laura’s show isn’t news, and is an opinion/analysis show; Stelter even fails at his comparisons
— Boogaloo Zoo (@MrMikeD42) November 14, 2019
Hearsay in a trial is different than around the coffe table. Wake up.
— MM (@Michael87838744) November 14, 2019
If Ed Henry was citing hearsay in sworn testimony to Congress in support of a sham impeachment of a sitting president, then yes, he too would be called a dumb-ass and we would mock him unmercifully. But he isn’t, so we aren’t.
Brian – still peddling #FakeNews
— TANSTAAFL (@RetBombSqd) November 14, 2019
One is on a tv show. The other is costing taxpayers.
— L.P.J. (@DURCO) November 14, 2019
well played, sir. well played.
now if only a media type could break down for us the difference—if any—between testimony and journalism.
— the dude abides (@trashdnscattrd) November 14, 2019
I missed the Part of the show where Ingram swore them in.. can you send us that clip? Honestly Brian you are so far in the tank you can’t see the edge anymore can you?
— The Original Straw Smuggler (@ethebuilder) November 14, 2019
In which Brian Stelter shows he thinks accusing a president of high crimes and misdemeanors is the same as chat show gossip. https://t.co/nSBGm211WG
— Jim Jamitis (@anthropocon) November 14, 2019
THIS IS CNN.
I won’t accept hearsay to remove a sitting President and overturn an election.
I may accept hearsay as part of a journalist’s reporting.
Nice try though.
— Rich Weinstein (@phillyrich1) November 14, 2019
I’m confused. Was Ed Henry testifying in Congress under oath? Strange coming from a guy who reports hearsay as fact.
— Grieta ?? ?? (@ThatGrieta) November 14, 2019
This isn’t it, bro.
— Molly Prince (@mollyfprince) November 14, 2019
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