Brian Stelter fires back at U.S. Surgeon General who slapped down press for bickering and finger-pointing

(The Guardian/CNN video screenshots)

After Surgeon General Jerome Adams delivered a statement Saturday in which he essentially pleaded with the media to tone down their #OrangeManBad narrative and focus instead on educating the public about the coronavirus, the media pounced.

Enraged by his modest plea, members of the notoriously elitist establishment press lashed out, accusing him of trying to undermine their efforts to hold Trump administration officials “accountable” for their alleged failures.

Leading the pack was CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, an avid #OrangeManBad cultist whose reporting always centers on President Donald Trump.


The snapshot he shared came from the Saturday edition of his daily newsletter, which he again primarily dedicated to bashing the president.

For a notable number of people, his latest attack was the last “straw.” Though to be fair, his entire career has been riddled with “straws” (and jelly doughnuts).

View some of the backlash below, and pay attention to the critics’ points:

Was the latter Twitter user right about the media’s bias tainting their reporting? The evidence suggests he was.

Take this snippet from Stelter’s Saturday newsletter in which he shared a quote from CNN senior global affairs analyst Bianna Golodryga in an attempt to bash Trump:

“To put things into perspective, two weeks ago, Trump pointed to China’s seeming ‘flattening of the coronavirus curve’ by saying that ‘Apple is fully operational there.’ Today, Apple said it would shutter all stores in the US and other countries (with exception of China, Taiwan & HK.)”

The insinuation was that Trump made a giant blunder when he spoke about the “flattening of the coronavirus curve” in China. As evidence, Golodryga pointed to Apple shuttering its stores across the globe … except for in China.

Do you see the problem with that statement? Moreover, the “flattening of the coronavirus curve” is a real phenomenon.

“Instead of exclusively focusing on preventing infections, like plugging holes in a dike, authorities are shifting to a strategy of delay,” The Globe and Mail notes.

“Their objective is to keep the rate of new cases – especially serious ones – from rising too steeply, so that the epidemic doesn’t completely overwhelm finite resources and force hard choices about who should be prioritized for care.”

The Trump administration began pursuing a “flattening of the coronavirus curve” as early as January, when it instituted a travel ban on China, only to be attacked by the media.

The administration then doubled down last week by expanding the ban to cover Europe, only to again be rebuffed by a media more focused on attacking the president.

Dovetailing back to Surgeon General Jerome Adams’s statement Saturday, here’s what he said:

“We really need you all to lean into and prioritize the health and safety of the American people. No more bickering, no more partisanship, no more criticism or finger-pointing. There’ll be plenty of time for that,” he pleaded.

“But we all need to hit the reset button and lean into moving forward the health and safety of the American people as their top priority. More stories on how people can protect themselves, more people on — or how people can get the resources that they need that we’ve unleashed from the federal government and state and local governments. Less stories looking at what happened in the past. Again, there’ll be time for that.

Stelter was displeased by this.

“What Adams called ‘bickering’ and ‘criticism’ is what most of us call accountability. Is there value in focusing on the future? Yes, but when Adams said he wants ‘less stories looking at what happened in the past,’ I hear him saying ‘stop exposing the Trump administration’s failures,'” he kvetched in his newsletter.

Perhaps his critics would take him, CNN, and other media outlets more seriously if their so-called “exposing” of the “Trump administration’s failures” didn’t involve them bashing everything the president does, even when it’s reasonable.

It might also help if the media’s 1000+ #OrangeManBad “journalists” weren’t so full of Schiff

Case in point:


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