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CNN’s Brian Stelter made multiple failed attempts to blast President Trump but was destroyed on the air by a legal adviser to the Trump campaign.
Senior Legal Advisor to the Trump Campaign, Jenna Ellis, held Stelter’s feet to the fire in a heated exchange on “Reliable Sources” Sunday as he repeatedly talked over her and ultimately resorted to personal attacks when she confronted the “fake news” media’s bias against the president.
Stelter was apparently so triggered by Ellis and her truth bomb about the media that he warned her that her future grandchildren would even be embarrassed by her remarks. The Trump campaign’s 2020 deputy communications director issued a statement following the interview, calling out Stelter for his “sexist and demeaning” comments toward Ellis as well as his “on-air meltdown.”
The delusional CNN host, who took issue with being outed for not being a journalist, had confronted Ellis about the president’s criticism of Comcast, the parent company of MSNBC and NBC News.
“Comcast is known for its terrible service. On top of that they provide FAKE NEWS on MSDNC & @NBCNews. Drop them and go to a good provider!” the president tweeted over the weekend.
Citing a former Obama administration official, Stelter attempted to show how Trump’s tweet was an abuse of power.
“I’ve heard “abuse of power” before. That was with the whole fake news, impeachment hoax that’s what you guys charged during –,” Ellis cut in as Stelter read a quote from Norm Eisen, an Obama White House aid specializing in ethics who is now at the Brookings Institution.
“You guys?” Stelter asked, conveniently forgetting that former President Obama had plenty of negative commentary about Fox News, and even attempted to cut them from the White House press pool.
“That’s what you guys peddled and what the House charged was that false abuse of power,” Ellis finished her sentence.
“When the President’s telling people to punish – He actually called out MSNBC and NBC News. So, he was linking it to his distaste for news coverage. Again, that is so far beyond the pale for American presidents,” Stelter countered, saying it was “aberrant” in the course of America’s history.
“He is also a citizen,” Ellis shot back.
“No, he’s the first one to actually use — to use his platform as an American citizen to be able to call out the fake news media and say because you are peddlers of false information –,” she continued, arguing that she was “standing up for truth,” before Stelter threw a tantrum.
“You understand that like someday you’re going to regret this, right?” he said, talking over Ellis. “Someday you’re going to regret this when your kids and grandkids look back at this and you use slurs and smears like fake news to hurt news outlets.”
“Oh, now you’re going to the personal attacks,” Ellis said. “That’s when you know you lost the debate, Brian.”
“I think in 10 or 20 years if we just sit down and talk about this, you’ll recognize how damaging it was,” Stelter pressed on, still talking down to Ellis. “How damaging it was to use terms like fake news, to attack journalists who are trying to do their jobs.”
With amazing flourish, the undaunted constitutional law attorney and law professor delivered the final blow to Stelter.
“You’re not trying to do your job. You’re not a journalist, Brian. You’re an activist. That’s the problem, she said, momentarily leaving the CNN host speechless.
“You have an agenda, and your agenda is anti-Trump. The American people see through that and they and they are very grateful. This president is finally holding the fake news media accountable because you’re activists,” she added. “You’re not reporting fact and truth.”
“The reason I think it’s helpful to have these conversations folks have gotten used to alternative realities and I think it’s important we see there are alternative realities,” he finally told his audience.
“You won’t even say that as a journalist, that a factually false statement shouldn’t ever appear in a media outlet,” Ellis continued speaking, getting one last shot in when she wished the president a happy birthday and actually got Stelter to do the same.
Ali Pardo, Trump campaign deputy communications director, slammed Stelter in a statement as many others demanded he apologize.
“Liberal activists masquerading as journalists are constantly demeaning and insulting conservative women simply for having the audacity to think for ourselves and go against the fake news narrative they are pushing that day,” Pardo said.
“Brian Stelter’s comments today toward Senior Legal Adviser Jenna Ellis were sexist and demeaning, implying that her children and grandchildren will be ashamed of her simply because she was holding media outlets accountable,” the statement read.
— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) June 15, 2020
“This kind of on-air meltdown and lashing out is completely unprofessional, yet it’s what we’ve come to expect from the leftists who hate President Trump,” Pardo continued. “It would be great if so-called journalists would refrain from personal attacks and putting words in the mouths of the children and grandchildren of strong, smart, and independent women. We condemn Brian Stelter’s behavior and call on CNN and Stelter to apologize.”
Of course, Stelter has not only not apologized, he took to Twitter to defend himself, asking viewers, “You decide.”
Later he tweeted: “Just woke up from a nap and I see my Twitter mentions are still exploding re: this interview today…”
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