Twitter spat between CNN’s Oliver Darcy and Bret Baier takes wild turn when Brian Stelter unwisely butts in

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CNN’s Oliver Darcy ignited a war of words that he was destined to lose as he and cohort Brian Stelter were schooled over an attack on Fox News’ Bret Baier.

Darcy falsely accused the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” anchor of a “Dereliction of duty” for not doing enough fact-checking on President Trump’s 46-minute video message on voter fraud. The CNN senior media reporter shared an edited video to make his claim and set off a back-and-forth with Baier before Stelter and even former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren joined in.

“Dereliction of duty from @BretBaier, Fox’s chief political anchor, who just aired multiple clips from Trump’s 44-minute voter fraud video without issuing any sort of fact-check on the nonsensical and wild claims Trump alleged,” Darcy tweeted Wednesday.

His post included edited portions of video showing Trump making comments in what he had called “the most important speech I’ve ever made,” as he warned that America’s election system “is now under coordinated assault and siege.”

During a commercial break on his Fox News show, Baier fired back at the CNN hack.

“Sorry you missed the beginning of the show Oliver. And the panel segment —but thanks for the tweet,” he wrote.

But Darcy continued with another cheap shot, tweeting back: “It’s great Kristin fact-checked at very start of your show. You then played a bunch of clips later and didn’t provide any of that necessary context. C’mon.”

Baier responded again, reminding Darcy that he was actually in the middle of doing his news show before schooling him on what “balance” in journalism looks like.

“I am mid-show. But you may want to rewind Kevin Corke’s piece -the discussion with the panel,” he tweeted. “It’s called balance. You should try it. Thanks for always tuning in.”

Eager to get the last word in, even if it continued to make him look bad, Darcy took one more shot.

His juvenile attack earned him quick backlash on Twitter.

During his show, Baier had leveled some criticism at the White House for posting the speech online without the presence of the press pool. He signed off later at the end of “Special Report” saying he would “be out for the next couple of days dealing with a family health issue,” referring to his son Paul who was scheduled to undergo his latest open-heart surgery the next day.

Stelter was also slammed on Twitter after he posted Darcy’s comments on the Baier coverage of Trump’s video.

“Maybe ⁦@brianstelter could ‘give it a rest’ and quit playing the cable war game of taking slaps at competitors while ⁦@BretBaier is in the hospital today w/ his son getting his 4th open heart surgery?” Greta Van Susteren tweeted.

“Cable people spend way too much time talking about each other,” the former MSNBC host added.

The “Reliable Sources” host quickly defended himself by pointing out he was only quoting Darcy.

The defensive tweet only earned him more criticism.


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