Hot damn! Brian Stelter, Glenn Greenwald go at it on Twitter: ‘Maybe time to lay off the potatoes’

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Brian Stelter, a left-wing CNN commentator who styles himself as a journalist, went up against internationally recognized, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald on Twitter this Wednesday and the aftermath was brutal.

The hoopla erupted after Stelter shared to his Twitter feed a hit piece on Greenwald that was published earlier that morning by The Daily Beast, a far-left “news” site.

The piece documented Greenwald’s feud with his former colleagues at The Intercept, a “progressive” news site that he founded in 2014, but that he now alleges has gone to the dark side by embracing establishment narratives and authoritarianism.

Last month the “progressive” site proudly announced it’d obtained the confidential information of millions of GAB users through a hack. Also last month, the site smeared two non-establishment journalists for their honest reporting on Antifa.

Responding to Stelter’s tweet, Greenwald pounced with an attack on the CNN host’s poor ratings:

Stelter, who’s known for being extremely sensitive to criticism (to the point that he often blocks anyone who challenges his worldview), did not appreciate the dig.

Responding to Greenwald’s tweets, he claimed that his weekend program, “Reliable Sources,” garnered over 900,000 viewers last Sunday.

“You know very little about television ratings. @ReliableSources had more than 900,000 viewers via TV last Sunday, according to Nielsen, and an even greater total when adding up online views. So don’t worry about my weekend show,” he wrote.

Greenwald, who not only boasts twice as many Twitter followers as Stelter but also boasts more Twitter followers than the CNN host has regular viewers, wasn’t impressed.

Look:

He claimed that Fox News has been on the ascendant ratings-wise, whereas networks like CNN have been on the descendant.

Greenwald chalked this up to CNN’s obsession with former President Donald Trump. Because Trump is out of the picture now, he surmised in his tweets, CNN has nothing substantive to report anymore.

“[Y]our network is a collapsing failure because you don’t have Trump to talk about any more – he saved all your jobs, and you know that. I mean this is humiliating,” he wrote as he directed Stelter’s attention to a ratings chart.

The CNN host didn’t take kindly to the direct hit.

“Your vitriol can’t hide your ignorance about the TV business. Ratings rise and fall in cable news. It’s been this way for decades. It’s normal. Only crazed partisans claim otherwise,” he replied.

In response, Greenwald fact-checked him again.

Look:

The latest data seems to confirm Greenwald’s claims.

Reporting specifically on May’s ratings, Fox News noted in a report Wednesday that during the spring month, its shows averaged 2.2 million primetime viewers, whereas “CNN failed to crack the one-million viewer benchmark.”

“CNN averaged only 913,000 primetime viewers as the struggling lineup of Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon saw two-thirds of its January lineup turn away,” Fox News confirmed.

The feud formally ended with the set of tweets above. However, there are two more tweets left — one of which has been deleted.

At one point in the middle of their feud, Stelter responded specifically to Greenwald’s tweet about “Reliable Sources” having “fewer viewers than the average Manhattan street.”

“What which street has hundreds of millions of viewers?” he wrote in his response.

This response has since been deleted, and here’s why:

Ouch.

See a screenshot of the full exchange below:

What’s interesting and perhaps indicative of something is that every tweet that Stelter posted — that he didn’t delete — has been ratioed, whereas every tweet that Greenwald posted has not been ratioed. Hmm.

Vivek Saxena

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