CNN host and distressed author Brian Stelter is once again in the news as his ongoing feud with Sean Hannity hits a fevered pitch.
The Fox News host derided Stelter as a “partisan hack” during a segment on Monday’s “Hannity,” mocking low book sales and calling out his CNN show “Reliable Sources” as a “disaster.”
In the aftermath of a cascade of left-leaning liberal coverage, Stelter’s book, depressingly entitled, “Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth,” suffered from comically low sales, as BPR as previously reported. Hannity took a well-aimed swipe at the aforementioned sales, stating that “[Stelter’s] new Hate-Hannity-Hate-Fox book [sold]1,738 copies in its first week…he is number 5,421 on the Amazon best-seller list.”
In a recent clumsy attempt at deflection, Stelter went into an amusing tantrum over the popular Fox News host, stating that Hannity spouts “poison” and that his rhetoric tastes of the “authoritarian” flavor. That’s a perversely amusing, if not tone-deaf response, from the man who happily bleated and whined about former President Donald Trump for the past four years.
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Comically referring to Stelter as “Humpty Dumpty” throughout his segment, Hannity criticized Stelter’s “apoplectic” response to his coverage of President Joe Biden and his “media protectors” which Stelter would refer to as “poisonous propaganda” and as a purveyor of “abusive language.”
“Of course, Humpty, he’s not a journalist, he is a partisan hack,” Hannity said.
“And despite his title as a media correspondent, he’s not one. Humpty Dumpty focuses almost all of his efforts on pretty much stalking this network and yours truly, which is somewhat amusing,” he added, noting that Stelter has a “weekend show on fake news CNN that not that many people watch, a little over 700,000.”
“That would be a total disaster in anybody else’s world. And get this, his new hate-Hannity, hate-Fox book, yeah, Nielsen numbers, 1,738 copies in its first week, it was highly publicized,” Hannity continued before sharing a clip of Stelter’s meltdown.
“You have to really hear it. It’s coming more from Sean Hannity than from Trump right now,” the CNN host had spouted Sunday.
“Don’t get numb to this abusive language because it is through these insults. It is through these attacks that Hannity yields power. This dark, dire language is fundamentally authoritarian,” he claimed, admitting that he had “watched every episode of Sean Hannity’s show and we color-coded it.”
“Hannity is spouting poison, denouncing democratic norms like a free press. That’s poison. Corrosion of public discourse is poisonous,” Stelter opined, prompting Hannity to note that Stelter’s definition of poison must simply mean “telling the truth that [Stelter’s] book and show are a failure.”
Hannity capped off his segment by adding that Stelter has not only designated himself as the “great arbiter of truth,” but also crowned himself the king of “what are acceptable opinions.”
“Any sentiment or adjective that offends him is poison. Like telling the truth about him. And Humpty, well, you watched your own channel’s programming over the last five years, you failed to report on all of the failures of your network,” the Fox News host said.
The lens of journalistic objectivity has been out of focus for Stelter for some time. In response to a sugar-coated interview given recently given by Stelter to White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, where Stelter incredulously asked Psaki what the press “gets wrong” in terms of coverage of the President, famed podcaster Joe Rogan commented that “… hey motherf**ker, you’re supposed to be a journalist.” Rogan guest and noted left-wing commentator Kyle Kulinski thoughtfully added “And they wonder why they get no views.”
This is a degree of media awareness that has not yet dawned on Stelter, despite echoed criticism directed to him on his show by Glenn Beck which culminated in Beck walking off the set.
Stelter, for his part, continues to host his “Reliable Sources,” where the original “poisonous propaganda” comment was made. The show pulls in a somber 700,000 viewers who are desperate to assimilate into lemming-like conformity with the CNN faithful.
“Things are not going well for him or anybody at fake news CNN. But mark my words, pro-stalker Humpty will never police my record, my opinions —or do his the way he does mine. Trust me,” Hannity concluded.
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