CNN’s Brian Stelter took to social media Friday to once again declare his lack of self-awareness in the wake of newly enacted Russian laws that target fake news.
Russian President Vladimir Putin went on the offensive in the battle to control the narrative of the invasion of Ukraine this week when it was reported he signed new legislation combatting the spread of information deemed fake by the Russian government.
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry had indicated that non-Russian media outlets playing a “determined role in undermining the Russian stability and security.” As such, the new law may incur fines and up to 15 years imprisonment for anyone found guilty of spreading fake news.
Corporate media networks like ABC, BBC and CBS along with newspapers the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reported that they would be ceasing operations in Russia for the time being. Perhaps the most ironic of these updates came when Stelter, host of “Reliable Sources” announced the move by CNN.
This just in from a CNN spokesperson: "CNN will stop broadcasting in Russia while we continue to evaluate the situation and our next steps moving forward."
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 4, 2022
“This just in from a CNN spokesperson: ‘CNN will stop broadcasting in Russia while we continue to evaluate the situation and our next steps moving forward,” Stelter wrote.
Stelter’s self-awareness stretches only as far as his decision to prohibit replies to his posts from anyone not within his bubble. However, he can’t stop the internet from weighing in.
But I thought we were supposed to be punishing Russia. https://t.co/AbOQPOc9a2
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) March 5, 2022
The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles wasn’t the only one to point out that the disruption in CNN’s broadcast seemed more like a gift to the Russians.
Sounds like a reward
— maestergoose (@maestergoose) March 5, 2022
Everyone else: we need to punish Russia
CNN: let's reward Russia https://t.co/6ZKb1vGVJw
— Old Geezer Mike (@ThatMikeGuy68) March 5, 2022
This isn't exactly "punishment," CNN. Just sayin'. https://t.co/XgI6TcXE3x
— Sister Toldjah 😁 (@sistertoldjah) March 4, 2022
Actor Nick Searcy added, “Why is @cnn rewarding Putin and punishing America, @brianstelter?” This made others ask, where can America sign up?
What do we have to do to get that here?
— Jim in Indiana (@Violent_JMC) March 4, 2022
How do we get them to stop in the US?
— Mike (@MikePlusPlus_) March 5, 2022
The damn Russians have it so good. Why can’t things like this happen to us? https://t.co/Cs3XpEg6lR
— Elrond Swanson (@jollygoat) March 5, 2022
Who do we have to invade to get such a punishment?
— beaneau (@beaneau1) March 5, 2022
Others asked whether anyone was even going to notice that CNN had stopped broadcasting.
Yes, all CNN’s 53 households in Russia
— Bryant Hill (@komfortRV) March 5, 2022
Russia is the winner in this one. Like who's watching CNN in Russia? No one even watches it in America. https://t.co/br1IXk5TjE
— Jonathan Thiebaud (@Jtbaud249) March 4, 2022
Their airports are closed anyway….so who is gonna watch?
— How Bout Dem Cowboys (@CountryOfTexas1) March 4, 2022
This isn’t the first time that Stelter has essentially self-owned himself. In January he took part in a discussion with eighth graders on the subject of misinformation at a Queens, NY public school. The instructor, Barbara King had been engaging her students for seven years on her five categories of misinformation: Satire, False Context, Imposter Content, Manipulated Content and Fabricated Content.
Stelter asked, “Do any of you feel like you try to correct friends or family now based on what you’ve learned?”
The students nodded along to the question before one spoke up, “Maybe you want to believe [a fake article] but it’s not true and you have to, like, research if it’s really true.”
On identifying misinformation, one person commented on the segment:
Did they stand up and point when CNN and Stelter walked in??
— Dan-Yul-Son (@smats88) January 23, 2022
As CNN continues their broadcasting throughout Europe and the United States, some couldn’t help but point out the potential benefits that Russia might experience from absence of the network.
This is a huge win for Russia. https://t.co/KjOQAuHeLv
— Brian 💪🏻 (@BJStevenson77) March 5, 2022
russia 5 minutes later https://t.co/QLzjqj9RBO pic.twitter.com/TWoDAAcUE7
— Pótàt (@izParrot) March 5, 2022
Some even went so far as to suggest that CNN should see these potential benefits and expand their broadcast suspension before something worse happens.
Maybe, as a display of earnest protest, you could shut down the network entirely? https://t.co/RLRcE4v2Ls
— Cecil Charles (@thececilcharles) March 5, 2022
Great, now everybody's gonna invade Ukraine https://t.co/eP6wTmWKcM
— Jack Tallent (@JackTallent) March 4, 2022
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