Indeed, when evaluating which mainstream media personality best exemplifies leftwing, on-air activism, the only one besides Stelter who is even in the conversation is Stelter’s former CNN colleague Don Lemon. So, when CNN finally decided to pull the trigger and send the ratings-depleted and credibility-challenged Stelter packing, it was only a matter of time before the right-wing trolls came howling for Stelter. And come they did. Fox News host Greg Gutfeld, who is dominating the ratings for late-night TV, gave us this gem:
If Licht genuinely wants to turn his ship around, he can’t have clowns like Don Lemon, Wolf Blitzer, and Brian Stelter on the payroll. They’re toxic. They’re synonymous with leftism, voters know it, and the amount of baggage they bring is exceptional. Additionally, the producers and writers for those shows need to be sent packing as well. Licht can’t change the culture in his new company if he still employs culture warriors.
The Biden Administration applauded the radicalism, calling it an exercise of free speech and they refused to condemn the leaker. The leftwing media, which is virtually the entire media, cheered the anonymous leaker as heroic. And virtually every elected Democrat in our federal government didn’t have a bad thing to say about the leaker, and indeed many seemed optimistic that their scheme might even succeed.
Biden’s been hemorrhaging votes from working-class white and Hispanic voters, and if the trend of black voters abandoning him continues, it could signal a seismic shift in the opinions of our electorate. Van Jones, and indeed others on the left, no doubt recognize these trends, and offering these types of thoughts in plain sight is equivalent to ship signaling “SOS.” The Democrats are trouble, the media knows it, and Van Jones just confirmed it.
For this reason, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) formulated a code of ethics that states, among other things, that journalists must be “fair”. Since the dictionary explains that the word “fair” means treating a group of people equally,” Lemon is factually incorrect that it is his “job” as a journalist to hold one group of people to a different standard than others. Quite the contrary, as SPJ’s Code of Ethics states, it is his job not to hold different groups to different standards.
There were likely other issues, not just the #wokeness. When we did watch it the streaming app was a cluster. Buggy. It made wanting to follow a program or a story that was worth watching – if you could find one – a challenge. As the programming declined, perhaps the app improved, but with thousands of choices, no one was watching or the debt situation wouldn’t look this bad.
Indeed, June 1993 was a very long time ago. It was also the last time weekend ratings for CNN’s Saturday programming were as low as they were this year, and keep in mind that neither MSNBC nor Fox News were even in existence at that time. Also, note that those ratings include the viewership for CNN’s incomparable Brian Stelter… couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.
While CNN was seeing strong ratings during the Trump Era, they were also lifting their skirt. CNN showed America and the world their true character: They were/are nothing but political activists with a far-left agenda. They fed their mind-numb, ignorant viewers a steady diet of ‘Trump is a Russian puppet’ for three years. Their minions nodded their heads, and CNN thought that were kicking ass. But in reality, they were absolutely destroying their reputation.
No, the reason why CNN and others are starting to report accurately on the dumpster fire known as the Biden Administration is not that they’ve seen the light and are now practicing journalistic integrity, it’s because they see the writing on the wall. They recognize that their cronies in government are going to lose power if they keep their wagon hitched to Biden.
This is how it works in American politics nowadays, which explains why the Democrats and their media ignored the violence. This also explains why they dismissed the break from institutional norms with the leak itself. But none of them tried to spin it in the opposite direction. None of them tried to pretend that the real threat was to abortion clinics. None of them except for CNN, which is why they are complete knuckleheads.
According to a White House statement released this morning, Assistant Press Secretary Dick Dipshchitz stated, “President Biden recognizes the need for change at the top of the CDC. They’ve lost almost all their credibility and they only have a 4% approval rating according to recent polls, with a 3% margin of error. The president believes Chris Wallace is the one who can right the ship.”
Knucklehead Of The Week: Chris Wallace Bought A Ticket For The Titanic After It Had Already Hit An Iceberg
Wallace’s choice of CNN was truly puzzling from the get-go, but when the news broke that he was going to be heading up the on-air talent for the soon-to-be-launched premium streaming service known as CNN+, we really began to wonder what the heck he was thinking. Jumping to CNN, and then agreeing to be the face of CNN+, was akin to taking a new job at Chernobyl as the existing employees were walking out the door with a glow.
The decision to pull the plug on the service after only one month comes after its much-ballyhooed launch and widely publicized disastrous implementation. Subscriptions to the service were paltry which shouldn’t have come as a surprise considering that the ratings for the free version of CNN have been plummeting.
Will Freefalling CNN Leave Their Leftism Behind? This Pledge From Incoming CEO Could Indicate Moderation
To fully appreciate this commitment from Licht, we need to first grasp the role Twitter plays in the mindset of leftwing journalism. Twitter isn’t merely the soapbox they stand on to have their voices heard, Twitter is where they go for affirmation. Twitter is the platform they use to ensure they’re properly aligned with the rest of the mind-numbed leftwing robots and talking heads and to make sure they’re properly regurgitating the Democratic Party’s talking points.
A buzz throughout the industry began to circulate last month that things had become so bad, with subscriptions to the premium service coming in far below their overly optimistic expectations, that extensive layoffs at CNN+ were imminent. And there’s no doubt that these failures are the driving force behind the apparent seller’s regret that Wallace himself is now experiencing.
And adding one smarmy guy from Fox News (Chris Wallace), who most loyal CNN viewers wrongly think is a “Republican bad guy,” isn’t going to boost your broken brand. Also, there aren’t enough Fox viewers who “love” Chris Wallace and are willing to follow him to CNN to make a dent in their subscriptions. I’d be shocked if there were 5 of those people on planet earth.
Both have had issues with their trustworthiness over the years. Wallace’s infamous performance during the 2020 Presidential Debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump showed his true left-leanings, as he repeatedly interrupted Trump while allowing Biden to babble endlessly. And though there are other examples of Wallace’s reliability concerns, Brian Williams’ believability is utterly non-existent.
If CNN fires Brian “the Potato” Stelter, we’re gonna have to find a new joke. There won’t be “Tater” to mock anymore!Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you prefer truth in media to easy jokes), news is dribbling out of the network that Mr. Potatohead’s final days at CNN are numbered, with much of that news leaking out on Twitter:
CNN and MSNBC have reportedly both traveled to Washington, DC, in recent weeks to pitch Psaki on leaving the impossible job of defending Joe Biden’s failing presidency towards a lucrative job with their news organizations. With ratings plummeting at both networks, the discussions have probably included offers for Psaki to assume a prominent role in their schedules hoping she would quickly boost their rating and become the next star in network news.
What is curious about this case is that even if Burnett, and many other media figures who have harped on this same point, are right, this is hardly a consequential lie. Indeed, it is more like bragging, a “fish tale,” than lying: “I caught a bigger fish than any you ever caught”. But it is certainly not as consequential as lying about the current humanitarian crisis at our southern border, lying about the COVID facts, lying about nuclear deal with Iran, lying about the 4 Americans murdered in Benghazi
As the saying goes, ‘those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,’ yet Brian Stelter was residing in the most fragile of glass houses whilst launching cinder blocks. Brian Stelter and his comrades at CNN are some of the least credible “journalists” in the industry, and for Stelter to be pointing fingers at anyone and questioning their trustworthiness makes him a knucklehead.
Perhaps by the “Big Lie” CNN means the lie by the Biden administration that single male illegal immigrants are being turned away at the border that was exposed when bodycam footage acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request “shows federal contractors dropping off migrants at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., last summer, with one contractor on the scene saying the Biden administration was ‘betraying the American people.’”
During the Gulf War in 1991, CNN shined like no other news network before. Their access to official military footage, embedded reporters, and around-the-clock coverage of the conflict reset the standard for war reporting, and we all tuned into the network to watch America kick the crap out of Saddam Hussein. It was at this time that CNN’s slogan of “The most trusted name in news” might have been accurate. But not anymore.
The only CNN personality to have been suspended in years has been none other than Jeffrey “Loobin” Toobin, who got caught spanking his monkey on a Zoom call with colleagues from The New Yorker. Even then, Toobin’s sabbatical was technically a “leave of absence,” and Toobin eventually returned to work. So, what did Fredo Cuomo do that was so egregious to get himself suspended?
The left has been screaming that the laws enacted in states like Georgia and Florida are akin to ‘Jim Crow,’ which is a lie. But those assertions beg a question. What’s more similar to Jim Crow: laws requiring people to show ID when they vote, or an election which resulted in over 100,000 fake votes being counted to the detriment of a black candidate, which Eric Adams is?