CNN’s Brian Stelter tried to call out Fox News for ignoring a major story about Donald Trump on Tuesday, but his attempts to humiliate the network immediately backfired when social media users let him know that Fox had in fact broken the story.
“Fox and MSNBC leading the 1pm hour with NH primary hype,” Stelter tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. “CNN leading with breaking news: ‘DOJ STUNS WITH EXTRAORDINARY REVERSAL ON STONE SENTENCING.'”
Fox and MSNBC leading the 1pm hour with NH primary hype. CNN leading with breaking news: “DOJ STUNS WITH EXTRAORDINARY REVERSAL ON STONE SENTENCING.”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 11, 2020
Stelter was claiming that Fox was ignoring the major story of the Department of Justice pushing for a lower sentence for Roger Stone, a convicted former associate of Trump’s, despite prosecutors within the DOJ seeking a seven to nine year sentence, according to The Blaze.
Unfortunately for Stelter, he soon learned that he was dead wrong, as social media users pointed out that it was Fox News who broke this story in the first place.
Other users pointed out Stelter’s mistake as well:
They’d already published this before 1pm. https://t.co/R175BySVz8
— Jonathan Roy (@JRoy777) February 11, 2020
Fox broke the story, doofus.
Meanwhile, CNN continues to either employ or have on as guests James Clapper, James Comey, and Andrew McGabe, who each have been accused of lying under oath, including to Congress.
— Sophiestications (@Sophiesticatio2) February 11, 2020
Fox broke the story tho pic.twitter.com/VbgFCZYbW6
— Pepe Lopez (@PepeLopez55) February 11, 2020
Stelter is clearly just jealous that Fox News absolutely dominates CNN in the ratings. In fact, the week of Trump’s acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial was the fifth most-watched week in the history of the network, and it’s highest since the president’s inauguration, according to Axios.
On top of that, of the forty most-watched shows on basic cable last week, 39 were on Fox. The only other one to break the top forty was Rachel Maddow’s MSBNC show, and none of CNN’s shows were able to break through.
In 2019, CNN saw a 9% decline in total viewers, so it’s no wonder Stelter is feeling bitter. He can try to discredit Fox as much as he wants to, but it’s not going to stop the rest of us from tuning in to the one cable news network we can actually trust to bring us the truth.