CNN‘s “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter was humiliated on Tuesday when he appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” only to have callers completely torch him on live television.
One caller kicked things off by phoning in to confront Stelter about last week’s CNN chyron, “Fiery but mostly peaceful protests after police shooting.” This chyron was put up despite the fact that CNN was simultaneously showing burning buildings in Kenosha, Wisconsin that had been set on fire by protesters.
The caller held nothing back as he attacked Stelter, calling him “Humpty Dumpty” and “a stooge,” adding, “We all know you’re not reliable.” The CNN host responded by admitting that the chyron was a “mistake,” according to Fox News.
“I don’t know who wrote it, probably a young producer who’s trying their best under deadline in a breaking news situation,” Stelter said. “That kind of thing becomes easily criticized and probably not the right banner to put on the screen.”
This was only the beginning of Stelter’s humiliation, however, as another caller soon phoned in to blast him as well:
“You guys always talk about how many times Trump has lied. I’ve calculated that, I think with your chyrons… Yeah, I don’t know if there’s any journalists left at CNN, but I know that if I were to estimate, about 300 different distortions or misinformation that we get out of CNN — and you have to watch them in the airport, which is harsh — but if you added all that up to 46 months, it comes out to be 300,000-plus distortions of truth.”
“So, my thing is, you guys— this is how low you’ll go. You went out, and you made lies, and you defamed a child,” the caller added, referring to Covington (Kentucky) Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, with whom CNN recently settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
“And I don’t believe in dividing our nation, it hurts our great nation, and so CNN is really the enemy of the truth,” the caller continued. “That’s my opinion, thank you.”
Stelter had this to say in response:
I’m grateful for the call, and I know that you’re not the only person that feels this way. There has been a process of radicalization that’s happened in this country, with media bashing that is absolutely unprecedented. Ya know, 20, 30 years ago, conservatives talked about media bias and there were some really valid points to the critique. It is absolutely true that lots of journalists are based in New York and Washington [D.C.], they’re based in big cities, they have liberal leanings, and mainstream newsrooms are built to make sure that that bias doesn’t seep into the news coverage. And yet, sometimes it does. I absolutely acknowledge that.
“I think it’s different to talk about things as if they’re enemies,” he continued. “No American is an enemy of another American. No news outlet is an enemy of America.”
Oh @brianstelter did not have a pile of fans calling in to C-SPAN today. This man really brought the pain, saying "CNN is the enemy of truth." Stelter said yeah, Trump has "radicalized" people with this talk of media bias. Laughably claims MSM is structured to keep bias out! pic.twitter.com/fsDZIaePB7
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) September 1, 2020
Stelter will definitely think twice before he ever takes calls on live television again!