Making another appearance on this list, Stelter offered a vehement defense of the liberal media’s exhaustive and seemingly never-ending Trump coverage with so little time spent on subjects not relating to the President.
An audience member raised this reality with the panel, telling them that he’s “old enough to remember watching the news and seeing what was happening in the world and that doesn't happen now” because “I'm feeling as though the amount of time that's given to Trumpisms is so out of proportion.”
Stelter quickly took issue, stating that “Trump is the biggest story in the world and I think Trump is about America” before, again, going absurdly apocalyptic and currying more favor with the Resistance to Capehart’s approval:
We are debating basic American values. Personally, I want to watch that 24 hours a day. I want the never ending talk show about what we are as a country. I think what's at stake is so incredibly serious. This is a crisis, so we have to cover it that way. But I think the broader answer to your question, if I may, is I think the internet changed everything 20 years ago, changed everything. Which means CNN can't be what it was 20 years ago and NPR can't be and The New York Times can't be. I think the Internet changed everything, which means all the news is on your phone and on TV and the radio. We can't be that anymore. I've given up on the idea that we can have an old fashioned newscast. I know others are not giving up on it, but I have.
Thankfully, Mitchell and Page disagreed. Mitchell conceded that “there is a legitimate criticism that there's too much focus on Trump and that is partly because of the [Mueller] investigation” and thus kept news organizations from covering other happenings across the federal government.
Page told her fellow panelists that Trump is “a story of a lifetime — of a generation” that requires reporters “do a very serious job of covering” him, but “[h]e's not the only story that's important.”
“And there are important stories in Washington and across the country and around the world that are unrelated to President Trump that also warrant coverage,” she added.