CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter weakly protested actor Robert DeNiro dropping F-bombs on his set last Sunday, but Stelter knew exactly what he was getting when he booked him -- ratings bait for his Trump-hating base. Variety reports that Stelter thanked DeNiro for the "viral moment" at its own Manhattan "power" party:
“I can’t tell you how much I f—ing love New York,” Variety editor-in-chief Claudia Eller exclaimed at the publication’s annual Power of New York party. Glancing at cover star Robert De Niro, she added, “You like that, De Niro?”
“I love the word f—,” he quipped....
Eller joked, “Say how much you love Trump,” and De Niro jumped in with, “We all know how much I love Trump. Let’s hope that he’s out of here.”
On his way out of the party at Atlantic Grill on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, De Niro bumped into CNN’s Brian Stelter, who thanked him for giving the cabler a viral moment when he dropped a few F-bombs on air during a live interview last weekend.
In his "Reliable Sources" newsletter, Stelter sounded quite happy with it: "The clip immediately went viral. My inbox has a few emails from people who were offended, but the overwhelming # of replies are from people who, shall we say, appreciated De Niro's passion."
In that same newsletter, Oliver Darcy began the week by dumping pity on the other side of the celebrity divide, a God-bless-Trump video by actor Jon Voight. Nobody at CNN is appreciating Voight's passion.
His commentary began: "War. This is war against truths. This is a war against the highest noble man who has defended our country, and made us safe and great again. Let me stand with our president. Let us all stand with our President Trump in a time of such evil words trying for impeachment."
Darcy's header was "Voight shows what indoctrination by right-wing media looks like". (Apparently, DeNiro isn't indoctrinated by left-wing media; he's just "woke.") Darcy bleated:
It can be maddening to watch right-wing media figures like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh mislead and deceive their audiences. At times, as I watch and listen to them, I truly question how they can look at themselves in the mirror and be proud knowing full well what they are doing.
But on the other side of the camera or microphone, it's depressing to think about the people who tune in to these shows on a regular basis thinking they are getting a fair and honest take on current events. Over the weekend, I noticed a disturbing video of actor Jon Voight commenting on the Ukraine scandal go viral.
In the video, Voight expresses his extreme loyalty to Trump and parrots claims made by people like Hannity and Limbaugh. While many were shocked, I couldn't help but feel a bit sad for Voight. The clip showed exactly what it looks like to be indoctrinated and caught in the pro-Trump media universe. And there are millions out there in similar circumstances... [Emphasis his.]