Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday, Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik endorsed the effort to pull Fox News host Tucker Carlson off the air as a result of a series of comments he made when speaking with shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge more than a decade ago. According to Zurawik, “I don’t like an ideological group necessarily starting the boycott but you know what, if it gets...people like him off the air, I’m fine with it.” Zurawik’s position comes across as quite strange considering the fact that CNN just won a First Amendment Award.
During Sunday’s edition of Reliable Sources, the panel engaged in quite a bit of hyperbole when reacting to the latest developments in the Mueller investigation. Baltimore Sun Media Critic David Zurawik likened the Trump v. Mueller narrative, which he described as “a man of rectitude who believes in the rule of law versus a man who will say anything, who scorns law,” to a “battle for our national souls.” Never-Trumper David Frum, a staff writer for The Atlantic, pushed back on the idea that journalists cover President Trump too much, claiming that the President “has the potential to organized human life on this planet in seven minutes” and describing him as “one of three human beings on Earth who has the power to end life on this planet,” referring to the United States’ possession of nuclear weapons. Frum continued: “if there’s evidence that this person is mentally unstable or a criminal, that’s really newsworthy.”
During Sunday’s edition of Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter and his panel spent the first ten minutes of the show trying to paint Fox News as an “unreliable source;” beginning by trashing the network for failing to adequately report on the “big climate change report.” David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun argued that the legacy media is “doing their job of journalism, rather than the right-wing media, which is doing the job of public relations or PR for The White House.” Apparently, he failed to see the irony in his statement; considering the fact that the legacy media had done the job of public relations for The White House during the Obama administration and continues to do the job of public relations for the Democratic Party.
President Trump sent the liberal media into a tailspin last week when he put out a midterm campaign ad that highlighted the murders committed by illegal immigrant Luis Bracamontes and denounced the Democrats for their views on illegal immigration. CNN in particular, rushed to call the ad racist and during Sunday’s Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter boasted about how his network refused to sell commercial time to air the ad.
In a segment titled “So many lies, So little time” on his Sunday show Reliable Sources, CNN's Brian Stelter complained about the hardship of fact-checking every one of President Trump's statements: “Should there be a bug in the corner of the screen that says, ‘Warning, the president's probably misleading you again’?” A panelist later offered another imaginative suggestion: to assume that everything the president said was false, and “fact-check him backwards.”
During a CNN panel debate Sunday on whether or not Samantha Bee deserved to be compared to Roseanne Barr, host Brian Stelter and his liberal guests somehow turned the conversation back to blame Trump for the female comedians’ offensive comments.
One of the major joys for a liberal journalist covering the Trump White House is arguably when they get a leak that can embarrass the administration. They’re such an integral part of their strategy against Trump that “anonymous sources” are key to many of their major stores. And despite some of their faulty information, they are praised and defended. That was true during Sunday’s Reliable Sources on CNN when Baltimore-Sun media critic David Zurawik called them “true patriots.”
During a speech at a campaign rally for a congressional race in Pennsylvania on Saturday, President Trump unleashed on the liberal media and NBC Political Director Chuck Todd whom he called a “sleeping son of a b*tch.” And as would be expected, CNN media reporter Brian Stelter and his Reliable Sources panel responded with their own righteously indignant hot takes. Chief among them was Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik who argued that if you laughed at Trump’s jokes you were damaging society.
CNN media reporter Brian Stelter was up in arms during Sunday’s Reliable Sources as he ranted about how the release of Nunes memo was a win for Fox News, more specifically Sean Hannity, and all the people in conservative media trying to create what he called an “alternative reality.”
During Brian Stelter’s Sunday morning media sermon on CNN’s Reliable Sources, he and his panel of media critics decried what they called "negative partisan" media and blamed it for dividing the country. Sounds pretty accurate, right? But according to them most of the blame for a divided country rested on the shoulders of conservative and right-leaning media outlets.
If there were two things President Trump knew how to do well, it’s tweet and get under the skin of the folks at CNN. Well, he did both on Sunday, when he tweeted a rather juvenile clip of a fight he had with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon a long time ago, with the CNN logo placed over McMahon’s face. As would be expected, CNN’s ridiculous figure Brian Stelter lost his mind on Reliable Sources later that morning as he and his stacked liberal panel decried the tweet as fascist, a grave danger, and a threat to the people that work at CNN.
Each weekend, CNN airs another edition of Reliable Sources where “ridiculous figure” and host Brian Stelter labels President Donald Trump an authoritarian dictator and whines about his war on the media, but on Sunday things were a little bit different. Yes, Stelter continued to bemoan Trump, but this time he got pushback from The Baltimore Sun’s media critic David Zurawik. “One of the things that surprises me about the coverage so far of Trump, is it's a constant friction,” he argued while noting that the media’s complaining has reached a near “hysterical” level.