On Sunday's so-called Reliable Sources, CNN host Brian Stelter uncorked a six-minute lecture on one of his favorite topics: How Trump is dragging America into authoritarianism. Stelter led off his show Sunday with another six-minute lecture about how Trump represents something called "democratic backsliding," as he read from the book How Democracies Die and an article titled "10 Ways to Tell If Your President's a Dictator."
Well, it may have taken a while, but CNN host Brian Stelter finally admitted that praising lawyer Michael Avenatti (A.K.A creepy porn lawyer) as a “serious” contender for 2020 wasn’t a smart move. The admission came during the latest Reliable Sources as he was speaking with writers form the left-wing Daily Beast, Lachlan Markey and Asawin Suebsaeng about their new book about how the DC swamp infested President Trump’s administration.
In exercising projection, CNN’s so-called “Reliable Sources” sought to decry President Trump’s “imperial presidency” on Sunday by emphasizing how there was no such thing as “right-wing media” vs. “liberal-media,” but, in fact, it was a “propaganda apparatus” vs. a “media apparatus.” Yes, it was the same show that said Trump had killed more people than Hitler, Stalin, and Mao combined, claimed the “future of the Earth” hung on Trump’s removal from office, and insisted Trump was a “destructive cult” leader.
CNN is grasping at straws to explain away Americans waning interest in the impeachment trial. On Reliable Sources Sunday, host Brian Stelter and his CNN colleagues Oliver Darcy and John Avlon blamed it on the “Fox firewall” which apparently keeps the right ignorant of Democrat arguments. Besides dismissing conservatives as indoctrinated, the liberal panel also attacked the Trump administration was “flabby snowflakes” who were used to preferential media treatment.
CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter organized a panel on Sunday to address a letter posted on CNN.com by 13 former press secretaries -- nine of them with Clinton or Obama, and three of them paid CNN analysts -- demanding regular briefings at the White House, State Department, and Pentagon. But Stelter really hated the White House response:
Sister Toldjah at Red State underlined a bizarre tweet from Brian Stelter, the host of CNN’s weekly Reliable Sources program. As he linked to an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer by Christine Flowers about Stelter's critique of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch appearing on Fox & Friends, he complained: "Debate tweets here on Twitter! Use print editorial space for more important, and local, issues."
Sunday’s Reliable Sources featured a ten-minute segment painting Republicans and President Trump as liars and trashing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It did not take long for members of the panel to begin comparing Trump’s America to the Soviet Union and the Third Reich.
CNN’s so-called Reliable Sources has become a home for nutty pontificators. Host Brian Stelter has welcomed unethical shrinks who have claimed President Trump was the most prolific killer in human history, a former cult member who claims Trump was a “destructive cult” leader, and Dan Rather. During Sunday’s latest edition, he had on New Yorker editor David Remnick, who proclaimed in all seriousness that the “future of the Earth” hung on Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.
During an appearance on Sunday’s Reliable Sources, New Yorker columnist Masha Gessen expressed horror that “reasonable people can disagree” about whether President Trump deserved to be impeached, describing that notion as “absolutely terrifying.” Throughout the entire segment, Gessen and other members of the panel demonstrated hostility towards the notion of disagreement on the impeachment issue and described assertions that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election as “conspiracy theories” that have been “backed up by a Russian disinformation campaign.”
On CNN's Reliable (Liberal) Sources on Sunday, host Brian Stelter discussed the "impeachment messaging wars." In one corner, he put Rudy Giuliani and the "ultraconservative" OANN network making a "glorified anti-Biden attack ad." Meanwhile, "Democrats continue to take over daytime TV, for televised testimony from witnesses, and Republicans continue to claim the hearings are boring. The messaging war is vital, so which side is winning?" Olivia Nuzzi said Democrats were like a Ken Burns PBS documentary, while the Republicans were....The Wizard of Oz???
Following former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg throwing his hat into the 2020 Democratic presidential race, Bloomberg News was rightly dragged when they announced they would be hands-off with their founder and his Democratic rivals, while continuing to grill President Trump. The move was almost universally panned, with the media beat Sunday shows on both CNN and Fox News criticizing the Bloomberg News. Although, some tougher than others.
CNN’s Brian Stelter devoted the entire opening segment of Reliable Sources to trashing Fox News and right-wing media. His guests all too happily joined in. The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan contrasted the right-wing media with the “reality-based” liberal media while multiple members of the panel accused Fox News and conservative media of pushing a narrative sympathetic to President Trump while turning a blind eye to the liberal agenda endorsed by the legacy media.