CNN Media Nanny Brian Stelter Refuses to Address His Network’s Ethical Scandals
Of all the luminaries who grace the airwaves of cable news, none of them are as quick to criticize other media companies than CNN’s Brian Stelter. The self-appointed nanny of the airwaves has built himself a tidy little career out of blaming all of America’s woes on Fox News and the rest of the conservative media landscape.
But as he proved in an interview with “The View” this week, he’s far more reluctant to discuss the ethical scandals that have plagued his own network in recent weeks.
“There are some ethical questions that are being thrown around about CNN lately,” said co-host Meghan McCain. “There is 2016 audio of your president Jeff Zucker offering debate advice to President Trump that was released, Jake Tapper was recently caught, allegedly, trying to influence a congressional election, and I had serious problems with the way Chris Cuomo has a recurring primetime, sort of comic routine with his brother instead of asking about policies that were literally sending my friend Janice Dean’s relatives to die in nursing homes. So, with the criticism of CNN, do you believe that this is acceptable?”
Now, McCain couldn’t have possibly expected Stelter to be perfectly candid here; he does know where his bread is buttered, after all. On the other hand, the media nanny might have gathered for himself a bit of respect if he’d at least acknowledged that some of these scandals were problematic. He might have even admitted that, had any of the above taken place at Fox, he would have been all over them like white on rice. He could have found some way to please both Jeff Zucker and retain his dignity, surely.
Unfortunately, he only proved that he’s a total hack, joking that McCain should “write a book” about CNN because she knew so much about the network’s recent woes. Apparently he thinks that being prepared for an interview is a sign of mania. Which, frankly, explains a lot about the culture at CNN.
Stelter then launched into this lame answer: “A lot of them are cherry-picked… but look, I’m not a spokesperson for CNN, it’s not for me to comment on these. Here is what I do think is sad, though. I think it’s sad that private conversations get leaked out, get distorted and then, you know, they become polarized and weaponized.
“That’s the environment we’re in and that’s sad,” he continued. “You know, if our text messages or if my phone calls with friends were suddenly taken out of context and distorted… let me put it this way, I think the Trump age has ruined a lot of friendships. I think that’s really sad.”
Right. So it’s Trump’s fault that CNN reporters are coaching people about how to act in interviews. It’s Trump’s fault that conversations are leaked. It has nothing to do with the media environment perpetuated, and in some ways created by, networks like his.
We knew Stelter was a hack, of course. We just didn’t know that was all there was to him.