CNN’s media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter had long-time conservative commentator S.E. Cupp – who hosts “S.E. Cupp Unfiltered” on CNN sister network HLN – on his latest podcast in an effort to get to the bottom of why conservatives distrust the media. The conclusion Stelter comes to is entirely lacking in self-awareness and reinforces why, in fact, conservatives feel the way they do.
NewsBusters’ Curtis Houck wrote that neither Stelter nor Cupp made any mention of the most significant reasons for that distrust. In particular, the many “instances of fake news, mass plagiarism, and/or the scandals that did serious damage and called into question entire outlets.” Houck further argues the offenders are often allowed to continue as media voices.
Stelter is one of those that does the allowing. Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather is a semi-regular guest on Stelter’s TV program (most recently in April this year to hit President Trump for bombing strikes in Syria). Stelter routinely has Rather on his program and treats him as a respected voice. Rather is a disgraced journalist who was fired for an unproven, partisan hit-job against then-President George W. Bush during the 2004 presidential campaign.
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