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WTF MSM!? Brian Stelter proves he’s just a #Resistance propagandist with this wildly inaccurate take on Trump’s anti-infanticide comments

Not an honest broker of facts.

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Wildly inaccurate take on infanticide … On Saturday night, President Donald Trump offered counter-programming to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. During that event, Trump said that Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's version of infanticide wouldn't come to pass under his watch. That's when the #Resistance's chief propagandist, CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter, weighed in, straight-up falsely claiming that Trump lied about what currently happens.

This was classic Stelter, claiming that a Republican lied when he clearly didn't.

It is absolutely clear from watching the entire video of Trump's remarks that Trump was talking about proposals Democrats like Northam actually stated. Trump began this segment of his speech by saying, "They're aggressively pushing extreme late-term abortion, allowing children to be ripped from their mother's womb, right up until to the moment of birth."

During the speech, Trump focused on Northam's remarks by saying, "The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby. I don't think so."

This is clearly a paraphrasing of Northam's remarks on the radio. This was not a "wildly false claim" by Trump, as Stelter said it was. It was a pledge to not let what Northam described happen.

Stelter's remarks proved once again that he's not a reporter, he's not a media critic, and most importantly, he's not an honest broker of facts. Stelter is a propagandist for the #Resistance in the mainstream media against Trump.

Laughably praising fact-checking … Over the weekend, the Washington Post bragged about finding the 10,000th "misleading" Trump claim. So Stelter had the Post's lead "fact-checker," Glenn Kessler, on his television program to take a celebratory lap. In his newsletter Sunday evening, Stelter lamented that "untold millions of people won't believe the Post's research." Because of course only the gatekeepers at the Post know the real truth.

It's telling that Stelter's comments about Kessler appear right above his own massively misleading passage on Trump and his infanticide comments. To Stelter and his allies in the #Resistance, there is only one truth, and that is that Donald Trump is a singular threat to society, so anything you say about him is fair game.

Rampant anti-Semitism … In California, a 19-year-old man allegedly walked into a synagogue at the end of Passover and opened fire, killing one before his rampage was stopped by congregants. The New York Times had to apologize for a blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon of Bibi Netanyahu and President Trump.

These two incidents can be seen against the backdrop of a stunning rise in anti-Semitism both here in the United States and worldwide. Of course, Brian Stelter was quick to blame the shooting on "right-wing message boards." But the recent uptick in anti-Semitism comes from a variety of places, including the Times.

Blaze Media's Jordan Schachtel writes in his newsletter, "The Dossier," that the anti-Semitic tropes about Jews controlling the world that the shooter allegedly wrote about were also explored in a Politico article in 2017. Schachtel noted, "The piece circulated the internet widely, and it was promoted by the likes of top 'journalists' at the New York Times and Washington Post."

Then, of course, there's Rep. Ilhan Omar's use of anti-Semitic phrasing over and over again, which Stelter, of course, has downplayed.

Are there anti-Semites on the right? Yes. But there are also virulent anti-Semites on the left. Oh, and about that New York Times apology? After the publication of the first cartoon, the New York Times International Edition published another anti-Semitic cartoon of Bibi Netanyahu.

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