Stelter Tries Jedi Mind Trick on #ExposeCNN Tapes -- 'No There There'

NewsBusters | 10/19/2019 | Staff
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CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter completely dismissed the Project Veritas tapes exposing CNN in a podcast with Charles Sykes of the Trump-hating site The Bulwark. In response to a softball from Sykes 22 minutes into the chat, Stelter touted CNN spokesman Matt Dornic simply tweeting "Yawn" in reaction. "I don't think O'Keefe has published anything surprising or newsworthy," he claimed. "There's no there there to the claims O'Keefe is promoting."

By contrast, Stelter started the interview by trying to claim Shep Smith stepping down from Fox is a "severe blow" to that channel, somehow, because "news has been squeezed out." Even Stelter admits it was one poorly-rated hour in a cable-news day.

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Wishful thinking? In every day's ratings, CNN takes a "severe blow" from Fox.

Some snippets weren't so amazing, like CNN employees discussing how Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo hate Trump (we knew that). The Jeff Zucker recordings were the most interesting, like insisting impeachment just had to be the channel's main focus: "don't lose sight of what the biggest story is." As Timothy Meads pointed out at Townhall, they are pushing themselves as Your Impeach Trump Channel in a new ad:

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For every waking hour, CNN is branding itself as the ones that will Get Trump, or die trying. The news isn't about issues or programs or governing. It's about being part of a political machine.

Then there was the talk with CNN political director David "Republicans are happy to have a party with black people drowning" Chalian. Zucker insisted there were only three GOP senators who condemned Trump asking China to investigate the...
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