CNN’s Brian Stelter, host of “Reliable Sources,” failed to cover multiple news stories that were of high importance in his weekly newsletter, further cementing him and his program on CNN as anything but “reliable.”
On Friday, Stelter, whose job is supposed to be examining the week’s top media stories, didn’t cover at least two major news stories that were of national significance in his newsletter.
First, Stelter failed to cover the latest developments regarding the nomination of U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and longtime White House Doctor Ronny Jackson, who withdrew his nomination after he was accused of professional misconduct by CNN.
Townhall’s Katie Pavlich notes:
CNN reported earlier this week, on anonymous sourcing, that during an overseas trip in 2015 Jackson got drunk and belligerently banged on a female colleague’s hotel door. CNN also reported the Secret Service stopped Jackson and that agents were worried he might wake up President Obama.
The Secret Service later disputed the claims, writing: “The Secret Service has no such record of any incident; specifically, any incident involving Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson.”
However, the damage from CNN was already done and Stelter did not report this in his newsletter. Stelter also refused to respond to members of the media who sought clarification from him about why he did not include the update:
The biggest story that Stelter hid from readers was the revelation that Obama’s Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, leaked information about the infamous anti-Trump dossier to CNN’s Jake Tapper and then was rewarded with a contract at CNN.
The development was significant as it further backed up The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway’s assertion that CNN helped orchestrate a setup of Donald Trump that was the catalyst that eventually led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Once again, Stelter was called out, and he refused to answer:
To top it off, Stelter suggested that Republicans who did not trust the media were suffering from an “infection.”
Stelter’s comments were made in response to a tweet from CNN’s Ryan Struyk, who tweeted out the following statistics: “Only 37% of Republican voters say the news media is ‘an important part of democracy’ vs. a majority, 51%, who says it’s ‘the enemy of the people,’ via new Quinnipiac poll today.”
The criticism Stelter received in response to that tweet was harsher than the criticism he received for not covering the two major stories that involved CNN: