Today, Brian Stelter anchored a live, rolling coverage version of Reliable Sources, focusing on Flight 8501.
The problem, you ask?
It aired on both CNN and CNN International (so this was Brian’s debut anchoring on CNNI), and this causes a big problem for CNN and Brian’s media reporting.
He is CNN’s senior media correspondent, and his show critiques (among others) Fox News, MSNBC, and his own employer, CNN, for their coverage of whatever’s going on that week.
So how can he justifiably offer analysis (because let’s be real: CNN has gone all out, canceling all taped shows, and they’re going to make some huge mistakes) and criticism, when he also served as a news anchor during the fiasco?
I say, his bosses made a big mistake having him anchor, and it will hurt his ability to impartially analyze any coverage.