Brian Stelter thinks media critic is a dirty word

Any time someone calls Brian Stelter a media critic, he seems to get incredibly offended, and informs you his title is, in fact, senior media correspondent, and he is not a media critic for CNN…

As if there’s anything wrong with being a critic.

He is a critic, plain and simple.

And as this person points out:

If he really insists he is a news correspondent, then he needs to reel back his opinion-casting and critiquing and just stick to reporting the facts. Otherwise, acknowledge the fact you are a critic (or a commentator or analyst, whichever word you prefer).

The dictionary.com definition for correspondent:

a person employed by a news agency, periodical, television network, etc., to gather, report, or contribute news, articles, and the like regularly from a distant place.

Dictionary.com definition for critic:

a person who judges, evaluates, or criticizes.

I will agree that he does both — he reports news (definition of a correspondent) but he also “judges” and criticizes the news coverage, both in his tweets and on his Sunday program, Reliable Sources. But can a correspondent also be a critic? Yes — but you can’t deny that you are a critic, because as soon as you put your opinion on air (as he has done repeatedly with his Brian Williams reports), then you can’t claim the “correspondent” role and ignore the commentator/critic role as well.

The point is, Brian… You’re a media critic who also does reporting. Accept it: there’s nothing wrong with it.


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