The Donald J. Trump re-election campaign is demanding an apology from CNN host and media correspondent Brian Stelter following a trainwreck, shout-fest interview with senior legal advisor Jenna Ellis that took place over about twelve minutes on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday morning. The pair was arguing over CNN’s poll — she called it “junk,” while Stelter maintained it was “a normal polling procedure.”
Ellis asked if Stelter was going to continue interrupting, and he replied, “It’s important to interrupt when you share fake information. You’re wasting my time.”
It didn’t get better from there.
Stelter said towards the end of the trainwreck a remark many have labeled as “sexist:” – “Someday, you‘re going to regret this when your kids and grandkids look back at this time.”
“This kind of on-air meltdown and lashing out is completely unprofessional, yet it’s what we’ve come to expect from the leftists who hate President Trump. It would be great if so-called journalists would refrain from personal attacks and putting words in the mouths of the children and grandchildren of strong, smart, and independent women,” Ali Pardo, the campaign’s deputy communications director, said in a statement to the NY Post after Ellis’ appearance with Stelter.
“We condemn Brian Stelter’s behavior and call on CNN and Stelter to apologize,” she added.
So far . . . Stelter has declined to comment.
Well, I have a comment: It was a mutual trainwreck, but Stelter should apologize for his comment. Sexist? Probably not. But unnecessary? Yup.
President Donald Trump attacked CNN media correspondent and Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter, calling him “just a poor man’s lapdog for AT&T.” AT&T is, of course, the parent company of WarnerMedia, which owns CNN.
Trump quote-tweeted an embedded video of Stelter analyzing the right-wing media’s coverage of the Michael Flynn story, giving it more focus than the coronavirus’ death toll.
Trump’s attack came as news of Stelter’s new book, Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, was reported last Thursday. Perhaps he didn’t like that . . .
CNN has thus far not commented on Trump’s latest attack on a CNN personality.
Before returning to host CNN Newsroom on Monday, CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin stopped by Reliable Sources on Sunday to chat with Brian Stelter about having coronavirus and how it will impact her coverage going forward.
Stelter asked how she was doing, and Baldwin noted that her battle with Covid-19 was better than some, in that she didn’t have to go to the hospital or be put on a ventilator. “I didn’t have to add to the stress of the doctors and nurses in these hospitals by having to go in. That said, it was like going to Hell and back,” before adding she was “one of the lucky ones.”
He then turned to her anchor gig, and asked if she thought she’d do anything differently now.
Quite emphatically, Baldwin answered, “How can I not approach it differently? I think when I talk to family members who have loved ones who are suffering, how can I not understand it and have that empathy a bit more than another journalist who was fortunate enough not to get it? How can I not when I’m talking to doctors, you know, trying to understand why aren’t there more FDA-approved antibody tests?”
She went on, “I was reading a piece in the Times this weekend saying out of 14 tests, only three had fairly accurate results. Why is that? I’ll ask doctors about plasma donation. I want to give my blood to people to be able to help others who are sick. So hopefully viewers will be watching and understand that I have such a stake in this, just like so many, you know, hundreds of thousands of other people.”
She will be back on Monday at a special time of 1-3pm.
CNN’s Reliable Sources host and chief media correspondent Brian Stelter and wife NY1 traffic anchor Jamie Stelter welcomed their second child, a boy, on Wednesday.
The boy is named Story Moon Stelter and weighed in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and his older sibling, Sunny Stelter, is two years old; as Stelter put it, Sunny is “already taking great care of her little brother.”
“We’re all over the moon. That’s his middle name, too: Story Moon Stelter,” Jamie Stelter continued. “Now we got our sun and our moon ☀️🌙.”
CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter is working on a book “about Fox News in the age of Trump, and Trump in the age of Fox,” according to Axios’s morning newsletter.
It will be out next year from One Signal, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. The book is currently an untitled work.
The publisher says Stelter’s book will go “behind the scenes of a TV network and a White House merging in unprecedented fashion.”
Brian Stelter, who has been serving as the network’s Reliable Sources anchor and senior media correspondent since joining CNN back in late 2013, received a promotion.
His new title is chief media correspondent for CNN.
He will continue to be based out of the network’s New York office and anchor his Sunday media affairs program in addition to his daily reporting, both for CNN.com and on air.
Prior to joining CNN, Doug Heye, the former Republican National Committee communications director and a former aide to Congressman Eric Cantor, was a regular guest on MSNBC and Fox News.
But, as he said to Brian Stelter on his show Reliable Sources, he wasn’t interested in appearing on Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Saturday night show — and it wasn’t just because it was on a Saturday night.
Heye said, “I’ve been invited on the Pirro show several times before I [joined] CNN and I’m proud to say that I said no every time, and not just because it was on a Saturday night. This show and other shows on Fox and other shows on other networks I think take their rhetoric to the extreme. I think there’s no better example of that than Jeanine Pirro’s show which is why I’m proud I always said no to their show.”
Monday night at 9pm, Reliable Sources host and senior media correspondent Brian Stelter is slated to host a CNN special report, Late Night in the Age of Trump.
The special examines how President Donald Trump single-handedly transformed late-night TV and comedy, along with the hosts of some of America’s most popular television shows.
Stelter sits down with some of comedy’s greatest voices to look at how the entire world of late night comedy has been reshaped by one person- an unprecedented change- much like this unprecedented Presidency, the press release notes.
He explores both the hilarious and polarizing moments from the last year, and analyzes the impact President Trump has had on comedy, including the blurred lines between late-night and news.