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CNN’s Brian Stelter admits he let David Hogg lie during interview — Video

While appearing on Monday’s edition of HLN’s “S.E. Cupp Unfiltered,” CNN host Brian Stelter admitted that he let foul-mouthed teen demagogue David Hogg lie about guns and the NRA during a February 25 interview.

According to Newsbusters’ Nicholas Fondacaro:

Stelter’s admission came after host S.E. Cupp questioned him about the wisdom of the media’s obsession with elevating only the kids pushing gun control. “Brian, we as a business have been giving these kids a lot of coverage. All the networks have in some way or another,” she explained, noting boringness of nuanced policy. “But the policies is the tough part. Do you think in showing these kids so often, as often as we all do, we’re doing actually them a disservice because the policy is actually what’s going to change this?

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And with no sort of trickery from Cupp, Stelter just blurted out that he let the gun control advocate get away with lying to CNN’s viewers. “A disservice is a strong word, but when I was interviewing David Hogg only ten days after the massacre, there were a few times I wanted to jump in and say let’s correct that fact,” he said.

Cupp immediately wanted to know if Stelter ever corrected the record. According to Stelter, he let most of the lies stand as truth and just tried to make excuses. “And at one of the times I did and other times I did not. There’s always that balance, how many times you’re going to interrupt,” he argued. A blatant double standard that would not fly if Hogg was from the right or someone on Fox News.

As we reported, Stelter did correct Hogg when he claimed that Dana Loesch is the CEO of the NRA.  Aside from that, Stelter let Hogg’s fact-free claims stand:

“She’s national spokeswoman, and as such, she’s a national propagandist for the NRA. If you listen to her speak, she’s not really saying anything. She’s sounding positive and confident and that’s what she wants the people in the NRA to believe, her 5 million plus members. She wants them to think that she’s on their side but she’s not. She’s actually working with the gun manufacturers because…” Hogg said during the interview.

He also claimed Loesch “doesn’t care about police” and only wants to sell more guns.

A transcript of the interview can be seen here.

The Blaze said Stelter’s stunning admission came a little more than a week after conservative commentator Ben Shapiro confronted him over biased coverage in the so-called mainstream media.

In short, Twitchy said, Stelter let Hogg lie “because it served his purpose.”

Incidents like this, by the way, are part of the reason so many now view CNN as the least-trusted name in network news.

Here’s video of his admission:

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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