On Monday, Breitbart reported that rabid Trump-hating CNN propagandist Brian Stelter misled his “Reliable Sources” audience by repeating the false claim that First Lady Melania Trump has disappeared.
According to John Nolte:
Following a surgical procedure on May 14, less than three weeks ago, the first lady has, understandably, not made any public appearances (she is scheduled to host some Gold Star families at the White House Monday night).
But this is not what the far-left Stelter told his audience.
Instead, the anti-Trump activist repeatedly and deliberately misinformed his audience with the false claim she has been “invisible.”
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Stelter also allowed one of his guests to repeat the false claim the first lady has “disappeared.”
This is simply not true.
As recently as Wednesday, Eamon Javers, a Washington correspondent for CNBC, reported seeing “the First Lady walking with her aides in the West Wing yesterday afternoon.”
Not that this will deter the conspiracy theorists, but I saw the First Lady walking with her aides in the West Wing yesterday afternoon. https://t.co/N9xadq7P0d
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) May 30, 2018
Hey @BrianStelter — @CNBC’s Washington correspondent @EamonJavers — who I would call a Reliable Source — says he saw @FLOTUS in the West Wing on May 29th, yet the graphic you shared claims that she was last seen on May 10th. You are sharing Fake News right now. Delete your Tweet. pic.twitter.com/ZrStsbitDe
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) June 4, 2018
Yes. There was another reporter with me in the hallway at the time: @kwelkernbc . It was just a brief encounter- she walked past with an aide and secret service agents.
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) June 3, 2018
But that apparently meant nothing to Stelter.
“The last time we caught a glimpse of her was on May 10th, 24 days, more than three weeks [ago]. There have been a lot of questions about her surgery, her time at Walter Reed, and now her invisibility,” he claimed.
He wasn’t finished and asked a guest: “How long does she have to be out of sight to make this a legitimate media story?”
He tripled-down, and asked far-left columnist Lynn Sweet: “Lynne you’re covering the White House every day. Is this a big story? Is it getting bigger the more days that she’s out of sight?”
Sweet, Nolte said, repeatedly used the word “disappear” and no one corrected her.
“Lemme fend off some of the criticism I’ve already seen on social media: No, this is probably not the most ‘important’ story involving the Trumps right now,” he wrote. “But it’s a ‘talker’ in a way that policy debates and ethics scandals and abuse of power allegations are typically not. People are genuinely curious about this and concerned about her..”
Right… We’re supposed to believe that Stelter is now concerned about Melania Trump’s well being?
At the same time, as I said on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” I think there’s a risk of some liberals falling into a conspiracy theory trap here by assuming the worst about what’s going on. We need less speculating, more reporting…
Wow. Where to start…
As we reported here, leftists, including David Frum, have already spread a number of conspiracy theories, including one in which the president allegedly killed Melania.
And it’s rather laughable to see anyone from CNN, let alone Stelter, call for more reporting and less speculating.
By the way, Melania appeared at a Monday reception for Gold Star families:
— Jena Greene (@JenaMGreene) June 4, 2018
Will that satisfy Stelter? Somehow we doubt it…
By the way, incidents like this are part of the reason CNN was once dubbed the least-trusted name in network news.
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