On Sunday’s edition of the inappropriately-named “Reliable Sources,” CNN propagandist Brian Stelter falsely claimed that left-wing propagandists like himself and liberal propaganda outlets like the one he works for aren’t dedicated to tearing down President Trump.
He also whined like a crybaby over the idea that conservative media types would be critical of Joe Biden.
Indeed, Stelter acted as though his own network hasn’t spent the last three-plus years doing absolutely nothing but ripping Donald Trump.
“When you see entire media companies essentially exist to tear down Joe Biden, is there an equivalent to that on the left, tearing down Trump?” he asked Errin Haines, editor-at-large for The 19th.
“There really isn’t,” Haines said, as though CNN and MSNBC doesn’t exist.
Here’s the video, courtesy of Newsbusters:
Here’s a transcript as posted by Newsbusters’ Nicholas Fondacaro:
BRIAN STELTER: But first, let’s go on a trip together to a totally alternative universe. You never hear what’s happening there unless you tune into right-wing talk radio, but you need to know what they are saying because the most popular, most powerful talkers in the country have trained their sights on Joe Biden. What you are about to hear them say is mind-boggling. Look, whether you like Biden or not, this stuff is offensive and other-worldly.
So, let me set the stage for this before I play the clips. Keep in mind that news and talk radio is still really popular, even in the internet age. Guys like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity can influences tens of millions of listeners. And as this HuffPost headline pointed out earlier this year, talk radio stars were shopping dangerous claims about the coronavirus, they were downplaying its severity. But nowadays, if you listen those shows, you hardly hear about COVID at all. They have shifted to big-time Biden bashing instead.
You know what this is? This is negative partisanship in action. So, what’s negative partisanship? Well, these researchers from Emory University define it as a pretty simple content. They say in this article for Politico magazine that, “over the past few decades American politics has become like a bitter sports rivalry, in which the parties hang together mainly out of sheer hatred of the other team, rather than a shared sense of purpose.”
The researchers showed that partisans, meaning strong supporters of a specific party, have grown to dislike the opposing party, quote, “more than they like their own party.”
So, when the President, for example, says that Biden is against God, that’s negative partisanship. It is so hateful.
But I want to be clear, there’s a lot of negative partisanship that happens on the left as well. Disdain and nastiness directed at the right. This is happening in all directions, but it is especially extreme, especially vitriolic on the right, directed at Joe Biden. And directed at other Democrats right now. We see it all the time on Fox News, a channel that often seems more anti-Democrat than pro-trump.
These shows are the pro-Trump media. Right? But they have so much venom towards the Democrats, they use that to distract from Trump’s failures. And some commentary on the radio is even worse. That’s why this week our producing team listened to these right-wing radio shows, took them seriously, tried to get a sense of what they are saying about Biden because they’re barely talking about COVID anymore. They’re all focused on Biden. This stuff is outrageous, but it does impact the campaign.
STELTER: Every day, every day this is what’s airing on the radio. There’s Michael Savage saying, “I pity the man.” There’s morning Levin saying, “I think Biden’s in a nursing home.” The heck is going on on these programs? Look at what Fox News saw on Saturday at a Rehoboth beach, Delaware. This is Joe Biden out there on a vigorous bike ride. Not wearing a helmet but definitely wearing a mask, by the way.
Fox’s narrative and talk radio’s narrative for months has been that Joe Biden is falling apart. You just heard Ben Shapiro say it, “falling apart.” And there he is riding a bike, out for a bike ride. And Fox, of all networks, is the one that showed it happen.
Look, we are going to see negative partisanship fuel the next three months. The last three months of this never-ending campaign. It is a key part of what is going on. Is a potion, an ugly potion that’s only, only getting worse.
Nicole, first to you, negative partisanship, it kind of explains everything about what is broken in our media environment because there’s all of these media outlets, all these talk radio stars and TV shows that are just constantly attacking, fueling hatred of the other side. Am I right to say this happens on the left and the right but that it’s more severe on the right currently?
NICOLE HEMMER: Yes. I would say it’s more severe on the right currently. In part because the right just has a longer tradition of these overtly ideological media outlets. Right? There is this sort of habit of attacking Democrats that goes pretty far back. If you look at like the 1990s and the way that Rush Limbaugh and others sort of sharpened their teeth on Bill Clinton, this has been the way they built audiences for three decades now.
STELTER: I don’t want to claim it’s new, but I’m just arguing that it’s getting worse, it’s getting more severe. Errin, your view of this, when you see entire media companies essentially exist to tear down Joe Biden, is there an equivalent to that on the left, tearing down Trump?
ERRIN HAINES: There really isn’t. And, you know, what I would say is it’s really a diet of this type of information that a lot of these voters are getting. A lot of the voters that I talk to, I can — when I interview them, I do hear them saying a lot of the talking points that sound very familiar from some of these shows, which I try to listen to when I’m out on the campaign trail or when I’m home, you know watching TV. You can hear these comments being echoed by voters. And you know that this is the diet they’re on, you know, AM radio, conservative talk, also social media.
The Trump campaign is running a full-blown campaign on social media that is completely off the radar for a lot of regular media is not covering this,
DAVID ZURAWIK: The irony is, is that we have a Federal Communications Commission that’s supposed to monitor, supposed to watch talk radio and yet they can get away with all of this on talk radio. Not just because we in the mainstream media don’t pay enough attention to it. And it’s true, we don’t, but it’s because the regulators don’t pay attention to it. It is so far out there now that it’s frightening.
What’s frightening is that a member of the media actually wants the FCC to monitor and perhaps shut down conservative talk.
On top of that, we have a network — CNN — that does absolutely nothing BUT trash Donald Trump and those who support him, but Brian Stelter is apparently so stupid he can’t even see it.
Here’s just a few examples:
There’s lots more, here.
This ridiculous split from reality was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Consumer Cellular, Mr. Clean, and Arby’s. They’re (sic) contact information is linked if you want to tell them what kind of unreliable sources they’re funding. Brian Stelter has also people let him know what they thought about the show by reaching out on Twitter.
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