Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter told NPR that CNN is canceling his Sunday show, and he is leaving the network:
In a statement to NPR, Stelter says he’s grateful for the show and his team’s examination of “the media, truth and the stories that shape our world.”
“It was a rare privilege to lead a weekly show focused on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential,” Stelter said, promising to say more on Sunday’s show — its final episode.
CEO Chris Licht promised to clean house to make the network non-partisan. Mike wrote about the decision while asking, “What else do they have?”
Seriously. Who do they have if they fire the “partisan” talent? Sources told Axios: “If talent cannot adjust to a less partisan tone and strategy, they could be ousted.”
He has pleaded with Republicans to come back to the network with these promises but the lawmakers are skeptical.
Well, we learned that Zoom expert Jeffrey Toobin is leaving after 20 years.
Stelter has been a favorite target among conservative media, but the dude did it to himself. The ironically named show is anything but reliable, and the sources are, well, not reliable.
Who could forget Stelter fawning over Michael Avenatti? LOL. That’s one reliable source! I’m laughing as I write this, by the way.
“And looking ahead to 2020, one reason I’m taking you seriously as a contender is because of your presence on cable news.”
Brian Stelter to Michael Avenatti: “And looking ahead to 2020, one reason I’m taking you seriously as a contender is because of your presence on cable news.”pic.twitter.com/lp9qrZ7ner
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) February 4, 2022
Then Stelter didn’t challenge a guest who claimed former President Donald Trump “may be responsible for many more million deaths” than Mao, Hitlr, and Stalin.
“I don’t want you to think that what I said at that point was in any way inauthentic,” he continued. “I think the media has done a terrible job on this. I think you yourself — you’re a nice guy, you know, you’re full of sanctimony. You become one of the parts of the problem of the media.”
“You come on here and you have a monopoly on truth, you know exactly how things are supposed to be done. You are why — one of the reasons — people can’t stand the media,” he added.
Stelter laughed and asked what he should do differently.
“Don’t talk so much, listen more,” Wolff responded.
He told Stelter he’s “incredibly repetitive” and even said, “You’re the flip side of Donald Trump. ‘Fake news,’ and you say ‘virtuous news.’”
“No, we just figure out what is real,” Stelter said.
“Figuring out what is real is not so easy. And most people don’t want to turn to Brian Stelter to tell us what’s real. I’m sorry,” Wolff shot back.
LMAO Brian Stelter getting called out by his own guest. pic.twitter.com/slFO3zNQfy
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) July 18, 2021
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