A Chicago college journalism student raised some eyebrows recently after confronting CNN’s Brian Stelter about the mainstream media’s role in distributing fake news.
Christopher Phillips, who attends the University of Chicago, participated in a conference called “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy.” Phillips addressed Stelter regarding several stories that CNN has been wrong about in a now-viral tweet.
“They push the Russian collusion hoax, they push the Jussie Smollett hoax, they smear Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh as a rapist, and they also smeared Nick Sandmann as a white supremacist,” Phillips told Stelter.
Stelter’s first reaction drew scattered laughs from the crowd, “It’s time for lunch.”
“All the mistakes of the mainstream media and CNN, in particular, seem to magically all go in one direction. Are we expected to believe that this is all just some sort of random coincidence, or is there something else behind it?” Phillips asked Stelter.
Phillips, who also writes for the Chicago Thinker, pointed out that CNN dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop as Russian disinformation – a story that the New York Times later confirmed as accurate.
“I think it’s important when talking about shared reality and democracy, all these networks, all these news outlets have to defend democracy. And when they screw up, admit it.” Stelter said.
Stelter denied that CNN was a propaganda arm of the Biden administration.
“And with regards to the regime, I think you mean President Biden? The last time I spoke with a Biden aide, we yelled at each other,” Stelter added.
Lachlan Murdoch: Being In the News Business Brings A lot of Heat
The head of Fox News is speaking out about the narrative that his network is too divisive
The head of Fox News is speaking out about the narrative that his network is too divisive. CEO Lachlan Murdoch told Axios that the network gets a lot of heat because of its perpetual top-ranked status.
“I think when you’re in the news business, and you’re number one … you get a lot of heat and it just comes with the territory,” said Murdoch.
Left-leaning pundits have been strongly opposed to Tucker Carlson’s comments about illegal immigration. The New York Times published a report explaining how Carlson had “stoked white fear to conquer cable news.”
New York Senator Chuck Schumer recently sent a letter to Fox News demanding the network fire Carlson for sharing what some are calling “great replacement theory.” That letter was sent days after a white shooter walked into a Buffalo grocery store and murdered 10 people.
“You’ve got to kind of realize what it is and how some of it is a very organized kind of attack — very coordinated — but it is what it is,” Murdoch said.
Following the Buffalo shooting incident, protestors descended upon Fox News headquarters in New York City to protest the network’s primetime hosts.
Jen Psaki Will Officially Join MSNBC This Fall
Psaki will appear across all MSNBC cable and streaming programming.
What was the worst kept secret in news media became official as former White House press secretary Jen Psaki officially joined MSNBC following her stint with the Biden Administration.
MSNBC president Rashida Jones states Psaki’s official move to the network will come in the fall when she will appear across all the network’s cable and streaming programming.
“Jen’s sharp wit and relatability combined with the mastery of the subjects she covers have made her a household name across the nation,” Jones said in a statement, per TV Newser.
“Her extensive experience in government and on the campaign trail and perspective as a White House and Washington insider is the type of analysis that sets MSNBC apart. She’s a familiar face and trusted authority to MSNBC viewers, and we look forward to her insight during this consequential election season.”
Psaki will also host a new streaming show for the network, which will launch in early 2023. The program “will bring together her unique perspective from behind the podium and her deep experience in the highest levels of government and presidential politics to MSNBC viewers,”
Greta Van Susteren Will Get Back to Her Roots with Newsmax Show
“The Record” will debut on June 14 and be based in Washington D.C.
Greta Van Susteren is a news anchor veteran who has worked for CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC during her journalism career; now, she’s heading to Newsmax, where she will host “The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” which will lead the outlet’s nightly lineup.
“The Record” will debut on June 14 and be based in Washington D.C. Furthermore, this show will be Van Susteren’s third cable news show with “Record” in the title, following “On the Record” on Fox News and For the “Record” on MSNBC.
“With all that is going on in the world, I am getting back to my roots: a daily live news show with real reporting from the places where things are happening,” Van Susteren said in a statement obtained by Barrett News Media.
“I have been friends with [Newsmax CEO] Chris Ruddy for years, and he is giving me this great opportunity to return, giving me the complete freedom to cover the news that really matters to people. I have been impressed by Newsmax’s team and their success—and would love to be part of a news network that is really growing.”
Van Susteren has been doing work for Newsmax already, including hosting a debate between candidates from Pennsylvania for the U.S. Senate earlier this month.
“No one in journalism better exemplifies Newsmax’s mission to provide fact-based news and fact-based opinion than Greta Van Susteren,” Newsmax Media CEO Chris Ruddy said. “We are so pleased and honored to have Greta lead our nightly news lineup of programs.”