Journalists — as well as, whatever you’d call CNN employees — have a trick of asking a question to Drive a news story — even when it isn’t a story.
Allow Brian Stelter — of (Un)Reliable Sources to demonstrate the principle.
As we all know, Melania had surgery in May, relating to her kidney. Nobody was really expecting to see her in the spotlight. We are all more interested in seeing her full recovery.
Well — not all of us. Brian Stelter thought it was important to discuss where Melania has ‘disappeared to’ … (spoiler alert, she didn’t).
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 3, 2018
Less than 2 hours later, that question was put to rest by an actual reporter.
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
Or was it?
Even Melania had weighed in on the matter, some days earlier.
I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing. Rest assured, I'm here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 30, 2018
But no… it was important that he put on the tinfoil hat and ask the really hard questions.
It’s called a ‘leading question’. You ask a question, in order to generate interest and specualtion.
Isn’t it telling that this response to Brian’s tweet had more likes than the tweet Brian himself made?
When your were still young and idealistic, did you really envision being a professional partisan hack? Or did you just stumble into that rut?
— Wes Walker (@Republicanuck) June 4, 2018
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