Brian Stelter just learned that it takes more than shared hatred of a common enemy (in this case, Trump) to be ‘friends’ with someone.
Brian made the mistake of imagining that their shared support of Democrats and opposition to the MAGA movement meant that he and his guest would like each other.
Michael Wolff just punked Brian on his own show, by telling him exactly what he — and so many others — actually think of him.
Brian tried to laugh it off, but he had to have been dying on the inside.
LMAO Brian Stelter getting called out by his own guest. pic.twitter.com/slFO3zNQfy
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) July 18, 2021
Brian asked him if the access Wolff got to Trump was because he had gone on TV to talk about it, and if he had leveraged that to his own benefit.
There was a smug look on his face as he asked that. The answer he got was not what he might have expected.
BS: (grinning) Is that how it works? Is that how you got access?
WOLFF: But I don’t want you to think that what I said at that point [in a previous CNN appearance] was in any way inauthentic. I think the media has done a terrible job on this. I think you yourself, you know, while you’re a nice guy, you’re full of sanctimony.
BS: (surprised) Oh!
WOLFF (continuing): You’ve become part of — one of the parts of — the problem with the media. You come on here and you have a monopoly on truth, you know exactly how things are supposed to be done, you know, you are why, one of the reasons people can’t stand the media. Sorry.
BS (loud laughter): You’re cracking me up.
WOLFF: It’s your fault.
BS (still laughing): It’s my… it’s uh… so what should I do differently Michael?
WOLFF: You know. Don’t talk so much. Listen more. People have genuine problems with the media. The media doesn’t get the story right. The media exists in it’s own bubble.
BS (nodding, interrupts): That’s true, I agree, yeah.
WOLFF (without pausing): You gotta stop. You know that last segment that I just had to listen to of all the people saying the same old stuff…
BS: (laughs loudly)
WOLFF: Also you’re incredibly repetitive. It’s week after week. You’re the flip side of Donald Trump. You know, fake news and you say ‘virtuous news’.
BS (talks over him): No, we just figure out what is real.
WOLFF (continues): …there’s a problem here.
BS: Yeah. I’m listening.
WOLFF: Well yeah, figuring out what is real is not so easy. Most people don’t want to turn to Brian Stelter to tell us what’s real. I’m sorry.
BS: (Laughs) Well then why did you bother coming on CNN a few times this week? (awkward laugh)
WOLFF: (exasperated sigh) You know, I’m a book salesman.
BS: Michael I love talking to you. I’m grateful you came on. And… I guess let’s do it again in four years!
Meanwhile, what’s really swirling through the guy’s mind while signing off with those awkward pleasantries is probably far too profane to print.
Oh to have been there hear his ranting as soon as they cut to commercial. Would it have been enough to make ‘stop the hammering’ look restrained? I’m guessing probably.
It’ll be interesting to see if Wolff ever appears on the network again, of if his blunt statement of ‘inconvenient truths’ will be enough to have him permanently blacklisted.
We’re no fans of Wolff himself. But for this kind of honest criticism to come from someone they thought of as an ally in their project of acting like the Democrats’ de facto AV department?
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