CNN’s “media watchdog” was Tweet-smacked into reality by the young man who settled a defamation lawsuit with the network.
It all began when Governor Ron DeSantis blasted the Corporate Media for mischaracterizing his recent announcement that he’s hoping to offer a $5,000 bonus to out-of-state law enforcement officers to relocate to Florida. The Hill and other news organizations took this announcement as DeSantis offering $5K to unvaxxed cops if they were willing to head to the Sunshine State.
That wasn’t exactly the case. While Gov. DeSantis has made his feelings clear that he opposes vaccine mandates, that wasn’t the primary motivator. DeSantis was offering the bonus to police officers that are being treated badly all over the country due to the “defund the police” movement with the message that law enforcement is valued in Florida.
As if to underscore the point DeSantis was making, the Hill (hilariously) includes the clip of the Governor explaining that the “media lies” and did so with his announcement, while linking to their article saying that the bonus was for police officers to evade vaccine mandates. Your Corporate Media, ladies and gents!
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: “We all know corporate media lies. They do not tell the truth. Assume what they tell you is false and then figure out why they’re telling you a false narrative.” https://t.co/TceCdr8Tcf pic.twitter.com/PHpFDZIIS6
— The Hill (@thehill) October 25, 2021
The article in the Hill quotes Gov. DeSantis discussing the move with Fox Business host, Maria Bartiromo, on her Sunday morning Fox News show.
“We’re actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement, because we do have needs in our police and our sheriff’s departments. So, in the next legislative session, I’m going to hopefully sign legislation that gives a $5,000 bonus to any out-of-state law enforcement that relocates in Florida,” DeSantis said.
“So, NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle, if you’re not being treated well, we will treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us, and we will compensate you as a result,” he added.
Source: The Hill
Nowhere does DeSantis say that the proposed bonus is for unvaccinated officers, or imply that that is the purpose. Instead, he cites left-wing jurisdictions like NYC, Minneapolis, and Seattle that have organized and vocal “defund the police” movements where cops are being assaulted, harassed, and frankly, simply feeling undervalued for their job in keeping places from descending into chaos.
The Hill presumed DeSantis meant the unvaccinated and ran it in the headline.
DeSantis was right to call them out on it.
But since the Corporate Media despises being called out on their errors, outright lies, and fever-dreams created out of whole cloth that are run as truth, while simultaneously loathing Ron DeSantis with the white-hot hatred of a thousand suns, the potato over at CNN just couldn’t let that go.
Brian Stelter, rotund eunuch and host of the inaccurately named “Reliable Sources” on CNN, attempted to “pounce” on the statement. Unfortunately, his tweet landed about as gracefully as he would have had he tried to actually, physically pounce.
His original tweet read, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a regular on ‘corporate media’ shows like Maria Bartiromo’s, says ‘we all know corporate media lies, OK? They do not tell the truth. Assume what they tell you is false and then figure out why they’re telling you a false narrative.'”
He followed up by quote-tweeting himself, “GOP’s anti-media streak summarized: Governor of one of the biggest states in the USA says citizens should ‘assume’ news outlets are lying to them.”
GOP’s anti-media streak summarized: Governor of one of the biggest states in the USA says citizens should “assume” news outlets are lying to them https://t.co/ilpCgOLWf9
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 26, 2021
It’s all a bit rich for Stelter to complain about the right having significant distrust in media when the heavily-left-leaning Corporate Media seems to exist solely to vilify and mischaracterize the right.
As Fox News noted:
In 2020, CNN settled a $250 million defamation lawsuit with former Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann. CNN has also been widely criticized for promoting disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti; elevating Rebekah Jones, the fired Florida health official who became a media darling last year after she dubiously accused the DeSantis administration of pressuring her to fudge the state’s COVID data; and pushing the Russian collusion narrative at every turn.
That damning laundry list doesn’t include:
- propping up disgraced former NY Governor Andrew “Grandma Killer” Cuomo to “own” Trump during the pandemic
- labeling the elections security measures in Georgia — that actually make voting more accessible than the rules that exist in other states like, say, Delaware — as “Jim Crow 2.0”
- the January 6 “insurrection” narrative while simultaneously dismissing wanton destruction and rioting from BLM as “fiery but mostly peaceful” protests
- dismissing the lab leak origin of the China Virus as a “conspiracy theory”
- suggesting that Joe Rogan was taking “horse dewormer” and not a Nobel Prize-winning “miracle drug”
- the vilification of outraged parents who learned about all of the crap going on in public schools when kids were forced into “virtual learning” due to the pandemic — CRT, 1619 history, pushing fringe gender ideology, pornographic “graphic novels” (click the link at your own risk) for middle schoolers, etc.
All of that is just from this past year. That doesn’t even touch what happened during Trump’s 4 years in office – -the Charlottesville “Fine People” Hoax, the Russian bounties lie, the “missing” First Lady Melania Trump, and on and on.
Nor does it cover the prevaricating media that insisted that Michael Brown said, “hands up, don’t shoot” in Ferguson in 2014, that still reveres Dan Rather as a “journalist” despite fabricating the Killian Documents and losing his job, and smearing the most milquetoast Republicans as “BusHitler” and the guy who ran in 2012 as a man who keeps “binders full of women” and once put his dog in a crate on the roof of his car — so what if his opponent, the exalted President Obama, had actually eaten dog meat in the past… and we could go back decades.
But it seems that the 36-year old Stelter (no, that’s not a typo,) has no idea about any of that.
Independents and right-wingers called out CNN’s alleged “media watchdog” for being completely oblivious to the overt disinformation that is spread day-in and day-out by the left and called “news.”
After the behavior of the corporate media over the last 5 years — an endless string of lies and deranged conspiracy theories to promote a clear agenda — people are right to assume they’re lying.
When CNN gets caught in lies, it either denies it or won’t even acknowledge it: https://t.co/tY9MAk8eq9
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 26, 2021
“Border agents whipping migrants” was a completely made up news cycle that lasted about a week. It was spread by several corporate media outlets and journalists who work for them. It didn’t happen, and that’s just the most recent example. pic.twitter.com/DAW3oK85ZX
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 26, 2021
Imagine ever assuming CNN was reporting a story without spin. It’s been reported that they bought an industrial washing machine back in 2018 that has a spin cycle setting specifically for that purpose. https://t.co/MVdzHKA6R0
— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) October 26, 2021
You didn’t correct a guest who claimed Trump killed more people than Hitler, Stalin, and Mao combined. https://t.co/Ysyf9TYvQI
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) October 26, 2021
Given how even CNN handled the Joe Rogan and ivermectin story and the year of parading Andrew Cuomo around, a lot of people will think DeSantis has a point. https://t.co/G8BtKgYNwW
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 26, 2021
I wonder where in the world he could’ve gotten that idea from? Are Joe Rogan and Nick Sandmann available for comment? https://t.co/WgSxuVGcNq
— Joe Cunningham (@JoePCunningham) October 26, 2021
Why yes… as a matter of fact Nick Sandmann did comment with a scathing one-word tweet:
Howdy ? https://t.co/J6949IkMSS
— Nicholas Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) October 26, 2021
Nick Sandmann was just a teenage boy when the Corporate Media went after him.
During the 2020 RNC, Sandmann spoke about how the Corporate Media targeted him because of his red MAGA hat.
Here’s an excerpt of what he said:
My life changed forever in that one moment. The full war machine of the mainstream media revved up into attack mode. They did so without ever researching the full video of the incident; without ever investigating Mr. Philips’ motives; or without ever asking me for my side of the story. And do you know why? Because the truth wasn’t important. Advancing their anti-Christian, anti-Conservative, anti-Donald Trump narrative was all that mattered. And if advancing their narrative ruined the reputation and future of a teenager from Covington, Kentucky…so be it. That will teach him not to wear a MAGA hat!
I learned that what was happening to me had a name. It was called being cancelled. As in annulled. As in revoked. As in made void. Cancelled is what’s happening to people around this country who refuse to be silenced by the far left. Many are being fired, humiliated or even threatened. Often, the media is a willing participant.
But I wouldn’t be cancelled. I fought back hard to expose the media for what they did to me and won a personal victory. While much more must be done, I look forward to the day that the media returns to providing balanced, responsible, and accountable news coverage.
While the “cancel culture” of private individuals is a real problem in our current climate, there is another kind of “cancelation” that is perfectly acceptable — ditching low-ratings shows from television.
Maybe that’s something that Mr. Low Ratings Stelter should be a tad more concerned with.