Far-left propaganda network claims it pushes propaganda because Trump is ‘anti-democracy’
CNN, a network that masquerades as “news” to push far-left propaganda onto the American public, has claimed that it is “forced” to “editorialize” its “news coverage” because President Donald Trump is an “anti-democracy propagandist.”
And before you ask; no, this isn’t satire.
CNN’s chief media correspondent Bryan Stelter made the laughable claims while speaking to a college journalism class.
He told the students that Trump is a “demagogue” who gave the left-wing network’s anchors no choice but to begin editorializing “news” coverage in 2015.
Earlier this month, Stelter was interviewed by former “Good Morning America” host Joan Lunden.
Lunden is currently a guest lecturer at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
Lunden asked Stelter about CNN journalists injecting opinion into their “news” coverage.
“Now that there are all these attacks on free press, and quite honestly attacks many times on the actual truth, have you had to change your stance in that now you kind of need to take a stance and give an opinion?” Lunden posed to Stelter, according to Fox News.
“That maybe three, four years ago, you would have said, ‘I’m not going there’.”
In response, Stelter told her that his network began to venture into opinion land several years ago, Fox News said.
“Certainly pre-2015, there were times where anchors would speak directly to the camera and take a point of view on certain subjects,” he noted, according to the cable network.
“What you see a lot more of since 2015 are these analysis segments, these perspective segments where we are looking straight into the camera, we’re talking directly to the viewer, and we are assessing the information out there, trying to tell you what we see is true, what we know to be true, and now also sometimes what we stand for.”
…about the responsibility of the media and how the infusion of politics into public health has made it challenging. I love seeing how these students are beginning to engage with such dynamic experts!@lehighu @cnn @brianstelter @cnnreliable pic.twitter.com/hUBoEs4pNq
— Joan Lunden (@JoanLunden) September 13, 2021
Stelter did not shy away from demonizing Trump as the reason for CNN’s shift toward more direct editorialization of the news, Fox News said.
“When you’ve got a propagandist, a demagogue running for president, then becoming president, and taking pretty clear anti-democracy positions, I think the idea was understandable that anchors … talked about democracy, talked about truth, talked about decency,” Stelter told the students, according to the cable network.
“I don’t think it’s partisan to be pro-democracy, pro-decency, pro-truth. I do think there are topics that are essential to America and journalism that must be defended, and I think that’s how CNN’s evolved where you have anchors like Anderson [Cooper] or Jake Tapper or in my little way, myself, who do take those stands.”
Stelter also said there are “two medias” in American journalism today — and, in fact, two Americas.
“We have two medias,” he said, according to Fox News.
“We have two countries, two medias.
“We have a mainstream media — you know all the brands.
“We’re flawed, but we’re trying.
“And we have this alternative media structure in the country. …
“We have these two medias in one, and it creates a very, I think, confusing environment for the public.”
Stelter himself is well-known for mixing news with left-wing stances on air — and has been taken to task for it numerous times, including by an author he interviewed in July who ripped Stelter as “one of the reasons why people can’t stand the media.”