(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) At the University of Chicago’s “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference, CNN’s Brian Stelter faltered in the face of questioning from a college freshman, the Liberty Daily reported.
University of Chicago freshman Christopher Phillips pointed out that the panel had simply taken turns slamming Fox News for presenting disinformation while ignoring CNN’s role in recent scandals.
In response, Stelter said it was time for him to head to the front of the lunch line.
At @TheAtlantic’s #Disinfo2022 student Christopher Phillips confronted @BrianStelter about how CNN is a “purveyor of disinformation” and “all the mistakes of the mainstream media, and CNN in particular, seem to magically all go in one direction.” Stelter quipped: “Time for lunch” pic.twitter.com/jnJsFWMOLG
— Brent Baker 🇺🇦 (@BrentHBaker) April 7, 2022
“You’ve all spoken extensively about Fox News being a purveyor of disinformation,” Phillips began.
“But CNN is right up there with them. They pushed the Russian collusion hoax, they pushed the Jussie Smollett hoax, they smeared Justice Kavanaugh as a rapist, and they also smeared Nick Sandmann as a white supremacist, and yes, they dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop affair as pure Russian disinformation.”
He then went out of his way to confront Stelter directly, suggesting that he has done nothing but back the current regime of Washington elites at every turn.
“With mainstream corporate journalists becoming little more than apologists and cheerleaders for the regime, is it time to finally declare that the canon of journalistic ethics is dead or no longer operative?” he questioned.
Phillips then astutely noted that CNN’s errors all seem to favor their friends in the political establishment.
“[a]ll of 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?”
Stelter, eager to get to his sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies, noted in response that it was “too bad” that he didn’t have time to answer the question in full because it was “time for lunch.”