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Joe Rogan: Brian Stelter’s Show Is ‘f***in terrible’

Podcast host Joe Rogan responded to CNN’s Brian Stelter’s panic over some YouTube personalities attracting more viewers than CNN, reminding Stelter that his show is “f***in terrible.”

“They didn’t even understand the way they were describing it,” Rogan said. “They were describing it as if they’re entitled to viewers. They were saying, ‘There are people on YouTube right now that get more views than this show.’ This is because the market has spoken and your show’s f***in terrible. Well, Brian Stelter’s show keeps slipping and slipping and slipping in the ratings.”

Stelter’s ironically named show “Reliable Sources,” which is essentially a series of Stelter’s diary entries, has lost 72% of its viewers since its peak in early January, according to The Daily Wire.  The show has been on a consistent decline since the beginning of this year. Fox News reported, “Brian Stelter has failed to attract one million viewers for 11-straight weeks and averaged only 752,000 on Sunday for its smallest audience of 2021.”

Fox News continued, “Stelter, who claims to cover the media industry but often ignores stories that would tarnish the reputation of a fellow liberal, lost five percent of his viewers compared to the previous week. The struggling show has now finished with less than 800,000 viewers on three different occasions in 2021.”

During an appearance on an episode of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” last week, Stelter received some hints from callers as to why he has continued to lose viewers, with one caller referring to Stelter as “the biggest minister of misinformation.”

“Mr. Stelter is the biggest minister of misinformation I have ever heard and I’m a news junkie,” the caller said, prompting the idea that maybe viewers who tune into a show called “Reliable Sources” are searching for reliably sourced information.

The caller listed false stories that Stelter has promoted, and the CNN host suggested there was hope he would adjust to the criticism, saying, “Thank you for the feedback, I appreciate it.”

Joe Biden

Reporter Responds To Biden’s Outburst Over Question

On Wednesday, New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi addressed President Joe Biden snapping at a reporter during his Geneva press conference, suggesting if Biden cannot answer simple questions then he might be “in the wrong business.”

“If you’re the most powerful person in the world and you can’t field questions from the media without losing your temper, maybe you’re in the wrong business,” Nuzzi tweeted. “What kind of example does it set for other countries when the president of the United States insults a member of the free press on an international stage for asking a fair question in good faith?”

Nuzzi’s tweet was referencing Biden being combative with CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins on Wednesday.

“Why are you so confident he’ll change his behavior, Mr. President?” Collins asked.

“I’m not confident he’ll change his behavior,” Biden snapped. “Where the hell — what do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident?”

“But given his past behavior has not changed,” Collins continued. “And in that press conference after sitting down with you for several hours he denied any involvement in cyberattacks, he downplayed human rights abuses, he even refused to say Alexei Navalny’s name.”

“So how does that account to a constructive meeting?” Collins asked.

“If you don’t understand that, you’re in the wrong business,” the president said before walking off.

Biden later apologized for his outburst, saying, ““I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy with the last answer I gave.”

Biden then tried his best to answer questions again, before saying, “Look, to be a good reporter, you’ve got to be negative.”

He continued, “You’ve got to have a negative view of life, it seems to me, the way you all … You never ask a positive question.”

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The Briefings Unmask The Liberal Activist Media

The other day The Wall Street Journal ran this editorial headlined:

Trump’s Wasted Briefings
The sessions have become a boring show of President vs. the press.

In which the WSJ said this:

“The briefings began as a good idea to educate the public about the dangers of the virus, how Americans should change their behavior, and what the government is doing to combat it. They showed seriousness of purpose, action to mobilize public and private resources, and a sense of optimism. Mr. Trump benefitted in the polls not because he was the center of attention but because he showed he had put together a team of experts working to overcome a national health crisis.

But sometime in the last three weeks, Mr. Trump seems to have concluded that the briefings could be a showcase for him…..

…Mr. Trump opens each briefing by running through a blizzard of facts and numbers showing what the government is doing—this many tests, that many masks, so many ventilators going from here to there, and what a great job he’s doing. Then Mr. Trump opens the door for questions, and the session deteriorates into a dispiriting brawl between the President and his antagonists in the White House press corps.”

Stop right there.

Well aside from the incomparable value of the briefings in the strictest medical sense, the very clash between some members of The White House press corps and the President raises exactly the question of why this happens in the first place. And the answer, there for all Americans to see, is plain as day.

These are not journalists. They are left-wing, highly politicized activists. They cannot abide the President and even more they cannot stand his supporters.

These are not journalists. They are left-wing, highly politicized activists. They cannot abide by the President and even more they cannot stand his supporters. The latter, of course, famously described by Hillary Clinton as the “deplorables.”

In fact, what Americans have gradually come to realize is that the country is dealing with the politicization of everything by the Left. Pick a field.  It could be [inline_posts type=”IDs” box_title=”MUST READ” align=”alignleft” textcolor=”#b50000″ background=”#e3e3e3″]4124, 4086[/inline_posts]journalism, the law, the media, organized religion, sports, Hollywood and more. And time after time you find a field filled with people who view themselves as political activists first, then and only then a member of whatever profession they are nominally supposed to be part of.

It could be CNN’s Jim Acosta or the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick or Hollywood’s Debra Messing or the Supreme Court’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg or the Mainline Protestant United Church of Christ’s General Minister and President, The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer. The list goes on and on.  But what these people and so many others – specifically including some of those “journalists” in the White House press room –  have in common is their devotion to the sacraments of the American Left.

Jim Acosta
CNN’s Jim Acosta

This is why so many of these people have such open disdain for Fox News and want it shut down, its various hosts – Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and others – specifically silenced. What they cannot abide is dissent from the Gospel of Leftwingism.

At its core, the American Left and its cousins around the globe are would-be totalitarians. It’s their way – or the highway. There is nothing they will not use to exert control over their fellow Americans.

And yes, that specifically includes the use of the China virus. Politicizing it, weaponizing it, and using it as an excuse to do everything from investigating the President – yet again – and shutting down Fox News.

Which is one of the reasons exactly why these presidential briefings are so important to televise – and why CNN plays a game with selectively televising them. They quite starkly unmask the “journalists” in the room as what they really are: left-wing political activists.

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NBC’s Peter Alexander Calls for Panic: Media Rushes to His Defense

So here we are in the middle of a global pandemic, and NBC’s White House correspondent Peter Alexander takes his moment of TV face time to ask this of the President: 

“Is it possible that your impulse to put a positive spin on things is maybe giving Americans a false sense of hope and misrepresenting preparedness right now?

“What do you say Americans who are scared, though? Nearly 200 dead, 14,000 who are sick, millions, as you witnessed, who are scared right now.

What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?”

Stop. Full stop. (Watch the exchange below):
 

When one watches the video of this exchange it is amazing to behold. How many times has the President told the country exactly what is happening? Plenty. For Alexander to ask “What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?” this clearly means he hasn’t been listening over the duration of this crisis – or there is something else at play.

Here, to cite but one example, is the President in his address to the nation.

“This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history.  I am confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus.”

…Our team is the best anywhere in the world.  At the very start of the outbreak, we instituted sweeping travel restrictions on China and put in place the first federally mandated quarantine in over 50 years.  We declared a public health emergency and issued the highest level of travel warning on other countries as the virus spread its horrible infection.

And taking early intense action, we have seen dramatically fewer cases of the virus in the United States than are now present in Europe.”

There was the President calmly and clearly reassuring Americans. The answer to Alexander’s question is self-evident.

One suspects Alexander is not much of a reader outside his liberal bibles of The New York Times and The Washington Post. But had he checked in with, for instance, this piece by Townhall’s Katie Pavlich, he would have seen this headline: President Trump Reassures America: We’re Going to Win

Katie says this:

“Speaking during the daily Wuhan coronavirus update from the White House Tuesday, President Trump reassured the country that the actions being taken by the federal government will result in the United States beating the virus.

‘One day we’ll be standing, possibly up here, and we’ll say, ‘Well, we won,’ Trump said. ‘We’re going to say that, sure are you’re sitting there, we’re going to say that.’”

In other words? There was the answer Peter Alexander said he wanted. The President answered this question in his speech, and, as Katie Pavlich plainly illustrated, he answered it again in that particular briefing. And when I listen to these briefings the President is frequently saying some version of this.

Does Peter Alexander pay attention? Of course he does. There is only one reason to ask a question like this when he already knows the answer. This is about weaponizing the disease to take a political smack at the President. With the answer to this question already and repeatedly in hand, Alexander was, in essence, calling for panic.

This isn’t journalism. This is a serious reporter doing his best to scare watching millions of Americans to death. For political reasons. Lest there be any doubt, see this headline from MediaiteMedia Figures Rally Around Peter Alexander After Trump’s Briefing Attack: ‘First-Rate Journalist’

The article contained tweets from a long list of journalists who predictably rallied to Alexander’s defense because….because?

Because apparently, strangely, not one of them had heard Trump’s repeated reassurances to Americans.

Right.

This is, as said, about nothing more than weaponizing this crisis to damage the President. Illustrating yet again exactly why millions of Americans have long since lost their trust in the media.

Disgraceful.

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The Media’s China Problem

Well isn’t this interesting.  Sunday night on Mark Levin’s Fox TV show Life, Liberty and Levin, Mark hosted The Hudson Institute’s Chinese strategy director Dr. Michael Pillsbury. Pillsbury’s appearance was headlined this way:

Michael Pillsbury: American media facing ‘understandable intimidation’ from Chinese government

Among other things Dr. Pillsbury said this about the media:

“‘…our media has an understandable intimidation by the Chinese,’ Pillsbury continued. “[They] won’t let people who speak ill of China come into China to work.

…Pillsbury pointed to China’s recent expulsion of three reporters from The Wall Street Journal, adding that the media is very concerned about having access to the country.

‘We’re taking counter-actions to it,’ he said. ‘Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo has done some very excellent things to declare Chinese media outlets here part of the Chinese government that have to register before they go see anybody, because that’s how their media functions.’”

Well now.

Is access by the American media to China important? Yes. But getting that access by appeasing the censorship demands of the Chinese? A seriously bad decision.

Twice now the liberal media has rushed to bow to the demands of the Chinese.

The first time was after January 31st of this year. President Trump announced his travel restrictions on travel from China. China responded this way, as reported by CNN:

US enforces coronavirus travel restrictions. China says it’s an overreaction

Quickly CNN was on board with the Chinese view. Here was the CNN headline

The US coronavirus travel ban could backfire. Here’s how

“(CNN)Experts say travel restrictions the Trump administration put in place to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading could have unintended consequences that undermine that effort.

It’s been days since the US restrictions went into effect, blocking foreign nationals who’ve visited China in the past two weeks from coming to the US.
Details about the US travel ban’s impact are still emerging. But some are already urging the US to reconsider.

…..The director-general of the World Health Organization also weighed in this week, calling on countries not to impose travel restrictions.”

Then there was the “don’t call the Wuhan virus the Wuhan virus” routine …after those suggesting that doing so was racist were revealed to have been routinely doing that themselves.

In fact, here is the CNN website in the early phases of this nonsense. Sample headlines:

6:19 p.m. ET, February 3, 2020
Washington state patient is discharged from the hospital

From CNN Gina Yu and Ben Tinker

The first US patient to have a confirmed case of Wuhan coronavirus, a man in his 30s, has been discharged from the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, the hospital said Monday in a statement.

7:13 p.m. ET, February 3, 2020
The Wuhan virus has turned China’s gambling mecca into a ghost town

From CNN’s Ivan Watson, Sandi Sidhu and Brad Olson

4:52 p.m. ET, February 3, 2020
What travelers need to know
From CNN’s Marnie Hunter
Much is still unknown about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, and health officials are urging vigilance.

And on and on it went, as captured in this laugh-inducing video put together by the Media Research Center.

What changed from CNN – and others in the media – using the Wuhan Virus repeatedly, then suddenly switching and calling it racist? Could it be this warning from the “Global Times” – an outlet of the Chinese Communist Party? Says the Times:

Labeling China as a ‘disease incubator’ is unscientific and racist: experts

This gem says this:

“Regionalizing pandemics is not only unscientific and potentially racist, but also ignores China’s contribution of research progress in infectious disease control around the world, they stressed.”

And after the Chinese government said this? On a dime CNN and other outlets suddenly began saying that, yes indeed, the use of the phrase “Wuhan virus”  by conservative commentators was now racist. A phrase which they themselves had used repeatedly.

Whatever else lies ahead in what is a serious and genuine global pandemic, the fact that various liberal media outlets in the United States have abruptly started acting as assets of the Chinese government is going to continue to batter their credibility.

Credibility which, after Russia-Russia-Russia!!!  and the impeachment hoax was in seriously bad shape to begin with.