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Red State
Red State
21 Oct 2023
Mike Miller

NextImg:WATCH: Even Ex-CNN Host Brian Stelter Blasts Media for 'Atrocious' Gaza Hospital Reporting

In the wake of the deadly blast at a Gaza hospital as the Israel-Hamas War kicked into high gear, the left-wing media did what it always does when Israel responds to unprovoked attacks: It blamed Israel.

Perhaps even worse, the lapdog media bought — hook, line, and sinker — the terrorist organization's accusation that the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) struck the hospital, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of men, women, and children.

Welp, even disgraced ex-CNN host Brian Stelter is finally calling BS on the above — which we'll get to in a bit.

As mounting evidence showed that Hamas hit the hospital, not the IDF, the condemnation of the media's misreporting of the blast began in earnest. Harsh critics include a former Israeli prime minister. 

As my colleague Bob Hoge reported on Saturday, former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett absolutely scorched CNN, The New York Times, and others, for buying the Hamas lie and running with it. Bennett was particularly incensed by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper's reference to "two sides" of the hospital blast.

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Ouch — and more than well deserved.

Hell, even Joe Biden finally trotted out and said the blast was not caused by Israel, based on data, he said, "shown my Defense Department." (His Defense Department?)

So, this brings us back to the unceremoniously fired ex-CNN host, Brian Stelter. 

In a Wednesday appearance on NewsNation’s "Dan Abrams Live," Stelter shredded the media for their “atrocious” coverage of the blast — and then some. 

Abrams began the segment with a declarative statement before welcoming Stelter.

Hamas is not a credible source for information, period. And yet, so many in the media treat them as if their statements are just as reliable as any other government statement.

Correct. Then, out trots Stelter to jump on the condemnation of the media bandwagon. The question is why? (emphasis, mine)

You know, sometimes Dan, you're out there criticizing the media and I want to defend the media. But there is no defense here. This was an atrocious series of mistakes by many different major newsrooms all around the same time on Tuesday. And unfortunately, I don't think there's been a follow-up or accountability to make sure doesn't happen again.

I've noticed oftentimes in breaking news stories, breaking news scenarios when information is lowest interest is highest. By the time we actually know the facts, people move on. Well, this was one of those cases, but it was even worse because when the stakes are highest, it seems the standards were the lowest and it should be the opposite. The standard should be the highest when the stakes are as high as they are. Right.

Color me nauseated. 

Stelter was fired by CNN precisely for his lack of standards with respect to responsible news reporting and/or political analysis. 

After Abrams asked Stelter what most concerned him about how the hospital reportage played out, the dude was astonishingly honest — for a minute.

I don't know why this was called a strike right away. Why not “an apparent explosion”? I don't know why reporters went with those huge reports of deaths; hundreds of alleged deaths when it had only been 30 or 60 minutes since the explosion. Common sense would indicate that we didn't know yet how many people might have died.

There is no doubt this was a tragedy at the hospital. But there was this rush to judgment based on a one-sided story from a – whatever the opposite of a reliable source is. And that's what was so disturbing about Tuesday.

And like I said, because there hasn't been a follow-up, a kind of series of accountability I'm worried that it could keep happening.

Gang, that right there was comedic hypocrisy at its best. Think about it. Brian Stelter, of all people, accusing anyone of rushing to judgment or lacking accountability is astounding.

He then reverted to the real Brian Stelter. In response to Abrams correctly suggesting that the problem rests with media bias, he instead blamed "laziness."  

I think it's more about laziness – It's more about a rush to report whatever is new. After all, the word “news” has the word “new” in it. There's always a desire to get out whatever you're hearing most recently.

Please. Why it's almost like Stelter has totally forgotten his ouster from CNN — and why he was ousted.

The Bottom Line

So, why did Brian Stelter have his "flying pigs" moment with Dan Abrams? 

Did the former CNN host realize that the evidence against an Israeli strike on the Gaza hospital is sufficiently beyond doubt, and as a result, decide it would be better to just go with the flow and blast partisan media hacks for buying the Hamas shtick, right off the bat? 

Or, was Stelter trying to regain what he considers his "credibility," in hopes of rehabilitating his image, and one day returning to a major cable news network?

Pick "all of the above."