On Sunday’s Reliable Sources on CNN, during a discussion of the possibility that the Russian government actively tried to thwart Hillary Clinton from getting elected, host Brian Stelter at one point wondered if Russia’s ability to exploit Trump not winning the popular vote means there’s a “national emergency” in Donald Trump’s election that the media are afraid to give light to out of fear of being called “partisan.”
After former Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl worried that Russia was trying to “undermine democracy” in the U.S. with “propaganda,” Stelter followed up: “Let’s go there. Let’s go there directly. I mean, here’s something I’ve been asking myself. Julia, we’re talking about a candidate who’s lost in a historic way in terms of the popular vote but clearly won in the Electoral College. Is this something of a national emergency? And are journalists afraid to say so because they’re going to sound partisan?”
Stelter has a history of using the term “national emergency” while discussing Trump’s election.