This piece of last-minute advice from CNN anchor Brian Stelter is nearly as unintentionally funny as the network’s slogan: Facts first.
In the eleventh hour, Stelter looked into the camera with a straight face, and said this:
Fox viewers are coming away with the impression that this race is a whole heck of a lot closer to 50/50 than it actually is. Taking it a step further, and this is one of the reasons why Trump’s base might believe any Biden victory is a crime, a trick, a hoax. … We have these studies that show how Fox is the Trump base. … What kind of responsibility do Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch have to tell the truth to the audience no matter how much it helps or hurts?
The above passage begins at 1:48 in the video that follows, but the entire clip is worth watching if you’re in the mood for a good laugh. It shows one of the most dishonest journalists alive — if in fact Stelter deserves that label — lecturing the head of a rival network about reining in his employees, who are allegedly earning their daily bread by deceiving the American people. And the best part is that Stelter is imparting this advice under the guise of good will.
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What adds a delicious note of irony to Stelter’s plea, which was broadcast on Sunday, is that since that time, Joe Biden’s lead in has shrunk markedly. Today’s RealClear Politics averages show a near-dead heat in six key battleground states where Biden’s lead, 2.3%, is within the margin of error. To paraphrase Stelter, the race is a whole heck of a lot closer to 50/50 than he’d like to believe.
As for those studies that show Fox is the Trump base, whose base do the studies reveal CNN is?