Host Brian Stelter raised a very important question on Sunday’s Reliable Sources, “Is media to blame for political polarization?” The popular opinion on the panel was yes, the media does deserve blame for the “hyper-partisan” nature of modern politics. But Journalist Carl Bernstein went farther with a scathing condemnation of how reporting is conducted by the media today. “It's been an abdication of responsibility,” he exclaimed, showing his disgust with modern journalism.
On the first Sunday morning political talk shows since the Facebook trending topics scandal broke, the major network Sunday shows and CNN's State of the Union (with NBC's Meet the Press preempted for a Barclay's Premiere League game) failed to cover or debate this reported suppression of conservative stories by the social media behemoth.
CNN's Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter dedicated much of his Sunday show to the aftermath of the White House Correspondents Dinner and included far-left New York public radio host Bob Garfield tearing into media members like Stelter for attending such a "repulsive" "sham" that's a "disgrace" to the idea of an independent press.
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources, as CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein exonerated longtime parts of the dominant media like the New York Times, the Washington Post and his own CNN of being biased sources, he accused Fox News of being biased and blamed consumers of news for wanting to see "information to reinforce what they already believe."
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN, former PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer -- known for moderating a number of general election presidential debates in the past -- declared that he watches both CNN and MSNBC "a lot," but did not mention Fox News as part of his "well-rounded news diet."
On Sunday morning, the media-focused CNN show Reliable Sources spent an entire segment eagerly looking at the possibility that Kelly File host Megyn Kelly may not have her contracted renewed with Fox News and lead to her leaving the network in 2017 following Donald Trump's unnerving obsession with her during the presidential campaign.
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN, Daily Beast editor-in-chief and CNN political commentator John Avlon painted Fox News and the conservative media as "appeasing the crocodile" of Donald Trump "hoping that it eats you last" as he also blamed Trump's rise on Republicans chasing moderate "RINOs" out of the party.
Since Friday night’s mayhem in Chicago, all three broadcast networks have made the violence surrounding Donald Trump’s rallies the near-exclusive focus of their campaign coverage. But an MRC analysis of ABC, CBS and NBC news coverage found that the left-wing protesters who forced the cancellation of a presidential campaign event escaped nearly all blame, as reporters dumped 94% of the blame on Trump and his campaign.
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources, CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley claimed that President Ronald Reagan "used to fabricate stories," and alluded to a story about the Holocaust as an example. After fellow guest James Fallows of The Atlantic recalled possible holes in stories told by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, lamenting that voters do not seem to care, Brinkley brought up false stories that circulated in 1972 about Ed Muskie, and then moved to Reagan as he added: "So there are these fake kind of stories that come in, but I agree with James Fallows completely with the honey badger idea, nothing Donald Trump says, he can make up stories, but, you know, Ronald Reagan used to fabricate stories."
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN to discuss CNN's town hall on guns with President Barack Obama, Washington Post media columnist Erik Wemple derided the National Rifle Association as "utterly cowardly" for refusing to take part.
Fellow guest and right-leaning CNN political commentator S.E. Cupp then argued that the NRA had "no incentive" to attend because the President treats them and American gun owners as "the problem" while the media have been "overtly hostile" to gun rights supporters. Cupp: "The media has been overtly hostile on this issue, and it's also been hostile and deeply disappointingly unknowledgeable. I have never seen an issue be covered by so many vocal people who know little about guns, so there's no incentive for gun owners to have this conversation."
Both of the media-centered programs on CNN and FNC covered on Sunday the move by the New York Times from Friday to delete a line from an article about President Obama not fully realizing “the anxiety” of Americans following terror attacks due to his lack of exposure to cable news. Other than NPR TV critic Eric Geggans rushing to Obama’s defense on CNN’s Reliable Sources, the other panelists both denounced the Times for what they described as “outrageous,” “perplexing,” and “potentially damning.”
On the first Sunday after the San Bernardino attacks, CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter ignored that in favor of a one-hour program focused on Donald Trump. Then on December 13, Stelter talked to al-Jazeera host (and former CNN anchor) Ali Velshi, and again he skipped over the murders of San Bernardino. Syed Farook? Tashfeen Malik? Stelter's only villain worth discussing was Trump.
Stelter failed to ask the al-Jazeera staffer about the bizarre opinion by an al-Jazeera staffer that mass murderer Malik should not have pictured without her burqa. It was “disrespectful” to the mass shooter. Stelter only felt the pain of Muslim journalists, that they don’t have a “Muslim Jorge Ramos.” In other words, Muslims need an aggressive loudmouth leftist activist or better yet, a leftist activist group of reporters.