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Stelter says Trump is a ‘conspiracy theorist’


America is swearing in a conspiracy theorist as president next month, according to Brian Stelter.

“Yeah, President-elect Trump is many things,” the CNN media reporter and “Reliable Sources” host said in a segment Monday. “To his voters, he’s a beloved figure. But one of the things he is, is a conspiracy theorist.”

Stelter said Trump “latched on to a number of [conspiracy] theories” during the campaign, including an unsubstantiated claim that he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheering on 9/11.

“And he’s also in a few different cases tweeted out links to clearly fake news stories,” Stelter continued. “Now, that hasn’t happened in recent days. I would say it’s been about a week since he tweeted something that was clearly false — he said there have been millions of illegal votes. That didn’t happen.”

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Cenk Uygur & Brian Stelter discuss media’s primary election coverage, particularly super delegates.


“I would love the media – for there to be a month without polls… This obsession that goes into polls, the amount of money that goes into polls, the amount of times polls get it wrong and yet determine the way people go – Instead, pour that energy, investigation and money into peoples’ records.

Amy Goodman, interviewed on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter Sunday. She calls out the corporate media’s “obsession with polls,” addresses “overhyping of Trump” and calls for greater Muslim representation in media.

See all of Democracy Now!’s 2016 election coverage. 

Sunday was a historic day at Standing Rock, but the major Sunday shows completely ignored the protests again!? 

While the main Sunday shows ignored it, CNN’s Brian Stelter and MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid covered #NoDAPL in depth. And of course, no one covered this story better than Amy Goodman and Democracy Now.
Brian Stelter's piece on the media coverage of Occupy Wall Street is a pretty solid read, with some good numbers.

An analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism indicates that the movement occupied 10 percent of its sample of national news coverage in the week beginning Oct. 9, then steadily represented about 5 percent through early November.

Coverage dipped markedly, to just 1 percent of the national news hole, in the week beginning Nov. 6, supporting Ms. Shepard’s assertion that it had “died down” before the early morning eviction in New York last Tuesday. It has since rebounded strongly.

But really, the key line of the story is this one: “Newspapers and television networks have been rebuked by media critics for treating the movement as if it were a political campaign or a sideshow — by many liberals for treating the protesters dismissively, and by conservatives, conversely, for taking the protesters too seriously. The protesters themselves have also criticized the media — first for ostensibly ignoring the movement and then for marginalizing it.” The lesson from this? You can’t please everyone, but you can annoy everyone all at once.


Beloved New York Times media reporter David Carr died suddenly on Thursday night, leaving friends, readers, and colleagues reeling from the unimaginable loss. Known for his blunt humor and generous spirit, Carr was one of journalism’s sharpest media critics. As his friend and former colleague Brian Stelter put it, “He was the best and most important media reporter of our time and he was explaining this revolution that’s happening to the world around us.” Here, some wit and wisdom from his writings and interviews.

On truth:

“Keep in mind that when public figures get in trouble for something they said, it is usually not because they misspoke, but because they accidentally told the truth.” — “The Puppetry of Quotation Approval”

On love:

“If marriage is about deciding to love on a daily basis, I have woken up to a no-brainer every day since.”

On the best journalism advice he could give:

“Keep typing until it turns into writing.” — 2013 Reddit AMA

On hard work:

“No one is going to give a damn about your résumé; they want to see what you have made with your own little fingers.” — The Night of the Gun

On New York:

“The trick of enjoying New York is not to be so busy grinding your way to the center of the earth that you fail to notice the sparkle of the place, a scale and a kind of wonder that puts all human endeavors in their proper place.” — The Night of the Gun

On impostor syndrome:

“I now inhabit a life I don’t deserve, but we all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn’t end any time soon.” — The Night of the Gun

Ex-Reagan Adviser: 'Brainwashing Bubble' Hurting GOP (VIDEO)
Fox News is nothing more than a "brainwashing bubble" making conservatives destroy themselves. Who said that? A former top Ronald Reagan adviser.
By Stephen D Foster Jr

Fox News is nothing more than a “brainwashing bubble” making conservatives destroy themselves. Who said that? A former top Ronald Reagan adviser.


Donald Trump’s idea of “media bias” is simply journalists doing their jobs.

What would happen if HBO no longer had the pay-TV industry’s marketing team propping it up all the time? The results would be disastrous, and there’s no way that HBO could make up in online volume the number of subscribers it would lose from cable. Which is why, even though some users would actually pay more for access to HBO GO without all the other cable channels, you won’t see it show up as a standalone service anytime soon.
—  Despite a grassroots campaign launched online called “Take my money, HBO!” the premium channel says it will remain on cable and satellite for the time being with no digital-only option. [via New York Times]
CNN reportedly just hired one of the New York Times' best reporters. Will be fun to watch.

CNN has hired Brian Stelter, the New York Times media reporter, to serve as the new host of “Reliable Sources” its Sunday media program, and as a full-time media reporter on its digital side, POLITICO has learned.

Stelter will leave the New York Times – likely before the end of the month – in order to take on the new job. In addition to hosting “Reliable,” Stelter will report on the media throughout that week for the CNN website.

This is the kind of story Brian Stelter would break … if it was about someone else.

Carr, Stelter answer questions about media, New York Times at SXSW “Page One” documentary screening

Page One,” a movie about The New York Times, was screened at SXSW on Friday night. Steve Myers attended the screening and the Q&A that followed with David Carr and Brian Stelter and recorded the conversation, which we are publishing below (accompanied by the sound of Steve typing).

Documentary director Andrew Rossi spent 14 months with the media reporters at the Times. The movie premiered at Sundance in January, to positive reviews.

Here are some highlights from their SXSW conversation, which included a discussion of Arianna Huffington and AOL, NPR, the New York Times pay wall and more.

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Major Networks Not Airing Obama’s Immigration Speech, But Guess Who Is

Major Networks Not Airing Obama’s Immigration Speech, But Guess Who Is

The major television networks like ABC, NBC, and CBS will not be airing President Obama’s immigration speech tonight from Las Vegas, and it has many wondering why.

Mediaite reports that Obama’s primetime speech, where he’s expected to announce he’s using executive action to stop the deportation of millions of illegals (in other words executive amnesty), isn’t going to make it on national…

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