Update: Chris Phillips, the student who confronted Stelter, took to social media and confirmed the CNN anchor spoke to him personally following the event.
Phillips claimed, however, one of his major questions still went unanswered.
CNN eunuch Brian Stelter was called out publicly over his network’s promotion of several news stories that have turned out to be major fake news fabrications.
The exchange happened Thursday during a discussion on “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” co-hosted by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and the globalist Atlantic publication.
“You’ve also spoken extensively about Fox News being a purveyor of disinformation, but CNN is right up there with them,” first year student Christopher Phillips said addressing the panel.
“They pushed the Russian collusion hoax, they pushed the Jussie Smollett hoax, they smeared Justice Kavanaugh as a rapist. They also smeared Nick Sandmann as a white supremacist,” Phillips stated, adding, “and, yes, they dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop affair as pure Russian disinformation.”
The student proceeded to drive the point home, asking Stelter, “With mainstream corporate journalist becoming little more than apologists and cheerleaders for the regime, is it time to finally declare that the canon of journalistic ethics is dead, or no longer operative?”
“All the mistakes of the mainstream media and CNN in particular seem to magically all go in one direction,” he continued. “Are we expected to believe that this is all just some sort of random coincidence or is there something else behind it?”
Far from defending his network, Stelter initially responded to the straightforward question by joking it was time for lunch before dismissing the student, claiming he was espousing “a popular right-wing narrative.”
“I think you’re describing a different channel than the one I watch, but I understand that’s a popular right-wing narrative about CNN,” Stelter answered.
The CNN Reliable Sources host went on to deflect the question by telling an anecdote about CNN reporters helping a wounded Fox News journalist in Ukraine.
Stelter also attempted to gaslight the student claiming that he was “imagining” the situation just outlined because the public is unaware of what happens in newsrooms.
“And with regards to the regime – I think you mean President Biden – the last time I spoke with a Biden aide we yelled at each other,” Stelter said.
“So that’s the reality of the news business that people don’t see, that people don’t hear. They imagine that it’s a situation that simply is not.”
Stelter finished avoiding the question by concluding the student’s question “speaks to the failure of journalism to show our work and show the reality of how our profession operates.”