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Talk about an awful, no good, very bad day for CNN’s Reliable Sources host and walking Twitter ratio Brian Stelter. On Tuesday, Stelter peddled the arguments in favor of Jussie Smollett during two CNN shows, suggested Smollett will now go down as “the victim” in all this.
And to make matters worse, Stelter took to Twitter and got ratioed into orbit by suggesting those still critical of Smollett should watch themselves because none of us were actually there that night in Chicago when whatever happened took place.
Tweet - Journalist - On-air
Yes, we’ll get to that infamous tweet, but let’s go first to what this very unreliable journalist said on-air.
First flagged by our buddy David Rutz at the Washington Free Becaon, the most nonsensical set of on-air comments came during Inside Politics when he told fill-in host Nia-Malika Henderson that the “a key part of the story” is that Smollett can “get back to work” as an actor.
Stelter - Take - Lunacy - Smollett - Villain
It was here that Stelter dropped a thermonuclear take of lunacy that Smollett’s no longer the “villain” but instead the “victim”:
[T]he narrative has once again changed from victim, you know, to villain, back to victim. It's been very confusing...People don't know what to believe and we may never really know what happened on that street that night in Chicago, but for his fans, for his friends, this is a triumphant moment that he can now get back to what he wants to do, which is work.
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Rewinding to the previous hour and show At This Hour (before Smollett and his team spoke), Stelter immediately touted what he had heard from Smollett’s team as if it were fact. Legal analyst Joey Jackson was a passenger on this runaway train, placing blame on Chicago Police for having “[p]oisoned the entirety of the jury pool” because it was they who had made...
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