CNN's Keilar Gushes Over Cartoon Dramatization of Mueller Report

NewsBusters | 7/11/2019 | Staff
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On CNN Right Now Wednesday, host Brianna Keilar gushed over a cartoon dramatization of the Mueller report. An excited Keilar talked about how “there’s now an entertaining way that you can catch up” on the details of the Mueller report.” This “entertaining way” came in the form of a graphic novel designed to follow Insider’s instructions to “tell a story recounting Mueller’s report that’s so gripping it will hold your attention (and maybe your congressional representative’s).”

Keilar gleefully reported that “what they got is supposed to read like a thriller and it covers all of the major moments,” including President Trump asking for loyalty from James Comey, the “oval office screaming match where the President demanded more protection from his then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions,” as well as the President’s order to fire the Special Counsel. In other words, it looks like Insider has created a cartoon version of an impeachment roadmap.

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After summarizing the main points of the cartoon, Keilar brought on Nicholas Carlson, the Global Editor-in-Chief of Insider, Incorporated to discuss the cartoon further; apparently ignoring the old adage “a picture paints 1,000 words.” In the case of this cartoon dramatization, it seems like the pictures only paint three words: “Trump obstructed justice.”

Not surprisingly, the cartoon featured very unflattering visual portrayals of President Trump, painting him as extremely angry and unhinged. Specifically, the portrayal of President Trump’s order to fire Special Counsel Mueller featured President Trump angrily screaming into a cell phone, with the light from the phone illuminating his face in the contrast of a dark background. Keilar brought up the illustrations during her interview with Carlson, describing them as “creative liberties.”

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Carlson told Keilar that he did not see the cartoon as a substitute for reading the Mueller report and urged lawmakers to download the audio version of the Mueller...
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