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(RepublicanWire.org) – CNN aired the final episode of “Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter” on Sunday, with the disgraced former host speaking directly to the audience during his final send off.

Amidst tidings of goodbyes and thank you’s, Stelter said he always viewed his role as one of “accountability” and ended his segment by saying, “we must make sure we don’t give platforms to those who are lying to our faces.”

Stelter lied on air during his tenure at CNN about multiple subjects, the most notable being Hunter Biden’s “Laptop from Hell.” Emails and evidence from that laptop, which emerged at the height of the 2020 presidential election, showed that not only was Hunter using crack and was seen with prostitutes, but he engaged in nefarious international dealings that involved his father and future president Joe Biden.

“For all we know, these emails are made up,” Stelter said in 2020. “What we do know is that this is a classic example of the right-wing media machine”

During his send off, Stelter claimed that it’s “looney” to call the media the enemy of the people.

In October of 2021, Stelter had a meltdown on live TV as he pontificated at the prospect of Donald Trump running for president in 2024. He falsely outlined a conspiracy involving “MAGA media” outlets, “insurrectionists,” and the former president, which placed them all in a plot to destroy the republic.

Stelter claimed in his final episode that he was never partisan and that ” it’s not partisan, to stand up for decency and democracy and dialogue. It’s not partisan.”

In April, college freshman Christopher Phillips confronted Stelter at an event centered around ending misinformation. The student correctly reminded Stelter that his network, “pushed the Russian collusion hoax. They pushed the Jussie Smollett hoax. They smeared Justice Kavanaugh as a rapist, and they also smeared Nick Sandmann as a white supremacist. And yes, they dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop affair as pure Russian disinformation.”

Stelter claimed the young man’s charge was one of partisanship as he was thinking of a “different network.”

Stelter said he considered his job as picking the “treasure out of the trash” concerning news stories. In November of 2021, he admitted he was a “useful idiot” over criticism he was facing for incorrectly representing what concerned parents were saying over CRT in schools.

CNN has been plagued with reliably consistent low viewership ratings with Stelter leading the pack of minimal watchers. Stelter’s show would often lose in ratings to reruns of “The Golden Girls,” “Spongebob,” “Peppa Pig,” and “Paw Patrol.”

Earlier in August, reports emerged that CNN was on the “hunt for new revenue” as their ratings plummeted. Their profits have slumped steeply since 2016, reflecting the energy the channel poured into reporting on Donald Trump.

CNN went under new leadership with Chris Licht after former boss Jeff Zucker was ousted from a salacious affair scandal. Stelter thanks Zucker for believing in him during his final goodbye.

Licht, also part of the new management from the newly formed Warner Bros. Discovery conglomerate was set to fire Stelter relatively quickly after taking over.

“I actually thought I didn’t have enough hair to be on TV,” Stelter said in his sendoff along with saying he was rooting for CNN.

(RepublicanWire.org) – CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter last week extolled the importance of journalistic humility, counseling reporters and pundits to admit when they’re wrong, all while continuing to defend his initial dismissal of the Hunter Biden laptop story in October 2020.

During a “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference at the University of Chicago last week, a University of Chicago freshman and journalist from the Chicago Thinker questioned Stelter about many of the network’s recent bias-related fumbles.

“They push the Russian collusion hoax, they push the Jussie Smollett hoax, they smear Justice Kavanaugh as a rapist, and they also smeared Nick Sandmann as a white supremacist. And yes, they dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop affair as pure Russian disinformation,” the student, Christopher Phillips, said.

He asked why “all the mistakes of the mainstream media and CNN, in particular, seem to magically all go in one direction.”

Stelter replied that journalists must “admit it” when they “screw up” to “protect democracy.”

Yet Stelter seemed unwilling to admit his own “screwup” on the Hunter Biden story. In October 2020, he claimed the New York Post story was potentially “made up,” “manufactured,” and a “right-wing media” smear.

Given the chance to redeem himself at the conference, he claimed that critics “don’t know how newsrooms work.”

Stelter again showed this unwillingness to dive into the Hunter Biden story when he had the Atlantic’s Anne Applebaum on his show, Reliable Sources, on Sunday and failed to press the reporter on her own comments about the laptop story at the “disinformation” conference.

College freshman and Chicago Thinker journalist Daniel Schmidt asked Applebaum at the conference if she believes the media acted “inappropriately when they instantly dismissed Hunter Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation.”

“My problem with Hunter Biden’s laptop is, I think, totally irrelevant. I mean, it’s not whether it’s disinformation,” said Applebaum, who focuses much of her journalism on calling out corruption in foreign countries. “I mean, I didn’t think Hunter Biden’s business relationships have anything to do with who should be president of the United States. So, I don’t find it to be interesting. I mean, that would be my problem with that as a major news story.”

However, while Applebaum claims the younger Biden’s business relationships don’t have anything to do with the president, one infamous email purportedly detailed a business arrangement between a Chinese company and the Biden family.

Tony Bobulinski, who is listed as a recipient of the email first published by the New York Post, offered further detail last year in a statement to Fox News on the correspondence in October 2020, which references a proposed equity split: “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?”

“The reference to ‘the Big Guy’ in the much-publicized May 13, 2017, email is in fact a reference to Joe Biden,” said Bobulinski, who says he was brought on as CEO of Sinohawk Holdings by Hunter Biden and James Gilliar, the sender of the email.

Sinohawk “was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family,” he said.

On Sunday’s episode of Reliable Sources, Stelter avoided both his and Applebaum’s comments from the conference.

After initially dismissing the report about the data recovered from Hunter Biden’s laptop left with a Delaware repair shop, the mainstream media have recently gotten on board with the story. The New York Times has authenticated key files from the laptop, as has the Washington Post.

Other outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, have reported that a federal tax probe into the younger Biden is “gaining momentum,” with prosecutors reportedly investigating his sources of foreign income.

(RepublicanWire.org) – You know things are not going the way a Democrat administration wants them to when CNN actually takes them to task.

On Sunday, “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter and a guest shredded the administration of President Joe Biden for the idea it gave off that the press should simply trust its word.

During his show Stelter spoke about two incidents in the past week where government officials insinuated to the press that they would have to take its word for the events it was describing, Mediaite reported.

The administration is claiming that Russia was plotting a false flag operation as justification for an invasion of Ukraine. It also says a suicide bomber was responsible for civilian casualties during a raid in Syria, not U.S. special forces. But in neither case did the government back up their charge with detailed information, and it has bristled at media scrutiny of their claims.

“That is not what journalists do,” the host said. “That is not what journalists are meant to do. Journalists are meant to probe and press for the evidence, regardless of who is in power.”

“I couldn’t believe this,” he said of the way administration officials had been handling members of the press.

His guest David Zurwarik, who used to be a media columnist for the Baltimore Sun, also condemned the administration.

“I think the Biden administration thought just because they weren’t Trump they were going to get some kind of free ride, and it’s outrageous!” he said. “We trust no one. That is what we do.”

The incident that garnered the most attention last week was the press briefing on the supposed Russian false flag plot when State Department spokesman Ned Price was confronted by Matt Lee of the Associated Press, who demanded to see evidence of such a plot and not simply the word of Price, and that is where things got heated.

LEE:  So you said “actions such as these suggest otherwise” – suggest meaning that they suggest they’re not interested in talks and they’re going to go ahead with some kind of a – what action are you talking about?

PRICE: One, the actions I have just pointed to, the fact –

LEE: What action? What —

PRICE: The fact that Russia continues to engage in disinformation campaigns.

LEE: Well no, you’ve made an allegation that they might do that. Have they actually done it?

PRICE: What we know, Matt, is what we – what I have just said, that they have engaged in this activity, in this planning activity —

LEE: Well, engage in what – hold on a second. What activity?

PRICE: But let me – let me – because obviously this is not – this is not the first time we’ve made these reports public. You’ll remember that just a few weeks ago –

LEE: I’m sorry, made what report public?

PRICE: If you let me finish, I will tell you what report we made public.

LEE: Okay.

PRICE: We told you a few weeks ago that we have information indicating Russia also has already pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine. So that, Matt, to your Lee, is an action that Russia has already taken.

LEE: No, it’s an action that you say that they have taken, but you have shown no evidence to confirm that. And I’m going to get to the next Lee here, which is: What is the evidence that they – I mean, this is – like, crisis actors? Really? This is like Alex Jones territory you’re getting into now. What evidence do you have to support the idea that there is some propaganda film in the making?

PRICE: Matt, this is derived from information known to the U.S. Government, intelligence information that we have declassified. I think you know —

LEE: Okay, well, where is it? Where is this information?

PRICE: It is intelligence information that we have declassified.

LEE: Well, where is it? Where is the declassified information?

PRICE: I just delivered it.

LEE: No, you made a series of allegations and statements —

PRICE: Would you like us to print out the topper? Because you will see a transcript of this briefing that you can print out for yourself.

LEE: But that’s not evidence, Ned. That’s you saying it. That’s not evidence. I’m sorry.

PRICE: What would you like, Matt?

LEE: I would like to see some proof that you – that you can show that —

PRICE: Matt, you have been —

LEE: — that shows that the Russians are doing this.

PRICE: You —

LEE: Ned, I’ve been doing this for a long time, as you know.

PRICE: I know. That was my point. You have been doing this for quite a while.

LEE: I have.

PRICE: You know that when we declassify intelligence, we do so in a means —

LEE: That’s right. And I remember WMDs in Iraq, and I —

PRICE: — we do so with an eye to protecting sources and methods.

LEE: And I remember that Kabul was not going to fall. I remember a lot of things. So where is the declassified information other than you coming out here and saying it?

PRICE: Matt, I’m sorry you don’t like the format, but we have —

LEE: It’s not the format. It’s the content.

PRICE: I’m sorry you don’t like the content. I’m sorry you —

LEE: It’s not that I don’t like it or —

PRICE: I’m sorry you are doubting the information that is in the possession of the U.S. Government.

LEE: No, I —

PRICE: What I’m telling you is that this is information that’s available to us. We are making it available to you in order – for a couple reasons. One is to attempt to deter the Russians from going ahead with this activity. Two, in the event we’re not able to do that, in the event the Russians do go ahead with this, to make it clear as day, to lay bare the fact that this has always been an attempt on the part of the Russian Federation to fabricate a pretext.

LEE: Yes, but you don’t have any evidence to back it up other than what you’re saying. It’s like you’re saying, “We think – we have information the Russians may do this,” but you won’t tell us what the information is. And then when you’re asked —

PRICE: Well, that is the idea behind deterrence, Matt. That is the idea behind deterrence.

LEE: When you’re asked – and when you’re asked —

PRICE: It is our hope that the Russians don’t go forward with this.

LEE: And when you’re asked what the information is, you say, “I just gave it to you.” But that’s not what —

PRICE: You seem not to understand —

LEE: That’s not the way it works.

PRICE: You seem not to understand the idea of deterrence.

LEE: No, no, no, Ned. You don’t – you seem not to understand the idea of —

PRICE: We are trying to deter the Russians from moving forward with this type of activity. That is why we are making it public today. If the Russians don’t go forward with this, that is not ipso facto an indication that they never had plans to do so.

LEE: But then it’s unprovable. I mean, my God, what is the evidence that you have that suggests that the Russians are even planning this?

PRICE: Matt, you —

LEE: I mean, I’m not saying that they’re not. But you just come out and say this and expect us just to believe it without you showing a shred of evidence that it’s actually true – other than when I ask or when anyone else asks what’s the information, you said, well, I just gave it to you, which was just you making a statement.

PRICE: Matt, you said yourself you’ve been in this business for quite a long time. You know that when we make information – intelligence information public we do so in a way that protects sensitive sources and methods. You also know that we do so – we declassify information – only when we’re confident in that information.

LEE: But Ned, you haven’t given any information.

PRICE: If you doubt – if you doubt the credibility of the U.S. Government, of the British Government, of other governments, and want to find solace in information that the Russians are putting out —

LEE: Solace?

PRICE: — that is for you to do.

LEE: I don’t want – I’m not asking what the Russian Government is putting out. And what do you – what is that supposed to mean?