Oh, Brian Stelter. Even for the halls of CNN, you are one smug, biased, liberal waste of space. You’re a disgrace to your profession.
Here’s a bit of Stelter’s article from Wednesday, telling readers about an employee of a Sinclair-owned station in Nebraska who was so sickened by that overblown controversy about the script that local news anchors were asked to read that he resigned in protest.
“Justin Simmons gave notice at KHGI TV on March 26. This was after Sinclair’s corporate headquarters mandated that local anchors read the controversial promos warning of ‘fake’ and biased news, but before the promos went viral and became a national topic of discussion,” Stelter reported. “Simmons told CNNMoney that he had been concerned about Sinclair’s corporate mandates for the past year and a half, and that the promos were just the final straw.
“Simmons’ decision to quit is a dramatic example of the tensions that exist between Sinclair-owned newsrooms and the company’s Maryland-based management. Staffers like Simmons feel that the conservative owners of Sinclair are interfering in local news coverage,” he wrote.
Stelter goes on like this for nearly 1,000 words, yet never manages to get around to telling readers that Simmons isn’t just a run-of-the-mill Sinclair employee. No, indeed, he is a leftist activist who has made a (mild) name for himself in recent years with highly-visible (read: easily researchable) protests against conservative figures like Trump and Paul Ryan and support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“When we took over @SpeakerRyan ‘s podium protesting to #GetMoneyOut at a @DemSpring protest,” Simmons tweeted in 2015, sharing a video of himself and his fellow activists storming the stage.
“Nebraska isn’t going to stand for the systemic racism that we have in our country and in our police force,” Simmons told a local news station in May 2016 after organizing a BLM march. “Most importantly, we want to open people’s minds and show them that the Black Lives Matter movement is mostly peaceful.”
Note that he participated in this activism while working as a “journalist” for the Sinclair-owned station he just resigned from, proving that he has the same attitude towards ethical reporting as CNN. It’s no wonder he was so offended by Sinclair’s script bashing the biased mainstream media. He probably felt it hit a little too close to home.
Too bad CNN fans (all three of you) will never know.