CNN’s ratings-challenged “Dependable Sources” claims to look at the highest media tales on a weekly foundation, however left-wing host Brian Stelter gave MSNBC a cross on Sunday and ignored the liberal community being banned from the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. 

In a short assertion earlier than the courtroom Thursday, Decide Bruce Schroeder addressed an incident wherein an individual who recognized himself as an worker for MSNBC allegedly adopted a sealed bus with blocked out home windows because it left the courthouse to move jurors to an undisclosed location. The story made instant headlines however wasn’t talked about throughout Stelter’s program because the CNN host continued his custom of downplaying or dismissing tales that might put liberal information organizations in a destructive gentle. 

CNN’s Brian Stelter. (Picture by Kevin Mazur/Getty Pictures for CNN)
(Kevin Mazur)

The person noticed following the bus recognized himself as James J. Morrison – and he advised investigators he was instructed to comply with the car, Schroeder added. The choose mentioned Morrison claimed to be working underneath the supervision of an MSNBC producer primarily based in New York. In consequence, MSNBC was banished from the rest of the trial. 

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NBC Information ultimately admitted Morrison was employed by the community as a freelancer, however claimed he “by no means contacted or supposed to contact the jurors throughout deliberations, and by no means photographed or supposed to {photograph} them.”

A serious information community being shunned from a polarizing trial because it dominates the nationwide information cycle would appear good for a program that claims to cowl the media business, however Stelter has an extended historical past of focusing solely on content material vital of conservatives or non-liberal information shops. 

MSNBC was not talked about as soon as through the hour-long program, in accordance with a search of transcripts by way of Grabien Media. 

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MSNBC was banned from the Kyle Rittenhouse trial by Judge Bruce Schroeder. (Photo by Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty Images)

MSNBC was banned from the Kyle Rittenhouse trial by Decide Bruce Schroeder. (Picture by Kim Kulish/Corbis by way of Getty Pictures)
(Kim Kulish/Corbis by way of Getty Pictures)

As an alternative, Stelter handled viewers to segments on conservative media protection of the Rittenhouse trial, an interview with left-wing “1619 Mission” writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, a promotional interview with ABC Information reporter Jonathan Karl about his new guide on Donald Trump, a diatribe about “information whiplash,” and complaining that CNN can’t air trials associated to the January 6. Capitol riot as a result of cameras aren’t allowed in Federal courtroom. 

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Stelter has had a tough time attracting viewers through the Biden period and set 2021 scores lows on back-to-back weeks heading into Sunday’s episode. “Dependable Sources averaged solely 645,000 viewers on Nov. 7 for its smallest viewers of the 12 months. It solely garnered 76,000 viewers among the many key demographic of adults age 25-54 on Nov. 14, for its smallest viewers within the advertiser-coveted class. 

Stelter additionally ignored Liberty Media chairman John Malone, who sits on the Discovery Communications Inc. board of administrators, declaring he desires CNN to revert again to nonpartisan journalism following the completion of a merger that might put the liberal community underneath the Discovery umbrella. 

Brian Stelter has a long history of shielding his tiny audience from media stories that make his liberal peers look bad. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)

Brian Stelter has an extended historical past of defending his tiny viewers from media tales that make his liberal friends look dangerous. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)

Earlier this month, the Washington Submit corrected and eliminated giant chunks of its personal reporting on the discredited Steele file however Stelter ignored it.

In October, he did not acknowledge CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s viral interview with podcast large Joe Rogan, who compelled Gupta to confess CNN shouldn’t have characterised Rogan’s use of ivermectin as “horse dewormer” amid his restoration from COVID. His present beforehand ignored a sexual harassment allegation in opposition to CNN host Chris Cuomo, when veteran TV producer Shelley Ross mentioned the “Cuomo Prime Time” namesake groped her after they labored collectively at ABC Information. 

Stelter has additionally glossed over the Washington Submit’s main correction of its January report that accused Trump of urging Georgia election officers to “discover the fraud,” the main MSNBC management shakeup, Toobin’s firing from The New Yorker following his Zoom name masturbation scandal, and the ousting of MSNBC contributor Jon Meacham after it was revealed he was moonlighting as a speechwriter for the Biden marketing campaign.

In 2019, Stelter fully prevented the revelation that ABC Information had spiked an investigation into convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.  

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Fox Information’ Danielle Wallace and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.