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Brian Stelter Tries to Debunk Project Veritas Bombshell, His Google Results Say It All

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Maybe Brian Stelter should rethink what “reliable sources” means.

As word spread this week about the Project Veritas sting operation that suggested Google executives are deliberately working to skew the results of the 2020 election, CNN’s top media expert swung into action.

He ended up embarrassing himself, his network, and what used to be called “journalism” with one unbelievable tweet.

The host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” was responding to a Twitter post by The New York Times’s Charlie Warzel downplaying the significance of the whole damning report.

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For anyone who’s seen the video (now removed from YouTube) of Jen Gennai, Google’s head of “Responsible Innovation,” bragging that Google is the only company big enough to prevent another “Trump situation” in the 2020 election, Stelter’s tweet is a ridiculous way to handle the story.

Stelter was at least curious enough about the story to turn to his favorite search engine to learn more. He was apparently surprised he could find no “reliable news account” about what took place.


“[A]watching fox, seeing the talk shows promote project veritas, i googled for a reliable news account about what’s going on… and… can’t really find one,” Stelter wrote.

Is the establishment media deliberately squelching this Google story?

For most people the stupidity of that statement would be self-evident, but most people aren’t getting paid by CNN to act as a media critic — a role that requires more obfuscation of the media’s bias in the Trump years than evaluation of it.

Other Twitter users had no problem pointing out that when looking for evidence of wrongdoing, going to the alleged wrongdoer may not be the best way to reach the truth.

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In Stelter’s defense, it wasn’t his fault that the story has been ignored by what he calls “reliable” news organizations. The establishment media has kept disgracefully silent about a major story that concerns the future of American democracy.

Stelter’s biggest fault is his arrogant presumption of what a “reliable” source is.

Even his Google search would have turned up mention of the story — just not stories from websites that liberals like Stelter prefer to patronize.

But in leaving it to sites like The Western Journal, The Washington Times, and Breitbart to cover, at least the establishment media was merely advertising their bias by staying silent (though The Washington Post did put out a short video showing Sen. Ted Cruz questioning a Google representative at a Senate hearing about the story).

Stelter decided to broadcast his ignorance — or bias — publicly.

And there’s the real story.

The people who claim to protect the country from the supposed ravages of Donald Trump’s presidency are the same ones who are distorting, or deliberately ignoring, a technological stranglehold on American Democracy.

It’s no secret that major technology companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter have been at war with conservative news outlets and Trump supporters.

Stelter’s Twitter post, essentially denying a major story about the establishment media and American democracy, takes things to a new level.

It’s another sign of a very real danger to the whole idea of a democracy and an informed electorate – the kind of thing “journalists” actually used to believe in.

But journalists used to be “reliable” too.

Heading into the 2020 election season, Americans need to be thinking very carefully about what that word means.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.
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