Credit to Jason Howerton for tracking down these two tweets from CNN’s Brian Stelter, who seems upset that Fox News is using short video clips of Joe Biden to arouse doubts about his mental capacity.
They really shouldn’t make it this easy. pic.twitter.com/IdB1rP25ih
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) March 11, 2020
This is from Tuesday night:
Tonight, like every other night, Fox's prime time shows have been deriding Biden and airing doubts about his capacity, using short video clips. Now Biden is speaking live about his primary victories, and Fox isn't showing his speech.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 11, 2020
And this is from August:
Trump's mental health keeps being invoked by commentators online and on TV. The volume is much louder as of late…https://t.co/dZFc4ie8JD
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 26, 2019
Normally we wouldn’t care much except, as we wrote recently, Stelter has literally spent weeks questioning President Trump’s mental fitness and having on quacks like Bandy X. Lee who want Trump put under a 72-hour psychiatric hold and tested because of a tweet he sent. (For what it’s worth, Lee just posted an essay on Medium explaining “why a declination to diagnose Biden is in keeping with professional standards.” “I do not diagnose without examination and do not speak about public figures in general,” she writes, even though she goes on “Reliable Sources” to encourage Trump to be locked up over a tweet.)
So we don’t see any possible objection to Fox News showing clips of Biden’s gaffes — voters ought to see them. And if they cut away from Biden’s victory speech, that’s their prerogative. I probably wasn’t longer than 10 minutes anyway.
He's reading off a teleprompter, and STILL getting it wrong. His speech in no way contradicts the point that he isn't sharp enough to be President.
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) March 11, 2020
I’ve heard MSM question Trump’s capacity idk how many times. With Biden… silence. Watch out for whoever bargains for that running mate position. They’re 1 power hungry human ?
— Denise L. Verrier (@verrier_l) March 11, 2020
The Stelter Rule:
Nothing you say today has any connection to what you said yesterday.
— James Champagne (@JamesCh89793620) March 11, 2020
The debates between Biden and POTUS are going to be brutal. Biden isnt all there mentally, plus Biden has a corrupt son who is dodging child support ?
— YulBrennar86 (@Ramrod19861) March 11, 2020
Among other things?♀️
— Brenda L. (@fibarda) March 11, 2020
Those cats at CNN live in an alternate reality. Coherent and sane people know it and just laugh and ignore them.
— Steve Litvin (@steve_litvin) March 11, 2020
I'm starting to think Fox News might need to file a restraining order against you or something …
— The ? FOO (@PolitiBunny) March 11, 2020
Would really hate to shine a black light in the room where he watches Fox News
— Ryan Franklin (@rfranklinaz) March 11, 2020
Gross, but funny.
The bias is palpable! But nobody can deny Biden doesn’t have all of his faculties. #BidensCognitiveDecline
— (((WW+))) (@7lifeisart) March 11, 2020
The most fake news thing that CNN has ever done is to pretend Biden is okay. We have eyes. It's honestly disgusting what you and the DNC are doing to him.
— bucs2829 (@bucs2829) March 11, 2020
Now explain Biden's dementia rage at the auto plant today.
— earlforagirl (@earlforagirl) March 11, 2020
@brianstelter Would be great on a college TV station. Not a big school mind you. Maybe 3000 students tops. Preferably located in a very liberal community. Local cable access. Maybe an occasional live spot for community parades.
— Rick Saulle (@RickSaulle) March 11, 2020
Brian's predictable defense will be that he's only reporting on what's being reported on and by reporting on the reporting, making absolutely no passive aggressive stand on the subject itself.
— Good Dog, Blue. ? (@sasimmons) March 11, 2020
“Trump’s mental health keeps being invoked by commentators online and on TV” — meaning by Stelter himself and maybe one of his pals at CNN, like Chris Cillizza.
— El Grunto (@EGrunto) March 11, 2020
They are such hypocrites.
— Connie ?? (@conniejhorn) March 11, 2020
— It's still 2016 apparently (@jtLOL) March 11, 2020
LOL, do you not remember your own statements regarding Trump's mental health? Honestly, your fixation with Fox is kinda disturbing. Do you not remember CNN not showing portions of Trump's speeches? LOL
Dear lord, Brian get some help.
— Paul A Marketos (@PaulAMarketos) March 11, 2020
Does the name Dr. Brandy Lee mean anything to you? Do you ever show the crowds at Trump rallies? Spare us the lecture and your B.S.
— Think4urself (@think4urself6) March 11, 2020
These responses from CNN always reminds me of adolescent kids that can't accept losses and constantly create bogus excuses
— Steve Davis (@stdavis911) March 11, 2020
Does he really know what he’s saying. Does he really want to go there?
— lynn jones (@lynnjon06912464) March 11, 2020
Wah, Waaahhh, buck up Stelter. Joe is his own worst enemy. It's only going to get worse. He just isn't able to be President. I'd hate to have him utter some nonsense to any foreign dignitary totally opposite of what he meant to say.He needs to retire and wait for the AG.
— J Smith (@beyou2006) March 11, 2020
Brian Stelter is full of……malarkey
— Alexandretta Oregano-Chorizo (@WEST00261008) March 11, 2020
So says @brianstelter whose network switched from a presser by the VP and task force to a @CNN town hall with little Mike. Don't forget how Brian propped up #CreepyPornLawyer @MichaelAvenatti calling him a contender to beat @POTUS.
— BK Creech (@CreechBk) March 11, 2020
Stelter’s mental condition is detonating. We should ask a psycharist to observe him while he is online, get a professional opinion, and get him removed. Isn’t that all it takes????
— Fifth Wheel⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@LillianSnider3) March 11, 2020
He’s got Bandy X. Lee on speed-dial … plus they’re pals. She’d do it.
Anyone have a mirror handy? Brian Stelter's take on Biden health rumors is 'your self-awareness fail of the day' https://t.co/Uz4hY2AnOh
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 10, 2019
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