I’ll give Brian Stelter this much: He lived every day working at CNN like it was his last.
On Aug. 21, the venerable potato hosted his final episode of his show “Reliable Sources.” With that title, it never seemed like a good fit to me; having Stelter in that role was was a bit like having Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hunter S. Thompson and Dorothy Parker hosting a panel show called “Sober Writers Today.”
Unless he gets rehired by the network — and I don’t believe CNN could ever be that dysfunctional, although it has surprised me in that department before — he’s breathed his last on the cable giant.
And he went out by telling America and the world that “we must make sure we don’t give platforms to those lying to our faces.” Which, unless he was telling us that CNN had made the right choice in canceling his show, was pretty much the worst — and yet, pretty much the most Stelter-esque — way he could have possibly exited stage far-left.
Just in case you’d missed the news: Last week, Stelter confirmed that CNN had canceled “Reliable Sources” in a long-anticipated move.
“It was a rare privilege to lead a weekly show focused on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential,” said the network’s chief media correspondent and host of the poorly rated Sunday show in a statement to NPR. He announced he was also leaving the network.
Since CNN’s parent company merged with Discovery Inc. earlier this year, top executives have signaled they wanted the cable channel to move back to straight news coverage. Stelter was viewed to be first on the chopping block due to his nakedly partisan stances and low audience numbers.
Stelter began his final two-and-a-half minutes on CNN by relating an emotional-if-geeky statement about how he’d been “a media junkie for a long time” and how he “was the kid who spent his days building the school website and producing the school TV show.”
“And deep down inside, I think I’m still that kid,” Stelter said.
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