The horserace for the honor of this week’s top knucklehead came down to two clowns who were hellbent on outdoing one another. We had the incomparable Whoopi Goldberg putting her utter witlessness regarding issues of race on full display, which earned her a suspension from ABC/Disney; something which is extraordinarily difficult to accomplish for a hardcore leftist like Whoopi. In the end, however, we just couldn’t ignore the absolute stupidity of the venerable Brian Stelter of CNN, who completely trashed whatever credibility the all-but-dead network had left.
Winner: Brian Stelter questions why Americans would trust the word of Joe Rogan over CNN, then is exposed as totally untrustworthy.
CNN had another brutal week, and in fact, CNN is having a pretty brutal decade. Their viewership ratings are somewhere between those of the Bassmaster Fishing Series and reruns of The Flintstones. Their overall journalistic integrity ranks up there with The National Enquirer. And apparently, the sexual shenanigans in their work environments would make Caligula blush.
On Monday, Stelter decided to go on a rant and trash Joe Rogan while trying to prop up his own network, which included the following:
“Not all opinions are created equal. You think about major newsrooms like CNN that have health departments and desks and operations that work hard on verifying information on Covid-19. And then you have talk show stars like Joe Rogan who just wing it, who make it up as they go along. And because figures like Rogan are trusted by people that don’t trust real newsrooms, we have a tension, a problem, that’s much bigger than Spotify, much bigger than any single platform.”
First, the question of who is the we to which Stelter alludes is unclear. But, if by we Stelter means CNN, then he is absolutely correct. CNN has a much bigger problem than competing with any individual platform… a much, much bigger problem.
Joe Rogan is no conservative, in fact, he leans heavily to the left. He supported Bernie Sanders during the 2020 primaries, for crying out loud. But Rogan has credibility because he’s honest. He’s upfront with what he says and why he says it. And he admits when he makes a mistake. Plus, he has more likability than all the on-air CNN personalities combined. Meanwhile, CNN has none of those attributes.
CNN spent eight years kissing the backside of Barack Obama while simultaneously pretending to be a legitimate news organization. CNN was perhaps the biggest promoter of the Russia Hoax, parading in Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on an almost-daily basis to spout out one lie or another regarding President Trump. And, more recently, CNN essentially functioned as the Public Relations wing of disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration, bringing him onto the network regularly with his equally disgraced little brother, Chris.
What earns Stelter his spot as Knucklehead of the Week, however, is what we learned only two days after Stelter’s anti-Rogan diatribe. On Wednesday, former President of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker, resigned after an internal investigation revealed he’d been having intimate relations with a subordinate. But what really stuck out from this news was two items: 1) the woman with whom Zucker was sleeping, Allison Gollust, was once the communications director for Andrew Cuomo, and 2) Brian Stelter attacked the outlet Radar Online in his newsletter last month, the day before they published a piece detailing… wait for it… the affair between Zucker and Gollust.
So, consider the timeline. A month ago, Stelter goes on the offensive as Zucker’s pit bull, trying to discredit Radar Online. The next day, Radar Online publishes a story claiming that Zucker – Stelter’s boss at the time – had been banging Allison Gollust, who has close ties with Andrew Cuomo. Then, that story turns out to be true, causing Zucker to resign only two days after Stelter was hollering about Joe Rogan lacking reliability.
As the saying goes, ‘those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,’ yet Brian Stelter was residing in the most fragile of glass houses whilst launching cinder blocks. Brian Stelter and his comrades at CNN are some of the least credible “journalists” in the industry, and for Stelter to be pointing fingers at anyone and questioning their trustworthiness makes him a knucklehead.
Honorable Mention #1: Whoopi Goldberg claims the most appalling example of racism in human history wasn’t about race.
If you’re going to be someone who constantly accuses others of being racist, then you probably don’t want to put your own racism out there for everyone to see, but that’s exactly what Whoopi Goldberg did this week. Whoopi clearly isn’t a big fan of Jewish folks, as evidenced by various statements she’s made over the years regarding Israel and Palestine, and on Monday she explained, “let’s be truthful about it because the Holocaust isn’t about race.” Really, Whoopi? Please, tell us more, you intellectual powerhouse, you.
Adolf Hitler – you may have heard of him, Whoopi, he was the architect of the Holocaust – spoke almost exclusively about race, not religion, when referring to Jews, including this quote from his book Mein Kampf, “All who are not of a good race are chaff.” And, since Whoopi was apparently absent that day from History class, Hitler’s most famous quote on the matter was his desire to achieve “the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe.” Whoopi Goldberg isn’t just a buffoon, she’s a blatant Jew-hating buffoon.
Honorable Mention #2: Susan Sarandon compares the funeral for murdered NYPD officer to ‘fascism.’
We clearly have a trend this week. All three of our honorees lack a basic understanding of important terms. Brian Stelter doesn’t understand what ‘truth’ means, Whoopi Goldberg is clueless about the definition of ‘racism,’ and actress Susan Sarandon has no concept of ‘fascism.’ Yet all three felt compelled to weigh in on those topics.
Sarandon, of Thelma and Louise fame, posted a picture of thousands of New York City police in dress-blue uniforms gathered last week for the funeral of a slain officer with the statement, “I’m gonna tell my kids this is what fascism looks like.” There are so many absurdities about Sarandon’s statement, it’s not even worth our while to cite them all. Therefore, let’s give Ms. Sarandon some solid advice. You can tell your kids whatever you want, Susan, this is a free country, after all. But a word of caution: when you tell them BS like that, there’s a risk they’re going to end up being an idiot like you someday… food for thought.
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