This week's Liberal Media Scream features CNN media reporter Brian Stelter urging networks to call President Trump's "freak-outs," adding that they are getting worse.
On his Sunday Reliable Sources show he said, “there is definitely a widespread recognition that Trump's behavior is getting worse in type and in frequency. It seems to be acting more erratic more often. ”But, he complained,“ when you watch a broadcast nightly newscast, how often do you hear about just how far off the road Trump is? Not often enough. Yes, they do note the daily madness, but they rarely connect the dots between freak outs. ”
He praised CNN and MSNBC for being“ better about putting the ugly reality right in the front and center in banners and stories.
Stelter led into his segment with two psychiatrists: “We can't tip around it anymore. We got to talk about this. They are let's talk about it. Let’s do it. Let me bring in two guests, two psychiatrists … ”
Some of the on-screen chyrons displayed by CNN as Stelter laid out his case:
- “ TIPTOEING AROUND TRUMP'S INSTABILITY ”
- “ TRUMP'S ACTIONS RAISE AWKWARD QUESTIONS ABOUT FITNESS ”
- “ WHEN A PRESIDENT'S MENTAL HEALTH IS THE TOP STORY ”
He said,“ The story is playing out every day on our TV screens and Twitter feeds. He is getting worse. We can all see it. Happening in public. But still a very hard, very sensitive story to cover. I'm talking, of course, about President Trump, about his behavior, about his instability, the contradictions, the lies, the complete rejection of reality …. ”
Stelter then recited his records, listing how George Conway said Trump is "mentally unstable," Anthony Scaramucci claimed Trump had a mental breakdown, Trump's "racist remarks about Baltimore" and "The Squad" as well as confusing Dayton with Toledo and canceling his trip to Denmark over the Greenland dispute.
Stelter continued: “Look, all of these stories are covered in the moment, individually, by reporters. News outlets use words like 'erratic,' 'volatile,' 'unstable,' but rarely are Trump's words and actions covered as a whole, rarely until they take it to the next level. Okay, what do you see ̵
“I spent the week talking to major media figures at networks and newspapers. There is definitely widespread recognition that Trump's behavior is getting worse in type and frequency. It seems to be acting more erratic more often. I mean, calling his Federal Reserve chair an enemy and comparing him to the communist leader of China, sending the markets into a free fall, come on?
“Of course, the president is always going to have a choir to back him up, to rationalize the irrational, to make excuses and or to say, hey, he was just kidding. His Fox fans pretend that Trump's worst episodes don't happen at all, or, you know, they blame the media for bad coverage.
“But let's talk about that coverage, everywhere but Fox. When you watch a broadcast nightly newscast, how often do you hear about just how far off the road Trump is? Not often enough. Yes, they do note the daily madness, but they rarely connect the dots between the freak outs.
Now, I do think CNN and MSNBC are better about putting the ugly reality right in the front and center in banners and in stories, but there's not really a vocabulary for this. Not really a format for covering it …. "
" So something's wrong. There are lots of theories about what it is. There are some doctors who think they know. There are others say we should speculate. There are ethical questions about having this conversation at all. But we still tiptoe around it anymore. We got to talk about this. They are let's talk about it. Let’s do it. Let me bring in two guests, two psychiatrists … ”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick:“ The only one suffering from any questions about their mental fitness is Stelter himself, who does not seem to recognize his own Trump Derangement Syndrome, as he presumes every Trump comment that he finds odd is proof of a mental problem. Network news is already 90% negative on Trump, but Stelter sees their shortcomings as not even more derogatory by declaring Trump mentally unfit. ”
Rating: Five out of five screams.