Brian Stelter pushes back after Gast says CNN is ‘partisan’

CNN’s Brian Stelter expressed surprise on Sunday when a guest on the Sunday talk show Reliable Sources accused the cable network of being “partisan.”

Joshua Kalla, an assistant professor at Yale University, was invited on-air to discuss a recent study he conducted in which Fox News viewers were paid for watching CNN seven hours a week in September 2020.

Kalla told Stelter that Fox News isn’t the only cable news network dealing with “partisan reporting filtering.”

“Basically, you’re proving what we’ve been feeling for some time,” Stelter said to Kalla. “That means Fox viewers are groping in the dark about bad news for the GOP.”

To which Kalla replied: “That’s right. Fox and CNN cover different topics, and Fox News mostly covers topics that make the GOP look good and the Democrats look bad.

He then added, “On the other hand, CNN also does this partisan reporting filtering.”

As an example, Kalla cited CNN’s lack of significant coverage of the Abraham Accords, the Trump-brokered peace accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

“Fox News covered this really big achievement about 15 times more than CNN,” Kalla said.

“We’ve seen how encouraging both networks are in this partisan coverage filtering. It’s not about one side, it’s about the media that gets capitalized.”

Yale University political scientist Joshua Kalla
Stelter seemed stunned when Joshua Kalla, a political scientist at Yale University, said CNN’s reporting was skewed.

Stelter offered some headwind, telling Kalla, “I think you’re mutually committed there, Josh.”

“I’m not trying to establish moral equivalency,” Kalla replied.

“It’s not about what an objective standard is. It’s really about how all networks participate.”

The professor added: “And for viewers to get a realistic picture of the world, we need viewers to see all kinds of information.”

David Broockman, Joshua Kalla and Brian Stelter on CNN
Kalla and Stanford political scientist David Broockman co-authored a study in which Fox News viewers were paid to watch CNN every day for a month.

“And unfortunately, what we find in the study is that viewers don’t want to commit to watching all sides.”

The study, conducted by Kalla and Stanford political scientist David Broockman, found that watching CNN caused FNC viewers to change their minds on a variety of topics, including COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump and Fox News .

In the past few days, Stelter has publicly attacked the reputation of his network as an organ of the Democratic Party.

Last week, during a conference on disinformation in Chicago, he appeared uncomfortable when a freshman spied on him about his network’s records of spreading false claims.

Stelter has also been scathingly criticized for not reporting on internal scandals that have rocked the network in recent months, including the shocking resignation of then-President Jeff Zucker and the uproar over ex-primetime star Chris Cuomo. Brian Stelter pushes back after Gast says CNN is ‘partisan’


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