Brian Stelter does not like to be called a “critic.” He’s a reporter:
if you were “mostly a fan,” you’d know I’m not a critic or ombudsman, I’m a full-time reporter about media.
But as CNN Commentary noted:
If he really insists he is a news correspondent, then he needs to reel back his opinion-casting and critiquing and just stick to reporting the facts.
On today’s program Mr. Stelter got it into his head that Kelly Ripa was being mistreated due to sexism:
BRIAN STELTER: Now, you might just say this is a squabble between a bunch of multimillionaires, but you also might view it this way, as a case of another female television star being mismanaged by mostly male executives…I wonder if you think there’s a gender dynamic at play here. I sure think there is….
STELTER: Now, listen, maybe she was very, very angry, but would she have been covered this way if she were a man? And, frankly, would she have been treated this way by ABC if she were a man?
Once again Brian “I’m not a media critic” Stelter is off criticizing the media, and for good measure opining that he is sure there was a “gender dynamic” to how ABC treated Kelly Ripa.
The manner in which they did it is angering female staffers … They took her out while she was on maternity leave and buried it on a day when there’s serious news.
But in this case it wasn’t ABC. It was a network called CNN. And the gender angle is not just someone’s opinion: Kate Bolduan was away for maternity leave and had just given birth. Very few men find themselves in that situation. Yet we could find nothing from Mr. Stelter in searches of CNN’s website expressing any concern at all over what his bosses did to Kate Boulduan—a situation that’s a stronger case for “sexism” than the one he opined about today.
We don’t know why the Ripa matter got Stelter’s sexism senses tingling, yet Kate didn’t even make a ripple. The Cable Gamer reports, you decide.