Breitbart Editor Tells Brian Stelter It’s ‘Defamatory’ to Call Breitbart a ‘White Nationalist Website’
During today’s broadcast of CNN’s Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter brought on Breitbart senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak to discuss, among other things, his new book ‘How Trump Won’ and Breitbart’s media role in a Trump Administration.
After some conversation about Breitbart’s audience and how Pollak feels it is their job to provide them the information the need, Stelter turned the conversation to how the site covers a “doomsday version” of crime. Pollak’s response was to go after CNN for something surrounding George Zimmerman.
“I don’t know what you’re referring to,” Pollak said. “I do remember CNN editing George Zimmerman’s 911 call in 2012.”
Stelter and Pollak went back and forth on that for a bit, with Stelter wondering aloud if he meant NBC, Pollak countering that CNN reported it too and Stelter noting he didn’t work there at the time.
There was also some dispute about Breitbart having a ‘Black Crime’ section, with Pollak pushing back on Stelter’s assertion while the CNN host held up a laptop screen that allegedly proved his point.
Pollak followed up by claiming Breitbart probably had more diversity in its newsroom than other outlets and then slammed Stelter for his portrayal of the site right after the election. (Something Pollak had hammered Stelter on previously.)
“You said the media needs to do some soul searching and yet that afternoon you were calling us a white nationalist website which was not only unfair but also defamatory,” the editor stated. “I think you need to take a step back.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
[image via screengrab]
Have a tip we should know? [email protected]