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CNN’s Brian Stelter to Reporters Covering Trump: ‘Be Fair, But Do Not be Intimidated’

brian-stelter-intimidatededitedDuring a panel discussion on CNN this afternoon, CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter brought up how President-elect Donald Trump uses his Twitter account to “belittle and battle” individuals, with the latest instance being Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter.

After the AP’s Lisa Lerer noted that it is a “difficult time for the media” not only because Trump picks on specific media outlets and reporters but also due to the public not trusting the media, Stelter picked up on her train of thought.

Following Lerer’s comment that there’s a presumption that a president is telling the truth, even though he continues to tweet out factually inaccurate things, thus presenting a change in the approach to reporting, the Reliable Sources host provided some advice.

“Even those assumptions have to be tested right now,” Stelter said. “I think, bottom line, be fair, but do not be intimidated.”

He continued, “A lot of what we’re seeing, whether it’s tweeting or rallying up this crowd, is to intimidate. So do not be intimidated.”

The conversation then switched to the possible changes to White House daily press briefings and seating arrangements in the press room.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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