Brian Stelter Scorches Fox News For Ignoring Climate Report: They Spent More Time on Ocasio-Cortez’s Shoes


CNN’s Brian Stelter opened Reliable Sources with a searing critique of Fox News, a network he pointed out devoted more coverage to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s shoes than the major federal climate report.

“The biggest story of the weekend — well, everywhere expect the pro-Trump media — it’s that big climate change report, with dire new warnings released by the Trump administration on Friday,” Stelter said. “It’s been a big story on cable news, except for Fox News.”

Stelter pointed out that Fox News covered the report only once on Friday, for just 30 seconds. “The network actually spent more time talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shoes on Friday.” The CNN host said that on Saturday, Fox’s news programs covered the climate report, but that it was ignored on the opinion programs, like Fox & Friends, that the president watches. Fox’s hard news programs covered the climate report multiple times on Saturday.

Instead of focusing on the report, Stelter argued, the network is fear-mongering about the migrant caravan. He aired shots of Sean Hannity and others warning of the caravan’s approach. “It has made a comeback on Fox,” Stelter said, after fading from the news after the midterms.

“It’s a vivid example of how two Americas are living side by side,” he said. “We’re living in two different realities, supported by two different news worlds. In most of the country’s news media, this climate report is the big story. But over on Fox, and on right-wing websites, it’s the caravan.”

Stelter turned to his panel, who were equally unsparing in their critiques of Fox News for ignoring the climate report.

David Zurawik, media critic for the Baltimore Sun, said that while mainstream media “are doing their job of journalism,” right-wing media are “doing the job of public relations, or P.R., for the White House.”

Zurawik pushed back on drawing an equivalency between Fox News and other mainstream media outlets:

“One is journalistic information. It’s the institutions, the journalistic platform’s best sense of what’s true at that minute, and it’s intended to give citizens information they can use to make decisions about their life. The information on the Fox platform — which was founded as a political platform by Roger Ailes, it was not founded as a journalistic institution — it’s to promulgate a point of view, an ideology. And now Fox has found the great prime-time personification of the current ideology that it’s selling in Trump, who is very good on TV, but it will lie to defend that political position.”

“One of the lies that it tells now,” Zurawik continued, “is that this caravan is filled with dangerous people and they’re going to storm the border. That lie is okay if you’re a propagandist or a P.R. person, because you’re selling the brand, which is Donald Trump. We don’t do that. So they’re not equal views.”

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