On CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning, The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill went off on the “atrocious” media coverage of the Syria missile strikes, even calling out CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in particular.
Last week Zakaria said that after that strike, Trump “became President of the United States.” This morning, an hour before Scahill was on CNN, Zakaria said that he congratulates President Trump for striking a “blow against evil.”
Scahill told Brian Stelter that CNN “needs to immediately withdraw all retired generals and colonels from its airwaves.” And then he said this:
“You know, Fareed Zakaria––if that guy could have sex with this cruise missile attack, I think he would do it.”
He also slammed Brian Williams for his strange quotation of Leonard Cohen in speaking about the “beauty of our weapons.”
Stelter came to his colleague’s defense and said there was more to what Zakaria said––including criticism of the president––both last week and today.
Lara Setrakian, co-founder of Syria Deeply, said that there has been a “bizarre mix” in the media with either ignoring Syria or “fetishizing” it. She said there’s a lot of questions that the press isn’t asking that it absolutely needs to.
Stelter also challenged Scahill on his call for networks to stop bringing on all those retired generals and colonels. Scahill said that it’s certainly worth addressing “the extent to which these people have benefitted in the private sector from these wars.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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