A Chicago student, Christopher Phillips, confronted CNN’s Brian Stelter and asked him questions about some of the disinformation the news outlet has published. After recounting some of the stories the media outlet has published, Phillips proceeded to ask him if journalistic ethics is dead.
It all happened during the event “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy,” which was held in the city of Chicago between April 6 and 8.
“With mainstream corporate journalists becoming little more than apologists and cheerleaders for the regime, is it time to finally declare that the canon of journalistic ethics is dead, or no longer operative?” was Phillips’ question, who reminded the CNN journalist of the disinformation about Hunter Biden’s laptop, the alleged Russia collusion, the case of actor Jussie Smollett, when they labeled Nick Sandmann a white supremacist, among other cases.
He further added: “All the mistakes of the mainstream media – and CNN in particular – seem to magically all go in one direction. Are we expected to believe that this is all just some sort of random coincidence? Or is there something else behind it?”
In response to the student’s questioning, the journalist assured that the comments were about a “popular right-wing narrative” and jokingly highlighted that the young man was referring to a different channel than the one he watches.
The CNN crisis
The situation is generated at a time when the channel’s audience is dropping. Just last week it became known that in the midst of the crisis, the network has initiated projects in an attempt to recover its audience.
However, former company employees say the efforts have not been enough. For example, a former industry executive, who worked as a producer at CNN, said that the damage Zucker did to the brand is “deep and permanent.”
Finally, the producer, whose name was not disclosed, noted that the situation arose after the former president pushed the network, which, he said, was once nonpartisan, to the left. He further alleged that Zucker made decisions to affect former President Donald Trump.