On CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday, Brian Stelter lamented that Facebook was “radicalizing” people with allowing all this divisive speech on its platform. Then he welcomed on longtime PBS omnipresence Bill Moyers, who suggested it was a popular T-shirt at Trump rallies to suggest journalists should be lynched.
First Stelter lamented Trump using the “racist” term “Kung Flu,” and asked Moyers “Have you ever seen as a former White House Press Secretary yourself such a personal, hostile relationship between reporters and government officials?” MOYERS: Well, there’s always some tension between them, sometimes there’s some open feuding between them, but I’ve never seen anything like this. I mean, you probably know that one of the most popular t- shirts at Trump’s rallies has Trump urinate — a cartoon character like Trump urinating on the CNN logo. [Surely a ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ ripoff.] You probably — if you watch the Tulsa rally from start to finish last week, you will — you will have seen Trump. He didn’t have the crowd in the beginning. They weren’t engaged yet. So how did he get their attention? How do they get their passion engaged? He pointed to a CNN reporter and said the cruelest things about her and the crowd came alive. The crowd was passionate again because he had made an enemy out of the person sitting in their midst. WRONG. First, Trump mocked a supposed CNN reporter in minute 12, and the crowd was passionate before that. Second, he was mocking “the CNN anchor, you know, did a little shave job on the head…standing in front of a burning building, saying things are very peaceful here.” That’s not female, and not even CNN: it was MSNBC’s Ali Velshi.
Moyers, stumbling through false claims at age 86, also complained Trump puts the press corps […]