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Progressive media pundits praised CNN’s Brian Stelter after his final appearance on “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.
Twitter accounts offered their support for the anchor after it was announced Thursday that CNN would be dropping Stelter and its program. The announcement came after new CNN CEO Chris Licht called for a greater emphasis on nonpartisan reporting, while Stelter was seen as a “liberal turn”.
Liberal writers also appreciated his contributions on Twitter.
“Once upon a time, I anchored a legacy show on cable TV that was abruptly canceled; so, I know firsthand how stingy it is and how hard it is to say goodbye. After a Hell of a ride, @brianstelter ends this chapter in style. Well done. Looking forward to the next one,” tweeted NPR business correspondent David Gura.
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“As Brian Stelter leaves the air, I remember not only right-wingers attacking his show, but also liberals and left-handers denouncing him as a spokesperson for the GOP. Which was nonsense. I don’t I didn’t always agree, but the national media is wavering to the right with her departure,” wrote Vanity Fair editor Jeff Sharlet.
ABC’s senior director of social media, Evan McMurry, said: “It was a smart, savvy show that took an expensive view of the media and asked questions about the industry with commendable openness. I’m thrilled with what what @brianstelter will do next.”
“Great job @brianstelter – classy, principled, focused on what matters. Well done,” applauded TheWrap CEO Sharon Waxman.
“Thank you, Brian, and the entire CNN media team,” wrote CNN producer Channon Hodge. “Sad and scary to go on in these crazy times without you here.”
“Sad/bad day for democracy coverage and media criticism today, with @Sulliview leaving the Washington Post and @brianstelter leaving CNN. Media needs to do better in 2024 and we can’t if we , journalists, are not willing to be much more self-critical and introspective,” MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan tweeted, referring to the similar departure of Post columnist Margaret Sullivan on Sunday.
“Listening to @brianstelter’s latest @ReliableSources. Struck (again) by how important it is to our profession. Inspirational seriousness,” wrote Lisette Voytko, senior entertainment reporter for Forbes.
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New Yorker editor Paige Williams tweeted, “The media is not” the enemy of the people. These are *the people,” @brianstelter said earlier on the latest episode of @ReliableSources. The country needed shows that held journalism/media accountable. Glad this show existed.
Thomson Reuters Foundation trainer Corinne Podger wrote: “Our planet is suffering the horrific consequences of false equivalence in climate change journalism. We really don’t need the same when it comes to democracy, @ CNN. Thank you for speaking out against extremism, @brianstelter @ReliableSources will be missed.”
“Here’s what to appreciate about @brianstelter, whose departure from @CNN is @wbd’s loss and shame: like a mountain guide in an avalanche, his investigative-based form of media reporting suits a time of relentless and consecutive disruption,” former New York Times writer Andrew Revkin wrote.
Stelter first joined CNN in 2013 after working at The New York Times. On his last broadcast, he lamented, “The free world needs a reliable source.
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“CNN will be ending its ‘Trusted Sources’ program on Sunday, August 21. As a result, Brian Stelter will be leaving the company. We appreciate his contributions to the network and wish him well as he embarks on new endeavors,” a said a CNN spokesperson. Fox News Digital in a statement last Thursday.