CNN’s Brian Stelter and his crew from the show Reliable Sources paid a visit to a New York classroom to help teach school kids how to spot misinformation.
The aim of the excursion into the classroom is described as teaching students “how to spot and avoid being misled by misinformation.”
“Barbara King wants to arm this eighth-grade class with the tools they will need in a world of information saturation,” Stelter reads in his best husky Vera De Milo voice. “And there is a lot to learn.”
They definitely brought a ‘tool’ in to help teach about misinformation.
— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) January 23, 2022
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CNN Reporting: Kids Learn About Misinformation
The segment, as you might imagine, was ripe for mockery, as the teacher began by identifying different types of misinformation – the first being ‘satire.’
“There’s too much misinformation around us in the world,” King says unironically to Stelter.
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Stelter later speaks to the students, pressing them on whether or not they’re using their newfound ‘misinformation’ lessons at home.
“Do any of you feel like you try to correct friends or family now based on what you’ve learned?” he asks.
A student claimed that COVID was a hoax and his family needed to correct him. This is what the media suggested President Trump had said about the virus, however it was disproved later by eight fact-checkers.
The first form of misinformation she mentions is… satire? https://t.co/6Rpwso6p3L
— Patrick Brennan (@ptbrennan11) January 24, 2022
Several social media consumers couldn’t help but joke about CNN’s presence in a classroom full of kids.
Especially knowing two producers at the network recently lost their jobs over sex crime allegations pertaining to underage children.
Comedian and writer Bridget Phetasy fired off the first shot tweeting, “…And we know how much CNN producers love children.”
…And we know how much CNN producers love children. https://t.co/x5M1U6W1zF
— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) January 23, 2022
Other users noted that the screengrab from a CNN segment on misinformation shows someone clicking on a Tinder icon to their cell phone screen.
It might not be the right choice, given the scandals currently engulfing this network.
Is that tinder https://t.co/ZOOsYQn5RN pic.twitter.com/nCjVV0aawE
— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) January 24, 2022
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The Misinformation Group
CNN’s campaign to rid the world of misinformation despite producing plenty of their own isn’t just limited to the classroom.
CNN Business Managing Editor Alex Koppelman announced on Twitter last week that the network is hiring a team that will be dedicated to covering ‘misinformation.’
“I’m hiring 3 people for a new CNN team dedicated to covering misinformation,” Koppelman happily declared.
Hello Twitter! Here are some very interesting MEDIA JOBS. I’m hiring 3 people for a new CNN team dedicated to covering misinformation. The thread about the jobs/team starts here. Please feel free to share far and wide, and if you’re interested, reach out or apply at the links.
— Alex Koppelman (@AlexKoppelman) January 18, 2022
They also announced that Rex Chapman, Twitter’s influencer, was being hired by the company to help launch its streaming service later in 2015. This despite Chapman’s extensive history of misinformation sharing.
NEW: Here are seven times CNN’s newest hire Rex Chapman peddled misinformation on Twitterhttps://t.co/hr4Sc31MyF
— Joseph A. Wulfsohn (@JosephWulfsohn) January 19, 2022
Popular podcast host Joe Rogan once roasted the student’s featured guest for misinformation class.
Stelter was caught on camera adoring Jan Psaki White House Press Secretary during an extremely embarrassing interview. He asked Jan Psaki what she thought of her coverage of the current administration.
“How about Brian Stelter talking to the press secretary, ‘What are we doing wrong? What are we doing wrong?’” railed Rogan. “Like, hey motherf***er, you’re supposed to be a journalist.”
Quite sure that clip won’t be played in classrooms anytime soon.
Joe Rogan destroys CNN’s Brian Stelter: “You’re supposed to be a journalist!” https://t.co/a4cdnDYDwc pic.twitter.com/mRGm55AGyw
— Not the Bee (@Not_the_Bee) June 18, 2021
Stelter also famously served as a punching bag for legendary journalist Ted Koppel who accurately predicted CNN’s “ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump.”
Video: Consternation at @BrianStelterTed Koppel argued during the 10/1 Kalb Report @PressClubDC: “You would be lost without @realDonaldTrump. CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Trump.” Stelter: “Ted, you know that’s not true. You’re playing for laughs.” #NPCLive pic.twitter.com/XGZl9yNzqh
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) October 3, 2018
The Political Insider reported earlier this month that while CNN is focused on pointing out everybody else’s misinformation, their ratings have been in the tank.
The first week’s ratings show a dramatic 90% drop in viewers aged 25-54 compared with last year. CNN had just 548k viewers in the January 1st week, well below the mark of 2.7m viewers in the following week.