CNN’s Brian Stelter has been assessed for tweeting an Associated Press article claiming that the network’s television presenters were “the closest thing America has had to national leaders on September 11.”
“Most Americans have been guided through the unimaginable by one of three presenters: Tom Brokaw of NBC News, Peter Jennings of ABC and Dan Rather of CBS,” wrote AP writer David Bauder.
Stelter added at will that “political leaders were in bunkers or out of sight” during the terrorist attacks, which took place 20 years ago on Saturday.
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Critics of Stelter, which included figures like Meghan McCain, jumped in line to remind her of the heroism of first responders and the decisive leadership of U.S. officials, including former President George W. Bush.
“I don’t even know what that means other than being arsonist on a dark birthday,” McCain tweeted. “The first responders led and ran into danger and died. Mayor Giuliani, Hillary Clinton, George Pataki, President Bush, Chuck Schumer … there were a lot of real leaders guiding us.”
Others accused Stelter of making him and his fellow journalists a day of remembrance.
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Many stressed that President Bush was at the forefront in making decisions and being transparent with the Americans throughout this tragic day.
“What are you talking about in the world?” Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams tweeted. “President Bush delivered a speech from the Oval Office that evening.”
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Stelter responded to this particular tweet, suggesting he was simply citing the article he shared. But several social media users noted that he added his own contribution to the tweet.
“I remember,” Stelter said. “Please send your objections to the author of the story or to the person they cited.”
“You added your take outside the quotes!” Replied Nicholas Fondacaro of the Media Research Center. “Plus you shared it. So on some level you liked it and okay with it. You didn’t come up with a criticism, so what other inference is there? to play these stupid games Brian We all know what you are doing.
In a recent interview with Fox News, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer detailed the decisive action President Bush took in the hours following the terrorist attacks. He said one tweet that always elicits a “huge backlash” from his supporters is when he quotes former Commander-in-Chief telling Vice President Dick Cheney how the United States is going to respond to terrorists.
“Bush’s straightforward and sometimes offbeat language on 9/11, like when he said, ‘When I find out who did this, they’re not going to like me as president. We’re going to kick them in the ass,'” said Fleischer.
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