A veteran CNN commentator who was fired this week and whose entire show was canceled by the network appeared to be fighting back tears during his farewell broadcast on Sunday.
Brian Stelter, the longtime host of “Reliable Sources,” said during his final moments, “I believe America needs CNN to be strong. I believe the free world needs CNN to be strong, and it will continue to be ’cause all of us are gonna help make that happen. The free world needs a reliable source.”
One person is heard clapping off camera once Stelter completed his sign-off.
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Posting a video clip of the departure, Jack Posobiec, senior editor at Human Events, noted: “Brian Stelter struggling to hold back tears as he ends his last broadcast.”
“The fact only one person is clapping at the end,” Posobiec added.
Former President Donald Trump commented Friday about the network’s boot of the left-wing pundit, stating: “Brian Stelter of Fake News CNN got fired because he lied, and lied, and lied – ABOUT ME.”
“May he REST IN PEACE!” Trump added.
In one remarkable broadcast in July of last year, Stelter was verbally shredded for his own arrogance by one of his own on-air guests.
“I think you yourself, you know, while you’re a nice guy, you’re full of sanctimony. You become one of the parts of the problem of the media,” said Michael Wolff, author of the tell-all “Fire & Fury: Inside The Trump White House.”
“You know, you come on here and you have a monopoly on truth, you know exactly how things are supposed to be done. You are one of the reasons why people can’t stand the media. Sorry! It’s your fault!”
Wolff then gave Stelter some advice.
“Don’t talk so much,” Wolff cautioned. “Listen more. You know, people have genuine problems with the media. The media doesn’t get the story right. The media exists in its own bubble.”
The author even compared Stelter to Trump.
“Also, you’re incredibly repetitive. It’s week after week, you’re the flipside of Donald Trump,” Wolff continued. “You know, ‘fake news,’ and you say ‘virtuous news.’ There’s a problem here.”
Online reaction Sunday to Stelter’s final broadcast was not flattering:
- “His show may have had a chance if it was titled ‘Unreliable Sources.'”
- “A true 🤡 all the way to the end.”
- “Was it tears or gas?”
- “That’s not tears, that’s gravy.”
- “I’m sure all five viewers cried too.”
- “Looking to add more personality and credibility to their network, CNN announces Brian Stelter is being replaced by an ugg boot.”
- “The one person who clapped made me almost cry. Tears of laughter, but tears nonetheless.”