Ex-CNN employee Brian Stelter whines Jesse Watters is new ‘primetime extremist’ at post-Tucker Fox

Arguably the mainstream media’s most insufferable extremist joined mainstream media’s most ridiculous extremist and called Fox News’s Jesse Watters, host of “Jesse Watters Primetime,” the conservative network’s new “primetime extremist.”

Fired CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter joined MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Friday’s edition of “The ReidOut” where — despite two wars, soaring crime, crippling inflation, and mounting evidence that President Biden took foreign bribes —  Fox News was the topic of conversation.

(Video: MSNBC)

As an example of “post-Tucker” Fox News, Reid played for Stelter a now-viral clip of Watters on “The Five” in which he declared “we’ve had it” with Arab Americans and the Muslim world.

Reid — who once claimed on TikTok that Republicans’ “only true worship is guns” — asked Stelter — who once implied that Republicans deserve to be censored because “Republicans, conservatives, are substantially more likely to share misinformation or fake news than Democrats are” — if the extremism at Fox is “a bottom-up thing?”

“Is this the audience craves this and so Fox serves it,” she asked, “or are they engineering this kind of necrophilic attitude toward American culture and divisiveness?”

“In the Roger Ailes era, it was top-down,” Stelter replied. “But now, as you said, it is bottom-up. It is now driven by the audience. The audience is in charge, which is a scary prospect sometimes, even though I love our viewers right now, Joy.”

So, to be clear, Joy Reid wondered if Fox News views both American culture and “divisiveness” as dead corpses it wants to have sex with, and Brian Stelter thinks it isn’t Fox News but Fox’s viewers who feel that way, unlike MSNBC’s viewers, who are awesome.

And Jesse Watters is the “extremist.”

“Jesse Watters has taken over as the Fox primetime extremist,” Stelter said. “They think they are, quote, ‘respecting the audience,’ and that’s the quote that comes up time and time again in the treasure trove of emails from 2020. They think they’re respecting the audience by giving the audience what they want, but that’s actually disrespectful, and you know what? It’s hurt the GOP.”

“Look at what happened to the off-year elections on Tuesday,” he continued. “I would argue that Fox is actually sometimes hurting the Republican Party that it thinks it’s helping, and that’s an interesting dynamic going into 2024.”

Neither Reid nor Stelter impressed users on X.

One exasperated user simply asked “fat boy” Stelter to “shut up.”


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