January 5, 2018
On Thursday, CNN’s The Situation Room spent over 20 minutes during its two-hour airtime peddling accusations by Democrats, a far-left Yale psychologist, and the hot takes of CNN partisans like Brian Stelter that President Trump was mentally ill and thus should be removed from office.
This topic has long been on CNN’s periphery, but this time it came on a flagship program following other discussions on at least three other CNN programs (CNN Newsroom with John Berman and Poppy Harlow, CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, and The Lead with Jake Tapper).
After deducting commercials, more than one-fourth (25.5 percent) of the airtime of CNN’s Situation Room on Thursday was devoted to Trump’s mental health (roughly 20 minutes and 50 seconds out of a total of nearly 82 minutes of actual news coverage).
Host Wolf Blitzer referred to Michael Wolff’s bombshell book when he declared at 5:02 p.m. Eastern:
The book’s shocking anecdotes raised more questions about the President’s mental fitness. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders calls that ‘disgraceful’ and ‘laughable,’ but a Yale psychiatrist says she and another psychiatrist recently briefed a dozen U.S. Lawmakers, mostly Democrats who were worried about the president’s mental state.
Both the 5:00 p.m. Eastern and 6:00 p.m. Eastern hours featured full reports on the claims that Yale psychologist Bandy Lee made to roughly a dozen members of Congress that Trump was not only mentally unstable, but he must be stopped soon or face catastrophic consequences.
This article was posted: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 9:11 am