Over the weekend, CNN’s Brian Stelter pondered whether socialism is covered “fairly” by the mainstream media, however, the segment heavily indicated that conservative-leaning Fox News was the guilty party.
“President Trump and his pro-Trump media allies want you to believe all Democrats are socialists, and they want you to believe socialism is destroying is destroying America,” said Stelter.
The CNN host went on to bring out a noted pro-socialist guest, who touted the concept of socialism as the response to President Trump’s policies, while calling conservative opposition “fake news” and “propaganda.”
Per MRC, after playing a few soundbites of FNC personalities warning about socialism, Stelter dismissed the warnings snarking, “Toxic. We get it.” He then introduced his guest, Bhaskar Sunkara, the founder of the socialist magazine Jacobin, whom Stelter gave free publicity to on his podcast just a few months ago.
The CNN host hyped the “growing popularity” of the socialist magazine, which Sunkara attributed as a response to President Trump and his “dangerous far-right populism.” Stelter went back to critiquing his network’s competitors at Fox News, playing another soundbite of Ben Stein arguing socialism was about “government control.”
Sunkara claimed Stein was wrong, because socialism was really about “freedom,” explaining it as the “freedom” to allow government to make your choices for you. Stelter was enamored, gushing, “You are trying to change the conversation, it sounds like? You’re trying to reshape how socialism is defined in the United States. Because when you watch Fox, all you hear about is Venezuela!”