The college freshman who humiliated CNN host Brian Stelter during a panel discussion this week has broken his silence on the viral moment.
Christopher Phillips, a freshman at the University of Chicago, trashed Steltar and the entire media establishment by calling out CNN and leftist outlets for spreading disinformation while accusing others of doing the same thing.
Video of Philips humiliating Stelter went viral on social media and the student finally broke his silence last night on Tucker Carlson’s show.
“Brian Stelter talks for 30 minutes about how Fox News is this huge purveyor of disinformation,” Phillips told Carlson.
“They’re the enemy of the people.
“And then I come up and I say, ‘Wait a second. Run that back. Because actually, CNN – from what I’ve seen, at least, is probably 10 times the purveyor of disinformation that you claim Fox News to be.’
“And you know, he didn’t really have a great answer for it.
“But there was no apology.
“There was no remorse whatsoever.
“It’s just, you know, ‘I don’t know what news network you’re talking about’,” he said in reference to Stelter’s defensive comments.
“’That’s not mine’ – when in reality, he said these things on CNN.
“It’s all documented.”
“The way I’ve always been is to search for truth and ask questions to sift through the lies and find out what’s really going on.”
Tucker: “This is like one of the greatest stories ever.” pic.twitter.com/UUTz39J4Sm
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) April 9, 2022
Phillips went viral for calling out the panel at the “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference put on by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics and The Atlantic.
Stelter joined several other left-wing establishment media figures to discuss fighting “disinformation.”
However, they ignored major examples of media cover-ups, fake stories, and propaganda and mostly accused Fox News of spreading so-called “disinformation.”
Phillips stood up at the event during a Q&A session and said to Stelter: “You’ve all spoken extensively about Fox News being a purveyor of disinformation.
“But CNN is right up there with them.
“They pushed the Russian collusion hoax, they pushed the Jussie Smollett hoax, they smeared Justice Kavanaugh as a rapist, and they also smeared Nick Sandmann as a white supremacist, and yes, they dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop affair as pure Russian disinformation.
“With mainstream corporate journalists becoming little more than apologists and cheerleaders for the regime, is it time to finally declare that the canon of journalistic ethics is dead or no longer operative.
“Why do all of the mistakes of the mainstream media, and CNN in particular, seem to magically all go in one direction.
“Are we expected to believe that this is all just some sort of random coincidence or is there something else behind it?”
Stelter appeared angered by the comments and tried to dismiss Phillips with a non-answer.
However, the damage was already done because the veil has been lifted.
Stelter first claimed Phillips must have been “describing a different channel than the one that I watch.”
He then tried to suggest he wasn’t biased by saying the last time he talked to a Biden aide they yelled at each other.
Next, instead of answering the question, Brian then lectured the student about how CNN helped an injured Fox News reporter in Ukraine.
“But, when Benjamin Hall, the Fox News correspondent, was wounded in Ukraine, the news crews at CNN and The New York Times stopped what they were doing and they tried to help.
“They tried to help him get out of the country, they tried to find the dead crew members.
“That’s what news outlets do.
“That’s how they actually do work together – to your question about sharing those kind of connections and trust.”
Brian Stelter gets utterly humiliated in a video that will be watched by several times more people than his “show.”
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 7, 2022
Every premise in this question to @brianstelter about the disinformation CNN spouts is unquestionably true — indeed, CNN led the way in lying to the country that the Biden emails were “Russian disinformation” — but since CNN allows no dissent, he thinks he can mock it away: https://t.co/slSgD72ez5
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 7, 2022