CNN media guru Brian Stelter said Donald Trump is provoking uncomfortable questions regarding the president’s fitness and mental health.
Stelter opened Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” by explaining that many journalists and people working in the news industry have “concerns and fears” about Trump’s ability to run the country.
“Questions that often feel out of bounds, off limits, too hot for TV,” Stelter said. “Questions like these: Is the President of the United States a racist? Is he suffering from some kind of illness? Is he fit for office? And if he’s unfit, then what?”
Stelter said these are “upsetting, polarizing” questions that typically get asked behind the scenes but the media can’t pretend that readers and viewers don’t have the same concerns.
“Since President Trump’s inauguration, there’s been a lot of tiptoeing going on,” Stelter said. “His actions have been described as unpresidential, as unhinged and sometimes even as crazy. That word crazy can be interpreted several different ways. It gets said a lot more in private than said on TV.”
Stelter then played a series of clips in which lawmakers and late-night hosts question the president’s mental health. He also focused on a Los Angeles Times editorial that questioned if Trump is fit for the job.
“This brings me back to the questions that are tough to ask out loud on national television,” Stelter said. “Is the President of the United States suffering from some sort of illness? Is he racist? Is he fit to be commander in chief? And one more, is it time for objective journalists, I don’t mean opinion folks, I mean down the middle journalists, to address these questions head on and how in the world do they do it?”
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