Skip to comments.CNN’s Stelter Claims Media ‘Underplayed’ the Size of the ‘Blue Wave’
Posted on 11/11/2018 4:58:06 PM PST by Kaslin
CNN media reporter Brian Stelter is known for saying ridiculous things seriously and pretending they’re reasonable while leaving everyone else scratching their heads. He even once suggested it would be “okay” if CNN’s ratings would plummet 40 percent after President Trump left office. Well, during Sunday’s Reliable Sources, Stelter beclowned himself when he suggested the liberal media somehow “underplayed” the size of the so-called “blue wave” that supposedly swept the nation on Election Day.
“Did the news media underappreciate the strength of the blue wave in the House on Tuesday night? Five days later it sure looks that way,” he began the segment by pompously declaring. “Back on Tuesday wave spotters said the midterms were not delivering the huge repudiation of President Trump that the Democrats wanted to deliver.”
Stelter played a clip from his unhealthy obsession, Fox News. In the clip, Democratic commentator Juan Williams said it felt more like a “purple rain”. “That's a good line, right,” Stelter laughed, “and it reflects the Democrats disappointment about Beto O’Rourke coming short in Texas and the challenges in Georgia and Florida.”
Meanwhile, there were some predictions that said the GOP would lose close to or more than 60 seats in the House. Not only did the GOP blunt that, but they also flipped three Democrat Senate seats and held onto key governorships. And months beforehand there were other predictions that suggested the GOP would lose the Senate.
Desperately looking for better results, Stelter noted: “Votes are still being counted in Arizona, and California, and other states and recounts are taking place. So it now appears the Democrats will pick up at least 35 seats in the House. I mean, here's the map already. They're already far ahead of the 23 they needed in the House.”
CNNs Stelter Claims Media Underplayed the Size of the Blue Wave
After playing a soundbite of liberal CNN commentator Van Jones asserting that “this blue wave was actually bigger and bluer than actually it looked like at first,” Stelter proclaimed that he decided “that's the story now, it's becoming more true every day.” To back up that dubious retelling of history, he cited The Washington Post, which said, “Day by day, the outlook for Democrats in the House has improved.” Now obviously the Senate is a very different story.”
He reluctantly admitted “there was no blue wave in the Senate. We can debate how the governor's race has performed.” But he then told viewers that we should “think about it this way” since the GOP was likely to lose 35 seats: “In 2006 the last time a Republican president faced a midterm referendum, the Democrats picked up 31 House seats. George W. Bush came out the next day and said it was a ‘thumping’.”
But back here, in reality, one the big reasons 2006 was a “thumping” for the GOP was because Democrats also took control of the Senate, which Stelter already admitted didn’t happen this year. If Democrats picking up a total number of House seats in the mid-30s was a “blue wave”, then someone needs to introduce Stelter to the midterm elections of 1994 and 2010 where the Democrats lost 54 and 63 seats respectively.
Only those who were really desperate and/or really partisan were the ones still trying to hold up that tattered “blue wave” banner. Hence Stelter’s use of the Jones soundbite instead of say, someone like CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Early on Election Night, Tapper was one of the few to quickly and openly admit that the “blue wave” didn’t show up. “What's going on here tonight, this is not a blue wave. This is not a wave that is knocking out all sorts of Republican incumbents,” he told CNN’s, Wolf Blitzer.
Stelter’s assertion was divorced from reality. This is CNN.
CNNs Reliable Sources November 11, 2018 11:44:00 a.m. Eastern
BRIAN STELTER: Did the news media underappreciate the strength of the blue wave in the House on Tuesday night? Five days later it sure looks that way. Back on Tuesday wave spotters said the midterms were not delivering the huge repudiation of President Trump that the Democrats wanted to deliver. Theres lots of talk about the red wall. This was the day after the narrative on Fox News. Watch.
JESSE WATERS: It was not the blue wave that a lot of people predicted, Juan.
JUAN WILLIAMS: With regard to the blue wave, I feel more like I got purple rained.
STELTER: That's a good line, right, and it reflects the Democrats disappointment about Beto ORourke coming short in Texas and the challenges in Georgia and Florida. But the election still isn't over. Votes are still being counted in Arizona, and California, and other states and recounts are taking place. So it now appears the Democrats will pick up at least 35 seats in the House. I mean, here's the map already. They're already far ahead of the 23 they needed in the House.
Day by day, The Washington Post notes, the outlook for Democrats in the House has improved. Now obviously the Senate is a very different story. There was no blue wave in the Senate. We can debate how the governor's race has performed. But in the House something big happened, but we didn't know it necessarily on Tuesday night. For example, here's CNNs Van Jones on Tuesday night versus Saturday night.
VAN JONES: This is heartbreaking, though. It's heartbreaking. It's not a blue wave but it's still a blue war. [Transition] In the end this blue wave was actually bigger and bluer than actually it looked like at first.
STELTER: He's right. That's the story now, it's becoming more true every day. Think about it this way. In 2006 the last time a Republican president faced a midterm referendum, the Democrats picked up 31 House seats. George W. Bush came out the next day and said it was a thumping.
STELTER: This year the Democrats are going to pick up at least 30 seats, likely 35 or more. Sorry, they've already picked up 30 seats. Likely to end up picking up 35 or more. President Trump spun the results, though, as a big win for his party. It was nonsense, but do people really know what the real results were?
Thats because the dems hadnt stolen the election yet.
Weve gone from +25 seats to over 40+ taken by the dems and gone from +5 in the senate to potentially +1.
Nope - no fraud here at all, just an underreported blue wave.
He’ll always get a paycheck from the propagandists, no matter WHAT.
The blue wave was a bunch of crap - it was put in everyone’s heads so there would be no surprise when the fraud kicked in and the dems won more races than they ever would have.
Their just giddy now that they know they can steal elections at will. Who’s to stop them? Certainly not the people we managed to get elected. This year was child’s play compared to what they will pull in 2020.
CNN is right on this one folks.
The crooks know how to beat us, they just were not ready in 2016...too cocky.
They have been planning this steal for 2 years, and 2020 will not be much better for us.
There is no doubt in my mind that they are planning to steal the election. They tried to in 2000.
Cringe-worthy face, nasally voice, demeanor of a teenage cheerleader... and married.
If the rats can not win honestly they do it by fraud, lies and theft.
They didn’t pick up 40 seats. The Repukes had 40 incumbents quit because they were afraid of a blue wave. Between the courts and year round voting the country is I’m pretty bad shape. They have to force through a tonne of hard core conservative judges. The blue slip nonsense better end with Graham. Country may be screwed regardless. I wonder if the citizens will go down without a fight pick up arms...
Give it a few weeks after all the ballots are found around the state, under beds, in trucks in boxes hidden behind sheds and the criminal behavior reaches a fever pitch then the blue tidybowl wave will finally reach blue wave tsunami status, its criminal beyond belief and it is allowed to happen and nothing will be done and they will accept it. We are losing not just a fair election we are losing our republic
“The Repukes had 40 incumbents quit because they were afraid of a blue wave.”
Actually it was 45 who quit. And by doing so, they made their fear of a blue-wave a self-fulfilling prophecy, which it probably what they wanted anyway.
OK then. A self-deluded enemy is better than one who is actually smart.
Actually given the increased number of women elected at all levels for both parties, I wonder if we should call it a PINK WAVE ELECTION. Note: I have not seen this term elsewhere so I claim copyright on it ;-)
The latest figures I have seen for the house is 40 seats, and possibly no more than 52 total GOP Senate.
It was ALL fraud.
And now they get to cash out as Lobbyists...
Ought to be a law prohibiting this for real...
Can’t lay 100% of blame at their feet, but at least 30% IMHO :(
How many lost that were not part of the betrayal of the country? You know, the 45 cowards.
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