Paul Whelan, 48, the head of global security for a Michigan-based auto parts supplier and a former U.S. Marine, is being detained in Russia on allegations of being a spy. The family insists Whelan was in Russia last week to attend a wedding.
And Alisyn Camerota is very troubled by this story, because… Whelan had tweeted that CNN is fake news.
Oh, the horror.
This is a perfect example if what happens when “journalists” believe they are part of the story, or should be part of the story. Here is a perfect example of a genuinely important news story that should concern all of us. Instead of reporting on it as such, the exchange becomes one of reporter versus the man at the center of the news. Why? Because he may have tweeted something uncomplimentary about CNN.
We know CNN’s ratings are a disaster. But it is a shame that the network that showed us what cable news could do, has collapsed in on itself.
A CNN anchor asked the brother of a detained American about his anti-CNN social media posts in an interview Wednesday morning.
Forty-eight-year-old Michigan businessman and ex-Marine, Paul Whelan, was detained in Russia this week on charges of espionage. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota interviewed David Whelan, who is the brother of Paul. Camerota used the opportunity to grill Whelan about his brother’s anti-CNN social media posts.
Camerota asked Whelan about posts his brother made on a Russian social media platform, where he called CNN “fake news.”
“There are some strange elements of your brother’s story,” Camerota said, describing a social media post where Paul Whelan was drinking coffee and watching CNN with the caption, “Just drinking coffee and watching fake news.”….
A bewildered David Whelan responded that he does not care about his brother’s social media and he just wants his brother home safe….
How petty & small can you get?
CNN combed a detained American and Ex-Marine's social media and found a post calling CNN "fake news."
Then the CNN anchor grills brother of the detained American ON AIR about the anti-CNN post.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 2, 2019