This week's Mainstream Media Scream features CNN's media analyst wondering aloud if President Trump has an illness that makes him unfit for office, crazy even.
Brian Stelter, host of CNN's Reliable Sources, opened Sunday's show by maintaining "this is not a normal week so this is not a normal show. President Trump's actions and inactions in the wake of Charlottesville are provoking some uncomfortable conversations, mostly off the air if we're being honest."
He then contended:
"In discussions among friends and family and debates on social media, people are questioning the president's fitness. But these conversations are happening in newsrooms and TV studios as well. It's usually after the microphones are off, of after the stories been filed, after the paper has been put to bed, people's concerns and fears and questions come out. Questions that often feel out of bounds, off limits, too hot for TV. 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? [long pause] And if he's unfit, then what?
"These are upsetting, polarizing questions that are uncomfortable to ask. But we in the national news media can't pretend like our readers have viewers aren't already asking. They are asking. This is how deep the country's divide has really become.
"My impression is that since President Trump's inauguration, there's been a lot of tiptoeing going on. His actions have been described as unpresidential, as unhinged, and sometimes even crazy."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: "Can you say ‘projection'? The media have hardly been ‘tiptoeing' around their condemnation of the Trump presidency, but he's still in office so, it seems, activist journalists like Stelter think they've failed and must prod their colleagues to step it up by calling Trump ill and unfit. They're just alienating themselves further from much of America."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org