During Sunday’s Reliable Sources, CNN host Brian Stelter delivered an essay on what he called the president’s “Hall of Mirrors” — Trump’s reliance on Fox News opinion hosts to tell him what he wants to hear about the Russia investigation, which results in the president amplifying the message.
One example of this, Stelter noted, was Fox News host and White House shadow chief of staff Sean Hannity deciding to hand over his highly-rated radio broadcast to Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow on Friday.
“This would be funny if it weren’t so serious,” Stelter said. “Of all the people Hannity could have fill in for him, he went with the president’s lawyers and gave them three hours to laugh it up and defend the president and that’s revealing and reveals how the pro-Trump media world works hand and hand with Trump.”
He continued, “It is a collaboration that helps Trump but hurts the public. Why? Because Trump’s defenders are drawing attention away from what matters most, Russia’s efforts to attack America back then and happening again now. By making this all about Trump and swearing he’s innocent and saying he’s the victim, they are missing the big issue.”
He would go on to point out how Fox News personalities are pushing a new talking point now — that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is a greater threat to the United States than Russian President Vladimir Putin. And this is something Trump has already echoed via Twitter.
.@JudgeJeanine “Bob Mueller, isn’t your whole investigation premised on a Fake Dossier, paid for by Hillary, created by a man who hates Donald Trump, & used to con a FISA Court Judge. Bob, I really think it’s time for you to give up your phony investigation.” No Collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2018
“Trump doesn’t trust the fact checks,” the CNN senior media correspondent concluded. “He doesn’t trust the people trying to explain to him how serious this probe is. He sometimes doesn’t seem to trust the intelligence about Russia’s interference. He only trusts his fox friends. Trump willingly walked into this house of mirrors. Heck, he helped build it. But does he know how to get out?”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.