Anderson Cooper had CNN's own Brian Stelter on AC360 to discuss the Brian Williams suspension tonight. Here's a clip from the segment.
The ATA Team was disappointed that Brian Stelter was a guest on AC360 tonight and also surprised that Anderson brought up Brian Williams reporting from Katrina about the dead body floating outside the Ritz-Carlton again. Cooper added that he spoke with a NOLA cop today that denied that was possible. As we posted here last night, Stelter posted the following on Saturday on CNN.com, yet sat at the AC360 desk tonight and never mentioned it.
CNN's own Brian Stelter wrote on cnnmoney.com on Saturday:
Photos turned up Friday showing that there was indeed water surrounding the Ritz-Carlton, where Williams stayed. Individuals who were also in the area at the time have confirmed the flooding.
Dr. Gregory Henderson, a pathologist who stayed at the Ritz during the storm, told CNNMoney that he recalled waking up the morning after the levees were breached to see floodwaters that were "waist-high."
"If the question is was there enough water around the Ritz-Carlton for a dead person to float, the answer is yes," Henderson said.
AC360 viewers will remember that Dr. Gregory Henderson was a guest on AC360 during Anderson's Katrina reporting.
The New Orleans Advocate that published the story questioning Williams' claims, updated their site with this report today (Monday):
Katrina photos show water did surround Ritz-Carlton, where Brian Williams stayed
Apparently we aren't the only ones that aren't fans of Stelter's reporting on this topic. FTVLive posted the following on their website today: (please click on link to visit their site)
Interesting.... (Updated)February 10, 2015/ Scott Jones
At last count, CNN Media Critic Brian Stelter had posted 25 stories on CNN's website about the Brian Williams saga.
His appearances across shows talking about Williams are too many to count.
Yet when CNN Anchor Fareed Zakaria was being called out for numerous instances of plagiarism. Stelter wrote nothing about it and gave it about 45 seconds total on air.
Must just be an oversight.
Updated: Brian Stelter seems to have gotten his panties in a bunch over our story and reached out to FTVLive on Twitter.
Stelter said that we made 3 mistakes with the above story. First he says that he is a "Correspondent" and not a "media critic." Now, you must remember, this is CNN we are talking about. The place where a simple car is a "Blizzard Mobile."
Second. Stelter says that he gave Zakaria plagiarism story 3 minutes and 39 seconds and not 45 seconds like we reported. We have not added up all the time he has talked about Brian Williams on the air, but his Sunday show, spent more than a half hour on the story. He has been on the air numerous (we're sure Steleter could tell you exactly how many) times talking about Brian Williams.
He also says that he has written just 10 (although it might be 11 or 12 by now) stories for CNN's website on the BriWi saga and not 25 like we said. Although a search of CNN's websites shows at least 25 entries when you type in Stelter's name.
News for Brian, nobody looks at the bylines except you and your Mom (and maybe some old farts still working in the newspaper industry).
As for the "team of reporters" (by the way, are they not called "Correspondents" as well?) How many of that team including yourself Brian wrote about Zakaria's plagiarism on the CNN website? We asked Brian this on Twitter, he did not answer.
By the way, we would still argue that Zakaria's plagiarism is way worse than Brian Williams puffing up his chest on Letterman.
It certainly deserved more than a couple of minutes....errrrr...3 minutes and 39 secords from Jeff Zucker's water boy.....errrrrrr......I mean "CNN Media Correspondent."