CNN’s Brian Stelter Longs For The Days Of Roger Ailes

Betsy Rothstein | Reporter

To his credit, CNN’s anti-President Trump correspondent Brian Stelter gave a pretty candid interview to podcaster Jamie Weinstein.

In it, he said he longed for the days of Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chairman, who died last year after Gretchen Carlson reeled in $20 million over sexual harassment allegations. Ailes always denied the charges. But so be it.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Fox News’s parent company, fired him in 2016 and a year later, he died.

In Weinstein’s interview with Stelter, the CNN media host gets all sentimental about advice that Ailes once gave him about how to not look so douchey on air. First, he admitted that CNN President Jeff Zucker told him to take his glasses off — Brian admitted he looks like shit in them.

“They don’t look so good on my face,” he said.

Then Ailes gave him wisdom — in Brian’s words, “some of the best advice” he has ever received about being on TV.

The advice involved the disaster that ensued when Brian removed his glasses. As the liberal host explained it, he couldn’t see the teleprompter and considered getting Lasik surgery.

Brian asks Weinstein, “Is it strange to long for the days of Roger Ailes?”

Beyond Ailes, probably the most irritating part of the interview comes when Brian is asked about Oprah running for the Oval in 2020. Brian’s narcissism seeps out when he claims to Weinstein that he really really doesn’t want to make news.

(Oh…don’t fret about that, Brian.)

He says his sources tell him that people in Oprah’s circle are urging her to run.

Which of course means nothing, is old news and most certainly is not breaking news.

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