CNN’s so-called ombudsman Brian Stelter portrays himself as an objective media watchdog. Yet the Reliable Sources host decided to bring out author Steven Hassan on a recent episode, who compared President Trump to a cult leader who’s exercised “mind control” over his supporters.
Even compared to CNN’s, ahem, injudicious reporting, it was particularly foolish.
The Western Journal’s Joe Saunders reports:
“So, I define a destructive cult as an authoritarian pyramid-structured group with someone at the top who claims to have total power and total wisdom that uses the deception and control of behavior, information, thoughts, and emotions to make people loyal and dependent and obedient followers,” Hassan said.
Trump uses a form of “mind control,” he said.
For anyone who remembers the creepy rise of Obama from his post as the junior senator from Illinois to being called an “enlightened being” and “Lightworker” in 2008, it sounded vaguely familiar.
For those who recall the hagiographic coverage of the 44th president by the supposedly mainstream media — the rainbow halo on the cover of Newsweek in 2012, the controversial “halo” picture published by The Associated Press in 2015 — it rang a bell.