University of Chicago student criticized CNN analyst Brian Stelter during a conference on disinformation, accusing the outlet of creating fake news on topics such as the Trump-Russia investigation. He further questioned him when the journalist accused Fox News of disinformation, which brought repercussions that led to the student speaking with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson about it. 

The freshman, Christopher Phillips, told Carlson how he had questioned Stelter about his continued criticism of Fox News, in addition to telling him about his criticism of CNN for spreading disinformation about the Trump-Russia investigation, Nicholas Sandmann and ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett.

Phillips confronted Stelter during a seminar titled “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” where he had been invited to speak about the “fake news” phenomenon. The encounter went viral on the networks. 

“All the mistakes of the mainstream media and CNN, in particular, seem to magically all go in one direction. Are we expected to believe that this is all just some sort of random coincidence or is there something else behind it?,” the student, who writes for the libertarian-leaning newspaper, Chicago Thinker, told him.

Stelter seemed eager to dodge questions and at one point said, “It’s time for lunch,” adding that he would approach him later in person to respond. 

He also dismissed the allegations, saying they were “a popular right-wing narrative about CNN,” the NY Post noted.

“Brian Stelter talks for 30 minutes about how Fox News is this huge purveyor of disinformation. They’re the enemy of the people,” Phillip’s told Tucker Carlson. “And then I come up and I say, Wait a second. Run that back. Because actually CNN – from what I’ve seen, at least — is probably 10 times the purveyor of disinformation that you claim Fox News to be,” Phillips recalled.

“And you know, he didn’t really have a great answer for it.”

Phillips told Fox News that he didn’t consider that Stelter was going to admit that CNN is ‘corrupt’; however, he hoped that he would at least consider retracting some of the news stories that turned out to be false. 

“But there was no apology,” Phillips said. “There was no remorse whatsoever. It’s just, you know, I don’t know what news network you’re talking about. That’s not mine when in reality, he said these things on CNN. It’s all documented.”

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