It’s not partisan to stand up to demagogues

“Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter insisted on Sunday that he would still support CNN even after his show was canceled this week, but stressed that it was important for the network and others to hold the media accountable.

CNN gave Stelter the chance to host a final episode of the 30-year-old Sunday morning show on the media even after learning this week that he and the show were coming out — a relatively rare move on television.

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Stelter said he was not in favor of standing up for decency, democracy and dialogue.

“It’s not partisan to stand up to demagogues,” he said. “It’s required. It’s patriotic. We have to make sure that we don’t give platforms to those who lie to our face. But we also have to make sure that we represent the whole debate and that we represent what happening in the country and in the world.

This was Stelter’s most direct reference to what is thought to be the reason for his disappearance; CNN has not spoken about it publicly. Since starting this spring, new CNN chief executive Chris Licht has made it clear he wants to moderate opinion, especially since it makes Republicans resistant to the network.

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Stelter, who wrote a book on Fox News Channel and was a frequent critic of Fox, was a lightning rod for complaints from conservatives.

Some of his later “Reliable Sources” guests were more direct. NPR television critic Eric Deggans said he hoped CNN would continue to give viewers context and not be reduced to a false equivalence. “Only the facts” are not enough, he said.

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“Will CNN have the guts to do this?” Deggans asked. “I hope.”

Stelter, who hosted the show for nine years, also guest-starred Watergate scribe Carl Bernstein and brought back the first guest from the early “Reliable Sources” in 1992 – then-local reporter Brian Karem.

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