CNN’s Investigative Reporter Chokes On ‘Bananas’
When you’re bitching about another reporter’s mistakes, it’s probably best to not totally screw up the spelling of a natural fruit that grows on trees. It goes well with most any breakfast cereal, and monkeys seem to like them.
I’m referring to the word “bananas.”
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski (a.k.a. K-File), may not have spellcheck in front of him when he’s appearing on air. In this case, he was on Brooke Baldwin‘s program Thursday afternoon.
But seriously…he can’t spell “bananas?”
The subject matter involved a story Kaczynski broke on Monica Crowley‘s supposed plagiarism. There have been a few stories that seriously challenge Kaczynski’s reporting as overblown. “In order to make Monica look like a plagiarist, CNN omitted her footnotes,” wrote National Review‘s Andrew McCarthy.
Still, HarperCollins pulled the plug on Crowley’s book contract for What The (Bleep) Just Happened? She also walked away from a potential post within President Trump‘s Administration as deputy national security adviser.
But let’s get back to Kaczynski’s poor spelling Thursday afternoon.
Crowley appeared on FNC’s Sean Hannity program to defend herself about the plagiarism charges. Which is why Kaczynski and CNN’s “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter brought in to the CNN segment.
“Yeah, look, her comments are bananas,” Kaczynski told Baldwin.
“Bananas,” Baldwin repeated.
Kaczynski said, “I mean, b-a-n-a-s bananas.”
He added, “Like none of this has been debunked. …So I don’t even basically know what to say other than that.”
Baldwin again reflected his thought back to him, but spelled the fruit correctly: “So you say ‘b-a-n-a-n-a-s today.”
At this point, she welcomed Stelter into the conversation.
“I don’t have any other fruits to reference, but I absolutely think this is an example of alternative facts,” he said, explaining that he blames FNC’s Hannity for “not challenging her [Crowley] at all … to call her back to say things that are completely untrue.”
Stelter, who has been trading barbs with Hannity in recent months, insisted that the Fox News host was misleading his viewers by having Crowley on to defend herself.
But don’t fret.
Stelter likes to get all preachy on TV. So naturally he had advice for Crowley to fix her optics. “Monica Crowley can try to repair her reputation, but she’s doing it in ways that are untrue,” he said. “She’s actually making things worse. …I put this as much on Fox and Hannity as I do on her.”
Soon Stelter used a different metaphor that did not involve fruit.
“The evidence was plain as night, plain as day,” he said.
Or maybe as plain as a BANANA.