CNN’s Stelter Unrepentant After Mueller Finds No Collusion: ‘Speculation Has Value, Too’

‘It helps open our eyes and our minds to what’s possible’


STELTER: "Why don't you take his blinders off off. Some have invested in an anti Trump narrative. It is our wild media world. The president's kids and friends on Fox should be able to tell the difference between journalists trying to report. There is a big difference. There is a big difference between news and opinion. I realize it can be hard to tune out all of the news. I would pick solid reporting in a second. I bet you would too. Reporting is what adds the most value. Finding out something new, putting out new information into the world is the best feeling in journalism. It is the greatest value add. Hundreds have been trying to solve pieces of this Trump-Russia puzzle. Speculation has value too. It helps open our eyes and our minds to what's possible. It's an easy punch line, right? We are standing by to find out what the news is going to be. It does have value too. It gives us a place to go, a place to turn to. I rearranged my plan so I can be close to a TV all day today with the hope that we are going to get some news from Barr by the end of the day. This country needs to know what he found and what he didn't find. I think all what we need to make sure our tuners work so we can distinguish what is true and news versus what is wishful thinking, speculation, opinion. So don't be fooled by the partisans who cherry picked the worst mistakes over individual journalists or the craziest ideas and claim that's the entire media. It's not. We are waiting for the facts. Here is what I know. You're going to hear it from the right for the next days and weeks to come. It is to take down president Trump. The president is following a trail that Trump created. He has proven time and time again he cannot be trusted. He is so dishonest even America's allies don't know what to believe. He is unpredictable they don't know what to say or how to respond. That's the crucial context for whatever comes next. Maybe every time he said no collusion more than 231 times so far, maybe every time he said no collusion he was telling the truth. Maybe that's what Mueller found. If so it would be a relief of the country. Trump's daily deceptions have given reasons to be suspicious. That's why there's so much noise. Reporters don't ask questions for no good reason. Let's hope real research and real reporting can lead us out of this. The name Mueller has come to mean a lot of things. Hopefully it means truth. Of hopefully soon. Let's get this report out. Let's talk more about it now. Carl is here with me in new in Washington Matthew is here. A CNN national security analyst. I'm getting a little bit impatient. The waiting game is frustrating for a lot of viewers at home as well. Has the immediate yes reputation been helped or hurt?"

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