Brian Stelter: Grisham Acts More Like a Propaganda Minister Than a Press Secretary

Sunday show round-up

This week on the Sunday news shows: CNN host Brian Stelter attacks White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham by saying she acts like a "propaganda minister," President Donald Trump announces ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D., N.Y.) said Democrats do not have a timeline for impeachment, and the Washington Post changes their Baghdadi obituary headline three times.

Brian Stelter: Grisham Acts More Like a Propaganda Minister Than a Press Secretary

CNN host Brian Stelter accused White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham of behaving like a "propaganda minister" for her defense of President Trump on Fox News. 

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"We've got the former chief of staff, John Kelly, basically saying Trump is unfit for office," the Reliable Sources host said on Sunday. "And so what does the press secretary do? She goes on Fox, she acts more like a propaganda minister than a press secretary, and she slams Kelly as quote ‘totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great president.'"

Stelter said the White House and Republican lawmakers have responded to the impeachment inquiry with Fox News and right-wing-radio talking points. He argued that part of the conversation surrounding the impeachment debate is being "hijacked" because conservative news shows are defending the president. 

President Trump Announces ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Dead

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead after a confrontation with United States special forces, President Donald Trump announced Sunday.

"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead," Trump said from the White House. "The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread, terrified of the American forces bearing down on him."

After being cornered in a tunnel, the Islamic State leader killed himself and three children by detonating a suicide vest. Eleven other children were removed from the house unharmed. No U.S. forces were killed during the operation, but one U.S. military dog was injured by Baghdadi's suicide vest.

Dem Rep Says They Have No Timeline on Impeachment

House Democrats will not set a timeline for the impeachment process, according to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D., N.Y.).  

"We're not going to put a timeline on this investigation," Jeffries told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. 

Some House Democrats support accelerating the impeachment process, as they believe the case against Trump is overwhelming. Jeffries, however, stated that there is no set timetable. 

"Do you believe you do need to be wrapped up with what you're going to do for impeachment before the end of the calendar year?" Todd asked. 

"We will proceed expeditiously, and of course we're going to proceed comprehensively and fairly in order to get things done," Jeffries said. 

Washington Post Changes Baghdadi Headline Several Times

The Washington Post had difficulty choosing a headline for their obituary of Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi on Sunday. 

The piece was originally titled, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State's ‘terrorist-in-chief,' dies at 48."

"Islamic State's ‘terrorist-in-chief'" was then replaced with, "austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State." 

Many online voiced outrage at the Post for naming the ISIS terrorist leader and rapist an "austere religious scholar."

After a third attempt, the headline finally reads, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48."