Chris Stewart becomes a lesson in today’s political media

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Stewart becomes a lesson in today’s media

Yesterday morning, we told you about Rep. Chris Stewart’s tense interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, where they clashed with QAnon.

During that interview, Stewart falsely claimed that he voted to strip Greene of his committee assignments in February for his past statements supporting political violence or extreme anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic statements.

At the end of Tuesday night’s show, CNN host Don Lemon asked Cuomo if Stewart corrected what he said.

Lemon: “Have you ever heard from Chris Stewart’s office?”

Cuomo: “No. Daniel Dale has been informed by his office that he misspoke.

Lemon: “He what?” »

Lemon’s face when he heard Stewart’s claim that he had “misspoken” is incredible.

(Screenshot via Grabien) CNN’s Don Lemon reacts to Rep. Chris Stewart’s claim that he “misspoke” when he claimed he voted to remove Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from his committee assignments in February 2021. Stewart made the claim during an interview on Chris The Cuomo Show.

Lemon: “I thought that was pretty clear. Do they actually think maybe they’re used to going to platforms where they’re not challenged and people are just going to buy whatever they say and move on like it’s the gospel?

Cuomo: “Yes, and he has an advantage. His side doesn’t care if he’s lying or misrepresenting himself or misrepresenting himself or faking it because he was just trying to win the fight. It doesn’t matter because I’m worse. It doesn’t matter because he’s their guy. It doesn’t matter because he’s always right because he’s a victim.

Cuomo then pilloried Stewart for not reaching out to correct the record.

Cuomo: “I don’t know how you forget the one vote on the question you took that just happened and was covered by everyone, but I’m going to give it the advantage.”

Lemon: “How long did the wrong expression take to…”

Cuomo: “They never got back to us.”

Lemon: “How easy it is to say, oh wait a minute. I was just with Chris and I said something wrong. I better have my people call him and explain that’s not what I’m I wanted to say. That would have taken all, what, five minutes?”

Cuomo: “They don’t have to admit mistakes because their team doesn’t care. All they say about straight bangs is what about that? What about that? What about these people? What about the Democrats? Why don’t you talk about that?

Lemon: “But we have to hold them accountable.”

Watch the entire segment below.

Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday morning

Utah News

  • Utah cannot duplicate programs in other states that offer cash prizes or other incentives for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Utah Legislature put language in the bill spending millions of dollars of federal pandemic relief money that specifically blocks the money from being used for a vaccine incentive program. [Tribune]

  • A Utah AG aide has apologized after sending a profanity-filled email to a Salt Lake City council candidate saying he was upset he was woken up from a nap. [Tribune]

  • A brutal audit of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food found that poor record keeping left the department vulnerable to “fraud, theft, and other serious risks.” [Tribune]

  • Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday approved a budget of $358 million. It includes more money for the police and a 2% increase for employees. There are no tax increases, but user fees will increase. [Tribune]

  • Protesters who smashed windows and painted streets at the Salt Lake County prosecutor’s office last year have accepted a plea deal. [Tribune]

  • The Pack Creek Fire near Moab could burn for weeks. Containment efforts have cost $2.6 million so far. [Tribune]

  • Salt Lake City tied for the hottest temperature on record on Tuesday, hitting 107 degrees. [Tribune]

National News

  • Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, could face charges as early as this summer. [NYT]

  • President Joe Biden meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland today. [Politico]

  • Recently released emails show former President Trump and his allies relentlessly pressured the Justice Department to pursue bogus allegations that the election was stolen to reverse Trump’s loss. [CNN]

  • FBI Director Chris Wray said his agency was tracking “hundreds” of people linked to the Capitol attack. [NYT]

  • Former President Trump has said he will visit the US-Mexico border with Texas Governor Greg Abbott later this month. [Reuters]

  • 21 House Republicans voted against legislation to award Congressional Gold Medals to Capitol police officers who defended the Capitol during the Jan. 6 attack. [The Hill]

  • The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic reached 600,000 on Tuesday. [AP]

  • The CDC calls the Delta COVID-19 variant a “variant of concern,” meaning it is more transmissible or can cause more severe disease. [CNN]

  • A National Institutes of Health study suggests that the coronavirus may have spread to the United States as early as December 2019. [WaPo]

  • A new report indicates that the US real estate market needs 5.5 million more units than are currently available, which explains the surge in house prices. [WSJ]

  • The Israeli army on Wednesday launched airstrikes against Hamas. [Reuters]

  • Retail sales in May fell 1.3%. Americans spend more on travel and less on consumer goods. [AP]

  • Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman said he expects employees to return to the office full-time by Labor Day or face a pay cut. [NY Post]

  • The Senate voted unanimously to make June 16 a federal holiday. The House is also expected to pass the measure. [AP]

Coda of Curtis’ car

On Monday, we shared the unfortunate story of Representative John Curtis and his stolen car.

Curtis had his wheels stolen from the airport in Washington, D.C., then wrapped it around a pole.

Staff from Curtis’ office sent this photo of Curtis and his trip, now totaled.

(Photo courtesy of Rep. John Curtis’ office) Utah Rep. John Curtis with his car which was stolen and destroyed.


Wednesday’s Utah News Roundup


  • Utah ski resorts definitely saw more skiers and snowboarders last season. [Tribune]

  • University of Utah police chief raises whistleblower complaint, says school ‘scapegoated’ him over McCluskey case. [KSL]

  • Salt Lake City is looking for 300 more beds as the Rio Grande homeless camp is cleared again. [KUTV]

  • Signs of Park City Council candidates “trampled the ground.” [Park Record]


  • Il n’y a pas de nouveaux décès dus au COVID-19 dans l’Utah pendant trois jours consécutifs. [Tribune]

  • Here’s where to still get a COVID-19 test, with Utah providers slashing sites and hours. [Tribune]



  • The president of Southern Utah University — a champion for not raising tuition — will step down this year. [Tribune]

  • Oversight of charter schools in Utah is ‘unclear’, has accountability gaps, audit finds. [KSL]


  • The Senate approves a bill to make June 16 a federal holiday. [Tribune]

  • Why Senator Mike Lee says now is not the time for Congress to consider citizenship for “dreamers”. [DNews]

On review pages

  • Sim Gill as Utah’s top prosecutor? These candidates are less controversial, says Robert Gehrke. [Tribune]

  • Jonathon Golden: What do we owe wildland firefighters? [Tribune]

  • Devin Thorpe: Republicans are right on climate change. [Tribune]

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– Tribune reporter Connor Sanders contributed to this report.