MEDIA
09/08/2014 07:48 am ET Updated Sep 08, 2014

CNN's Brian Stelter Says He Fears Media Provoking ISIS War Fever

CNN's Brian Stelter said on Sunday that he is worried about whether or not the media is stoking a war panic over the Islamic State militant group.

The press reaction to the growing power of ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been dominated by hawkish voices, and Stelter wondered whether media figures are "letting their fears get the best of them, or their ideological agendas." He said he was "very concerned about the press provoking panic about ISIS, but I'm keeping an open mind."

Later, speaking with The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel, Stelter said he "wonder[ed] about whether the media is pushing the president towards further escalation."

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