Amid the uproar over Texas abortion law, Brian Stelter deletes the 2018 tweet denouncing “The Handmaid’s Tale” comparisons

The dystopian success of the Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” re-emerged in the political arena, as liberals have compared Texas abortion law to award-winning drama, but a media personality has tried to erase it. his last sentence to these comparisons: CNN host Brian Stelter.

Texas law, which prohibits abortions after six weeks, has become the epicenter of a political firestorm, especially after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 ruling not stopping Republican-backed legislation, prompting its liberal opponents to invoke “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a show based on Margaret Atwood’s novel that focuses on the enslavement of fertile women who are forced to have children in a totalitarian society.

However, as Mediaite first reported, Stelter once opposed the analogy during a 2018 exchange with liberal activist Amy Siskind, who stated “We are just steps away from The Handmaids Tale” in response to a New York Times report on border control checkpoints established in New Hampshire and Maine.

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“We’re not a few steps away from The Handmaids Tale,” Stelter told Siskind in the now-deleted tweet. “I don’t think that kind of scary attraction helps anyone.”

Stelter seemed to double down on critics, writing in an undeleted tweet: “I charge the media. I’ve been working on a CNN documentary about Trump and TV. I interviewed one of the producers of Handmaids Tale for the document and I talked with television critics on this broader issue. I don’t think it’s an opinion to point out that America is neither Gilead nor close. “

Internet file site The Wayback Machine shows that Stelter’s tweet was still on his Twitter profile on Wednesday recently, amid uninterrupted media coverage of Texas abortion law.

It’s unclear if Stelter deleted the tweet because he no longer believes “Handmaid’s Tale” comparisons equate to “falsifying fear” or to prevent his tweet from going viral during the liberal uproar.

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There is an indication, however, that Stelter’s views may have evolved as seen in a 2019 exchange he held with “Handmaid’s Tale” star Ann Dowd, where he seemed to legitimize the analogy to which he was once opposed on his CNN program “Reliable Sources.”

“To what extent or to what extent do you think America is really the fictional landscape of Gilead?” Stelter asked.

“A devil much closer than we had the first season, which is terrifying,” Dowd replied.

Siskind slammed Stelter in response to the Mediaite report on Thursday, in a tweet: “I hate to have been right in predicting what was to come.”

Stelter did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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“Handmaid’s Tale” comparisons were consistent during the Trump era, particularly during Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

One of the top proponents of the analogy is MSNBC presenter Joy Reid, who renewed the comparison during her hyperbolic coverage of the Texas abortion bill.

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