“[T]he mainstream media has dropped its standards since President Trump was sworn in. Rather then adjusting adeptly to Trump’s easy relationship with the truth and his tendency to abuse members of media, by dialing up their standards, a significant number of journalists have tripped over themselves recently to repeat every bit of gossip and half-cocked rumor involving Trump and his administration….Now this isn’t to say that all coverage of this new administration has been slipshod. Rather, it’s to say that there has been a disturbing and unusually large number of stories that have turned out either to be overhyped, inconclusive, half-true or flat-out incorrect. There have also been a number of reports whose sourcing is so thin, that to believe them would be to take a major leap of faith.The one thing that these reports have in common is that they fail to provide readers with a clear and indisputably accurate picture of what is really going on at White House. The press’s most important role is to shine a light on those in power. Bad reporting only muddies the waters, and it gives powerful people more room to do as they please. After all, whom are you going to believe: the guy at the top or the newsroom with a recent track record of botched reporting? We didn’t get to the point where people find the press less credible than the Trump administration by some freak accident.”
—-The Washington Examiner, in a story today called “Mainstream media errors in the Trump era: Your catalogue of the media’s bias-fueled failure-fest.”
What the Examiner calls its database of biased and incompetent reporting since January 2o can be found here.
It’s a fair list, and I will quote the exactly accurate point above when I get another comment that says, “Why do you think the mainstream media reporting is more important than Trump’s outrageous conduct?” and “How can you say the news media is untrustworthy when the Times, Post and Wall Street Journal do excellent investigative reporting?”
President Trump is trying to do his job, as he promised he would, as well as he can. To have any chance of doing it successfully, he will require more than the usual amount of patience, support, and responsible criticism from the nation. He may well fail, but no respectable and patriotic American or organization, news or otherwise, should be trying to make him fail. ( I refer you to this post, For The Last Time: This Is Why The Post-Election Attacks On Trump And His Election Are Unethical)
(Yes, in case I haven’t made this clear before: The so-called “resistance” is undemocratic, unethical, and thoroughly despicable.)
Journalists, in contrast, are not doing their jobs, and indeed are doing the opposite of their job, which is properly and ethically to convey facts, not to distort them for their own political purposes. At this point in the post-election left-wing freak-out, the news media doesn’t even see its own obvious bias, just as fish aren’t aware that they are in water.
Also from the Examiner, a conservative publication that is enjoying shining some harsh light on the media giants in power,
“The editor of the Washington Post, which staffed up its White House team to cover the new administration, said the paper would have covered a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency with the same intensity as it has President Trump. Cheered by journalists at a media roundtable in California late Tuesday, Marty Baron also said that despite some criticism, the Post is doing its job, not acting as the opposition.”
This jaw-drooping statement earns a Jumbo Award, as it is a bald-faced false assertion that what is there for all to see doesn’t exist. Really, now: who believes that the Post would cover Hillary like it would be covering Trump? Is the Post covering the first 100 days of Trump the way it covered the stumbling beginnings of the Clinton or Obama administrations? President Bill Clinton had to nominate three attorney generals before finding one that didn’t have to withdraw because they facilitated law-breaking; was this fiasco represented by the news media as proof that the entire administration was on the verge of collapse? No, in fact when nominee #2, Judge Kimba Wood, withdrew after it was found that she employed an illegal alien as a nanny, the Post was filled with stories, op-eds and protests about how this represented discrimination against women in politics and the workplace.
Prof. Glenn Reynolds’ wry reaction to the Post editor’s claim is “WELL, THAT’S PRETTY OBVIOUS BULLSHIT, ISN’T IT?”
It is, but the frightening thing is that Baron is so far absorbed in righteous anti-Trump hysteria that he no longer can distinguish truth from bullshit. And thanks to biased journalists like him, neither can the public.