Yup…a CNN journalist tweeted out a lie , let it go viral, then came back later and said he made it up, but we “know” it’s true.
A trustworthy news organization would fire a reporter who did this immediately. CNN has not and will not, because CNN is not a trustworthy organization.
On a related track, Matt Laszlo, a journalist who works at The Daily Beast and NPR, tweeted,
With 9 in 10 Republicans reporting having lost faith in the media (because Trump’s rhetoric has worked), I argue it’s time for newspapers to rethink their relationships with readers and end endorsements now
Conservative columnist Charlie Martin caught it, and correctly noted (in an excellent piece about mainstream media bias that echos many posts on Ethics Alarms),
…what struck me was his explanation: “because Trump’s rhetoric has worked.” I’ve written about the record of unreliability, mendacity, and flat-out lies by the media about Trump, going back to my first “Stop Making Me Defend Trump” article on Inauguration Day to my recent VIP article “Why Don’t Americans Trust the Media?” There are too many examples to enumerate here, from the Times‘ report that Trump “lied” about being “wiretapped” when they had reported the wiretapping on the front page, to the 111 examples Sharyl Attkisson has accumulated over the last three years. (It’s 111 at last count — it was only 106 when I wrote the “don’t trust the media” piece in December.)
Journalists lie outright in public as their employers and editors shrug and do nothing, and then accuse the President of being responsible for the fact that the public no longer trusts journalists.