It’s safe to say that when the press and media is reporting a false story, Trump is going to call them out. Whether it be on Twitter or directly to reporters or in an unpleasant and brutally honest manner.
Publications today exist in an especially competitive landscape, where being the first to print has become more important than fact-checking.
One of the worst offenders is CNN. But not only does the publication make major mistakes while reporting, but it often places blame elsewhere.
Let’s go over some examples, shall we?
The time when CNN falsely implied Ben Carson was dropping out of the presidential race.
Both CNN reporters Jake Tapper and Dana Bash said it was “very unusual” for him to head home instead of continuing to campaign in New Hampshire.
“Look, if you want to be president of the United States, you don’t go home to Florida. That’s just the bottom line. That’s the end of the story,” said Bash.
Ted Cruz cited this particular program for what led his team to spread around that Carson was dropping out of the race.
“Last night when our political team saw the CNN post saying that Dr. Carson was not carrying on to New Hampshire and South Carolina, our campaign updated grassroots leaders just as we would with any breaking news story,” said Cruz in a statement.
But, the network denied this and said “CNN had not characterized Carson’s actions that way.”
Another example is when CNN published a report about Trumps “ties to Russia” that was not confirmed by intelligence agencies or other relevant sources.
“CNN has reviewed a 35-page compilation of the memos, from which the two-page synopsis was drawn … CNN is not reporting on details of the memos, as it has not independently corroborated the specific allegations.”
This then influenced BuzzFeed to publish an article with the 35-pages of memos with this headline: “These Reports Allege Donald Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia.”
But, again, CNN even admitted to publishing before fact-checking.
Trump, of course, put CNN on blast for publishing false news.
Newt Gingrich pointed out how Trump and his team now have the upper hand with the media.
He said on the Sean Hannity’s program on Fox that the new administration “need to go out there and understand they have it in their power to set the terms of this dialogue. They can close down the elite press.”
“In his own way, Trump has set us free. Reporters must treat Inauguration Day as a kind of Liberation Day to explore news outside the usual Washington circles,” writes Jack Shafer for Politico. “Journalists groom sources, but sources also groom journalists. There’s nothing inherently unethical about the back-scratching. When a reporter calls an administration source to confirm an embarrassing item, the source may agree to confirm as long as the reporter at the very least agrees to listen sympathetically to the administration’s context.”
Basically, Shafer is admitting that the press has gotten lazy under Obama and now they know that their connections are going to disappear. So this hopefully means they will be extra careful about sourcing true facts because Trump won’t let them get away with it.
“It’s not winter that’s coming with the inauguration of Trump. It’s journalistic spring,” writes Shafer.