President Trump says a lot of incendiary things to be sure, but journalists like CNN’s Brian Stelter refuse to acknowledge that Trump said explicitly that “fake news” is the enemy of the people, not the press in general.
So while Stelter continues to get that bit wrong, he went ahead and recorded a podcast at the overpriced and under-attended Newseum to address the question, “How should journalists spread the word that we are not the enemy?”
How should journalists spread the word that "we are not the enemy?" @brianstelter, @KarenAttiah, and @marcela_elisa examined the state of press freedom at a live event at the Newseum. Listen to their discussion here:https://t.co/ZMTkziRBKJ
— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) February 9, 2019
“The state of press freedom.” It would have helped if journalists had spoken up when the Obama administration made Fox News’ James Rosen the subject of an espionage investigation so they could spy on him, track his movements, and go through his and his parents’ phone records. But seeing how President Trump has chucked so many journalists in prison, naturally, the topic was going to come up.
So how can journalists get out the word that they’re not the enemy of the people when they spread fake news?
1. Stop lying (this includes selective editing and false headlines)
2. Treat Dems the same as you treat Reps
3. Check, recheck, and triple check before reporting a story. It’s better to be second getting the story out and be correct, than to be first have to retract it.
— Deplorable Dreg KVT (@sgtkvt) February 9, 2019
Oh where to start. . . Perhaps you should start with fact based reporting. Then with a dose of honesty: most of you are political operatives masquerading as journalists, so be honest about who you are. I think those two things would help you immeasurably.
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) February 9, 2019
Cyrons noting party affiliation of reporters that offer ANY opinion.
— LearntoCode (@Hillarysserver) February 9, 2019
Oh, we really, really like that idea. CNN couldn’t even get Gov. Ralph “Moonwalk” Northam’s party affiliation right in its chyron; how about putting a (D) or (R) next to reporters’ names?
It’s a puzzle, to be sure, but one idea is journalists could maybe do research before reporting and stop targeting random children with outrage mobs because the color of their hat.
— Razor (@hale_razor) February 9, 2019
Hell, CNN went after armed service members overseas at Christmas over red hats.
By reporting accurate stories.
— Heels For Trump (@InRoyWeTrust1) February 9, 2019
reporting facts & not gossip would be a simple start.
— heymikey80 (@heymikey80) February 9, 2019
Easy. Stop lying.
— DRM (@JTMSDADDY) February 9, 2019
Try being objective and not biased
— Phillip May (@pharvey2001) February 9, 2019
Do the opposite of everything you currently do.
— Alien Libertarian (@InfernalDante86) February 9, 2019
If you don't know we won't tell you.
— CPickDC (@cpickdc) February 9, 2019
Journalists routinely frame questions to elicit a specific response or to shade the conversation toward a specific view.
Guests are selected because they prop up the argument that the station/network supports.
I get it, one does whatever it takes to keep their good paying job.
— Fax (@FaxquoFax) February 9, 2019
1st. Get rid of panels. Their only goal is to muddy the waters.
2nd. Corrections need to be real corrections.
— joe warner (@jwarner180) February 9, 2019
Pull out some tapes of journalists in the 60s and 70s where they presented facts and let the people draw their own conclusions.
Take special effort to notice how there was no eye-rolling, snark, or other visual and audio clues as to what the journalist personally believed.
— Nuclear Herbs (@NuclearHerbs) February 9, 2019
Everything CNN currently does on air … just stop it.
Put Fox’s Catherine Herridge on repeat in the studio and learn. A true journalist.
— Hypocrisy Hound (@found_ur_bias) February 9, 2019
I suggest reporting facts without opinions thrown in. My local news does this very well.
— Gusdog481 (@Gusdog481) February 9, 2019
Maybe by not acting like the propaganda wing of the democratic party. Just a thought. pic.twitter.com/pE3BHFw5rW
— Derpzilla (@JDerpzilla) February 9, 2019
Leave your biases at home and report objectively. Until you do, then you will be seen for the partisan hacks you are.
Oh! and stop selectively editing videos to influence your audience (and don't stoop to "what-about-ism" to justify your actions).
— SPK Asset Management (@SPKAssetMgmt) February 9, 2019
Selectively editing videos? CNN couldn’t even manage to produce an honest video of Trump feeding koi with Shinzo Abe.
Start by actually not being the enemy. Start reporting honestly. Stop reporting every ridiculous rumor only to be forced to issue a retraction/correction 48 hours later. It's very simple. #BeBetter #BeLessFake
— Sheepdog Covfefe (@navymig) February 9, 2019
Stop acting like the enemy. Trust me, word will get around.
— Mattphilbin (@Mattphilbin) February 9, 2019
A lot of journalists will either have to lose their jobs or substantially change in order to convince me.
— V (@esslinger62) February 9, 2019
You can't do it because contrary to what Brian says, the media does choose winners and losers. WE DON'T TRUST YOU. Case in point: Virginia. If Republican, ALL three men would already be gone b/c of media drumming. It would have been relentless.
— Athena (@SoCalViews) February 9, 2019
"binders full of women"
— Tide Pod Bootlegger (@jsmith6919) February 9, 2019
Hmmm maybe ask Covington Catholic students. 🤷🏼♂️
— Dave S (@amish1922) February 9, 2019
We media members aren’t your enemy, but we are going to whine that we’re somehow being stifled by the real “enemy of the people” that you rubes elected president. Our self-aggrandizing and cloistered media… logicians…in a nutshell…
— Cecelia Mc (@CeceliaMcC11) February 9, 2019
Begin by not being the enemy.
Employ greater journalistic integrity than the Enquirer.
Look in the mirror and realize that in going from 90% positive coverage of Obama to 90% negative coverage of Trump you have a credibility problem.
— Nick Staub (@nsromaine) February 9, 2019
Perhaps to start, a show called reliable sources shouldn't have guests on who have presented fake stories.
— Don Quick-Oats (@DonQuickOatz) February 9, 2019
Looking at you, BuzzFeed Ben.
'INCREDIBLE'! Reliable Sources 'really clowning itself' with this take on ThinkProgress vs. Weekly Standard https://t.co/lfgMKXh1Oq
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 12, 2018