We’ve now reached the point in the Trump presidency where the media start to beg for forgiveness for reporting on select stories that were unfolding nearly three years ago. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin shows how it’s done:
Note the mostly buried news that State Dept closed @HillaryClinton email probe with this verdict: no big deal. As a journalist, I regret my role in blowing this story out of proportion.https://t.co/Ls7zto7uDJ
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) October 21, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) October 21, 2019
New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen — who recently said that reporters asking Elizabeth Warren if middle-class taxes would rise to help pay for Medicare-for-All are destroying the media’s credibility — is among those who appreciated Toobin’s gesture:
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) October 21, 2019
Many others replied that Toobin’s mea culpa comes “too late.” But isn’t it odd that the media isn’t regretting blowing something else way out of proportion:
The media is finally expressing remorse for its irresponsible coverage, saying they hyped a "big nothing" and "false controversy" for "political purposes."
— Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) October 21, 2019
Many in the media are still clinging to that narrative.
Everybody reading this, smash your phones with hammers. It’s no big deal. 📱 🔨
— Mark Thompson 🇺🇸 (@mrkthompsn) October 21, 2019
“CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin says he regrets role in doing his job” https://t.co/t0FHGBjvbH
— Embiid | Simmons 2020 🍥 (@shanesarosy_35) October 21, 2019
You’ve got to love that the election of Trump has devolved into the media apologizing for reporting the actual news but not the “fake news” they’ve helped promote.