An Appeal to the Mainstream Media: Own Up to Fake News!

By Michael Brown Published on August 28, 2018

I’m writing this appeal to all those involved on the front lines of the mainstream media with the hope that some of you will read these words and consider my appeal.

To be clear: 1) I believe there is bias on the right as well as on the left; 2) I believe that the great majority of you take your profession quite seriously and are trying to report accurately; 3) I don’t agree with all of the president’s rhetoric and I regret some of the charges he has brought against you; and 4) I believe the president himself is often the author of inaccurate information.

That being said, you hurt your own cause when you decry the very concept of “fake news” in your own midst. Do you really believe that you have not been affected by your extreme dislike for President Trump? Are you truly unaware that there are good reasons so many Americans question your credibility?

Your Anti-Trump Animus Screams Out Loud

It’s not just an undisciplined president getting unruly crowds upset about “fake news.” It’s that your anti-Trump animus is often so loud it drowns out the report you are giving, especially in the context of TV news. (If the Trump-hatred doesn’t drown out your story, at the least, it negatively colors it.)

It’s one thing when, say, Frank Bruni writes a Trump-bashing (or, Bible-bashing) op-ed for the New York Times. We know what to expect.

It’s another thing when you report the news on CNN or NBC. We’re supposed to be hearing facts, not opinions. And by facts I mean carefully vetted facts.  (Remember when “facts” actually meant facts and “news” didn’t contain such a mixture of truth and opinion and spin?)

I’m aware, of course, that everyone is racing to break the latest story, and in doing so, you have to trust the reliability of your sources. But what happens when your sources are biased? How much egg do you need on your faces before you say, “I understand why people are upset about fake news. We need to step higher. We need to do better.”

Lanny Lies, CNN Denies

Consider the recent events with Lanny Davis, the famously pro-Clinton attorney for Michael Cohen.

According to a 2013 report in the Washington Post, “Since becoming Clinton’s media snake charmer in late 1996, Davis has been an irrepressible public gabber. He has been working the news media on behalf of clients for years, while also appearing incessantly on cable news and radio as a reliable liberal talking head, popping off about just about everything.”

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The big news last week was that Michael Cohen had implicated Trump in alleged campaign finance violations. What’s more, we were told that Trump knew of the infamous Russia meeting at Trump Tower involving Donald Trump, Jr.

The big news this week is that we can’t trust the news. As a headline on the Washington Times website blares: “Lanny Davis admits he was source for CNN’s Trump Tower story, lied about it on air.”

No wonder so many people don’t trust you. How many times do you get to cry wolf?

The Public Sees It

Last October, Real Clear Politics referenced “a poll showing that upwards of 60% of the U.S. population shares President Trump’s suspicion that most cable news is ‘fake.’ 46% of respondents said they believed President Trump when he said the mainstream media ‘fabricates’ stories about him, which a further 17% were unsure.”

Dear newscasters and news writers and reporters and journalists, there’s a reason for statistics like this. And rather than blaming the Alex Jones’s of the world, how about examining yourselves?

I’ve been teaching college-level classes since 1982, and every so often, half the class (or more) will get a test question wrong. That means one of two things: I didn’t cover the material clearly or I didn’t phrase the question properly. As the old adage goes (exaggerated, but with lots of truth): There are no bad students, only bad teachers.

Perhaps if you judged yourselves by the same standards by which you judge Fox News and Rush Limbaugh and Breitbart, your reporting would improve.

Perhaps if you refused to take things personally and determined to act more dispassionately, the fake news would disappear.

The Overt Personal Dislike

To be candid, while watching some cable news recently, I was shocked by how personal the tone was when President Trump was mentioned. Because I normally read the news daily, watching it this time was an eye-opener. Anti-Trump sentiments were much worse, much more overt and obvious, than they were a year or two ago.

I’m aware, of course, that there’s always been some degree of personal bias in the news. And again, I believe the right-wing media is guilty of this as well.

But just because the President of the United States makes things personal doesn’t mean you have to. And if you think he’s acting childishly, then you be the adult in the room. Is that too much to ask?

As one who writes as many as 5 op-ed pieces a week, plus does 5 days of live radio shows a week, I fully understand how easy it is to get caught up in partisan politics.

It’s just that our nation is so terribly divided today that the last thing we need is fake news. Please help put a stop to it.

 

(To all non-media readers: Please send this to your favorite – or least favorite – mainstream newscaster or writer.)

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  • David Hess

    thanks once again Dr. Brown.

    • Just One Voice

      I’ll second the gratitude. You are quickly becoming my favorite writer on here! 🙂

      I greatly appreciate your open letters, making a professional plea for honesty and transparency. No sob-stories, meeting them where they’re at, on a basis they can relate to, etc.

      On the whole news thing, gosh it has my head in such a frenzy now. I want to stay current on what’s happening, but good grief how does one begin nowadays? (that’s rhetorical don’t answer)

      That’s just one reason why I think the internet is more of a bad thing than good.

    • 95% of media vote Demoncrat, it is a fact.

  • tz1

    Another problem is politicizing everything.
    There was another article on Drudge about the STD pandemic. You won’t see that on Fox, MSNBC, or CNN. But it is a very serious problem. And un-PC.

    • Patmos

      Maybe you’re talking about a different one, but the link currently up on Drudge, “STDs set new record in USA…” links to NBC News.

      The mainstream media generally covers most things, it’s just the editorial bias is so blatant that it only focuses on certain things, and with such a slant you can’t really call it news.

      • tz1

        So something buried in a website from an outlet known for fake news? Will Rachel Maddox, Anderson of Vanderbilt Cooper, or even Tucker Carlson cover it?

        • Patmos

          Those cable TV “news” shows not only have the aforementioned bias, but are also beholden to advertising, because if they don’t keep eyes on the channel the advertisers will leave.

          The only time I’ve ever watched cable TV “news” was during 9/11. So I got to see the initial small hole in the Pentagon before it partially collapsed at the point of impact, the same small hole which they never showed again past the live broadcast. I missed the BBC announcing the collapse of building 7 with it still standing in the background though, that’s because I was stateside.

          • Chip Crawford

            Fox is an opposite persuasion from the rest, more right and more pro-administration, not in the resistance against Trump. Not good to lump everyone together, kind of what you are complaining about. Fox rates way out in front of the rest, so advertising is not dictating but pursuing them. Several of Fox’s news programs lead the entire cable in their time slot of any kind of cable show. Please, become informed. We are fortunate to have them or some things would never get reported. That’s why they started up.

        • Chip Crawford

          Fox covered the CNN/Lanny Davis debacle – several anchors, of course. They always get onto CNN and MSNBC et al for their fallacies.

  • Chip Crawford

    Oh, and they have other anonymous sources, contrary to the lawyer of the person said to have made the now proven false statement. It appears that it doesn’t have to make sense anymore. They are all so used to getting away with anything. Now, Lanny and company just put on a big grin as they reverse their assertions … But. suddenly, their sins find them out … says future headlines. I like it. It should be that way. Or, touched by the Awakening sweeping the country, they all repent and make restitution day by day. All things are possible with God … Not fake news, but very hopeful thinking …

  • Jim Walker

    Sorry Dr Brown, you don’t seem to understand how deep the rabbit hole goes. These people are puppets to some very shady organizations that practically own majority share of the biggest corporations in the world from Hollywood, to News channels to Banks and even governments.
    They are doing all they can to conceal their diabolical plans hidden in the dark and President Trump’s plans are exposing them.
    Sadly there are many who lap up all the fake news and support them. Some are amongst us here, we know who they are and we hope they will one day have their eyes opened to see the truth.

  • Benny Ehud

    You are missing a huge point when it comes to Trump. Fake News to Trump isn’t really about false news. It’s about negative news. He has said this on at least two occasions — once in a tweet and another on Fox last week. He doesn’t believe negative things should be covered. Therefore, he calls it fake news. It’s not that he believes the FACTS they are saying is false. It’s that he doesn’t believe that media should focus on certain facts. He believes the media should focus on the economy. He believes the media should talk about illegal immigrant committing crimes. That’s his believe on fake news and real news. He believes that certain topics SHOULD NOT BE NEWS at all.

    • Jim L

      This is true. I agree with you 100%. For Trump it’s semantics – “Fake News” for him means “Negative News”. Ironically, this propaganda theme of attacking news sources and facts, as being “fake news”, will have a long-term negative effect for those promoting it. It’s systematically discrediting and undermining the GOP’s long-term standing and position. The way to confront political opposition is with facts that have reliance to Planet Earth and cut the “fake news” childish blow-off deflective line out. It fools few.

      • Chip Crawford

        Then how do you explain the countless stories that blare out, only to be whispered as retractions not long after, from the jump on the “missing” MLK statue in the oval office to something like this with accusatory elements? Oh, maybe those don’t count to you … oh well, not so much, stuff happens … Wrong. Rushed and false leaps are broadcast far and wide about the Trump administration as a matter of course and the major part of them are false. The opposite treatment occurs for the left. It is obvious to those with eyes to see along with all the deflections. The Mexican foreign minister was on the Laura Ingraham TV program discussing the deal between the US and Mexico he helped negotiate, with very positive input. The next day the Morning Joke crowd and others are still saying what a joke, there’s no deal … People see through that trash. It backfires all the time because people don’t watch those networks the most nor vote for that side of the aisle who just trash talk. It’s a disinfomation campaign, negative propaganda. Fools NO ONE.

        • Jim L

          You said “countless” stories? You mean like “Obama was born in Kenya” that was promoted by Trump for seven years and then he admitted in front of cameras there was no truth to it in 2016? Yes, the accredited news sources make mistakes (don’t report that one though) and then do retractions. Some report crazy stuff like Obama was a Secret Muslim or Jade Helm 15 stuff with no retractions. However, it would be an extreme false equivalence to equate the momentary MLK statue reporting with the years’ worth of Pizzagate claims that had no retractions. They’re not even close to each other on the stupidity scale. As of this posting, negotiations with Mexico have advanced no further than the US Nuclear Negotiations with North Korea. Over the top celebratory reports of happy telephone calls and photo-opportunities with no written contract mean little. Nobel Peace Prizes are based upon substantial long-term results. Like the Korea de-Nuclearization reporting we need to wait and see.

          • Chip Crawford

            You are wrong, biased and uncaring about truth. The chump stories on this current administration occur on a daily basis. You overblow your grievance stories. Get over it. This is current and going on under your nose. But you show yourself as Resistance who justifies wrong of all stamps for this polarized and divisive “cause.” When you care to get around to truth and reality, it’s there. Feed your fodder to the hogs who gladly lap it up wholesale. However, viewers and voters are catching on.

          • Jim L

            “You overblow your grievance stories.” What? Do you believe Obama was born in Kenya”? Do you believe “he’s a Secret Muslim”? Do you believe there was accuracy in Pizzagate? Please stop making deflective comments and kindly deal with the issue. Do you you believe in their accuracy? These were stories promoted for over a decade. Where are you mentally on this spins?

          • Benny Ehud

            Chip Crawford is talking about something else. You, Dr. Brown, and I are talking about fake news. Chip is talking about the media’s complicity or culpability or whatever in the resistance to Trump. He’s completely off kilter with his comments.

          • Jim L

            It’s a childish response to the issue. This seems to be typical denial by these people. For Trump it’s semantics – “Fake News” for him means “Negative News”. It’s as simple as that.

          • Benny Ehud

            And for over 2 yrs we all thought the man was talking about the media lying when he said fake news. That’s not what he meant.

          • Jim L

            I’ve come to the conclusion he’s a pathological lier and to some degree seems to have problems dealing with reality. There may even be old age dementia setting in. His knowledge of basic things seems to be also lacking and, form time-to-time, his display of ignorance is frightening on many subjects. Trump’s lucky he inherited daddy’s wealth.

          • Benny Ehud

            Why do you keep using “to some degree” in you descriptions? Trump is a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR to the nth degree.

            Of course he is lucky he inherited his wealth. He’s a con man. He used his wealth to con ppl.

          • Jim L

            I actually stand corrected. Yes, he is a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR to the nth degree.

          • Hmmm…

            “These people” would respectfully disagree.

          • Hmmm…

            The media is very much a part of the Trump hating resistance.

          • Benny Ehud

            OF COURSE THEY ARE!! But that doesn’t make them fake news. Is that understood?

          • Hmmm…

            I saw that report and the negotiator. How is that like the North Korean situation, which indeed is in abeyance at present? When did a North Korean representative sit down to a negotiating table and report on the outcome to an American news outlet? This is actually very different.

          • Jim L

            When did a North Korean representative sit down to a negotiating table and report otherwise on the outcome to an American news outlet? This is actually very different.

        • Benny Ehud

          That’s not what Trump is talking about. Seriously, he’s not. Trump lies all of the time. Lies isn’t what upsets Trump. It’s that NEGATIVE press that he calls fake. He has ADMITTED on Twitter. I used to think he meant lying news when he said fake news. But he doesn’t. He reiterated it on Fox News with the interview he recently did. He said the Fake News Media won’t report on the positive things he has done. That’s his definition of Fake News. Most people, including me, thought he was using Fake News as a reference for lies. But he’s not.

          If the media told a LIE that Donald Trump donated $100 mil dollar to a charity, he would not call it Fake News. He’ll know that it isn’t true. However, since it is positive news for him, he wouldn’t dispute it. The media that he calls “fake” has gotten 95% or more of the facts correct. When they say he is thinking of firing someone from the WH b/c he doesn’t like them by the end of the month, he called it fake news. To only turn around and fire that person about 2 months or so later–McMaster, Priebus, and Tillerson. He did this with all three of them. That’s not fake news. He called the unemployment numbers FAKE right before the election. He told us not to believe the unemployment rate b/c it would make Obama look good. Then time he is elected the unemployment numbers are magically “real.” That’s who he is.

          • Chip Crawford

            You are also blind to it. There’s a grain of truth to what you say, but you are missing the story by the bushels, certainly deflecting. Your detail gets silly on the subject. No sale. There IS a serious difference this time and it matters, so wake up!

            There is media culpability for their frenzied Resistance. It’s to the point of being disturbing for the division and dangerous ginning up of hostilities.

          • Benny Ehud

            Blind to what? CNN, MSNBC, NBCNEWS HATE TRUMP!! I know that. They are biased. Anybody with a brain can see that. But being biased doesn’t not make someone false. Fox News hated Obama and hate Democrats. The same can be said for The Blaze, Limbaugh, and Newsmax. They are biased. But the issues are the facts. People can spend FACTS in a positive or negative light.

            The media is made up of HUMAN BEINGS. Human beings make mistakes. They are not going to get EVERY fact right. I accept that. Sarah Sanders went to the podium a couple of weeks ago said something false about the unemployment of blacks and Obama the other day. She then retracted her statement b/c STATISTICS showed she wasn’t telling the truth. But it’s OK to get STATS wrong if you fix it, and she did. I don’t expect Sarah Sanders or anyone to be right 100% of the time. And for you to jump on the media b/c less than 5% of their reporting may be untrue, doesn’t mean they are fake news.

            Trump’s issue with CNN/MSNBC is not about FACTS. It’s about the STORYLINE. He doens’t care about lies. He lies all of the time. He expects others to lie. He’s telling you all that the STORIES that CNN/MSNBC covers shouldn’t be news at all. They should be covering the economy and making him look good.

          • Chip Crawford

            Okay, you are a certified Kool-Aid drinker. Sorry for you – very naive and gullible. Bet your faults and flaws couldn’t stand up to this much scrutiny for sure. Hope you wise up, friend. It’s only your country that’s being torn apart by this Resistance.

          • Benny Ehud

            What about the Resistance?!! lol What does that have to do with Fake News and Trump? What?! CNN/MSNBC HATE TRUMP WITH A PASSION! Fox News ginned up the Right. They hated Obama. That’s politics. Is Fox News to blame for the Alt-Right’s rise?

          • Jim L

            It’s deflection.

          • Chip Crawford

            Blind as a bat. You actually put that in print? Who leads you around by the hand? W.C. Fields was right about the rapidity of suckers being born.

          • Jim L

            deflection

          • Chip Crawford

            Your denial. Now, be sure to put up your paints and tidy your play station before mommy comes.

          • Jim L

            I see you’re into deflection. What is logical in one sense needs to be logical in another. Therefore, Fox News needs to be neutral for your outrage to work. So you think Fox News isn’t biased? This is a leap of logic in your mind?

          • Chip Crawford

            You are getting dishonest with this, assigning motives to me. I answered this above. Please read and drop the spin. You’re picking up bad habits from your spin friends out there. Of course they all have bias, but the degree, again, is 90% your guys and 10% those you are against.

          • Jim L

            You haven’t been assigning motives in return or doing that first????? I’d suggest there’s a need to read your past comments.

          • Chip Crawford

            Sorry; I forgive you both. May your souls be saved in the day of judgment.

          • Jim L

            So, Fox News and the right wing fringe is 10% biased in your opinion? You think educated people would agree with that assessment?

          • Hmmm…

            Honest people would, at least a far lesser percentage bias than CNN, MSNBC in particular. And they provide both sides of issues, presenting panels with both sides very regularly on their programs.

          • Jim L

            Okay, what’s your source for this assertion? Some who claimed to be “honest” for seven years claimed “Obama was born in Kenya.” One of those who claimed this was forced to admit in 2016 in front of cameras there is no truth to that claim. So, Fox News “provides both sides of issues, presenting panels with both sides very regularly on their programs”? Rush Limbaugh “provides both sides of issues, presenting panels with both sides very regularly on their programs”? Really?

          • Jim L

            Couldn’t agree with you more. CNN, MSNBC, NBCNEWS HATE TRUMP and are biased to a degree, just as Fox News is also to a degree. This by itself doesn’t mean they are “fake news”. That’s a leap of logic to get there. One needs to take the issue one story at a time for accuracy.

          • Chip Crawford

            You are the logic leap frogger. I can see you out there now arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic as it slowly sinks into oblivion. Keep majoring in minors and wearing those blinders. So bad, so sad.

          • Jim L

            So you think Fox News isn’t biased? This is a leap of logic in your mind?

          • Chip Crawford

            That’s a deflection.

          • Jim L

            What is logical in one sense needs to be logical in another. Therefore, Fox News needs to be neutral for your outrage to work. So you think Fox News isn’t biased? This is a leap of logic in your mind?

          • Chip Crawford

            No, the leap of logic is denying the 24/7 output of anti-Trump propaganda and stream of salacious and exaggerated and false stories published from themselves and the Resist Trump print media. They don’t even cover serious news stories to any appreciable degree so they can get hurry back to all this juicy swill their continually brewing up. Where is the Russian collusion evidence? Huh? That’s all you heard, but nothing comes out for real. Now we find out the Chinese hacked HRC’s emails. Bet you don’t hear much of that on your favorite Resist Trump channels.

          • Jim L

            “… stream of salacious and exaggerated and false stories published…” Okay give us some. Remember you used the words “salacious and exaggerated and false stories”. MLK would not be one of them.

          • Chip Crawford

            I can’t help out your dull wits and will not feed your game you are playing here of denial. Maybe you really do miss reality by just feeding on lies and hyperbole. Good luck. You’ll need it in the days ahead.

          • Jim L

            More deflection. “… stream of salacious and exaggerated and false stories published…” Okay give us some. Remember you used the words “salacious and exaggerated and false stories”. MLK would not be one of them.

          • Jim L

            “Where is the Russian collusion evidence? Huh? That’s all you heard, but nothing comes out for real.” The Meuller investigation has only been going on since May 2017. Ken Starr investigated Bill Clinton for 4 1/2-years. We have a long way to go.

          • Chip Crawford

            Non excuse. You really have a long way to go when it has been revealed it was the CHINESE who were the ones mainly at fault. Wow

          • Jim L

            The Meuller investigation has only been going on since May 2017. Ken Starr investigated Bill Clinton for 4 1/2-years. We have a long way to go. This is called FACTS. You do grasp this, right?

          • Benny Ehud

            They don’t care about FACTS. They care about the narrative.

          • Jim L

            You’ll note when facts are presented they deflect. This indicates they’re either cultist like followers that don’t really care about them or ignorant of all the information related to issues. I have relatives that get their information from the fringe and it’s amazing how little they know of issues. When confronted by facts – they go into a deflective mode. This is why the Republicans have been losing educated people now for about 15-years. In the past, the GOP attracted the most educated. Now, the higher someone’s education the more likely they do not vote GOP. They’re the anti-science, anti-history and “fake news” claiming party. It’s actually sad…..

          • Benny Ehud

            They don’t care about facts. They care about their positions. Tucker Carlson argued about a “culture shift” that a people group had never seen before when he was talking about immigrants and the U.S. He totally disregarded a “cultural shift” that happened Europeans entered this land lol That fact didn’t cross his mind. He just glossed over that invasion and went right to talking about the “cultural shift” immigrants (Hispanics) brought to America. They only care about their positions.

          • Jim L

            I agree. Was watching Fox News for a week while in Mexico (only channel in English) and was amazed how little they reported on the facts related to the Meuller investigation and repeatedly implied it started with the dossier. I still bump into right wingers that make that claim and go into denial when telling them it came along about 10-months later. The disinformation is amazing.

          • Benny Ehud

            They don’t care. It’s utterly sad. You can’t agree on the facts, which is sad. But what’s even worse is that when you finally agree on the facts, they then don’t matter to these people.

            Trump broke the law in paying off those women in order to win an election. At first, the media was “lying” about it to try to make Trump look bad. Then it’s that he did it to protect his family. Then it’s he did it to sway the election, but it’s not a crime. Now, it’s a crime, but it’s not that big of a crime. So, just let go.

          • Benny Ehud

            THE MEDIA IS BIASED!! We know that. That doesn’t make it FAKE. OK? You don’t seem to grasp that. What you call “serious” someone else may not. That doesn’t make it fake!

            Where is the evidence of Russian collusion?! His son has published emails and direct messages. Now, is it a CONSPIRACY to defraud the American people is a different argument? And if what he did is illegal is a different argument than the term COLLUSION. Now, whether you think that is “serious” or not is a different matter. But it doesn’t make it fake.

            And there isn’t stream of false stories being published by the MAINSTREAM media. Now, anyone can have a blog.

          • Chip Crawford

            I can explain it but I can’t understand it for you. We’ve established you are blind and happy to keep swilling the kool-aid. Good day. I know you’ll grab the last word, so have at it.

          • Benny Ehud

            What am I blind to? Lol I admit that they hate Trump. You seem to believe you get to say what is “serious” and what needs to be talked about. You seem to think that media having something to with the Resistance is horrible for the country. I get that. That doesn’t mean I have to agree with you.

            This ARTICLE is about FAKE NEWS. It’s not culpability of the news media in relation to the Resistance. That’s a separate argument.

          • Jim L

            Like I had earlier said – for him it’s Leap of logic time.

          • Benny Ehud

            He’s a Trump supporter. That’s his right. He can’t argue FACTS and LIES regarding Trump b/c he knows Trump doesn’t care about facts and that Trump lies all of the time. So, Chip’s argument is with the media and their storylines.

          • Jim L

            This is why the Republicans are losing educated people. people graduating from college read claims like this and want nothing to do with right wingers. Now, to support Trump, they idiotically believe the FBI is a liberal and criminal organization. Now that’s extreme stupidity!

          • Benny Ehud

            They love conspiracies. They can’t get enough of them.

          • Jim L

            Yes, just purchased a book called the “United States of Conspiracies”, but haven’t read it yet. It deals with the history of US conspiracies that have been around since the country’s founding. It seems right wingers over the last twenty-years have gone overboard into these things. They’re now compensating with this stuff for their lack of a sound ideology to attract the majority. It will only get them so far. Most people don’t buy into the non-factual crazy fringe stuff.

          • Benny Ehud

            What makes it even worse is that you just read Chip ADMIT to what I said. He said the media doesn’t cover “serious” news. (Obviously, what’s “serious” is what he considers serious.) It’s about the storylines to them and not the facts. But he admitted to what I said, and he still accused me of being in the dark and blind to the “conspiracy” that the media is perpetrating on the American people. Their ignorance just won’t stop.

          • Hmmm…

            Looks to me like it’s this kind of spin that is non-stop.

          • Chip Crawford

            You can’t answer any argument, what are you talking about? I’m bored. Good day and good luck. Sad

          • Benny Ehud

            It’s not about accuracy. Trump doesn’t care about lies or the lies people tell if it makes him look good.

            I think CNN, MSNBC, NBCNews, Newsmax Fox News are all SUPREMELY biased lol It’s evident when you watch them. But facts are facts. Trump doesn’t care about facts. He cares about narrative…about story line

          • Jim L

            I agree. This type of childish logic will backfire – actually it already is.

          • Benny Ehud

            We’ll see. They don’t care about Trump’s lies. They know he lies, and they don’t care. It’s a sad state of affairs.

          • Jim L

            That will comeback and haunt them. No one will take their fake outrage seriously in the future now.

          • Chip Crawford

            So, repent, get over it. Most will forgive you for it. Throw some cold water on your face and start a new path. Good luck!

          • Jim L

            More deflection. Leave your facts at home or have none. What is logical in one sense needs to be logical in another. Therefore, Fox News needs to be neutral for your outrage to work. So you think Fox News isn’t biased? This is a leap of logic in your mind?

          • Chip Crawford

            You’ve run out of facts yourself and now civility. And, you are repeating yourself. I’ll be saying adieu. Sad.

          • Jim L

            I’ve run out of facts. LOL!!!!!! I’ve been waiting to you to give some. It’s getting time for you to run, isn’t it?

          • Hmmm…

            Fox News leans right for the most part. However, they have actual left and Democratic sides to almost every panel. Both sides get in their licks in many a spirited debate. Goes on all the time. CNN fired their Republican some time ago and really present no other side in an open forum. I’ve seen both and would not say that if it weren’t my observation. If I’m wrong about CNN and others regularly presenting counter point persons alongside their perspective, please point out instances? Again, it must be regular like it is on Fox, regular panels with both sides.

          • Jim L

            CNN and MSNBC also has right and Republican sides to almost every panel. Both sides get in their licks in many a spirited debate. Goes on all the time. Have no idea where you’ve been. I’d suggest watching it sometime, instead of claiming it doesn’t happen.

          • Benny Ehud

            You’re delusional. CNN and MSNBC have Republicans on all of the time, especially CNN.

    • Hmmm…

      So, you know what he believes? An unpaid spokesman? How generous of you to donate your time.

      • Benny Ehud

        HE SAID IT lol He called Fake News (Negative.) M<— He tweeted it just like that. He wrote that in a tweet a few months back lol He talked about positive news again during the Fox News interview he just had.

        • Jim L

          Benny, do you see one example of a lie given by CNN in the story? He includes the author includes the claim, “Lanny Davis admits he was source for CNN’s Trump Tower story, lied about it on air.” This is not CNN lied. they are two different things. Do you see an example to support the author’s claim that CNN, MSNBC or someone else lied?

          • Benny Ehud

            NOT ONE!! LOL I was reading that earlier and wanted to go say the SAME thing you just said. They think that a GUEST…A GUEST…A GUEST on a network means that person works for that network.

            Also, these people don’t understand that if I, you, or someone else QUOTES an anonymous source or a source close to “person X” and that source turns out to be wrong or to be telling a lie, that doesn’t mean that I, you or someone else lied. It means we received false information and reported that a SOURCE told us X, Y, & Z, and that’s all we can say. If a I,you or someone else doesn’t CONFIRM what we were told, then when didn’t give false information. But they don’t see it like that.

          • Jim L

            The author should grasp that if someone else Says that they are QUOTING an anonymous source or a source close to “person X” and that source turns out to be wrong or to be telling a lie, that doesn’t mean that I, you or someone else lied. Or, at a bare minimum the editor should when this piece when through the editorial process for accuracy and logical consistency. This has been standard journalism practice for decades, if not a century. Where have these people been?

            Furthermore, by the author’s selective standard, Trump started pushing birtherism in 2009 and maintained it right up until the election. In 2010, he admitted on camera (so they can’t claim “fake news”) there was no truth to it and didn’t have supportive evidence, as he had been asserting for years. Fox News frequently had him on their network making his claim. Plus, Loe Dobbs, who is one of their key Fox News anchors, also promoted the idea Obama was born in Kenya for years. So, logic would dictate, by his article author’s standards, what is logical in one sense needs to be logical in another, Fox News therefore promotes “fake news”. How could one view this differently?

          • Benny Ehud

            “How could one view this differently?”
            I told you facts don’t matter to them. Hypocrisy doesn’t matter to them. The only thing that matters to them are the policies and beliefs they hold.

            Trump got caught being a hypocrite today. He supported an article today using anonymous sources. Then tweeted hrs later to not trust articles with anonymous sources. It’s amazing.

  • David N. Gray

    If this article is truly aimed at the “mainstream media”, it isn’t going to be effective because it seems to offer only one specific example of “fake news” and doesn’t even explain that clearly. I’m still a little confused about who exactly is being blamed for what?

  • Hmmm…
  • Chip Crawford

    From “The Morning Call” August 28, 2018:

    It is time for everyone to realize President Trump speaks plainly and to
    the point; he insults, cajoles, berates, gives funny names to those he
    dislikes, etc.

    He is the all-time loudmouth Howard Cossell of politics.
    He does this deliberately to accomplish the things he is
    trying to get done. He has been and is extremely successful with his
    distinct type of negotiating.

    He has the world respecting America again, has the
    economy roaring, unemployment at the lowest point in
    years, 4 million new jobs, 4 million off of food stamps,
    stemming the flow of illegals entering our country, NATO paying their
    fair share toward defense, fair trade enriching America, eliminating
    thousands of useless and senseless regulations, historic lowering of
    income taxes, and the list goes on and on, with not one word of praise
    for what Trump has done. There is only 24/7 scorn with endless
    investigations from the haters.

    Would they rather have Barack Obama at the helm, the guy who
    doubled our nation’s debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion and

    accomplished nothing but racial division and hatred of police, or
    Hillary Clinton, who would have been worse?

    Robert W. Kalman
    Bethlehem

    —————-

    A lot of nations would love to have a man as skillful, giving and country loving as Donald Trump leading them. They can’t imagine petty Americans sitting around crabbing over the man’s faults.

  • Dr Moon

    I believe all of the anti-Trump sentiment will actually hurt the left. I remember when Clinton was president and the GOP was making a new accusation everyday about Clinton. The right complained so much and so loud that the people started tuning the criticism out. This is happening with Trump. The media makes so many false accusations about Trump the people are tuning them out.

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