On CNN on Sunday, the ritualistic “where did the media go wrong’ self-analysis was underway on Brian Stelter’s “Reliable Sources.” The question was “how can the media regain the public’s trust.”
The media has a fascinating way of observing that people don’t trust them, asking what they can do to fix it, and never acknowledging that the main problem is the fact that they clearly take a side in something like a presidential election and then work hard to help that side win. They can’t or won’t see it.
The Federalist‘s Mollie Hemingway sees it, and she lays it bare and harsh before Stelter and shoving it right in his .. camera.
Yeah, that’s a burn.
National Review has the transcript:
Yes, this was a complete failure at every step of the process during this entire campaign. The media definitely — they clearly and overtly and even told us they wanted Hillary to win and they gambled everything — including their credibility, on defeating Donald Trump and electing Hillary Clinton and they lost and now where does that leave everybody?
…The New York Times had on the front page of their paper in the middle of August that you couldn’t give Donald Trump a fair shake. No body with eyes or ears could have any question what so ever in the media felt about Donald Trump, what they felt about his voters. Even something as simple as— for some reason people in Washington and New York newsrooms had a really high view of Hillary Clinton that was unmatched in the entire rest of the country, so you had people in our newsrooms, in our major national media telling us things we knew were not true. I don’t know what the media can do now to regain its credibility.
There are good reporters and there are good reports. They should not be objects of hate. But the overall bias is a major issue they’re going to have to deal with.