CNN Reporter After Gazette Shooting: Never Say "Fake News" Again
We're less than 24 hours from the tragic Legislative Gazette shooting. We've already sped past the "politicize before facts come in" phase. Now we're in the "never criticize the press" phase. A phase best symbolized in a tweet from a CNN reporter.
I don’t want to hear the phrase “fake news” ever again.— Kaitlan Collins (@Kaitlan Collins) 1530240190.0
Let's clear something up. Because they get lumped in together a lot. There is calling the press "fake news." Then there's calling the press the "enemy of the people." The latter is silly and the people saying it should stop. The former keeps getting proven to be true over and over again. Calling someone "fake news" isn't an attack on journalism. It's an attack on biased reporting. As well as a National press that, instead of doing a better job, just wants you to stop pointing out when they suck.
Also, it was media who coined the term "fake news." Now they're just sore it's used against them.
Just look at last week's immigration debate alone (see The TRUTH About the Trump Mural at the Migrant Detention Center and Erick Erickson Lays Out How Terrible the Press Has Been on Immigration). How much of the outrage was based on things reported that weren't true? Like the Time Magazine cover. Or any of the other iconic photos that were from staged protests or when Obama was president.
I'm willing to concede calling the press "enemies of America" should stop. Even though it had zero to do with what happened yesterday in Annapolis. Even for the members in the media who can't concede that people who disagree with them aren't actually Nazis.
But spare me the whining about being called "fake news." We'll stop when you stop sucking at your job. Fair?