President Trump questioned Fox News’ hiring of former DNC Chairman Donna Brazile after she got into a heated battle with her co-hosts on The Five on Tuesday afternoon and started trending on Twitter.
In response to conservative activist and author Brigette Gabriel’s tweet that read “Cheater Donna Brazile should not be on Fox News, GET HER OFF THE AIR,” Trump tweeted “She gets fired by @CNN for giving Crooked Hillary the debate questions, and gets hired by @FoxNews. Where are you Roger Ailes?”
Ailes was the former chairman and CEO of Fox News who has been credited with building Fox into the No. 1 cable news network within a few years after its launch. He resigned in 2016 amid a sexual harassment scandal.
Brazile was hired in March 2019 by Fox News to comment on the 2020 elections and even though conservatives complained loudly about the move at the time, it was part of a long-term pattern by the network to hire liberal contributors to provide the balance that is missing at CNN and MSNBC.
It’s possible that Ailes wouldn’t have hired Brazile, but he probably would have hired a similarly prominent liberal to fill the position she currently occupies.
Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor for the Washington Post, tweeted then deleted a message on Sunday that suggested that “white women” were “lucky” no one was calling for “revenge.”
“The lies & tears of White women hath wrought: -The 1921 Tulsa Massacre – Murder of Emmet Till – Exclusion of Black women from feminist movements – 53% of white women voting for Trump.
“White women are lucky that we are just calling them ‘Karen’s.’ And not calling for revenge,” Attiah wrote in her tweet to her 185,000 followers before deleting it but not before it was captured by many who found it inappropriate.
Attiah followed up on Monday by retweeting a message from Quinta Brunson that said, “When I tweet something and then delete it, it’s not because I regret it,” adding the comment “Same” without further explanation.
The Post’s social media policy that applies to Attiah states:
“Social-media accounts maintained by Washington Post journalists reflect upon the reputation and credibility of the newsroom. Even as we express ourselves in more personal and informal ways to forge better connections with our readers, we must be ever mindful of preserving the reputation of The Washington Post for journalistic excellence, fairness and independence. Every comment or link we share should be considered public information, regardless of privacy settings.
“Post journalists must refrain from writing, tweeting or posting anything – including photographs or video – that could objectively be perceived as reflecting political, racial, sexist, religious or other bias or favoritism.”
Attiah has not only violated the Post’s social media policy but has shown that she is not interested in being an objective journalist.
AIM President Adam Guillette joined The Ingraham Angle to discuss the worst media bias offenders of the week, including a CBS host gushing about Gov. Cuomo’s bachelor status and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes calling on Trump to resign.
CNN published a biased analysis on President Donald Trump’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, which relied heavily on politically-charged rhetoric.
The cable news network headlined their critique of Trump, “Trump’s post-COVID bubble is popping.” But the analysis was unbalanced, biased, and negative about Trump’s actions during the coronavirus pandemic. The analysis’s negative tone made it more like an opinion editorial than an objective or fair political analysis.
For example, CNN claimed that rising coronavirus cases “obliterated President Donald Trump’s fantasyland” while Trump “sowed new diversions” to distract from “the reality of his leadership void.”
CNN’s overt use of politically-charged hyperbole highlighted the lack of neutrality or impartiality at the cable news network when it comes to Trump-related news.
Also, the analysis spent several paragraphs dissecting Trump’s choice not to wear a mask in public, even though public health officials have flip-flopped on whether masks are effective in preventing coronavirus infections. CNN wrote, “the President… often appears loath to use that political capital and convince his supporters to change their behavior.”
Instead of providing a fair analysis, CNN portrayed Trump as a leader shirking his responsibility to encourage Americans to wear masks in public places.
BuzzFeed News published an article critical of the CDC, but the article failed to change the website’s overarching theme of criticizing the president for allegedly mishandling the coronavirus pandemic.
The website headlined its article on the CDC’s failures, “The CDC Lost Control Of The Coronavirus Pandemic. Then The Agency Disappeared.” BuzzFeed News detailed the CDC’s inept conduct at the start of the pandemic, which ranged from using its own faulty tests, the mistaken assumption to solely test incoming travelers from China, and the erroneous suggestion for the public not to wear masks in public places.
Though Trump deserves blame for how the federal government responded to the pandemic, he does not deserve all the blame. Agencies like the CDC failed to react appropriately or in a timely manner to the pandemic’s spread and their failures exacerbated the crisis.
For example, the CDC insisted on using its own coronavirus tests instead of relying on reliable tests, which caused significant delays in measuring the virus’s spread.
Yet, for several months, BuzzFeed News blamed President Donald Trump for mishandling the coronavirus pandemic, but it had ignored the failings of federal government agencies in responding to the pandemic. It is too late for BuzzFeed News to admit that other factors inhibited the federal government’s pandemic response and that Trump was not solely to blame.
ESPN’s reporting on a noose controversy in a NASCAR garage backfired, but it has yet to offer an apology for hyping the story without properly verifying NASCAR’s claims.
The sports network headlined an article reviewing the noose controversy, “NASCAR releases image of noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage, says concern was ‘real.’”
But the article did not address how ESPN hyped the story to its audiences, with multiple analysts and show hosts condemning the presence of a noose in the garage area of NASCAR’s sole full-time black driver, Bubba Wallace. The article quoted NASCAR president Steve Phelps extensively, but it did not acknowledge ESPN’s complicity in reporting on an unverified claim that spiraled into a short-lived controversy.
The FBI investigated the controversy and found that the noose was used to close the garage door in the NASCAR garage at its Talladega, Alabama racetrack. The agency concluded that it was not a hate crime, which embarrassed ESPN and NASCAR for jumping to conclusions.
Now, ESPN is proceeding without acknowledging how it failed to independently verify sources and information. Neither has the sports network offered an apology for creating a controversy without much evidence to back it up.
NASCAR apologized for not including the word “alleged” in its public statement but said that the concern was “real” and legitimate. ESPN has not issued a statement on its reporting mistakes.
The American journalism industry is rapidly becoming the place where failing up is a viable career move.
Take MSNBC’s Joy Reid.
The Wall Street Journal reported on June 24 that Reid’s bosses apparently had tapped her for the weeknight 7 p.m. slot, which was held by Chris Matthews for more than two decades.
“In her new role, she would serve as the lead-in for MSNBC’s left-leaning prime-time lineup, which includes Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes,” the Journal noted. “Already the most prominent black anchor on MSNBC, Ms. Reid would have a potentially bigger platform to attract viewers than her current weekend morning show offered.”
MSNBC is doing this despite Reid’s often fanciful trips down reporting lane.
Recall that the biggest demerit on her otherwise unremarkable career was the discovery in 2017 and 2018 of a slew of anti-gay posts she wrote for her blog in the mid-2000s.
For instance, besides Tom Cruise and Karl Rove, Reid maintained at the time that Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist of Florida was gay and only married a woman for political cover.
“I can just see poor Charlie on the honeymoon, ogling the male waiters and thinking to himself, ‘God, do I actually have to see her naked?’” wrote Reid, who issued roughly a dozen posts just on Crist’s sexuality.
As Vox reported in April 2018, Reid initially denied writing the homophobic posts, then claimed her blog had been hacked.Even Vox was more than a little skeptical, noting that at the time “Reid wasn’t an MSNBC host or even a widely known national figure, raising questions about why someone would bother hacking her.”
In June 2018, Politico followed up with a story about that blog, on which Reid suggested 9/11 was an inside job and posted an image of Sen. John McCain’s head on the body of the mass murderer who fatally shot 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007.
In an astonishing bit of journalism, Reid in January 2020 hosted a body language expert who determined just by looking at a video that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was “truthful” when she claimed during a Democratic presidential debate that rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had said a woman could not be president a few years ago.
On one show in April 2020, Reid unleashed a cascade of blunders. She welcomed Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) to her program with a chirpy “Happy Easter.”Schiff is Jewish.
She also maintained that “hundreds” of U.S. Postal Service workers had succumbed to COVID-19. The day before, the Washington Post reported the number was 19. And she also criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for wrongfully wearing PPE, even as photos surfaced of prominent Democrats incorrectly wearing masks below their noses.
Apparently no amount of ridiculousness is enough to keep one from ascending at MSNBC.
NBC News repeated the false narrative that Black Lives Matter protests have not led to more coronavirus-positive cases in the U.S. It continued the media’s overall narrative that crowded protests were not dangerous to public health, which relied on an incomplete academic study.
The news outlet headlined their defense of crowded protests, “Black Lives Matter protests haven’t led to COVID-19 spikes. It may be due to people staying home.” NBC News cited a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, which claimed that protests did not lead to a spike in coronavirus cases. But the news outlet buried a lingering contradiction in the incomplete study in the ninth and tenth paragraphs.
NBC News acknowledged that the study said that it was possible that protests caused an increase of coronavirus cases among protesters. But it also claimed that the potential virus spread among protesters was offset by the number of people who stayed home and avoided participating in the protests.
The accompanying photograph for the article also featured protesters wearing masks, but there were several protesters without masks or they were wearing them incorrectly with the nose exposed. Public health officials encouraged protesters to wear masks properly to avoid spreading the coronavirus through air particles, which could happen if a single unmasked protester coughed or sneezed amid a crowd of protesters. The photograph itself undermined the study’s claim about protesters taking necessary public health precautions.
NBC News followed the example of mainstream media counterpart CNN in citing the incomplete study. Although NBC News acknowledged it was not peer-reviewed and that it was only a working paper, it went ahead and claimed that the study validated ongoing crowded protests.
Typically, studies publish working papers as a preliminary step in the research process. They undergo a peer-review process, where other academics attempt to replicate the working paper’s findings. If the findings are replicated, the study eventually becomes a verified academic study.
President Trump who has criticized Fox News on more than one occasion for what he felt was negative coverage of his administration, unloaded on the conservative cable news network in an interview with CBN’s David Brody on Monday.
Trump told Brody that the network has become too “politically correct” and that Roger Ailes never would have stood for this.
JUST RELEASED: @realDonaldTrump lowers the boom on Fox News: tells me, “I’m not happy with Fox at all…My base hates what Fox News is doing…Fox News wants to be politically correct all of a sudden…Roger Ailes would never have let this happen.” Watch here! @POTUS@WhiteHousepic.twitter.com/0XMVCL1dZo
“I don’t like what they’re doing at Fox News,” Trump told Brody. “They have people on that network that are horrible, vicious. You have people that work for Schumer, you have people who are unbelievably against us and viciously and they spew lies… I’m not happy with Fox.”