During a panel discussion with fellow journalists at the National Press Club on Friday, MSNBC’s Katy Tur stated that if journalists have any bias, it’s toward the facts, not towards an issue or candidate:
“Journalists aren’t biased and if they do have biases, our job is to put those aside and report fairly. If we have any bias, it’s a bias toward the facts. It’s not because we’re rooting for Hillary Clinton or we’re rooting for Donald Trump, whatever. We’re rooting for the democracy that we live in. And that democracy, its foundation is a set of shared principles, but also an adherence to truth.”
Tur then told the audience that Trump isn’t the first president to not like the press, but he is the first one to go so unabashedly and forcefully against the media, adding that his criticism of negative media stories about him helps inoculate himself against that criticism.
“He didn’t appeal to the better demons of voters in this country,” Tur said. “He appealed to their most base fears and their most base frustrations and angers and it worked for him.”
Tur said this was partly due to the voters’ distrust of the press, and because they were sick and tired of Washington. She added that Trump made people feel that they could take control of their lives again.
The reality is that journalism has morphed from a reporting-the-news function to an editorial function disguised as news to sway the public to their liberal point of view. That worked for awhile, but the public has largely wised up to their scheme and no longer think that what the liberal media report is the gospel truth. That was confirmed when only 32% of people polled by Gallup last year say they have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in the media.