Accuracy in Media

On Tuesday, a panel on MSNBC’s Morning Joe blasted the media for its overt anti-Trump bias on Twitter, with co-host Joe Scarborough calling their “end zone dancing” irresponsible.

Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei said that while he has always been a defender of the media and thought that accusations of media bias were overdone, that’s out the door in this campaign.

“I think reporters have become so biased, so partisan, particularly on Twitter,” VandeHei said. “Go look at the Twitter feeds of the reporters from your major newspapers—The New York Times, The Washington Post, others and tell me if those are things that they would say on TV or that would ever have been acceptable in previous campaigns.”

Scarborough turned to Willie Geist and said that when he reads The New York Times he doesn’t want to have opinions in the lede or see reporters doing an “end zone dance.”

Geist replied that at some point during the presidential race, a decision was made by many members of the media that Trump had to be stopped no matter what.

VandeHei chimed back in saying that the reporters aren’t saying things in their tweets that we didn’t already know, and thatThey are not helping it by doing not just an end-zone dance but their little shimmy, and they all slap each other on the back [saying], ‘Ha ha, you’re even wittier than I was.’”

Mike Barnicle—a card carrying member of the liberal media—said that he was surprised that in age where maybe 99% of the people in this country think the media tilts left and is biased, that more editors, and publishers, don’t tell reporters to stay off Twitter because “all you do on Twitter is get yourself in trouble and raise these questions.”

Geist added that he thought the media should be “tough as hell” on both Clinton and Trump, but be fair about it.

“I think objectivity is a totally false premise–people are humans; they come with their biases but your job is to just cover the race fairly,” Geist said. “I don’t want to hear what you think about it on Twitter, if you’re a reporter. [if you’re in the] Opinion business, go for it.”

Scarborough said that when reporters “overshoot the runway,” they feed into Trump and his supporters, who believe that the media are biased and are never going to give him a fair shake.

As shocking as it is to hear liberals criticize the liberal media for going overboard on their anti-Trump bias on Twitter, it won’t have any material effect as most members of the media know that in the current environment there are few, if any, repercussions for their behavior.





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Comments

  • Doug

    they nailed it 🙂

  • David Bruce Smith

    “As shocking as it is to hear liberals criticize the liberal media for going overboard on their anti-Trump bias on Twitter, it won’t have any material effect as most members of the media know that in the current environment there are few, if any, repercussions for their behavior.”

    Um, that last paragraph is an opinion contained in an article about how opinions are tainting American media. Fitting.

  • Steven Barrett

    Amen: Joe did a wonderful job of wrapping all up:
    “Scarborough said that when reporters “overshoot the runway,” they feed into Trump and his supporters, who believe that the media are biased and are never going to give him a fair shake.”
    It’s one thing for people in this forum to express our opinions and sometimes in a very heated way, but when reporters get into this act, the very thing they don’t want to create, is exactly the monster they fear the most just by constantly taunting the people who’s views they look askance at and down upon. It’s one thing to smugly and privately admit, yeah, some of the people Clinton described as “deplorables” (to be extremely polite, i.e. the bigots, crypto-Klan nuts, and just rowdies looking for heads to knock just for the hell of it, don’t discount their presence in any election) — but for regular “beat political reporters” to dish out their disdain … that’s just plain stupid, and more than deplorably stupid, It’s irresponsible and gives fuel to the fire.
    I’ll never forget what some political hack said about one of the major reasons Mike Dukakis lost his first primary re-election battle against challenger Edward J. King in’78. “We got all the crazies together and …”
    That wiseguy’s boast doomed King after he was elected. I supported and worked for the Duke in ’78, but four years later, after rethinking the political scene and my views, I was working hard for Gov. King. Unfortunately, we never seemed to be able to bury that hack’s assessment of why he, a good man who turned out to be one of Massachusetts’ best underrated governors in its long history, lost to Dukakis in ’82.
    Sharing this story doesn’t mean I think Trump could ever win my support because he doesn’t come close to having the same necessary level of political, civic I. Q. and most importantly, personal strength of moral character as the late Ed King. But it’s one thing for reporters to write about some hack’s overblown and crude assessment, it’s another thing entirely to use it as justification to dump over the people they don’t want to see elected in such a way as to damn near raise enough of a stink so as to guarantee what they fear the most: a genuine public uprising against the class snobbery of too many reporters.

  • Bruce

    FINALLY we hear MSM saying what we (the American people) already know. I can’t even watch Wolf Blitzer on CNN ever since I saw him dancing around with a martini or champagne at the DNC, when they announced Hillary as the winner on their ticket. You’d think he just hit the lottery. Talk about an end-zone dance… I’m sure they’re trying to salvage whatever credibility they’ve got left.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Maybe…just maybe…if the GOP hadn’t nominated the worst candidate in history things would be different. I’m sorry, morons. You did this to yourselves. President Clinton II thanks you.

  • PoliWach

    Normally, any media getting out of line with reporting, would pay a price with subscribers.
    Naturally they’d scramble to save their bottom line.
    However, they are owned and run by wealthy elitists with mighty deep pockets and seriously left bias, so bottom line is no issue for MSM.