CNN’s Jake Tapper, who has raised the ire of conservatives for calling out President Trump for some of the questionable statements he has made, admitted in an interview with Rolling Stone that the media is partisan and that even though he’s skeptical of many of Trump’s statements, that President Obama was guilty of falsehoods as well.
Tapper on media bias.
I think that’s a trend in journalism that is bothersome. I don’t think its most. But I do think there is a sort of confirmation bias that some media outlets feed and it does trouble me because I try not to do that. Look, there’s always going to be a place for ideological and even partisan journalism. That’s been true as long as this nation has been around and I think that’s great, but I think it’s great as a supplement to more straight news. Look, I was the kid that would go into the library and read The Nation and The American Prospect and more left-leaning magazines, Rolling Stone a lot of time, and then I would go read The National Review and more conservative publications since I wanted to know what everyone was thinking.
Tapper compared the reaction he received from calling out Obama’s falsehoods versus Trump’s.
A lot of people on the left didn’t like it before, and now they like it. I don’t want to compare President Obama and President Trump on these issues because they’re different and the scale isn’t even remotely the same. But President Obama said things that weren’t true and got away with it more for a variety of reasons, and one is the media was much more supportive of him. The Obama White House thought I was self-righteous and a huge pain in the ass.
While Tapper tends to only be loved by conservatives when he’s holding liberals accountable for their words and actions, he is one of the few journalists in Washington that doesn’t let his liberalism infect his reporting on a regular basis, which is probably the best we can hope for given the fact he works for CNN.