Former CBS News president Van Gordon Sauter criticized the media for becoming the voice of the “resistance” and losing any semblance of fairness in its reporting.
Sauter, who served as CBS News president from 1982-83 and again in 1986, expressed his disappointment with the media in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Monday.
News organizations that claim to be neutral have long been creeping leftward, and their loathing of Mr. Trump has accelerated the pace. The news media is catching up with the liberalism of the professoriate, the entertainment industry, upscale magazines and the literary world. Recent arrivals are the late-night TV hosts who have broken the boundaries of what was considered acceptable political humor for networks.
To many journalists, objectivity, balance and fairness—once the gold standard of reporting—are not mandatory in a divided political era and in a country they believe to be severely flawed. That assumption folds neatly into their assessment of the president. To the journalists, including more than a few Republicans, he is a blatant vulgarian, an incessant prevaricator, and a dangerous leader who should be ousted next January, if not sooner. Much of journalism has become the clarion voice of the “resistance,” dedicated to ousting the president, even though he was legally elected and, according to the polls, enjoys the support of about 44% of likely 2020 voters.
This poses significant problems not only for Mr. Trump but for the media’s own standing. If Mr. Trump prevails in November, what’s the next act, if any, for journalists and the resistance? They will likely find Mr. Trump more dangerous and offensive in a second term than in the first.
Journalists have found that they can improve their own stature among their colleagues if they challenge the president as CNN’s Jim Acosta did early on during Trump’s term, followed by CBS News’ Weijia Jiang, who has tried to use her Chinese heritage to portray Trump as racist.