President Trump wasted no time getting some much-deserved digs in at NBC News on Friday morning, a day after the network completely botched a story about the feds wiretapping his lawyer’s offices.
“NBC NEWS is wrong again! They cite ‘sources’ which are constantly wrong,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Problem is, like so many others, the sources probably don’t exist, they are fabricated, fiction! NBC, my former home with the Apprentice, is now as bad as Fake News CNN. Sad!”
NBC, along with CNN and the rest of the news media, loves to complain about Trump’s supposed war on the First Amendment, as though their biased journalism stands for our freedoms the same way our soldiers do overseas. It’s a silly premise, but it’s one that makes them feel good about themselves and their mission to destroy the rightfully-elected President of the United States.
What it misses, though, is that while the media is right that trust in their product is at an all-time low in this country, Trump isn’t to blame for America’s dwindling faith – THEY ARE. And it’s happening because the media is putting ratings, page hits, subscription sales, and their ideological hatred of Donald Trump ahead of even the most basic tenets of ethical reporting.
This story is a perfect example of what happens when a network starts cherishing “the scoop” more than they cherish basic fact-checking. When they reported Thursday that Michael Cohen’s office phones had been tapped by the feds for months, they weren’t selling the kind of fake news meant to make the president look bad. They were, however, selling the slop that gets the #Resistance to check in, check it out, and share it like wildfire on social media. The left loves any story that makes it seem as though THE END IS NEAR, and that’s exactly what this story was meant to convey. Oh boy, the FBI has recordings of Trump and Cohen conspiring to commit crimes. It’s Mueller Time, baby!
And then, only a few hours after all the liberal nitwits on Reddit and Twitter had gotten drunk off the possibility that, Lordy, there really WERE tapes, NBC quietly issued a retraction: Investigators were merely logging phone numbers at Cogen’s office and hotel room, not recording or listening in to phone calls.
That’s…a little less exciting.
Publicly, the chieftains at NBC and CNN blame Trump for their deteriorating trust, but behind closed doors, they have to understand that it’s not that simple. Even if they do feel that way, they MUST understand that it is absolutely imperative in these polarizing times that they avoid even the WHIFF of the Fake News Stench. For them to make a mistake like this in ordinary times is bad; for them to make it at a time when many Americans are scrutinizing every report is completely unacceptable. They don’t just need to hold themselves to stringent ethical standards; they need to set the bar even higher than it was before. THAT’S how you earn the country’s trust back, not with counter-attacks on the president.
And sure as hell not with stories you have to retract by the end of the day.