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Monday, December 02, 2019

We the media have "fact-checked" President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet"and he's certainly given us plenty to write about. That's probably why it's so easy to find lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and "lies."
But as self-appointed arbiters of truth, we've largely excused our own unprecedented string of fact-challenged reporting. The truth is, formerly well-respected, top news organizations are making repeat, unforced errors in numbers that were unheard of just a couple of years ago.


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Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump's claims are "lies" when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump's statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they're established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories"without labeling them as opinions.

What's worse, we defend ourselves by trying to convince the public that our mistakes are actually a virtue because we (sometimes) correct them. Or we blame Trump for why we're getting so much wrong. It's a little bit like a police officer taking someone to jail for DUI, then driving home drunk himself: he may be correct to arrest the suspect, but he should certainly know better than to commit the same violation.


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I'll make it easy for the STS crowd, which we all know is coming. Here is the author of what I linked along with her bio:

Sharyl Attkisson is a nonpartisan investigative journalist, five-time Emmy Award winner, and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting. She is author of two New York Times best sellers: "The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think and How You Vote," and "Stonewalled." She is host of the Sunday morning national TV news program, Sinclair's "Full Measure," which focuses on investigative and accountability reporting.

For thirty years, Attkisson was a correspondent and anchor at CBS News, PBS, CNN and in local news.

In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on "The Business of Congress," which included an undercover investigation into fundraising by Republican freshmen. She received two other Emmy nominations in 2013 for "Benghazi: Dying for Security" and "Green Energy Going Red." Additionally, Attkisson received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of the CBS Sunday Morning team's entry for Outstanding Morning Program for her report: "Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors."

In September 2012, Attkisson received the Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism and the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for the "Gunwalker: Fast and Furious" story.

Attkisson received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for her exclusive investigations into TARP and the bank bailout. She received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2002 for her series of exclusive reports about mismanagement at the Red Cross.

Attkisson also received Emmy nominations for her investigations into Firestone tires (2001), prescription drug and vaccine dangers (2003), investigating aid to Haiti earthquake victims (2011) and Follow the Money (2011).

Attkisson is one of the few journalists to have flown in a B-52 on a combat mission (over Kosovo) and in an F-15 fighter jet Combat Air Patrol flight. She is a fourth degree black belt in TaeKwonDo.

Previously, Attkisson hosted a medical news magazine on PBS called "HealthWeek," anchored for CNN, and reported at several local news stations. She is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Journalism and Communications.

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-02 09:03 AM | Reply

This is a middle of the road fluff piece.

The media has lost its way.

The Internet has transformed the media into nothing more than credentialed click-bait creators.

#2 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-02 11:56 AM | Reply


A right-wing hack undone: Sharyl Attkisson's White House "hacking" allegation takes a hit
Sharyl Attkisson says the government hacked her, but she's been stingy with the proof. A new report may explain why

Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson is a person of special significance to conservatives. When she quit CBS last year, she alleged that her bosses at the network had interfered with her work and discouraged her from reporting critically on Benghazi, Operation Fast and Furious, and other Obama scandals that the right focuses obsessively on. And she also made the wild accusation that someone " probably from the government " had hacked into her home computer and deleted stuff from it. Attkisson provided conservatives with confirmation that the mainstream media is incurably biased against conservatives and, more significantly, a juicy scandal that would expose the Obama administration as a bunch of thuggish criminals. Only one thing was missing: proof.

Attkisson's claims that she'd been hacked have always been vague and lacking much in the way of evidence. She explained that the hacking had been confirmed by an independent investigator, whose findings she refused to divulge. She released a video of the purported "hacking" that showed text being deleted from a document she was working on, leading many people to surmise that the "hack" was actually just a stuck backspace key. There was also a lot of weird, circumstantial stuff that Attkisson obsessed over, like her computer making a weird noise in the night, and a stray cable attached to her Internet service box. Attkisson herself has been inconsistent in her story, claiming at various points that she knows and doesn't know who hacked her. All the bits of evidence she marshaled in building her case had plausible, inoffensive explanations. If there was a hack, where was the proof?


More garbage pile nonsense from Jeff?? Must be on a day that ends in Y

#3 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-12-02 03:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 1


Wow, you really had to dig to find that STS.

Well done, I guess.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-12-02 03:41 PM | Reply

Wow, you really had to dig to find that STS.

Well done, I guess.


You knew it was coming. And of course the lawsuit that Mohr's source cited has yet to be dismissed.

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-02 09:04 PM | Reply

101 media mistakes are cited and Laura doesn't refute a single one. Not one. What a fricking pile of dung Laura has become over the past year or so.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-02 09:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

compared to the 10,000,000 negative comments/stories about Illegitimate President Bucket of ---- that the media got right, I'd say the media is batting pretty well.

you will also notice an underlying theme that when most media outlets make a mistake, they correct it.

So, I think this article doesn't say what you think it says.

Just saying.

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-12-02 09:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You know this topic was anathema to some folks around here. It was a good read, though. I didn't realize just how biased against Trump the media had been.

#8 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-12-02 09:12 PM | Reply

You know this topic was anathema to some folks around here. It was a good read, though. I didn't realize just how biased against Trump the media had been.


It's not so much that they are so biased against Trump that is a problem. I think it's good when our news media is skeptical, even adversarial, with our elected leaders.

The issue is two-fold, with the first being worse than the second. During the Obama years, and with Democrats in general and liberal causes, the MSM act as an echo chamber; they act as advocates, not journalists.

Then, when a Republican is in office they ditch journalistic standards in order to push a narrative. It's often "Fake News" by omission and minimization.

According to polling trust in our news media is at a record low or very close to it.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-02 09:17 PM | Reply

I pulled one story at random

18. May 27, 2017:
The BBC's James Landale, The Guardian and others reported that Trump wasn't bothering to listen to the translation during a speech in Italian by Italy's Prime Minister. They drew that conclusion without asking the White House and based on a video that showed other political leaders wearing large headphones. The Guardian even claimed Trump was fake listening (smiling and nodding). After the reports circulated, the White House stated that, as always, Trump was indeed wearing an earpiece in his right ear.


here is the alleged tweet that is supposedly a mistake or lie
A short clip that sums up this G7 summit: look who has chosen not to hear a translation of his Italian host's speech #G6

But Illegitimate President Bucket of ---- wasn't wearing an earpiece, at best he may have been wearing one during a part of the speech

so you see, the story that is claimed to be a mistake, actually isnt a mistake

When you have to lie to make the media seem bad, you have a problem.

#10 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-12-02 09:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

101 media mistakes are cited and Laura doesn't refute a single one. Not one. What a fricking pile of dung Laura has become over the past year or so.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-02 09:06 PM | Reply

If you want me to eat your meat you have to serve better quality than Dollar Tree meat.

#11 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-12-02 10:22 PM | Reply

Thanks Capitalism!

#12 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-12-03 05:54 AM | Reply

Looks like 102 didn't take long www.foxnews.com

#13 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-12-03 06:21 AM | Reply

Crap, ^^^ that was #100. Nevermind.

#14 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-12-03 06:22 AM | Reply

If you want me to eat your meat you have to serve better quality than Dollar Tree meat.


Whatever. I could feed you an angus ribeye and you'd still trash it if you didn't 100% agree with it.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-03 11:47 AM | Reply


She was being euphemistic about what meat she wanted you to "feed" her.

#16 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-12-03 12:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Used car salesen have been at the bottom of the barrel along with lawyers but are now replaced by the media.

#17 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-12-03 01:39 PM | Reply

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