So it seems like we might really be nearing the end of the world, folks.
Both MSNBC and CNN, the purveyors of fake news who dedicated their sole existence for four years to destroying former President Donald Trump and his supporters, actually had a network crossover where they both stated that they needed to do a better job of covering allegations against “Donald Trump and the Republicans” by engaging in a little healthy journalistic skepticism.
The whole thing kicked off with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program interviewing CNN host Jake Tapper who is out promoting his latest novel, The Devil May Dance.
Host Joe Scarborough and Tapper both agreed that their two networks have to be “more fair to candidates” of both parties, particularly when covering allegations against “Donald Trump and the Republicans.”
“Final question,” Scarborough announced. “We’re looking back … over the last five years” at “some of the stories we followed that ended up not being 100% accurate.”
Five years would include the 2016 presidential campaign and the entire Trump presidency.
“How do we do a better job?” Scarborough went on to ask Tapper. “How do we be more fair to candidates, whether we’re talking about somebody like Hillary Clinton, where we’re getting leaked information from intel communities that may not be accurate, or Donald Trump and Republicans?”
Tapper went on to say that networks had reported stories without the proper “context” and clarity.
“Every time, you have to remind people: People are innocent until proven guilty, and a leak is not an indictment, an indictment is not a conviction,” Tapper replied.
Reporters have a duty to “present as many caveats as possible” when covering seemingly scandalous accusations of wrongdoing, Tapper added. “And I think you’re right: There are a lot of us in the media — and I certainly don’t exempt myself — who should have or could have done a better job adding those caveats, making sure the people understood everything going on.”
“I think the more we can provide that context — you know, ‘Some intelligence believe this is true, others do not’ — the better our viewers will be, as long as we present as many caveats as possible,” he continued.
“I think the more we can provide that context — you know, ‘Some intelligence believe this is true, others do not’ — the better our viewers will be, as long as we present as many caveats as possible,” the CNN host stated.
“And for God’s sake, especially when we’re talking about whether people are guilty of a crime or not, it is way past time for us … to remind people that everybody’s innocent until proven guilty,” Scarborough commented.
“And it’s not just against Donald Trump,” he continued. “You can go back to Hillary Clinton and the leaks coming out of the FBI for a year, year-and-a-half during her campaign.”
“These are just leaks from intel operations,” he said in conclusion.
What’s truly hilarious here is this all seems like a brand new revelation for these two. Like the light bulb over their heads just went off and they realized they weren’t supposed to be propaganda pushers, but journalists providing people with facts and not telling them how to think.
Kind of convenient timing to have this epiphany after Trump has been out of office for months, right?