Prepare for a new reason people scoff at Trump.
A wise old woman, cliche as it may sound, once said, “A fight is only fair when both outcomes are viable.” In the world of journalism, this has two vital meanings. Objective journalists try their best to show you both sides of a story so you can make your own decision. They tell you the facts, regardless of their opinions.
But lately, many celebrities and politicians have been discrediting journalists and their organizations. This undermines not only news organizations, but the people who rely so heavily on them. Imagine living in a world where you’re left completely in the dark. Without liberal news sources, such as CNN or NY Times, the government would have no boundaries, and the entire country could crumple under its corruption, as has happened with many previous countries or empires.
Just last week at a press conference in Manhattan, Donald Trump called out a CNN correspondent, saying, “Your organization is terrible… You’re fake news.” The backstory to this begins with an article posted on CNN.com. According to the article, Trump and Obama were both briefed on memos from a former British intelligence operative. The memos state that Russia has been disclosing information on Trump’s financial state and personal life.
Though this has been classified as true by most, what came next was likely false. Buzzfeed released a dossier filled with unsupported claims of Trump being supported and assisted by Russia. Buzzfeed even went so far as to say he participated in the recent hacking scandal, which is a subject of much controversy.
CNN claims that Donald Trump was trying to group the two organizations together, stating, “CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than BuzzFeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos . . . We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week.”
Even after all this, CNN officials still want to believe in brutal honesty: “Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.”
Honesty, even when brutal, can change lives in a million different ways. Don’t let some hotshot celebrity keep you from the truth.