By Ryan Wrecker

It’s been a disapointing week for journalistic integrity.

On Friday, December 1st, ABC News reported that candidate Donald Trump ordered Michael Flynn to make contact with Russians.  ABC later would later, “clarify” the statement, then was forced to issue a statement the next day, saying, “We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday.”

Tuesday, December 5th, Reuters reports, “Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank to share data on accounts held by U.S. President Donald Trump and his family.”  It’s currently still up on their website.  Many news sites have since corrected to say the subpoena targeted people who had links to the president, but NOT the president.

Friday, December 8th, CNN reported that an e-mail sent to the Trump campaign leaking information from the DNC Wikileaks.  They had to correct a date in their story and admit the information was sent to them after the documents were made open to the pubic, not before.  The article now leads with, “Correction: This story has been corrected to say the date of the email was September 14, 2016, not September 4, 2016.

THEN on Saturday, December 9th, Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel‏ apologized for running with a misleading photo to criticize the crowd of a rally at the Pensacola Bay Center.  The President was quick to point out the issue:

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Not a good week.  I think it’s clear the media is quick to criticize, but not to be truthful.  When we see so many clear examples of how news is presented to be either misleading, misrepresenting to the situation, or in some cases just outright untrue, it’s not the public’s fault to always be skeptical of what is reported.

It should be a very clear message to national news media – Be Better.  You have to earn our trust back.  It’s not something you’re going to do if you keep this up.

I looked up the word credible… which says, “capable of being believed; believable.”  Synonyms include plausible, likely, reasonable, tenable.  

It’s no wonder why many on the national media scene have done everything they can do to discredit and demean the President at all cost.  Social media is filled with celebrities and makeshift pundits dedicated to creating this image of the President as the worst human being to ever live.  It’s that audience that helps churn out more and more stories like the ones you’ve seen above.   It’s lead to more fake news stories being reported on a nearly daily basis.

If you can make everything sound plausible, even the most vile and criminal accusations… then what’s stopping a reporter from being hesitant from clicking the post button?

Feel free to reach-out:  ryan.wrecker@kmox.com     or on twitter @ryanwrecker 

 

 

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