This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein claiming that by comparison to other institutions, the media is pretty error free.
On Sunday’s Reliable Sources on CNN, Bernstein denounced as “demagogues” those critical of the media and insisted “mainstream media makes far fewer errors than most institutions in our culture.”
From the December 10 edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources:
“We are in a hot house cold civil war atmosphere and the press and attacking the press is the basic element that too many demagogues in our culture have used to whip up this cold civil war and especially to appeal to the base of the President of the United States....
“The media, generally speaking, the mainstream media makes far fewer errors than most institutions in our culture, because we indeed are in the business of trying not to make errors. And we have all kinds of procedures in place to keep us from making those errors. Compare us to Wall Street. Compare us to banking. Compare us to the Congress of the United States. Compare us to almost any institution and we make fewer errors.”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Classic media arrogance and deflection — they make it their business to criticize all other institutions in society, but can’t handle it when their own wrongdoings are pointed out. In the past ten days, ABC News, CNN and a Washington Post reporter have all had to retract baseless stories about the Trump campaign and Russia, yet Bernstein lashed out at ‘demagogues’ for daring to point out the obvious anti-Trump hostility amongst journalists. If these were all just innocent errors, why were none ones that benefited Trump?”
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org