This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Len Downie, former executive editor of the Washington Post and an editor during the Watergate era, bemoaning how the proliferation in media outlets means that now, unlike during Watergate, coverage of supposed Trump scandals is being undermined because there's a "right wing press that is not concerned about facts."
He appeared on Sunday's Reliable Sources show on CNN to hit the media that isn't onboard with all the Post's "scandal" reporting on President Trump.
"There's so much more media now than there was then. For a long time, the Post was alone on the Watergate story. There were — it was a whole string of editors, including myself, who vetted all the stories, who would challenge Bob and Carl on whether or not the conclusions they were drawing were the right conclusions to draw from the facts.
"And we were able to do that without — without other things going on. And there was no Internet then. There was no cable television. And there was no — there was no competing press of the kind that there is now. There's a sort of a right wing press that is not concerned about facts. It constantly attacks the legitimate reporting that's going on. None of that was present then."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Ah yes, the good old days when we few media oligarchs controlled the news agenda without those meddlesome conservatives having any voice. What chutzpah. Incredibly, Downie really seems to believe the challenge to media credibility does not come from any of the major media outlets which distort news to the left, but from a few conservative one which arose to counter them."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org