Why Many of Today’s News Reporters Believe It Is Their Duty to Lie to You

CNN building jurors Manafort news reporters mediaPresident Donald Trump rolled out a new immigration plan in a press conference held at the White House Rose Garden on May 16 that focused on addressing the major flaws in America’s current immigration laws and border control system.

During his presentation of his new plan, Trump said the following:

“We must also restore the integrity of our broken asylum system. Our nation has a proud history of affording protection to those fleeing government persecutions. Unfortunately, legitimate asylum seekers are being displaced by those lodging frivolous claims—these are frivolous claims—to gain admission into our country. Asylum abuse also strains our public school systems, our hospitals, and local shelters, using funds that should—and that have to—go to elderly veterans, at risk youth, Americans in poverty, and those in genuine need of protection. We’re using the funds that should be going to them. And that shouldn’t happen.”

Trump finished by saying, My plan expedites relief for legitimate asylum seekers by screening out the meritless claims. If you have a proper claim, you will quickly be admitted. If you don’t, you will promptly be returned home.”

In an act of brazen dishonesty, here’s how CNN’s Jim Acosta summarized for his audience what the President said in a Tweet:

“Trump in Rose Garden speech paints asylum seekers with broad brush accusing them of misleading immigration authorities at border: ‘These are frivolous claims.’”

That bit of sophistry quickly drew the ire of the Official Trump War Room account on Twitter, which called out Acosta’s dishonest reporting:

“How can you do this and go home at night thinking you’ve turned in an honest day’s work as a journalist?”

Acosta shot back the following:

“Hi @TrumpWarRoom.. in the transcript you provided you note that Trump describes asylum claims as “frivolous” and “meritless.” The transcript also notes Trump uses the term “asylum abuse.” Trump clearly is accusing asylum seekers of misleading immigration authorities as I said.”

Now, most people who saw what Acosta did here will wonder how he thinks he has any integrity whatsoever as a journalist after engaging in this kind of absurd behavior.

I happen to know quite well how people in the “DNC media complex”like Jim Acosta can do this kind of thing every single day and actually think of themselves as being heroic for doing so.

Let’s Go Back To 2008 For A Minute

The Associated Press’s Washington Bureau chief, Ron Fournier, introduced the concept of “accountability journalism” publicly back in 2008, which gives reporters a license to go beyond just reporting the facts of a news story in a neutral and objective manner to instead begin putting their thumbs on the scale and start pressing down—hard—to ensure a desired politicized outcome is clearly seen in the reporting. It gives them a “duty” to shape the story toward political outcomes.

Fournier basically endorsed the idea that journalists need to stop seeing themselves as neutral relaters of facts and begin shaping narratives for the public in order to hold the powerful accountable.

There is a marked difference between where the basic facts of a story go versus where the reporter would like it to go due to his or her own political tastes and views. This is precisely why the American news media for many years championed the ethical guidelines of strict neutrality and objectivity in reporting the news. A journalist who got caught molding a news story to fit his or her own biases while omitting key facts from their reporting that counted against the outcome they wanted was considered to be engaging in journalistic malpractice.

Well, in our modern age, such quaint notions as journalistic objectivity & neutrality have been utterly dispensed with. What was once considered ethical malpractice in journalism is now expected and even encouraged in many newsrooms.

You can read more here about the entire accountability journalism philosophy and how some media outlets immediately embraced it while others quickly questioned it.

This new viewpoint of how “to do” the news quickly spread like wildfire throughout the entire DNC media complex. At last, reporters were actually being encouraged by their editors to give free rein to their own political biases while engaged in “reporting the news.” Far from being desirable, political neutrality in the newsroom came to be viewed as a bad thing.

So in case anybody is wondering why over the recent past it looks as though news reporters took any semblance of objectivity or political neutrality in their work and gleefully dispensed with it, now you know why. They were told it was their public duty to do this.

We are now 11 years removed from 2008, when many media outlets in the political news industry enthusiastically embraced the new accountability journalism guidelines. What did this result in?

Reporters and editors gave in to to their worst impulses. They began to give free rein to their most naked biases. And it began showing up loudly and clearly in their “news coverage.” By the time Mitt Romney ran against Barack Obama in 2012, most U.S. news media outlets had ditched even a pretense of neutrality between the candidates.

Accountability journalism was the last thing the American news industry needed. Fournier’s Frankenstein monster has now created an entire generation of reporters and editors who see absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever with being politically partisan and biased in their “shaping narratives” and calling it “news coverage” as they relentlessly attack one political party while endlessly slobbering adoringly over the other.

‘Heroic’ Journalists Who ‘Sometimes Have To Lie To You’

Since Acosta thinks Trump is a very bad President who needs to be “held accountable” at all times, the accountability journalism philosophy gives him the green light to crudely distort Trump’s words to achieve his goal of being a “heroic” journalist who is holding a power President “accountable.”

So understand this: you can’t shame reporters like Acosta no matter how brazenly dishonest his behavior becomes. It’s impossible because they know exactly what they are doing, and they are doing it deliberately, because they see it as their vital public service to set the proper narratives for the public—even if that involves lying to the public.

Acosta and his accountability journalism brethren have draped themselves in the mantle of intrepid public servants, lying, twisting, and distorting the truth in the service of the “noble” cause of stopping Trump. He literally sees himself as a hero as he lies to you. You can’t reach him, so I wouldn’t even bother.

That’s why the old legacy media cannot be rehabilitated. There are too many people inside of it who could never go back to the “old” and “outdated” way of covering the news: strictly neutral and unbiased. They would not even be psychologically capable of doing it.

Instead of being rehabilitated, it’s going to have to be replaced. CNN is on the way out, as are many of these other outlets that went all-in on accountability journalism and ditched all their objectivity and standards in the service of their own biases and agendas.

The DNC media complex’s biases and its political agenda are why they fell so hard for the Trump-Russia collusion hoax for over two years. A neutral and impartial news industry that checked it’s own biases at the door and investigated thoroughly would never have fallen for it.

Far from making the American political news industry better, accountability journalism totally ruined it. It created an atmosphere where being neutral and objective in reporting on political issues is seen as counter-productive and out-dated while all the hip and sophisticated people who are going places and changing the world were the ones who were shaping the news to fit the “right” narratives that people “needed” to hear.

What many in the mainstream news media loved the most about accountability journalism is that it allowed them to openly be what they always were: political activists disguised as reporters, chafing under the repressive strictures of the old model of neutrality and objectivity.

The good news is, the DNC media complex has almost completely rotted itself to the point of total ruin at this point, and the collapse of the industry has already begun.

Trump predicts many of these news outlets will be gone in six years.

I think he’s right.

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Brian Cates

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Paul W
1 year ago

They lie because they’re educated in extremely leftist institutions. When they start working for a “news” outlet, they know what’s expected. Being leftist themselves (with very few exceptions), they have no problem complying. They, like the DNC, believe in “the ends justify the means” mantra. Since the “end” is to get leftists elected…voila…LIE. It’s just a means to an end. They’re just lucky they’re not working in opposition to the president in the Wilson and FDR era. Some of them would be in jail by now…and that’s a fact.

Wayne D Peterkin
1 year ago

I have seen this dishonest reporting for many years. I cringed at much of the reporting in the Tulsa World newspaper back in the late 1980s and through the 90s for their slanted reporting. Even when an article eventually told the truth, it was often buried near the end of the piece and the headline was badly slanted left. Why? Because they knew that vastly more people only see the headline than read the full story. This phony reporting has been going on for a long time and has only gotten worse. My belief is that the seeds of left-wing… Read more »

Frank S.
1 year ago

No doubt the media/press is full of self-aggrandizing narcissistic individuals who honestly believe they know better than most citizens (Jim Acosta, Don Lemon, Rachael Maddow, just to name a few). I find it interesting that the few reporters and journalists (Ted Koppel, Lara Logan, Sharyl Attkisson, to name a few) who have come forward to state the obvious–that the media is extremely biased–have received so little attention. This unchecked media bias does not bode well for our Constitutional Republic. It makes it even more important that Americans hold the media accountable. We all need to do our homework and seek… Read more »

1 year ago

‘Many of Today’s News Reporters Believe It Is Their Duty to Lie to You’. This has been obvious for quite some time. What boggles the mind is why Americans feel an obligation to listen to them and even harder to understand why they believe them.

1 year ago

You can thank Michael Moore for showing them the way. I think that was a real eye opener for them, how a “documentary” could be so blatantly biased and manipulative of the truth and yet be successful and impactful. Of course it doesn’t help that most of them are irreligious so they’re free to make up their own moral code. This is the natural outcome when you go with situational ethics, especially when your values are no longer anchored by a belief in the Divine. No anchor and your ethics will drift pushed along by your preferences and personal point… Read more »

Jeff Shull
1 year ago

Opinion and news used to be two seperate ideologies. Now they are just one in the same. It has taken since the 1890’s but the progressives have gotten ahold of not just education but now the media. They have been at this since the reunification of the states and they have never wavered. Yes they have lost ground here and there but lets look at their successes. An administration office instead of just president. A senate that is elected no differently than the house with exception of term lengths, referendum voting in most states and most importantly a myriad of… Read more »

1 year ago

CNN is not a news agency!

Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Obama got rid of some reporters in his day, why not Pres Trump & ID continued lying reporters &papers etc.Make public
Chap 13 those news agencies, etc, Yes.
Cant even watch CNBC for Biz news, only FBN & Varney & Co.
ID bad reporters A-Z

Big Al
1 year ago

The confusion comes when these opinion hawkers are confused as news reporters.

1 year ago

I have long said there are no more true journalists…only opinionists. The “reporting” done today by most newspersons would have been considered fodder only good for the National Enquirer just a few years ago. Now those same reporters openly insert their opinion as fact in whatever they cover. A sad state of affairs especially when you consider that critical thinking is no longer taught. I see far too many MEMES, comments and statements on the internet that people, even ones over 50 who should know better, repost as true without ever even checking the validity of said posts. Having worked… Read more »

Anna Petrocelli
1 year ago

What an enlightened article! I would like to add to this that Jim Acosta and all other” accountability journalists” are making two mistakes. The first is that when they write lies, they make the assumption that their readers are uneducated and simply morons to catch their lies. The second big mistake is that when a reader sees these lies, he/she immediately “smells” the opposition, the Left way of thinking and they do not read or watch what these misfits are saying. The result of this kind of behavior is that they lose their audiences or readers permanently. And, yes, the… Read more »

David Lyday
1 year ago

We can’t appeal to their ethics, since they have none. But we CAN threaten their cash flow. Useful idiots like Acosta don’t care, but at the top, these outfits are still in business to make money. Hedre’s how: 1) Watch just enough of this crap to see who their biggest sponsors are. 2) Write a letter to the CEO of those companies — tell them that you WILL NOT BUY THEIR PRODUCT(S) as long as they continue to advertise on CNN/NBC/MSNBDNC/ABC/Whatever. 3) Get all of your church group, parents’ group, Tea Party chapter, Young Republicans, or a bunch of p.o.’d… Read more »

Press ONE for English
1 year ago

I wish I could share the writer’s optimism re: the demise of the leftist propaganda industry. I hope I am wrong, but in my experience the left’s stupidity is deeper-rooted, wider spread and more resilient than we give it credit for.

George E
1 year ago

Mark Levin’s new book “The Unfreedom of the Press” is due to be released tomorrow. He delves into great historical detail on this topic. While we hear the MSM constant “news” of President Trump’s tax returns, his obstruction of the investigation of a non-crime, and Attorney General Barr’s unwillingness to break the law, we hear nothing about the following: Chinese technology to block our satellites , hack our computers, and build military installations in the South China Sea, Iran’s international terrorism, the nuclear threat of North Korea, the crisis on our southern border, the US government’s $22 trillion in unfunded… Read more »

Linda Hutson
1 year ago

To control the people, first you control the media! If you watch them, they will often began their dialogue with Exactly, word for word lead in’s, with each other! It’s not a stretch to assume the media we have today is owned by people like George Soros, the Clinton’s and other One World Globelist! There’s a reason CNN is often called the Clinton News Network!

David Spade
1 year ago

When the founding fathers developed the Constitution, freedom of the press was a major protection that they recognized as critical to the future of our country. Objective reporting without liberal and leftist bias is the cornerstone of what they meant then and what should be the standard today. If the reporters want to slant everything to their own views, they need to write editorials for the editorial page. If they really want to be reporters, they should guard the freedom of the press ideals with factual and objective reporting. To do less than that is an affront to real journalism.… Read more »

1 year ago

In the end…all these leftist ploys will lose! As the left gets more extreme, the MSM lies more and more, and folks get tired of all the immaturity being masked as virtue…this country will rise to its founding principles again! It may not happen in our life times, those of us in AMAC today, but there will always be some who will refuse to buy into the destructive and ungodly policies of the left, exposing the left for its greed, narcissism, and vice!

Brenda Blunt
1 year ago

Journalist need to report the truth whether they like it or not. If they are not careful, people will stop watching the news and then they will be out of a job! A lie is a lie no matter how doctored it is to suit their view point!

1 year ago

Interesting that Fox News still enjoys over half of the ratings market. The “smart” Democrat presidential candidates will take advantage of their offers to do Town Hall meetings (I.e. Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg) if they want to be heard by conservatives. Hopefully, they won’t bite the hand that gives this opportunity such as Bernie Sanders did and he had to be asked respectfully by Bret Baeir three times to refrain from insulting Fox while being given free air time by Fox.

Jack Thomas
1 year ago

Ironically, Mark Levin — conservative radio personality and former Reagan Administration lawyer — was discussing this very subject on his Fox TV show “Life, Liberty & Levin” just last night. He emphasized many of the same points about the U.S. news media that are stressed in The Epoch Times article. (That May 19th episode is available via You Tube). It’s been obvious for many years that broadcast and print news has drifted away from “neutrality” and “objectivity” in its reporting. Fifty years ago, in the 1960s, this was less apparent when only a few major TV networks (CBS, ABC, NBC)… Read more »

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