Media “critic” Howard Kurtz says he decries it. In a recent piece about media credibility he noted that, according to a Morning Consult/Politico survey, 46% of voters think the media makes up stories about President Donald Trump. Even 20% of self-identified Democrats think that.
Then he wrote this.
In short, the president’s constant “fake news” attacks are working.
It couldn’t possibly be that the “media” really do make stuff up about Trump. They don’t ever publish stories containing only rumors claimed by carefully unidentified sources, with nary an on-the-record bit of corroboration, like journalism standards used to require. Nossir.
He also noted this outcome from the poll:
[I]n light of Trump suggesting scrutiny of TV licenses, the poll says 51% think the federal government shouldn’t have the power to revoke broadcast licenses of fabricating networks—not exactly a ringing endorsement.
It’s true enough that communications licenses shouldn’t be based on content. But Kurtz wrote that in the context of his larger piece that while the media often are unfair (the token nod to another side of his argument), they don’t as a matter of routine fake the news. It couldn’t possibly be that faint-praise damnation is because the media do, in fact, routinely make stuff up. Uh, uh.
Talk about media bias. Jeez.