Former CNN Bureau Chief Rips Media For Bias, False Reporting, Low Standards

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Former CNN Bureau Chief Rips Media For Bias, False Reporting, Low Standards
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ByRYAN SAAVEDRA
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The former Washington, D.C. bureau chief for CNN ripped the media for its extreme bias, misreporting, and low standards as they joined the Democratic party in launching an all-out assault to stop Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed to the nation's highest court.
Frank Sesno, who is now the current director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" with Brian Stelter that the public's trust in the media is "somewhere down below the basement."

"Do you think the press is coming out of this looking weaker because many people feel that the press chose a side through this?" CNN's Stelter asked.
"Yes. Certainly, that's the way it's going to look to Trump supporters and to people who have been questioning media's bias and their ability to report straight for a long time," Sesno responded. "Look, the fact of the matter is that by any reasonable measure, this has been an extraordinary week for this president. Forget the Russia investigation. Forget the tax story. Forget all of the rest. Trade deal with Mexico and Canada, unemployment numbers that haven't been this low since 1969, and following through on what he said, which was to remake the Supreme Court and a triumph with Kavanaugh himself."
Sesno pointed out that even MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has recently said that the media has been unfair toward President Donald Trump.
Sesno noted that many of the allegations against Kavanaugh would not have been reported in "the old days" due to reporting standards being higher, adding that reporting standards have "completely been overtaken by events now with social media."
 

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I find it funny that some people still think the media ISN'T biased. Some people are just so eager to put their ignorance on display that you can't help but laugh at them.
 
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I find it funny that some people still think the media ISN'T biased. Some people are just so eager to put their ignorance on display that you can't help but laugh at them.
I believe they don't know. That's how this became a major problem. Some people's lives are so busy so filled with so many distractions that when they read or listen to the news it has become their break for the day. Like reading the paper used to be. They turn off the critical thinking part of the brain and they read the stories that interest them.
The others who are thinking are looking for stories that confirm their own critical bias. They hate Trump so they lap up anything and everything against Trump. Hello Wash Po or NY Times. Likewise, Trump supporters are also looking for critical bias in support of him. Hello Fox and Briebart.
So ignorance isn't the word I would use. More like hypocrisy.
 

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I believe they don't know. That's how this became a major problem. Some people's lives are so busy so filled with so many distractions that when they read or listen to the news it has become their break for the day. Like reading the paper used to be. They turn off the critical thinking part of the brain and they read the stories that interest them.
The others who are thinking are looking for stories that confirm their own critical bias. They hate Trump so they lap up anything and everything against Trump. Hello Wash Po or NY Times. Likewise, Trump supporters are also looking for critical bias in support of him. Hello Fox and Briebart.
So ignorance isn't the word I would use. More like hypocrisy.
I don't disagree completely but I still think ignorance plays a big part. I'll give two examples after BK was confirmed. CNN reported that "when, not if, but when the republicans come after civil rights now we shouldn't be surprised" (I didn't add the NOT IF part, they actually said it like that). MSNBC said "people used to go to church to cloak themselves in morality before going out and conducting lynch mobs and that is kind of what happened today". I'm sorry but you have to be a little ignorant (possibly willfully so) to believe that crap as news. Don't get me wrong, the other side is almost as bad, Fox was going off on a tangent that if the Dems retake control of Congress they will abolish the concept of innocent until proven guilty, which is a stretch I think.