The veteran reporter claims that personal politics has produced an unhinged media.
Bob Woodward says what we all already knew about the unhinged media. To get away with it he claims that there are Donald Trump fanboys at Fox News that are unhinged in his favor. But Fox News features far more skepticism about Trump than CNN and MSNBC allow favorable coverage. Woodward’s criticisms are light because they are his social circle.
Newsweek reports, “Bob Woodward on Jeff Bezos, Trump, and the Future of Investigative Reporting.”
You’ve described the Trump presidency as being a “test” for the news media. Do you think the media is failing the test?
First of all, journalists can always do better. Myself at the top of the list. I don’t think journalism is failing at all in the Trump era. But we have a lot of work to do. A number of reporters have at times become emotionally unhinged about it all, one way or the other. Look at MSNBC or Fox News, and you will see those continually either denigrating Trump or praising him. I think the answer is in the middle, and in this class I talk about how it’s important to get your personal politics out. It’s destructive to become too politicized. The emotion should be directed at doing more work, not some feeling or personal conclusion.
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