American journalism seems to be reaching for new lows every day as it struggles with a strong liberal bias and an unyielding president.
Earlier this month, journalist Sharyl Attkisson (pictured) published what she called the "definitive list" of media mistakes in the Trump era – more than 50 of them – by the likes of the Washington Post, CNN, The Associated Press ... and the "Grey Lady" herself, The New York Times. The investigative journalist says the media, "as self-appointed arbiters of truth, [have] excused our own unprecedented string of fact-challenged reporting" about Donald Trump.
"The truth is," she continues, "formerly well-respected, top news organizations are making repeat, unforced errors in numbers that were unheard of just a couple of years ago."
Since Atkisson first published her list of 50 items, a TIME magazine cover – portraying Trump in bad light, of course – featured a small, crying Honduran child who supposedly represented all the children separated from their parents at the border ... only she wasn't separated from her mother. At press time, the list stands at 52.
Attkisson says the media have "fact-checked" President Trump like they have "no other human being on the planet." Dan Gainor of Media Research Center agrees, saying hatred of this president is boiling over.
"I've lost track of how utterly insane the left has been this week, from threatening to rip the president's son out of his mother's hands and put him in a cage with pedophiles to telling the president that they're coming for his daughter – I'm at a loss," he tells OneNewsNow.
All of Attkisson examples seem fueled by blind-to-the-facts hatred of Trump – but Don Irvine of Accuracy in Media says there may be another factor as well that has nothing to do with politics.
"Because of this news cycle, [journalists have] gotten very careless in their reporting," he observes. "That's what kind of creates these 50 greatest mistakes or whatever."
Irvine is talking about 24-hour news channels and social media that bring raw videos and immediate data mixed with opinion in the age of the Internet. That aligns directly with one of Atkisson's list of media mistakes: "presenting reporter opinions in news stories – without labeling them as opinions."
Before the advent of 24/7 cable news and convenient outlets such as social media, Irvine says it might have taken days or weeks to put together a well-sourced, fact-checked and edited story – but no more.
"We have trained the population, the people who are consuming the news, to expect that everything we say and do is fresh and new," he offers.
And according to Attkisson, what's worse is that those in the media who are guilty of making the mistakes defend themselves "by trying to convince the public that [their] mistakes are actually a virtue" because they correct them – sometimes.