Sharyl Attkisson: 'Truth Is a Casualty' in the Media's War on Trump

NewsBusters | 10/22/2019 | Staff
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After weighing in on the latest example of media malpractice, ABC’s gaffe of using footage from a Kentucky gun show as attacks on the Kurds in the Middle East, Full Measure host Sharyl Attkisson sat down with Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz. Before playing the clip of her interview with Kurtz, Attkisson noted that “the war between the media and Donald Trump sometimes looks like one of mutually assured destruction,” stressing “sometimes, truth is a casualty.”

At the beginning of the interview, Kurtz argued that while “there is such a thing as a press corps that strives to be fair,” “we’re seeing fewer and fewer organizations committed to the notion of trying to be fair.” Kurtz specifically took issue with the legacy media’s “snarky” tone when covering the Trump administration and made the case that their constant portrayal of every development in the Mueller investigation as a smoking gun “exhausted the country.”

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The MediaBuzz host predicted that despite the fact that “a lot of people are just tired of it,” the media will continue to play up the Mueller report because they see it “working for them as a business model.”

Addressing the push to impeach the President, Kurtz proclaimed “you almost sense that there’s a hunger in the press” for impeachment because they think “it would be such a great story to cover, particularly, if you don’t like this President, as many journalists and pundits privately do not.”

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Attkisson asked Kurtz, “Did Donald Trump cause the media to descend into madness or just expose media madness that was already in existence?” According to Kurtz, “the media’s credibility problems were maybe more like a fever and once Trump trauma took effect, that’s what I call it, I think that he sort of made the media go crazy.”

Kurtz contended that “it is hard...
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