On Wednesday the media was in full freak out mode. During the broadcast of CNN’s “News Day.” One of the co-host Clarissa Ward stated that people in “war zones” are “emboldened” by the President’s declaration of war on the media. Ward is a foreign war correspondent that when in country co-hosts at CNN.
Also, on the panel was Brian Karem a White House correspondent for Playboy (yup that’s right) who recently went back and forth with Huckabee Sanders and Chris Cillizza of CNN.
Here is the Transcript or you can watch below:
CLARISSA WARD, CNN HOST: Chris, at what point does this become dangerous? And I’m not just talking about dangerous in terms of tearing at the social fabric, I’m talking about dangerous as in a journalist gets hurt, because I can tell you working overseas in war zones, people are emboldened by the actions of this administration, emboldened by the all-out declaration of war on the media. If I’m getting it in the neck, Chris, I can only imagine what a person like you is dealing with. At what point does this become reckless or irresponsible, Chris?
CHRIS CILLIZZA, EDITOR AT LARGE, CNN POLITICS: I don’t want to say we’re past that point.
BRIAN KAREM, ‘PLAYBOY’ WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: We are past that point.
CILLIZZA: I think it is already dangerous what the Trump administration is doing, which is Brian’s point. They are trying to taken an honest mistake, or not even a mistake, and turn it into the norm as opposed — the rule opposed to the exception, which is a very dangerous thing because that’s willfully misleading, frankly.
The idea that Dave Farenthold, who was my colleague for a very long time and doesn’t toot his own horn enough, the idea he was attacked for doing what he did had nothing to do with the quality of the journalism he was doing. It was 100 percent about it was a bad story for Donald Trump. In Donald Trump’s world the media is judged by you are good if you write things that are good for Donald Trump. You are objectively bad if you criticize Donald Trump. It is not our job to be liked by Donald Trump. It is not our job to report the news — as Sean Spicer said and Sarah said it yesterday, you guys ignore the news that’s important. You know, I do think the Russian hacking of an election is important news.
CILLIZZA: We can debate collusion. They’re right; there’s no evidence of that. But this is about the broader hacking of an election. In Dave’s case, it was about a charitable organization that didn’t give to charity for the man who was running to be the president of the United States. It doesn’t have to do with the fact Donald Trump is a Republican. I guarantee you a million times over, because I know Dave personally if it was the Hillary Clinton Foundation doing the same thing, he would have done the same reporting. That’s what’s maddening when you’re watching this.
First of all, some people are crazy all you got to do is look at any of the reply’s to a Twitter post from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the President himself to see that. So nothing would surprise if the someone in the media was attacked (hopefully no one will be attacked). However, so far and hopefully it was an isolated incident the only people being targeted violently were congressional Republicans. Also to be fair, the President did make inflammatory remarks while campaigning during some rallies.
I could be wrong, but it seems to me that the media just doesn’t like the pushback from the White House. Does the White House spin? Yes. Does the White House put out its talking points? Yes. Do they shape things to make them look good? Yes. Do they attack the press when they don’t like a story? Yes. Do they try to discredit journalists? Yes.
None of these things are wrong, and the White House is allowed to shop its narrative. Also, if you think these news outlets are not doing certain content for ratings, you would be mistaken.
It’s up to us to investigate if we buy what any politician or news network is trying to “sell” us. The real narrative that needs to go is that we people need others to tell us what we think. We (us) make our own decisions not the President, not CNN, not MSNBC, not Sean Hannity, and not celebrities.
Mr. President, news networks, and celebrities thank you for your opinion I’ll take it under advisement. I appreciate your feedback now I’ll form my own views.
Do you think the media is in danger? Or are they in fear they are losing grip of their narrative?
Source: Real Clear Politics