Teenagers are starting to question the credibility of established news media

Submitted by MAGA Student

More teenagers are questioning the credibility and value of traditional news organizations. People don’t trust the news.

Teenagers, in particular, appear to be increasingly questioning the credibility and value of traditional media organizations.


These are smart young people – the media can’t schmooze them as the media thought they could. They recognize the difference in what Obama was selling which was hate for America versus the progress which is actually happening in our country.

Following is a good example of fake news media:

Lanny Davis burns reporters. Should they still give him a megaphone?

None of the television networks would say whether they would continue to put Davis on air, nor would they articulate the scenarios in which they think doing do would be justified.

By JASON SCHWARTZ 08/29/2018 06:53 PM EDT

Lanny Davis, in his role as lawyer and spokesman for Michael Cohen (and Bill/Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, has copped to misleading journalists, admitted he made false statements on national television and generally caused headaches for reporters who’ve used him as a source.

It’s the latest example of a perennial Washington question that seems to have become more pressing in the Donald Trump era: How should journalists handle sources who are in powerful news-maker positions, but who are also known to be dishonest?

In the case of Davis, the rare source who publicly admits to misleading reporters, the debate is even more fraught.

POLITICO reached out to CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC News, ABC News and CBS News, but none would say whether they would continue to put Davis on air, nor would they articulate the scenarios in which they think it would be justified.

The networks have continued to invite back other Washingtonians who have been caught making false statements, including White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, who coined the phrase “alternative facts.”

Journalism experts said the issue is complicated — and there are distinctions to be found between interviewing sources with checkered histories off-camera, grilling them on-air on a newsworthy subject, and bringing them on simply as a talking head.

Frank Sesno, director of The George Washington University’s media school and a former CNN reporter, said networks should avoid giving Davis a platform as a pundit, but his position representing Cohen could lead to situations where it would be legitimate to bring him on for interviews.

“He is damaged goods. His value as a source will be suspect. Anytime anyone puts him on the air, he is going to be grilled from five different angles,” Sesno said. “You don’t put him on the air hoping you’re going to get information. You would only put him on the air if he’s able to demonstrate before going on the air that he’s got something that’s going to advance the story, that is based on actual fact, that it can be documented with either documents or some kind of corroborated testimony from somebody else and he’s the only one who can do it.”

Bill Grueskin, a Columbia School of Journalism professor who previously served as one of The Wall Street Journal’s top editors, agreed, saying that any journalist quoting Davis should put his comments in context by pointing out his credibility problems.

“You still quote the president even though he has a distant relationship with the truth,” Grueskin said. According to The Washington Post’s tracker, Trump has made more than 4,000 false claims since taking office.

Of Davis, he said, “As long as he’s officially representing Michael Cohen, I don’t think a reporter can avoid calling him.”

The trouble for Davis began with a CNN story in July, which reported, according to “sources with knowledge,” that Cohen, the former lawyer and fixer for Trump, had information that the president knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in which top campaign officials, including Donald Trump Jr., met with a Russian lawyer in hopes of receiving dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Trump blasts CNN over anonymous sourcing in Cohen report

The network also reported that Cohen (WHO WILL LIE TO SAVE HIS NECK) was willing to make that claim to special counsel Robert Mueller.


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