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Thu Sep 13, 2018, 06:51 PM

41. There is a difference between reporting and talk shows with opinions, and editorials.

Reporting is NOT to parse half truths, ferret out whole or partial truths. They report. Reporting is what, when, where, who, and sometimes how & why.

Example of how a reporter might report Trump's statement:

President Trump today tweeted that 3,000 Puerto Ricans did not die as a result of the two hurricanes, and that that is just what he calls "fake news" by the Democrats to help them in the mid-term elections. Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate, Schumer, when asked for comment, stated, "That's ridiculous. Once again, he's trying to cover up and distract from his failure to handle an event by claiming the facts aren't true, and even if they are, it's someone else's fault."

As we've reported before, Puerto Rico's Dept. of (whatever) reports that 3,000 people have died as a result of the two hurricanes that hit the island in 2017.


That's an appropriate report. I don't want opinion in raw reporting of facts and statements. That's when you get into mushy territory. Because if the reporter says "that's a lie" when Trump says something, then another reporter can say "that's a lie" when Schumer says something. That's not what reporting is for.

It's the job of political commentators and talk show hosts to get into the nitty gritty. And editorials in newspapers and opinion articles in CNN.com, and Factchecker.org and Politifact.org, Politico, DailyBeast, and all the other opinion sources of information. The NYT and Washington Post do a lot of opinion research articles. Those are not raw reporting articles. They are the result of tips, leaks, and investigations, that a reporter puts together.

It's not true that the media doesn't cover Trump's lies as lies. It's well covered. There are so many lies that the media can't cover every single one. Chris Matthews called it Trump's ridiculous crazy statement last night. I think it was also covered on other political talk shows. It was well covered, for what it was. I think you may think the statement was more important than it was. Almost no one takes anything he says as truth, anymore. It was yet another shocking statement that denigrated brown people and Democrats. But it wasn't a big story. He's been lying in a lot of tweets daily here lately. They're just not that big a deal, any more, sorry to say.


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