There’s nothing worse for a major news outlet that being criticized by a prominent journalist of the mainstream media, especially if this situation happens in public. Believe it or not, this is exactly what happened during a journalism ethics summit on Monday, where Bloomberg columnist and veteran journalist Albert Hunt slammed CNN.
In an incredible moment that will always be remembered, Hunt referred to the network’s boycotting of the White House Christmas party as nothing more than “chicken s***.” Naturally, the most damaging element of this brutal criticism is the fact that Hunt is not exactly an irrelevant figure in American journalism.
This veteran journalist –who spent over 40 years at The Wall Street Journal- cited the decision to boycott the event as an example of the modern press corps’ aggrandizement. In addition, he explained this was a typical case of self-obsession.
Hunt pointed out that the press should definitely realize “that the story isn’t about us.” Also, he explained that when President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner goes to CN and says cut 25 of stats, that’s just “a big deal.” After that, he assured that when this network announces it will not attend the White House Christmas Party, “that’s chicken s***.”
CNN announced that its correspondents would not attend this event, which took place on Friday. The network explained its reason for making this bold decision was the president´s unusually combative relationship with the media.
This decision was revealed on Tuesday when a CNN spokesperson told Politico that the network refused to attend this year’s White House Christmas party. Additionally, the spokesperson said that CNN doesn’t feel it is appropriate to celebrate this event with Trump and his guests, in light of his “attacks on freedom of the press.” Finally, this spokesperson told Politico that CNN was going to send a White House reporting team to the party and report on it if news warrants.
According to the Daily Wire, another CNN source explained that the straw that broke the camel’s back for the media outlet was nothing more than Trump’s tweets. Believe it or not, this source assured that what the president writes on his social media endangers the work of many journalists in dangerous foreign areas.
Naturally, CNN definitely has all the right to decide if they want to attend this event or not. However, the truth is that just as Hunt addressed at the Poynter Ethics Summit, this network’s stance is quite self-obsessed, considering the way they have covered this administration.
Basically, CNN has been guilty of coloring event against Trump. In fact, a Harvard study found a couple of months ago that during his first 100 days in office, the network’s coverage of him was 93 percent negative.
Regarding CNN’s decision, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders celebrated the news. Sanders, who often spars with CNN’s Jim Acosta in the briefing room, tweeted Tuesday night that CNN finally provided some good news. In addition, she tweeted “Christmas comes early!”
Acosta, who has established himself as a prominent critic of this administration, also spoke At the Poynter Institute’s inaugural Journalism Ethics Summit, held at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. Believe it or not, he literally implored his fellow journalists to “resist” when the president attacks journalism. “We are not part of ‘the Resistance’ but … if journalism is attacked, we should resist. That is up to us,” Acosta said.
At the gathering of high profile reporters and editors, journalists, advocates, and scholars pointed out that the most important element in today’s journalism was the need for trust and transparency in reporting.
“The press should realize that the story isn’t about us… When Jared Kushner goes to CNN and says cut 25 percent of stats, that’s a big deal. When CNN announces that they’re not going to the White House Christmas Party, that’s chicken shit.” — @AlHuntDC #PoynterEthicsSummit
— Scott Nover (@ScottNover) December 4, 2017
Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute, explained that the world is experiencing a shift from a “trust me” era to a “show me” era of journalism. However, journalistic malpractice was also on the tongues of participants.
As reported in a previous article, the chief investigative reporter for ABC News Brian Ross was suspended for a month. This decision was made following a false story alleging that the president had directed former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to make contact with the Kremlin during the campaign. The network had to clarify that this action took place during the transition.
Regarding this situation, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg assured that the damage that Ross did by getting that story wrong was significant. He pointed out that getting a story wrong, even for understandable reasons, tends to be extremely damaging.