Today’s quote comes to us from Mollie Hemingway, who, among other things, is a commentator at Fox News Channel.
Here is what Ms. Hemingway had to say, yesterday, about the reaction of “journalists” when Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly announced that, contrary to numerous reports, he was not quitting:
“It was very frustrating for me when he said that he wasn’t quitting today and the room erupted in laughter as if it were really funny.
“That they go and write all these stories every few days about how he’s quitting and they have the all the best sources that he’s quitting and when he denies that they act like it’s funny.
“It’s not funny to have so many stories based on unreliable anonymous sources. And the public can’t check these sources.
“And I think it’s a huge threat, in addition to external threats to freedom of the press, there are internal threats and how the media are handling their job and how they’re losing their standards and how they’re breaking the social contract. They get perks and privileges as part of this First Amendment agreement and they are not living up to those standards.”
Mollie Hemingway wins Quote Of The Day honors for doing nothing other than stating what, in a logical universe, would be self-evident: that news, by definition, is true – otherwise it’s not news, it’s fiction.
But all too many practitioners of what passes for journalism these days do not meet the criteria for being in a logical universe.
I’ll end by suggesting an assignment for any of the folks in that business who are offended by the previous sentence: look at the polling data for Donald Trump – which so many in your profession are so fond of citing to “prove” how lousy a president he is – and then compare them to the polling data for media.
Be sure to report what you find out, OK?