Bob Woodward: The Media Has Become ‘Lazy’ and ‘Emotionally Unhinged’ During Trump Presidency
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward expressed some harsh criticisms for the media in the era of President Donald Trump.
During the “Overtime” segment on Real Time, the panel was asked how important it is for the press to “ban together” after the White House pulled the credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, Woodward suggests that journalists often “take the bait.”
“I think we’re taking the bait in the press. Trump is just throwing it out on the table and saying, you know, ‘you’re the enemy of the people,” Woodward said. “And then we get all steamy and emotionally unhinged about it.”
“You’re his foil,” Bill Maher responded.
The best-selling author of the Trump tabloid book Fear suggested that various outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post to collaborate on great stories and “dig” and “make the case for the truth.”
“That means lots of work,” Woodward continued. “And let’s face it, we’ve become lazy and we have to stop becoming lazy.”
New York Times columnist Bret Stephens added that Trump is the “classic eighth grade bully” who knows exactly where to “poke” the press. He also echoed remarks from the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that you “can’t be the car alarm that’s constantly going off” and that the media should “pick their battles.”
Watch the clip above, via HBO.
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