CNN’s Brian Stelter brought up Fox & Friends again this morning as he talked about the responsibility they have as “the most powerful TV show in America.”
That phrase came as part of a New York Times analysis of how President Trump views Fox & Friends like a mirror or safe space of sorts that reinforces his beliefs.
However, that “most powerful” line led Fox & Friends to do some trolling in the Times with an ad in the paper highlighting that sentence.
But with that power, Stelter said today, comes great responsibility:
“Time and time again, the pro-Trump program’s irresponsible segments have misled the President and, in turn, the President has misled the public. How? Through tweets about the show that trigger news coverage.”
We know for a fact that President Trump tweets from time to time about things covered on Fox News. Stelter said, “These conservative talk show hosts may or may not consider themselves reporters, but they have an obligation to be careful like reporters, to be correct, to be fair if not balanced.”
He did acknowledge that this applies to the media at large beyond Fox, saying, “If you’re communicating with the leader of the free world through this box, then you have power, and thus great responsibility. My question is: Do the hosts of Fox & Friends think about that when they wake up in the morning?”
Baltimore Sun David Zurawik agreed and recalled an incident when he criticized Fox & Friends for throwing “unsubstantiated attacks” against Rep. Elijah Cummings amid the IRS probe.
“When I wrote about that and when I called Fox up,” Zurawik continued, “their response was ‘It’s an opinion show, it’s not part of our hard journalism lineup’… Even if you are not doing hard journalism, especially on a news channel, you have a tremendous responsibility.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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