The Hill‘s Joe Concha Blasts ‘Agenda-Based’ Reporting: ‘You Can’t Be a Journalist and Advocate’
The Hill‘s media reporter (and Mediaite alum) Joe Concha had some sharp criticisms in the recent reporting of the immigration crisis occurring on the southern border.
Fox News anchor Shannon Bream began by citing the amount of primetime broadcast coverage the IG report and Michael Horowitz‘s hearing on Capitol Hill received on Monday night in comparison to the separation of illegal immigrant families. ABC News, CBS News, and NBC News dedicated 8-13 minutes to the immigration crisis while ABC News gave the hearing IG report less than three minutes, CBS News gave it ten seconds, and NBC News gave it no coverage.
Concha was baffled that Horowitz’s testimony didn’t get “at least a minute or two” of coverage since it was a “huge story.”
“This again shows a media that’s priorities are completely out of whack and unfortunately you have to say agenda-based,” Concha told Bream, “because obviously this IG report was bad for the FBI and possibly good for President Trump in terms of dismissing an obstruction of justice sort of argument against him in terms of what lawyers have been saying.”
Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell called the comparing of child separations to the Holocaust “completely and totally disgusting” and labeled the media as the “publicity arm for the DNC” for their lack of coverage of these separations during the Obama administration.
Bream then asked Concha about the “advocacy” that’s becoming more common among self-described journalists, something he personally condemned.
“You can’t be a journalist and advocate at the same time,” Concha said. “We’re seeing more anchors and reporters and pundits not interested in reporting facts but instead sharing their innermost feelings on the matter… In order to solve the problem, we need to put away the emotions. I know that’s hard here. I have a 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son and that includes a media that has far too many members that want to be celebrities instead of journalists. And the way they go about being a celebrity is to say these things that are hyperbolic so they go viral, so the story becomes them instead of us concentrating on the problem and solving it.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org