Journalist claims reporters ‘don’t just make stuff up’ in defense of anon sources, gets schooled on all the times media LIED
Following criticism of a story in which anonymous sources claimed Donald Trump called dead soldiers “losers,” one reporter pushed back, claiming journalists “don’t make stuff up” – which prompted a quick education lesson for her.
“Contrary to popular belief, journalists don’t just make stuff up,” Louisville Courier Journal education reporter Olivia Krauth tweeted in response to a conservative outlet blasting the use of anonymous sources.
Contrary to popular belief, journalists don’t just make stuff up. https://t.co/PmHHz2uPDs— Olivia Krauth (@oliviakrauth) September 6, 2020
Krauth doubled down and then defended the granting of anonymity to sources, asking “why a journalist would risk their career” by inventing a source.
Given there are numerous examples of prominent journalists being accused of or even caught lying, Krauth got her answer – along with plenty of examples that disprove her “journalists don’t make stuff up” argument.
So, please, by all means, tell me why a journalist would risk ruining their career and tarnishing their industry by making up a source.— Olivia Krauth (@oliviakrauth) September 6, 2020
One such example was Brian Williams, a still-employed chief news anchor at MSNBC, who admitted to falsifying a story about being in a helicopter under enemy fire while in Iraq.
What's this then?https://t.co/D1FGHc2IEO— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) September 6, 2020
Brian Williams agrees, therefore it’s definitely true. https://t.co/kjSdkSzL69— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) September 6, 2020
Dan Rather was another journalist referenced by Krauth’s critics. The newsman was fired from CBS in 2006 over a report that former President George W Bush went AWOL during his time in the Texas Air National Guard. The documents at the center of the report could not be verified, and the administration blasted them as false. Rather has defended the story in recent years, but admits he made “mistakes” – though he claims they didn’t “change the truth of what we reported.”
September 6, 2020
Apparently you've never heard of Yellow Journalism, or Propaganda, Pravda, or Hearst? Newsflash, pun intended: today there are few or no repercussions for a journalist caught in a lie. Dan Rather is still worshiped as a news god, Brian Williams is back at NBC, etc.— Giacomo K. Black Voices for Trump (@giacoknox) September 6, 2020
A more recent example cited was Der Spiegel writer Claas Relotius, who resigned after it was discovered he’d committed journalistic fraud on a “grand scale,” according to the German newspaper. Numerous stories he’d penned over the years were found to be “made up” and to have featured “invented protagonists.”
Olivia Krauth, meet disgraced Der Spiegel star reporter, Claas Relotius. Fired for making quotes up from whole cloth. We only know this, because he was finally caught. How many journalists are actually caught?https://t.co/3SXbkO3QHY— vbspurs (@vbspurs) September 5, 2020
Relotius had been celebrated by the mainstream media as far afield as the US, where he won CNN’s Journalist of the Year Award in 2014. Notably, the fraud was not discovered by the publisher until two disgruntled Minnesotans confronted Der Spiegel over the utterly falsified reporting about their town – which included the journalist having described a “Mexicans, keep out!” sign that wasn’t there – forcing the paper’s editorial team to start an investigation.
CNN itself has been accused of plenty of lying by the president and others. The network had to settle a defamation lawsuit with then-high school student Nick Sandmann, after it reported on an edited video that appeared to show the teenager harassing a Native American activist in Washington, DC. Despite the full video being widely available, which showed Sandmann and his friends themselves being harassed, anchors such as Brian Stelter continued to report on the shorter clip, portraying Sandmann as an antagonistic young conservative.
Under the presidency of Trump, reporting that’s reliant on either anonymous sources or second- or third-hand accounts has gotten worse, with stories about Russia being particularly pointed to as an example of journalistic standards having been compromised.Also on rt.com Facts force Washington Post to backtrack on report that Russia hacked US power grid
Plenty of outlets have a history of fast-and-loose stories when it comes to Russia – the questionable Steele Dossier and unproven claims Trump worked with the country to somehow rig 2016’s presidential election among them. The Washington Post was accused of peddling “fake news” after it rewrote a 2017 story claiming Russians had hacked a US power grid. The entire claim turned out to be false, and the paper had to make a correction to its ‘explosive’ exposé. The Post also had to settle a defamation lawsuit with Nick Sandmann for its coverage of his DC encounter.
Others have similarly fear-mongered about the ‘threat’ of Russia. MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow has heavily covered Russiagate, and even ran a controversial report last year on the ‘what if’ possibility of Russia “killing” the US’ power grid amid extreme winter conditions for no other reason than just to prove it could do it.Also on rt.com Russia could ‘flip the off switch’ on US electricity at any time, warns Maddow in new conspiracy
To list journalists’ lies is to disappear down a seemingly never-ending rabbit hole, and Krauth was given plenty of other examples, some of which were collected into a handy video by the original conservative outlet she responded to.
10 journalists caught fabricating stories https://t.co/eYbqCZf0IlWriter touted by CNN as 'Journalist of the Year' forced to resign for fabricating stories https://t.co/z9UtP1zV7yNBC’s Brian Williams Admits He Told False Story About Iraq Expedition https://t.co/8lqM5rnM7ghttps://t.co/qSj5IGe1Tmpic.twitter.com/1G0UNzoiBm— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) September 6, 2020
You're a reporter? Seriously?!? Just off the top of my head:Jayson Blair (fabricated and plagiarized stories)Stephen Glass (famously made shit up)Brian Williams (made up fake war story, lied about it for years)Elvis Mitchell (Reviewed a film he didn't actually watch) https://t.co/lpC9qI11v0— Andrew @ Don't Walk, RUN! Productions (@DontWalkRUN) September 6, 2020
Krauth has not replied to any of the tweets disproving her claim that all journalists are good and honest, but she has continued to criticize Trump.
The president himself has regularly blasted the use of anonymous sources being used in stories about him, and has categorically declared false The Atlantic’s report about his having disparaged military service members who died in combat.
The Democrats, together with the corrupt Fake News Media, have launched a massive Disinformation Campaign the likes of which has never been seen before. They will say anything, like their recent lies about me and the Military, and hope that it sticks... But #MAGA gets it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2020
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