CBS’ John Dickerson recently appeared on the Hugh Hewitt radio show to discuss the media’s relationship with Donald Trump.
During their conversation Dickerson explained that it’s important that the media hold the Trump administration’s feet to the fire because there has already been some dishonesty from the Trump team. However, what Dickerson misses is that no one in the media ever held the Obama team’s feet to the fire over issues of dishonesty.
The best example comes from the Benghazi debacle when the Obama team was obviously and blatantly lying to the American people. Dickerson says that the media should never allow the President to lie to the American people, yet that is exactly what they did – over and over again – with the Obama administration.
Which is why Dickerson is right when he says, “The press did all that good work ruining its reputation on its own, and we can have a long conversation about what created that.” America doesn’t trust the media because for the last 16 years we’ve watched them harangue one President and call him a liar (George W. Bush), while allowing the next President to lie almost every day (Barack Obama) without ever holding him accountable!
Hugh Hewitt: But my frustration, John, is that for eight years, I wanted the press to press President Obama on things like the jayvees, the red line, leading from behind, Aleppo, and they didn’t. And in the first month, they’re pressing Trump, and they’re upset that he’s not saying, you just said, I wish he would say this. He doesn’t say things that Manhattan-Beltway media elites want him to say. Instead, he says this. Let me play for you, I think, the key line in the 77 minute press conference yesterday, is this one, cut number four:
Donald Trump: Look, I want to see an honest press. When I started off today by saying that it’s so important to the public to get an honest press, the public doesn’t believe you people anymore.
Hugh Hewitt: John Dickerson, that’s the key. The public doesn’t believe you people anymore.
John Dickerson: Well, here’s the thing. So I don’t, it’s not my wish. I don’t have any wishes. My point is if you’re going to make a case on honesty grounds and truthfulness grounds, if that’s the turf on which you’re going to hold your press conference and open your press conference, so we’re talking about veracity here, and the importance and necessity of that, then when it comes to veracity in your own backyard, to elide it completely seems inconsistent with the argument that you’re making in the 77 minute press conference.
Hugh Hewitt: Well, he did. He made some incredible misstatements yesterday about, for example, the largest victory. And I just played Jake Tapper running through them, and it upsets people like you and me who are used to being held accountable for every word we say on the air, on this show, on your show. We’re always, you know, if we get something wrong, we have to correct it. He never corrects anything that he says, and he says lots of wrong things. But that one comment, they don’t trust you anymore, is a summation of where we are in America, because I really do think Manhattan-Beltway elites have lost the country. They’ve lost it. There’s just no confidence in, I’m not going to say us, because I am neither in nor of the Beltway-Manhattan media elite. I live in California still. But what do you think of that? Is it true?
John Dickerson: Well, yes. I mean, yes, it’s true, and it’s not because of anything obviously Donald Trump did. The press did all that good work ruining its reputation on its own, and we can have a long conversation about what created that. Part of it, though, is what you mentioned about the local weather report, which is to say a lot of hysterical coverage about every little last thing that doesn’t warrant it. Having said that, it doesn’t mean, and in fact, it most explicitly does not mean that the press just throws out the standards.