It used to be in journalism, and in other parts of life, that accuracy was a hallmark of good work. knowing who all the players are, and what their titles are was essential for all parts of life debate.
From what CNN’s Brian Stelter has to say, that does not always extend to victims of school shootings.
As Newsbusters reports, Cupp was querying Stelter about the media’s deliberate bias in favor of teenage kids championing gun control while ignoring other students who don’t share the same view.
The exchange went like this:
Cupp: Brian, we as a business have been giving these kids a lot of coverage. All the networks have in some way or another. And as I was mentioning in the last segment with Connie Mack, gun policy is boring, right, so it doesn’t get a lot of TV coverage. It shouldn’t; it is boring; I understand that. But the policy’s the tough part. Do you think in showing these kids so often, as often as we all do, we’re doing actually them a disservice because the policy is actually what’s going to change this? The passion, I fear, will just sound like noise after a while and people will tune it out.
Stelter: A disservice is a strong word, but when I was interviewing David Hogg only ten days after the massacre, there were a few times I wanted to jump in and say let’s correct that fact.
Cupp: That’s so interesting. Let me stop you. Did you?
Stelter: And at one of the times I did and other times I did not. There’s always that balance, how many times you’re going to interrupt.
As Newsbusters notes, “The only time Stelter could recall correcting the raging anti-gunner was when he claimed NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch was the CEO of the organization. … That interview was conducted with Hogg sitting next to disgraced CBS anchor Dan Rather, and he gave the young activist-reporter career advice.”
And thus, by interviewing this young man and allowing the record to remain uncorrected, the people of the country got untrue information.
Yeah, that’s the ticket to journalism with integrity.