During the 40 years I worked on newspapers, I sometimes got the story wrong through finding facts, or seeming facts, that proved what I thought all along—and then looking no further. The same thing has happened with posts on this blog.
I think a lot of the reporting on Donald Trump is bad for precisely this reason.
President Trump himself sometimes says things that are obviously not true, and then refuses to back down. I get that.
But if you’re going to accuse someone of dealing in “fake news” and “alternative facts,” people (other than those who already agree with you) are not going to believe you unless you are careful about the facts yourself.
The writers I trust the most are the ones who report facts that are contrary to their points of view—what lawyers call “admissions against interest.” The links below are by writers who dislike Donald Trump, but dislike inaccuracy more.
Trump Fires Preet Bharara and 45 Other US Attorneys, Media Hysteria Ensues by Jerri-Lynn Scofield for naked capitalism.
Ten Things The Media Will Get Wrong About Trump’s New Executive Order on Immigration by Peter Van Buren for We Meant Well.
NYT Falsely Tries to Tie Afghan Visa Problem to Trump Travel Ban (Two Aren’t Related) by Peter Van Buren for We Meant Well.
The U.S. Government Did Not Revoke Khizr Khan’s ‘Travel Privileges’ by Peter Van Buren for We Meant Well.
We Should Practice Truth in Statistics, Even When It Hurts by Kevin Drum for Mother Jones.