Mika Brzezinski’s anti-Trump statement tells us everything that is wrong with journalistic norms

In response to Trump referring to Hillary Clinton as a “bigot” (seriously??!!  Please!), Mika Brzeinski had the following to say:

“You have no idea. You have no idea what your words mean,” Brzezinski said.

“And I can’t pretend and sort of try and cover this fairly and put it in the objectivity. [emphasis mine] You have no idea what your words mean and what you’re doing to this country.”

Got that?  Brzezinski is so clearly wedded to the “both sides” idea of objectivity and fairness in journalism that simply coming out and calling a (by any rational standards whatsoever) completely false and disprovable (if not dangerous) statement for what is is violates “fairness” and “objectivity” to her.  So hard to call out Trump without saying, “but Hillary Clinton says mean things!” or some such.  But in truth, there’s simply nothing nearly equivalent from Hillary Clinton and Brzezinski just has to admit as much.  But, oh my how that burns for a journalist who is so committed to the idea of “both sides” objectivity.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Mika Brzezinski’s anti-Trump statement tells us everything that is wrong with journalistic norms

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    That “both sides” attitude justifies the Right vs Wrong and Good Vs Bad belief that things are really simple and “common sense” can solve our problems. With that attitude, complexities are unnecessary distractions and can be safely ignored. Also, that so called experts or the study of issues aren’t necessary for running a government or anything else and that one human’s opinion is as good as anyone else’s.

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