It’s no surprise that American people have lost faith in the mainstream media. For years, they’ve sung praises for their own partisan allies and refused to be impartial reporters of the news. In this election cycle alone, they’ve told us repeatedly about how President-elect Donald Trump was going to lose and this was Hillary Clinton’s election to win.
Among these people is Kurt Eichenwald, a senior writer with Newsweek and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, who has made a name for himself attacking Trump relentlessly this past election cycle.
Recently, Tucker Carlson had Eichenwald on Fox News for an on-air interview. Generally in interviews, even among partisan opponents and disagreeable people have a certain standard of respect. This interview within moments went the other direction.
To lead off the interview, Carlson referred to Eichenwald’s Twitter biography that noted his role as a writer with Newsweek and asked if he thought he was a serious journalist.
Eichenwald only laughed and the interview immediately went south.
There was a reason that Carlson asked Eichenwald about his journalistic integrity, though.
In the era of fake news stories and the spreading of lies, a new emphasis on stopping fraudulent stories has arisen. Ironically, the Newsweek senior writer has been decrying this problem while being a part of it.
Just a few weeks ago, Eichenwald tweeted that Trump supporters booed the late John Glenn after the President-Elect mentioned his name. When Twitter users began responding to the allegation, Eichenwald further elaborated that it was likely because Glenn was a registered Democrat.
The problem? This is not how events played out and Trump supporters were actually booing protesters. Eichenwald falsely reported the news.
This is what most would call “Fake News.”
But the more serious fake news issue came in September when Eichenwald tweeted about the then-Republican nominee’s health records. In the tweet, Eichenwald claimed that Trump was institutionalized in a mental hospital in 1990 and hiding his medical records was a way to conceal this fact.
This was never corroborated, but it was something Carlson attempted to clarify.
But when asked, Eichenwald dodged the question and went off on a tangent about how Trump’s real doctor supplied him with his medical records in the eighties. The question was never actually directly answered though and when Carlson attempted to reroute the conversation back to Eichenwald’s allegations, the Newsweek senior writer became agitated and combative.
It’s reflective of Eichenwald’s character, but it also shows us why the general public distrusts the media. He may be just one person among many, but his arrogant hubris is constant among many in the mainstream.
It explains largely why public trust in the media is at an all-time low, according to Gallup polling in September. Only 32% of Americans trust the media, down eight percent from last year. Eichenwald’s on-air meltdown in response to his own lies being passed off as truth represents the reason why.
Thank you, Kurt Eichenwald, for showing us everything that is wrong with modern journalists and today’s mainstream media.