Cal Thomas has been in media a long time and he has a little advice for President Trump. Mr. Thomas sees that Team Trump has extracted maximum benefit from the adversarial approach to dealing with the media and fake news. I think what he is saying here is that the way to win minds and influence people is to use Spock-like logic and truth in dealing with the issues. What do you think?
As Written By Cal Thomas for Fox News:
Before becoming a newspaper columnist I was a broadcast news reporter for local TV stations and occasionally appeared on the NBC radio and television networks.
I have some experience at being on the receiving end of hostilities directed at the media.
At a pro-Nixon, pro-Vietnam war rally I covered in the early ’70s, a demonstrator looked at the NBC logo on my microphone and called me a “communist.”
We had never met. He knew nothing about my politics or the quality of my reporting. He assumed that because I was covering the event for NBC I must be a left-wing radical.
While there is little doubt in the minds of most conservatives that a large majority of reporters and anchors at the national level hold liberal views, the way labels are applied to journalists does little to improve the quality of journalism, a profession that was once considered a craft before it became big business, eventually devolving into just another political megaphone.
The Trump administration has probably extracted maximum benefit from its frontal assault on the news media. It will not win converts by continuing the bashing. Even press critics must acknowledge that a free press is essential to a strong democracy.
Here is my proposal to simultaneously preserve and strengthen democracy, while encouraging the media to do a better job.
Reporters, producers and TV bookers are people with families and, in my experience, a sense of duty. Mostly, they are friendly people who are interested in finding and reporting the truth. Granted, their …..
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