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NY Times and WaPo editors: Don't be dismissive, Trump voters are 'owed our respect'

December 30, 2019 / 1.9K views

Here's a video with New York Times' Dean Baquet, the executive editor, and Marty Baron, the executive editor of the Washington Post and they're discussing several points. One of them was how it's important to no longer be dismissive when it comes to Trump voters.

Ken Meyer from Mediaite reported on this, stating that both editors agreed their publication must do "a better job of covering President Donald Trump’s supporters" - with a less dismissive approach and to be better listeners.

The editors of both publications, major publications popular all across the world, were doing their segment with Chuck Todd of NBC when this topic was approached. It started by talking about how Trump is battling the mainstream media and "fact-based reporting" - and they're wondering what can be done, by news outlets, to counter the alternative facts that sometimes get pushed out by the media. Without being said, this probably pertains to how the mainstream media stopped being neutral and starting pushing a far right and left story, which obviously has resulted in their statistics likely going up, because as we can see from reality programming, drama sells.


Meyer reported:

When asked about why people support Trump despite his numerous falsehoods, Baquet said “I’m not convinced people want to be lied to,” but journalists have a job to report the truth even when its counter to the lies that “bad politicians” offer their supporters.

“I don’t want to be dismissive of people that support our president. They’re owed our respect they certainly have mine,” Baron said as he jumped in. “They feel the so-called elites in Washington have not paid attention to them, that they don’t understand their lives…They feel that the president is actually listening to them and addressing their concerns and so they tend to believe him.”

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We currently sit in a state of drama-filled rating-seeking programming. The big outlets are looking for the juicy bits and going for the ratings. This has caused the well known publications to start injecting their opinions and commentary into stories, which can sometimes persuade people to think one way or another.

That type of reporting is better for smaller outlets like here on Trending Views.

We still have a few neutral sources of information, but they are becoming fewer by the day.

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When these two big time editors finally admit they need to cover Trump and his supporters with a less dismissive approach, it's better late then never - but they should have been doing this three years ago.

/ Last Edited by: Frank

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