President Trump’s relentless attacks to discredit, degrade and demonize journalism have damaged public opinion of our profession. A Morning Consult/POLITICO Poll released last October found 46% of Americans believe major news organizations fabricate stories on Trump. Journalists are facing challenges.
Trump calls stories he doesn’t like fake news. He accuses reporters of deliberately making things up. At the same time, Trump keeps fact checkers busy from his outpouring of misleading or false claims.
The impact of this Trump era means reporters – no matter the platform – can’t be distracted from what we do: working the story and getting it right.