By Crimson Tazvinzwa
Since his presidential campaign, President Donald Trump has relentlessly attacked the media for the way it covered him. While some in the media fought back, others appeared to stay relatively quiet.
Trump has routinely referred to networks like CNN as “fake news,” and earlier this week, he attacked the media for its reporting on the ongoing immigration crisis:
Such a difference in the media coverage of the same immigration policies between the Obama Administration and ours. Actually, we have done a far better job in that our facilities are cleaner and better run than were the facilities under Obama. Fake News is working overtime!
But on Tuesday, three of the nation’s most prominent anchors — NBC’s Lester Holt, CBS’s Jeff Glor, and ABC’s David Muir — spoke out about reporting in the age of Trump.
“We are reporting to a divided America,” Muir said during a panel discussion in Las Vegas, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I think there’s half of the country that’s still saying, ‘How did this happen?’ And the other half of the country saying, ‘You’ve got to give this guy a chance.’”
The three anchors spoke alongside each other at the PromaxBDA Station Summit, an event geared toward professionals involved in television marketing and promotion.
Holt responded more directly to Trump’s criticism, saying his tweets couldn’t degrade major networks’ integrity and trust among the public.
“I don’t think you can tweet away or insult away the years of integrity and trust that were built by these three organizations, so I don’t think we’re in danger on that level,” he said.
But Trump’s criticism didn’t appear to come without at least some merit.
When asked about MRC’s study, Glor claimed he and his colleagues weren’t trying to “promote an agenda, one way or the other.”
“If you have an agenda, you don’t belong in this business,” Glor said. He added that “we’re trying to do the best newscast we can every night.”
Muir noted how although cable news could bring “valuable discussion,” it could also amplify political polarization.
“I just think the danger in the cables is if you have the far left, the far right, if you only go to the place where you’re going to hear your thoughts back to yourself,” he said.