'The Restraints Seem to Be Coming Off': Hume, Tucker on Ex-CBS Reporter Calling Out Media Bias
Logan calls out 'horse----' journalism standards.
Brit Hume said Tuesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that displaying fairness in news coverage is a "skill" that seems to be lacking among many modern-day journalists.
Tucker Carlson asked Hume about the recent comments by former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan, who pointed out the rampant liberal bias across the media.
"The media everywhere is mostly liberal. But in this country, 85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats. So that’s just a fact, right?" Logan said in a podcast interview with author and former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland.
“I didn’t even notice that there was a bias in the media,” Logan said. “You read one story after another or hear it and it’s all based on one anonymous administration official, former administration official, right? I mean, that not, that’s not journalism. That’s horse----."
Hume said judges and lawyers put aside their biases all the time in legal cases, but many journalists have stopped trying to use "neutral language" during the Trump presidency.
"Fairness is not really a policy or even an attitude. Fairness is really kind of a skill. It begins with a recognition of your bias. Once you do that, it's really not all that difficult ... to screen it out of your coverage," he explained.
Hume said on the morning after the State of the Union address, the Washington Post's website banner described President Trump as making a "discordant" call for unity.
"That's an opinion," Hume pointed out, noting the first line of the story described the address as "dissonant."
Hume said it's fine to have opinion columnists and an editorial page to offer criticism of the speech, but straight news stories now contain far too much opinion from the reporters.
"All the restraints seem to be coming off now. It's no accident that the media is at its lowest level in public opinion that anyone can remember," he said.
Hume caused a stir over the weekend when he criticized political reporters who had helped presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) pick out a jacket during a South Carolina campaign stop and then tweeted out the video.
This is just embarrassing. So now journalists are going shopping with Harris, helping pick out clothes and then putting out glowing tweets about it. https://t.co/RX2IY0B8JL
— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 16, 2019
He said the "chummy" behavior by the reporters was "obviously inappropriate" and would never happen if they were with a conservative candidate.
"And the fact that the journalists involved and lots of others defended it, shows you how far down this road we have gotten," said Hume.
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