New York Times is discouraging reporters from appearing on MSNBC and CNN.

By |2019-05-31T09:04:51-08:00June 1st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

Say what?

Courtesy of Mediaite

Sources tell Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo that managers at the newspaper have been steering journalists away from appearing on certain cable news programs with a renewed vigor.

Alongside Maddow and Lemon, Lawrence O’Donnell’s show on MSNBC is also apparently a no-go, as are Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson’s programs — though Times reporters were typically never seen on those shows anyway.

Reached for comment by Vanity Fair, a Times spokeswoman pointed to the section of the newspaper’s “Ethical Journalism” handbook that covers broadcast media appearances:

“In deciding whether to make a radio, television or Internet appearance, a staff member should consider its probable tone and content to make sure they are consistent with Times standards. Staff members should avoid strident, theatrical forums that emphasize punditry and reckless opinion-mongering.”

In contrast, a spokesperson for The Washington Post told Pompeo that “We view all broadcast programs as opportunities to expose our journalism to different audiences.”

Hey look, I get why NYT would dissuade reporters from appearing on Fox News as that is not a legitimate cable news outlet.

But partisan or not MSNBC and CNN embrace journalistic ethics and report truthfully about news and politics. 

Besides I have seen reporters disagree with cable news hosts so they are certainly free to express their honest point of view, or even choose to keep their opinion to themselves. 

I just think that the New York Times making this decision is an indication that Trump’s bullying behavior has worn them down and made them gun shy about allowing their reporters to gain a higher profile on cable news. 

And let’s face facts, it’s not like avoiding these shows is going to convince Trump supporters to stop calling them “fake news.”

That ship has already sailed, so they might as well double down and continue to provide the excellent journalism for which they are known. 

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  1. Anonymous in Chicago June 1, 2019 at 7:23 am

    When any White House reporter asks Trump a question, it is never hard hitting, including the NY Times. None of the White House reporters are allowed to challenge Trump’s or Sarah Sanders’ lies because of “White House decorum” expected of the reporters covering the President. Hannity and his guests just continue with the Trump lies.

    Thank goodness for Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O”Donnell, Nicholle Wallace and Morning Joe. Whenever the NY Times reporters or Washington Post reporters are on these shows, they either report what the paper is publishing or the Opinion Columnists give their opinions . I want to be provided with facts and not Trump fallacy, which is repeated by every member of the Trump Administration, including the Attorney General of the United States, the highest law enforcement officer of the country.

  2. $pOOks. June 1, 2019 at 7:29 am

    ” We are paying to enrich this man every single day he is in office. He loves it. Being president is the only job he’s ever had where he can’t go bankrupt. I’m sitting here trying to remember all of the shit he’s done since taking office, and I’m failing. I have paid as much attention as one human being possibly could pay to Trump and his crimes and his lies, and I can’t keep up. Sitting right here next to me on my desk is a stack of 13 reporters notebooks in which I have written down notes about the lies Trump has told and the crimes he has committed, and all of those notes just run together in a river of shit.

    The fOOls who impeached Clinton were in the headlines and on cable television news practically around the clock for months in 1998 leading up to Clinton’s impeachment. There were wars going on around the world, famines, problems with immigration on our southern border, hurricanes, forest fires, but what did you see on your tv? The grim visages of Bob Barr and Lindsey Graham and Henry Hyde and Bill McCollum — and that’s when you weren’t looking at the grinning face of Newt Gingrich, who was right in the middle of his own illicit affair and about to lose his office as Speaker of the House over it, and Bob Livingston, who replaced Gingrich as Speaker and left office just hours later after his own marital infidelities were exposed.

    If you think the impeachment of Clinton was a gigantic clusterfuck, just wait for the Trump impeachment…

    • Beaglemom June 1, 2019 at 7:47 am

      The Republicans in Congress do not want the Democrats to get any news coverage at all. That’s why they keep whining that impeachment hearings will only hurt Democrats; they’re trying to keep the hearings from happening. I, for one, think that the impeachment process, comprised of hearings from many committees, should begin. The White House will, of course, stonewall but the House committees have a legitimate and legal right to proceed. If it means taking Trump appointees to court, so be it. One hopes that the rule of law is still in place in this country.

  3. anonymous June 1, 2019 at 7:39 am

    called the issue “nonsense.”

    In his statement, Dowd called the Mueller report a “baseless, political document designed to smear and damage the reputation of counsel and innocent people.”

  4. anony June 1, 2019 at 7:49 am

    “Remember, the president interprets the world through television,” – “~IT~ caught the White House’s attention in a big way. Mueller stood there very clearly and said he couldn’t say the president didn’t commit a crime.” rump viciously lashed Mueller in a rambling statement to reporters outside the White House on Thursday. Without offering any evidence, the president called Mueller “totally conflicted,”
    a biased “never-Trumper” and among “some of the worst human beings on Earth” opposed to him.

    CNN host Alisyn Camerota said to Haberman that “Mueller didn’t say anything that dramatic that wasn’t in the report. But somehow, it seemed to have angered the president.”

  5. aNOn June 1, 2019 at 8:18 am

    “There are several other instances in which 12 News KPNX has failed to inform its audience of ADF’s extremism. In coverage about ADF’s label as an anti-LGBTQ “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the outlet described ADF only as “mostly against gay marriage” despite dozens of other extreme positions the group takes against LGBTQ rights.”

  6. anonymous June 1, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Ken Cuccinelli, whom Trump is set to appoint to a senior position with the Department of Homeland Security>Cuccinelli is a right-wing commentator and former Virginia attorney general who will reportedly be appointed as the new director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is part of DHS. Cuccinelli has a history of anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant rhetoric and positions.

    Gabriel is the head of the anti-Muslim group ACT for America. Media outlets have called her “the most influential leader in America’s increasingly influential anti-Islam lobby” and “America’s most prominent anti-Muslim activist.” Gabriel has a long history of anti-Muslim statements, including claiming that “a practicing Muslim … cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States,” and saying that Muslims in Europe “started multiplying” after World War II and did not assimilate and that Europe is now “paying the price” because ~IT~
    “ignored the cancer growing within its body when it was at Stage Two.”

    The Heritage Foundation hosted a June 16, 2014, panel event about the 2012 Benghazi attacks featuring Gabriel Cuccinelli has also associated with Gabriel in other settings. He has signed letters with her and numerous other right-wing leaders supporting funding for the southern border wall, expressing concern about the supposed social media censorship of conservatives, and opposing the House Democrats’ bill “to expand Americans’ access to the ballot box,

  7. Lucy June 1, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    I disagree with you on this one. A reporter ought never go on any media and deliver opinion. Just report. As to going on other media? Why not if they stick to the facts of the report as they know it. As far as fair and balanced reporting? What a lot of hooey; there’s only the facts, not alternative facts as well. I believe there is fair and balanced opinion mongering; but don’t muddy it up and behave as if there are two sets of “facts”.

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