Real, live, bona fide journalists are in short supply, according to Chris Salcedo. Today he welcomed Sharyl Attkisson to "The Chris Salcedo Show" to weigh in on the way President Donald Trump is being covered by the major networks. She also discussed how that coverage is a symptom of a greater, more pervasive problem.
Attkisson worked for CBS when she was famously hacked. She recorded video of information being deleted from computer; she had been working on stories about the September 11, 2012 attack on the American embassy in Benghazi at the time. An anonymous resource told her it looked like the hack might have originated with the United States government, confirmed by an independent analyst.
She discussed the "fake news" phenomenon and the dissemination of the term within the media. Trump has co-opted the term, making himself "the anti-smear candidate," as she called him. “All attempts to smear him seem to ultimately backfire.”
She also said there's been an infiltration over the past decade of pundits and corporate actors in news, hiring them as editorial presences, anchors, producers to steer the narratives. Subsequently stations and outlets are now considered "just the news" even if their ownership leans left and supports Democrats.
If a station or outlet is moderate or neutral, it is labeled right leaning. Attkisson said the media has yet to admit there’s a deeply entrenched problem, nor developed the desire to fix it.