Monday, November 14, 2016

FRANK SESNO ON TRUST IN THE PRESS. Frank Sesno is a former CNN reporter who now teaches ethics in journalism at George Washington University. He was interviewed by Sharyl Attkisson as part of a piece on Full Measure that looked at why the media got the election so wrong:
It’s deep in our DNA. This, this country was created on the backs of people who didn't trust central authority. It was Mark Twain who said: suppose I were an imbecile, and suppose I were a member of Congress, but then I repeat myself. We have held our elected leaders in comedic contempt, almost since the beginning of the republic. So, we need a little bit of balance here; yes, it's a corrosive thing when we have so little confidence in our institutions, and it's a serious problem that needs to be addressed, but we should also understand where that comes from, and some of it comes from the founding of the republic itself.
Watch the whole thing.

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