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THREAD: A guide to responsible journalism in the Trump era.
1. Journalists- there are 20 something leak investigations ongoing at the DOJ. Before you wildly and fanatically pen a story with the latest unbelievable “TRUMP COMMITTED TREASON” headline, consider that you may be being set up because you don’t do journalism, you do propaganda.
1a. This means, fact check your “source” with at LEAST three other CREDIBLE sources or factual government records databases. There are ways to do this, but you actually have to work.
2. “But muh documents!”- Just because someone TELLS you they have docs to prove it, doesn’t mean they actually do. Try VIEWING THEM. YOURSELF. Preferably with your coauthor. Or at least both decide to tell the truth. One can’t lie while the other is honest.
3. Hoaxes: Wait at least 24-48 hours before you craft racially incendiary pieces capable of throwing your already rabid and desperate for violence base into a tizzy like, say, I dunno, what happened at the Congressional baseball game.
4. RESPONSIBILITY: Don’t attack kids, even though you feel like you can massage a story in any way you want to fit a narrative. Don’t attack kids and then accuse others of attacking kids WHEN THEY AREN’T.
5. Come out of your privileged beltway bubble long enough to understand that ALREADY no one believes you. This should make you work twice as hard to do good work. We don’t believe you BECAUSE YOU LIE TO US.
6. Realize that as you CRAVE entitlement and importance (you are the “Free Press” afterall) there is an entire country hanging on by a thread here in large part BECAUSE OF YOU. Stop making yourselves the victim. You’ve lost your credibility with 60% of us.
7. The other 40% are almost there.
8. The Americans that you so despise are GOOD, HONEST, HARDWORKING people with families and lives and friends. Stop making them scapegoats for your projection.
9. We aren’t racist, homophobic, white, privileged misogynists just waiting for the opportunity to pound someone into the ground with our fists. It may serve you well to cover an antifa or left wing counter protest.
10. Stop being a$$holes. You are in the process of being cycled out and you are exponentially accelerating your demise. I, for one, am sort of enjoying the show
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