WTF MSM!? Correction insurrection

· May 8, 2018  
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Correction …

Results … Yesterday most of this newsletter was about a column by Mediaite’s Jon Street that contained a factual error about Conservative Review and other coverage of Rudy Giuliani’s remarks about the payment to Stormy Daniels. This morning, after first fighting back against the presentation of facts, Street corrected his errors and changed the focus of his article. Here is an archived copy of the original column.

As the Daily Caller’s Peter J. Hasson and I showed, nearly every factual assertion made by Street was unsupported by the facts. Street’s new argument seems to be yes the publications covered this, but not as much as he would have liked them to.

It may have been best to own up to the mistakes in an editor’s note and leave his original column for transparency. But I’m not Street’s editor, as he’s not mine.

Whoops … The Washington Post editorial board has egg on its face today, after publishing an editorial slamming George Mason University for allegedly letting the Koch Foundation have a say in faculty employment decisions. The Koch Foundation doesn’t have such a say. The Daily Caller’s Christopher Bedford highlighted the correction in a tweet. What it boils down to is that the foundation has the ability to help in staffing decisions for a think tank, The Mercatus Center, which it funds at the University. So the big story is scary conservatives that fund scary think tank get say in scary think tank’s staff. Ooh, the horror.

They’d like a mulligan … If NBC News could rewind and do last week over again, it probably would. The Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold outlines how last week truly was “NBC’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.” You’ll remember that last week the outlet had to correct a story on surveillance of President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, had to contend with employees saying they felt forced to stand up for Tom Brokaw, who is facing accusations of sexual misconduct, and had to contend with Joy Reid’s past homophobic blog posts. It was not the best week over at 30 Rock.


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Spectacular … 

Congratulations … My colleague here at Conservative Review/CRTV, Michelle Malkin, just won another award for her no-nonsense investigative series, “Michelle Malkin Investigates.” This time it was the Manhattan Film Festival, where she won for her look at those convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. It is an important project. Personally, my views on wrongful convictions changed when I served on a criminal jury and was stunned to find that those who sat through the same evidence I did thought the defendant was guilty. The jury ultimately found enough reasonable doubt not to convict. Congrats to Michelle on her much-deserved honor.

What transparency … CNN’s media reporting team, headed by its media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter, loves to harp about transparency when it pertains to Fox News and other conservative outlets. Perhaps those folks should be looking inward. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple has a brutal look at how CNN is fighting in court to keep its editorial guidelines from the public. Wemple shows that other mainstream publications make those guidelines public in an effort at transparency.

Satisfying …

It is satisfying when what you write gets results, especially when you are defending your colleagues and friends. That’s why I write WTF MSM!? every day, and it’s nice when that writing leads others to make corrections to work that is factually incorrect. That’s why I invite you to let me know of things you see that are factually incorrect in the media so that I can report on it. So keep those emails coming to [email protected], and let your friends know about this newsletter.  

Author: Rob Eno

Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.