So many lies, so little time." How should the press cover someone who lies constantly like President Trump? That was one of the questions posed by host Brian Stelter to Carl Bernstein, Margaret Sullivan and David Zurawik on "Reliable Sources" Sunday.
The timing of the The Post's release — at the peak of the "#MeToo" movement against male sexual harassment in the workplace — appears more fortuitous than intentional. The film is more a declaration of women's arrival and progress against gender inequality in the news media and elsewhere.
When Andy Lack took over as chairman of NBC News and MSNBC in 2015, he promised the cable channel would move from left-wing ideology to journalism. He is delivering on that promise, and it's one of the happier stories in TV journalism these days.
Too many in the mainstream press are responding to the big, bold, in-your-face actions of the White House with over-the top rhetoric, historical ignorance, an utter lack of proportionality and, in some cases, just plain bias. Some nights on cable TV feel more like a feeding frenzy than journalists covering a new administration.
It looks like there is at least one legacy value most mainstream news organizations won't abandon in reporting on the president-elect: verifying information before publishing it, no matter how eminently clickable it might be.
From cable news employees sharing questions with Democrat Hillary Clinton in advance of TV town halls and debates, to executives making their airwaves endlessly available to Donald Trump for phone "interviews" that the Republican candidate controlled, the media have never performed less responsibly in a modern-era presidential election.