Between the Wuhan virus pandemic and the violent riots happening in cities like Seattle and Portland, much of the mainstream media’s “reporting” this year has been nothing short of shameful. As I wrote Thursday, people are quite simply fed up with it and are pushing back hard against the grotesque media gaslighting on “peaceful protesters” and on how President Trump allegedly murdered American citizens when he touted hydroxychloroquine as a possible virus treatment.
Washington Post White House reporter Seung Min Kim, however, has had enough of media critics on Twitter, and told them to “just stop” telling reporters how to do their jobs in a tweet posted yesterday:
All of you on Twitter screaming at reporters on how to do our jobs: Just stop.
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) July 30, 2020
Her demand did not go over well with the aforementioned people who I noted earlier have had it with the Baghdad Bob-style journalism that has taken over newsrooms across the country:
And why would people ever question how you do your jobs?https://t.co/IT1ZTB47nI
— David Henry (@imau2fan) July 30, 2020
I’ve been hearing this for 15 years ever since bloggers built a large enough audience to force journalists, for the first time, to hear public critiques.
Professions are strengthened, not weakened, when they hear public criticisms. You just have to see the public as not-trash: https://t.co/5l2AymvCXg
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 30, 2020
As a former newspaper reporter & editor, a suggestion: perhaps if your colleagues actually practiced real journalism, versus pushing narratives, focused on factual reporting and trusted media consumers to draw their own conclusions, the screaming might subside. https://t.co/1P6KgiJuMc
— Kelly D Johnston (@johnston_kelly) July 30, 2020
If you did your job properly instead of printing leftist agitprop, people would stop telling you to do your job. Yet here we are.
— Physics Geek (@physicsgeek) July 30, 2020
ProPublica reporter Dan Nguyen rushed to Ms. Kim’s defense by suggesting she was talking about Twitter trolls, not reasoned critics:
She said "All of you on Twitter screaming at reporters", which seems like a clear subset of people, not the "public". Or, if you think her wording is a bad faith characterization of people, do you think she's lying/grossly exaggerating about seeing any "Twitter screaming"?
— Dan Nguyen »»» (@dancow) July 30, 2020
That’s a little hard to believe for those of us who remember this:
Do these people have any self awareness? Any at all? pic.twitter.com/GaLa0lcV9U
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) December 19, 2019
A @washingtonpost reporter declares "Merry Impeachmas" as she and four colleagues appear to celebrate with beers and spinach & artichoke dip at the Dubliner in DC
Very normal … nothing to see here.https://t.co/2ctNfEPeaW
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) December 19, 2019
In fairness, I have generally found Ms. Kim to be respectfully responsive to criticism, and her reporting IMO is generally fair. Whatever her intentions were with the tweet, it just came off as incredibly tone-deaf at a time when people are demanding more responsible reporting from the press and less virtue signaling.
Much less. As in none.