A media man of ‘ethics’

**This post was written on Thursday.

How you do the fake news, and what to expect later today.

In 12 hours, or so, the printing presses and screens of America will begin rolling out a coordinated series of simultaneous anti-Trump editorials criticising the president’s ‘attacks’ on the press.

In somewhat of a pep-talk ‘respected’ instructor of journalists specialising in “ethics”, Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute, whose works on ethics are used in 125 universities around the world, penned some pointers of his own to his disciples.

His missive began, in the opening gambit, with a false-premise; a (deliberate) mis-quote of Trump: “Right off the top, let me say that I wish the president would knock it off with the “the press is the enemy of the people” nonsense.”

Trump did not say that. What he actually said was: Quote.


The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! End quote.

Our man of ‘ethics’ is immediately criticised, so does what any man of ‘ethics’ would do; changes the all-important opening sentence, (deliberately) mis-quotes Trump again, but indicates no updates, errors, corrections or mistakes in his piece, which now reads “Right off the top, let me say that I wish the president would knock it off with the fake news is the “enemy of the people” nonsense.”

Our man of ‘ethics’, flustered upon being caught red-handed, explains in the comments: “I did respond in a couple of ways to some challenges.?I made a copy edit to move the quote marks in the opening line to the exact quote?and another reader caught a spelling error. I thanked both people.” Which, as we can clearly see; is a lie upon a fib upon an untruth. “Challenges”, ha! “Exact quote”; yeah, right.

Yet more fibs pour out of the man of ‘ethics’ further in, another totally made-up quote assembled from individual soundbites taken out of context: “Tariffs are good, immigrants are bad, Hillary is crooked, Cruz is a liar.” Shockingly (well; not ‘shockingly’ actually, more ‘typically’) dishonest.

So; if this is what we get from ‘man-of-ethics’, who has mentored and instructed ‘thousands’ of journalists ‘around the newsrooms of the world’, then what can we expect from his disciples later today? I think we all know the answer to that one.

Why is being truthful so hard for these people?