Democracy Dies in Anonymous Sourcing – Brent Bozell

On May 14, CNN host Fareed Zakaria offered a fiery secular Sunday sermon declaring that President Trump is a “danger to American democracy” and guilty of “gross violations of the customs and practices of the modern American system,” and that only the news media can “keep alive the spirit of American democracy.”

On Monday, the Washington Post offered another arrogant serving of the media’s idea of “democracy” and “news.” It loaded up a story full of anonymous “current and former U.S. government officials” with the headline “Trump reveals secret intelligence to Russians: Highly classified information on ISIS.”

Trump’s national security team denied the Post story, which, as usual, doesn’t do a bit of good. The media instinctively disbelieve everything Team Trump has to say. If the Post account is correct and the president compromised intelligence operatives and damaged alliances to impress the Russians, that is not just noteworthy — it’s TNT. But what exactly did Trump disclose?

Once again, we don’t know what. We don’t even know if. How many times must we attend the same movie? As we’ve seen so many times since Trump became president, these are anonymous leaks coming from nameless, faceless people whose motives might be pure but could be poisonous.

One thing we do know: If news is defined as a quantifiable event, this isn’t “news.”….continue reading

 

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