The President’s spokesperson (full disclosure: we’re related) had to give a remedial lesson yesterday to CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta on the difference between an “honest mistake” and the big, steaming piles of baloney that CNN and other major media outlets have been serving up lately. Naturally, the folks at CNN didn’t like hearing the truth any more than they like reporting it.
The simplest way to tell whether the news media are engaging in a propaganda war against Trump or making “honest mistakes” is by applying the odds of random chance. By those odds, honest mistakes should reflect badly on Trump about half the time and positively about half the time. Yet, every “honest mistake” made by the media makes him look terrible. Considering how many relentlessly negative fake stories they’ve done about him, that’s like flipping a coin 500 times and having it come up “heads” 500 times.
It’s become painfully clear to any objective observer that the reason news outlets like CNN make so many “honest mistakes” that always reflect negatively on Trump is that they have a terminal case of confirmation bias. They hate Trump, everyone they know hates Trump, and everyone knows they hate Trump. People who want to harm Trump know those reporters are inclined to believe any negative thing said about him, so they bring them negative stories. The reporters are so eager to harm Trump, they rush the stories to air without doing the most rudimentary fact check. Then, after they’ve done their damage, and the negative impression has registered in the public consciousness, they quietly “clarify” or “correct” it (as I pointed out recently, they seldom “retract” it, even when it’s 100% mule muffins.)
That’s how the media define an “honest mistake.” It's awfully odd that people who make a living with words not only don’t what the word “mistake” means, they don’t seem to know what “honest” means, either.