The Top 10 Most Horrifically Embarrassing Moments in Journalism: 2017 Edition

 

In what was to be “the year American journalism came roaring back,” Grabien gave us a montage of the Top 10 most horrifically embarrassing moments in journalism.

“With a new president in office and a whiff of scandal in the air, reporters raced to their battle stations and began pummeling the president, seemingly certain he’d soon be frog-marched into federal prison and they would be celebrated with Pulitzers,” the news aggregate site declared.

The media breathlessly reported on one scoop after another, certain each time they had the goods on President Donald Trump, but, as Grabien noted, they “were almost always wrong.”

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“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski makes the list three times, with the #10 entry being her infamous declaration in February that it’s the media’s job to “control exactly what people think,” as she railed against Trump for undermining the press.

Surprisingly, the #9 entry was ABC News reporter Brian Ross botching the news that former national security adviser Michael Flynn said Trump instructed him to contact Russia during the campaign, which prompted “The View” co-host Joy-less Behar to celebrate on air, certain they had Trump on the collusion charge.

Yet, as we now know, Trump’s instruction came AFTER he was elected to office.

 

Coming in at #8 was ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel sobbing on air as he openly advocated in support of one liberal cause after another, be it late night sermons for gun control or preserving Obamacare, his political activism has become the norm on his late night show.

 

Naturally, Hillary Clinton is on the list, as seen when the press couldn’t stop fawning over her as she toured to peddle her book on the 2016 election, “What Happened.”

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Brzezinski makes her second appearance at #6, as one of several examples of how “reporting” has become an excuse for venting. The other examples include New York Times columnist Tom Friedman saying “from a journalism perspective” that Trump is like a “brain eating disease,” and journalist Mark Halperin claiming Trump’s election  was a “more cataclysmic event” than 9/11.

President Trump firing FBI director James Comey, which many in the media were all but certain was an impeachable offense, is featured at #5.

Coming in at #4 was the mad rush to blame Republicans and responsible gun owners for the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, which claimed 59 lives.

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And #3 is about the lack of perspective in the media, comparing calling Donald Trump Jr. taking a meeting with a Russian lawyer who said she had dirt on Clinton “treason,” while ignoring reports the Clinton campaign solicited anti-Trump gossip from Kremlin agents.

Brzezinski makes her third and final appearance at #2, as an example of “emoting as reporting,” as the future Mrs. Joe Scarborough told their viewers that it was OK to be afraid with Trump as president.

And no list would be complete without an example of one final media slobberfest over Barack Obama, as seen with the former president’s final appearance before the White House press corps.

We hope you enjoyed the video… and start taking notes for 2018!

Tom Tillison

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