Camerota: “How much time and energy and space should we be devoting to the demonstrably false claims that the President-elect makes, let’s say, about people voting illegally?”* If New Day viewers wavered over how co-hosts Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota stood vis-a-vis President-elect Donald Trump before today, they probably got a good sense today. Over the election cycle, it has seemed rather obvious for whom CNN honcho Jeff Zucker’s New Day co-hosts Chris and Aly were rooting.
And, that is not necessarily bad. Journos have a high and exalted perspective of themselves as truth tellers and fair-and-balanced purveyors of the facts. Since the days of yellow journalism under Hearst and Pulitzer, journalists have pined for eyes and considered themselves just a little–or, a lot better–than the average Joe/Jill or Everyman/Everywoman. And, every so often the public gets lazy and falls for the charade. But, happily, journos overreach and the public smiles–because they know the truth: The reader/viewer gets the facts, hopefully, and still distills the spin. And, it is not that hard.
This early morn, Chris was whining about President-elect Donald J. Trump’s allegation that he would have won the popular vote if illegals had not voted, saying, “That’s called bullsh*t.”** Chiming in, Aly pontificated that Trump’s claims were “demonstrably false.” It was amusing to the viewer because s/he knows that the media has skin in the game whether they admit it or not. The perpetuation of the caviling and carping of the media simply signals their audience that their “talking heads” are probably biased–even if well intentioned.
Love you, Chris and Aly: But, move on. Or, your viewers may well do so.
*New Day – 11/29/16 (@ 6:52 a.m. ET).
**Ibid (@6:54 a.m. ET).