Veteran DC journalist says many news media wounds are 'self-inflicted'

RealClearPolitics editor and Washington bureau chief Carl Cannon on Friday said on "What America's Thinking" that news organizations have caused damage to the media's reputation with some editorial decisions. 

"A lot of these wounds are self-inflicted," Cannon told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons. 

Cannon pointed specifically to BuzzFeed for ending an advertising contract with the Republican National Committee in 2016 because they did not want to run ads promoting then-GOP candidate Donald Trump. 

"In 2016, that organization, which became famous for running cat pictures, decided it wanted to be serious and hired a journalist from Politico and started covering politics," Cannon said. 

"In the middle of that process, its owner said we're not taking Republican Party ads. They'd signed a contract with the Republican National Committee for more than a million dollars and said we're not going to do it because Donald Trump's the nominee, and 'we wouldn't take cigarette ads, he's toxic, so we're not going to run these ads,' " Cannon continued. 

"Well, that's not what a news organization does. That's not even a news organization the way most Americans understand a news organization to be." 

The news media has been a frequent target of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE for what he calls a negative bias toward him and his administration. 

Trump slammed BuzzFeed last month after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE issued a rare statement saying there were mischaracterizations in a story saying Trump had directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

— Julia Manchester