‘Face the Nation’ host: Media ruined its own reputation without Trump

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CBS “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson said Friday the “press did all that good work ruining its reputation on its own” due to what he called “hysterical coverage” of Donald Trump.

Dickerson made the comments during an interview with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt.

He analyzed the president’s repeated attacks on the press during a Thursday press conference, which included Trump declaring the American people don’t trust the media the way it used to.

{mosads}”That one comment, ‘they don’t trust you anymore,’ is a summation of where we are in America,” Hewitt observed. “Because I really do think Manhattan-Beltway elites have lost the country. They’ve lost it. There’s just no confidence.”

“Yes, it’s true, and it’s not because of anything obviously Donald Trump did,” Dickerson concurred. “The press did all that good work ruining its reputation on its own, and we can have a long conversation about what created that.”

Dickerson, who took over as “Face the Nation” moderator in 2015, compared press coverage of Trump to meteorologists who overhype every storm in their forecast.

“Part of it, though, is what you mentioned about the local weather report, which is to say a lot of hysterical coverage about every little last thing that doesn’t warrant it, “Dickerson said.

“Having said that, it doesn’t mean, and in fact, it most explicitly does not mean that the press just throws out the standards.”

Trust in media is at an historic low, with 70 percent of independent voters stating they don’t trust the media in Gallup’s annual poll on the subject.

Among Republicans, 86 percent don’t trust the media. On the Democratic side, 51 percent say they still have trust in the media.

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