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Atlantic editor: ‘Mistakes are precisely the reason that people should trust the media’

David Frum, an editor for The Atlantic and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, said the media’s recent reporting mistakes are exactly why readers should trust journalists.

“I have more advice for readers,” Frum told Brian Stelter on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” “The mistakes are precisely the reason the people should trust the media.”

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Frum described journalism as a process that is gradual, arguing readers must take in multiple stories to discern the truth.

“Journalism is a process. The way you discover the truth as a consumer of news is not by reading any one story and thinking ‘aha, here’s the truth,’ ” Frum said. “You have to be engaged in it. You have to be an active consumer.”

Frum’s comments come after two major news outlets, CNN and ABC, both recently made reporting errors that required corrections.

“In the process, there are going to be overshoots and undershoots,” Frum added.

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