“My main criticism is that the goalposts have been shifted for everything other than press coverage of press freedom,” Democracy Docket founder Mark Elias said on “Trusted Source” on Sunday.
“A few weeks ago there was more coverage about a news outlet failing than I had ever heard of,” Elias said. “And less about slipping behind democracy.”
Robert Costa, a reporter for The Washington Post and co-author of “Peril,” said the role of political journalism needs to change in an age of increasingly misinformation and polarization.
After working on the book with Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, Costa said he realized democracy itself was at risk in America — and that former President Donald Trump is playing a key role.
“[Trump] used power when he was in office to test democracy to the extreme,” Costa said. Used to be.”
Costa said journalists can no longer cover red states versus blue states or politics based on the personalities of candidates or elected officials.
“To understand American politics at this critical moment, you have to see how power is being used not only in the halls of the Capitol, but also outside,” Costa said.
As a former reporter for the conservative outlet The National Review, Costa said he reported on birtherism and the rise of the Tea Party movement, which represented a fringe approach at the time, but eventually took center stage in the Republican Party.
“More reporting is always the answer,” Costa said. “It’s not about not covering [personalities]”It’s about covering them up in a way that really reveals who these people are, how they’re going to use power.”
Electoral lies have real consequences. On “Reliable Sources,” Stelter revealed that he was the victim of a serial harasser covering the end of the 2020 presidential election. He is identified as the “victim one” in the criminal case, in which the perpetrator was accused of sending threatening text messages to politicians and journalists.
The harasser traced the phone numbers and addresses of Stelter and his family members and threatened his brother. He also sent Stelter a picture of his father’s grave.
“Then it got worse,” Stelter said. The guy sent me a voice message saying you can ‘choose to either dig deeper or stop digging because we’re not going around,’”
Stelter realized it wasn’t just about scaring him.
Stelter said, “This guy was probably about something, he thought he was part of something bigger, … he was really believing that Trump won. Every day for him was January 6th.”
Stelter was not aware of the scale of the harassment until the FBI contacted him in March. On Friday, the California man pleaded guilty to a count of threatening interstate communications related to ABC News host George Stephanopoulos.
“Now that man is behind bars, but this kind of harassment is faced by journalists every day,” Stelter said. “It’s widespread.”
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