Do they need to? From Derek Hunter at Townhall:
The latest nail in the media’s credibility coffin landed Friday night. It was a bombshell story that declared, “President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.”
As we all know, all presses stopped, then went nuts, then the story collapsed:
As I wrote in my book, “Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein made an untold fortune, were played in a movie by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, were showered with awards, and sent many journalists running down the path of fame rather than truth. And fame is the only thing heroin gets addicted to. The thing was, Woodward and Bernstein were real journalists. They reported a real story of corruption, worked sources, uncovered information, checked their facts, and got the story right. In other words, they earned their accolades. Today, too many journalists aren’t interested in doing the work, they just want the rewards.” More.
Reality check: True, but there’s a bit more to it than that. The anti-Trump audience that the dying legacy media are playing to actually doesn’t care much that the story isn’t true.
They’d prefer their anti-Trump stories be true but it is hardly essential.
We could apply that rule to a lot of the news the audience consumes. It reassures people that the world is as they thought and thus does its job.
This sort of story flop isn’t the reason legacy media are going downhill. They’re going downhill because you could have found that story in hundreds of sources for free instead of paying a quarter for only one story at the newspaper box, as in the old days.
And, no surprise, getting the facts correct was more important when stories hung around for days.
Not any more. Tomorrow, there could be whole new “They’ve finally GOT Trump!” uproar that falls apart by evening. And then a third. And so on.
See also: Women’s mags dying, not much missed now