Did TIME White House correspondent Zeke Miller create fake news?
On the evening of January 20, TIME White House correspondent Zeke Miller incorrectly reported that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office.
I think this shows two problems in today’s media. One, he wanted a scoop to put his name out there into the public. Many reporters want a movie about them with a top star of the day playing them. Two, many in the press are looking to justify the yearlong media attack of Trump as a racist, sexist, homophobic etc.
Personally, I have trouble calling a person who reports without research a reporter. Sometimes it’s better to be right rather than first. Maybe he should have taken a little more TIME to do better job for TIME.
The trouble is that it was so easy to disprove. I do think it was both of those things just set for people who would follow any anti-Trump propaganda true or not. They all want “proof” of their narrative without having to do the work.
Yes easy to disprove but the negative connotation remains.
As far as they are concerned anything Trump is a negative and they are just preaching to the choir. At what point do they destroy any credibility? Or will this be 4 to 8 years of SNL skits posing as news?
It reminds me of the first reports about 911. A small plane has hit the WTC. Now, how could anyone have made that mistake?
I don't think he created fake news. I think he was mistaken, which he admitted an hour later. His apology was acknowledged by Sean Spicer shortly after it was posted.
The reason I don't think he created fake news is because it was an error. Fake news would be if someone posted a story saying the bust had been removed, and continue to assert that it wasn't there, even after photos of it in the office were posted. Fake news articles are rarely withdrawn or corrected.
I think this illustrates how the need to be first with a story is now more important to journalists than the need to be accurate. If Miller had taken the time to ask where the bust was before he posted his story, this mistake could have been averted.
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