Conflict with mass media outlets has been a running theme in politics, ever since “The Media,” particularly the electronic media, became a major factor in elections and government. Conflict with mass media outlets took on yuuuge proportions in the 2016 presidential election and has intensified during the first few months of President Donald Trump’s presidency. One of Trump’s major ongoing themes in Twitter and in speeches is about “fake news,” inaccurate reporting, and media bias.
The White House and the press have developed an unprecedented hostility to the extent that Trump and his staff will not attend the April 29 White House Correspondents Association dinner. By boycotting the event, the White House has entangled itself in another controversial public squabble.
While it is different this time around, blaming it on the media is not a new phenomenon as we learn from our archives. We have selected a clip from the 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York City that follows two electronic journalists discussing how media are often blamed for bad news. They discuss editing and bias on TV and reflect on the public’s complicated relationship with the media.
This footage was shot by Patrick Creadon as part of The 90’s Election Specials. Patrick is the director of Wordplay and I.O.U.S.A. His most recent film, Catholic Vs. Convicts, charts the intense football rivalry between Notre Dame and University of Miami, and is part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.