No, and they’re not the only ones building up a bad reputation.
Is it true President Trump’s bad habits are contagious? Is it true that his Democratic opponents and, even more, his critics in the press are increasingly given to terminological inexactitudes, if not downright lies?
It sure looks like it. Last week, large parts of the press — we’re looking at you, CNN and MSNBC — were gleefully reporting and commenting on the BuzzFeed story that Trump had ordered his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
There were lots of smiles and (if we can use the word to describe liberals) smirks on their faces as they contemplated the ramifications. Some did note perfunctorily that the story was only noteworthy “if true.” Others pointed out, accurately, that several conservative commentators opined that the charge would justify Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.
Time to reprise all those 40-year-old Emily Litella riffs from “Saturday Night Live.” In this case, the “never mind” moment came from CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “The larger message a lot of people are going to take from this story,” he said to two glum panel members, “is that the news media are a bunch of leftist liars who are dying to get the president, and they’re willing to lie to do it.
“I don’t think this is true,” he added, but “I just think this is a bad day for us,” he went on. “It reinforces every bad stereotype about the news media.”
Yup. So does the media reaction the next day to a snippet of video, taken near the Lincoln Memorial after the March for Life, showing Kentucky school students from Covington Catholic High School.