The American media sullied its reputation with its poor coverage of the Russiagate story, holds Cora Mandy of Real Clear Politics. For almost two years, outlets focused on the allegations of collusion and presented the image that Donald Trump being indicted was just around the corner. As it turns out, most of these allegations were completely unfounded. The media was highly irresponsible in giving this story as much credence as it did, based on so little tangible evidence. It needs to take a long, hard look at itself and review the journalistic mistakes that allowed this to happen. Media outlets need to learn from this mistake and eliminate their biases.
The notion that the media failed in its coverage of Russiagate, or that this showed that journalists “truly are the enemies of the people” as President Trump put it, is wrong, argues Steve Coll of The New Yorker. While certain individuals did embarrass themselves with exaggerated claims, newspapers like The Washington Post and The New York Times remained factual. They reported on serious allegations that made the collusion story plausible. The evidence was certainly indicative, such as the dubious Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Junior and a Kremlin-linked lawyer. Even Barr admitted that Mueller’s report didn’t exonerate Trump.