- The Washington Times - Friday, February 17, 2017

CBS News host John Dickerson says the press ruined its own reputation long before President Trump came along.

Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Friday, Mr. Dickerson agreed with Mr. Trump’s claim during Thursday’s heated press conference that the American people have lost faith in the media’s credibility.

“Yes, it’s true, and it’s not because of anything obviously Donald Trump did,” the “Face the Nation” host said, according to a clip posted by Mediaite. “The press did all that good work ruining its reputation on its own, and we can have a long conversation about what created that.”

Mr. Dickerson referred to Mr. Hewitt’s mention of weather reports as an example of the media sensationalizing the news.

“Part of it, though, is what you mentioned about the local weather report, which is to say a lot of hysterical coverage about every little last thing that doesn’t warrant it,” Mr. Dickerson said.

“Having said that, it doesn’t mean — in fact, it most explicitly does not mean that the press just throws out the standards,” he added. “And one of the roles of the press is to make sure that the president in the voice of the people is telling the truth.”

Mr. Dickerson stopped short of defending Mr. Trump, saying the president should work on his own credibility before scolding the press.

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