In Trump Era, Uncompromising TV News Should Be the Norm, Not the Exception
If only it didn't take electing Trump to get journalists to do their jobs. "And so it went eight times, as Mr. Tapper repeated the question and Mr. Pence accused him of pursuing “a distraction” and tried to change the subject. “I want to move on to other issues,” Mr. Tapper told him, “but I’m afraid I just didn’t get an answer.” Mr. Tapper called it an example of how he had been trying to “draw basic lines about truth and decency and trying to get answers to questions.” As such, it was an object lesson in what doing it right looks like. At the same time, it was all very basic, what reporters are supposed to do: Ask questions of people in power and insist on answers. But it bounced around the internet as a shining example of stand-up journalism, because, unfortunately, such moments now seem so rare — especially in a year marked by Matt Lauer’s soft interview of Mr. Trump at NBC’s “Commander in Chief” forum in September, and CNN’s own lapses with hires like the Trump aide Corey Lewandowski. If only such moments could stop being so special and start being normal."