CNN's Brian Stelter hosts segment calling for reporters to cover Republicans differently than Democrats

I want to dive right into your argument about what both-siderism is and why it’s failing the public,”Stelter said of Calmes, whose column on the subject won praise from liberal journalists. “Is it that we’re treating Democrats and Republicans equally and ignoring GOP radicalism, is that the heart of the problem?”

CNN’s Brian Stelter invited Los Angeles Times columnist Jackie Calmes on his weekly media program on Sunday to essentially declare that journalists need to stop "both-siderism" because the modern Republican Party "doesn't really care if government works well. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)

CNN’s Brian Stelter invited Los Angeles Times columnist Jackie Calmes on his weekly media program on Sunday to essentially declare that journalists need to stopboth-siderismbecause the modern Republican Partydoesn’t really care if government works well. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for WarnerMedia) (Kevin Mazur)

Calmes said that wasin a sense” korrek is.

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There’s no question that journalists are recognizing the radicalization of the Republican Party,” Calmes said. “I think what’s changed a little bit is that, since Trump left office there is more of a sense that maybe we’re back to normal.

Calmes then declaredthis is not a new problem or a new dynamicbut insisted that she has personally been fair throughout her career.

I think I’m a very fair reporter and give both sides of the story, but what started to happen back in the mid-’90s with the takeover of the House by House Republicans – and in particular Newt Gingrich – was a new, nare,” sy het gese. “ek bedoel, his byword was ‘be nastyand norm-busting and obstructionist sort of governance. Wel, you couldn’t really call it governance that sort of was a precursor for Trump.

Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to the media as he departs after a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, VS, November 21, 2016.  REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to the media as he departs after a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, VS, November 21, 2016. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson (Reuters)

A former New York Times reporter, Calmes said the basic understanding ofboth-siderismhas evolved over the last 25 jare.

If you say, ‘Well you’re reported something that’s somewhat critical of Republicans,’ then you sort of have to say, ‘Well both sides do it, Democrats are guilty as well,’” sy het gese. “And for years, that was sort of simplistically, I was able to do that and everyone else was able to do that. But by increasingly from 1995 aan, geen, it was asymmetric, as the political scientists call it, and it was more descriptive of Republicans than Democrats.

Stelter then mentioned Calmes’ new book, “Dissent,” and said it’s about thedescent of the GOPbefore pondering if modern both-siderism would cause Republican readers to just dismiss mainstream news coverage. Calmes said “natuurlik” journalists need to be fair and balanced before suggesting the GOP needs to be covered more harshly.

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I just think an objective and fact-based treatment of the news often means you can’t report something that Republicans are doing without, and suggest that this is indicative of a broad or more general problem in our politics, without being clearer somehow that it is, geen, this is peculiar to Republicans, this is the nature of the Republican Party,” Calmes said.

I think it’s rooted in a dynamic in which the Republican Party, which at the beginning of my career proudly was a small government party, styled itself that way, is now an anti-government party,” Calmes added. Which means it doesn’t really care if government works well.

NewsBusters, a conservative media watchdog group, scolded the segment in a recap headlined, “CNN Calls for Press to Ditch Objectivity, Portray GOP as Threat to the Country,” which took particular exception to Calmes claim that the Republican Party doesn’t care if the government works well.

That was a lie because much of the GOP still wanted the government to work well within the limited enumerated powers as written in the Constitution. And that’s not to mention the ongoing debate within the party where some wanted a bigger government but for what they thought was important,” NewsBusters analyst Nicholas Fondacaro observed. “Calmes concluded by admitting that this all stemmed from her fear of former President Trump, and Stelter agreed it was an important factor.

FILE PHOTO: Voormalige Amerikaanse. President Donald Trump holds hats as he gestures during his first post-presidency campaign rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, VS, Junie 26, 2021. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Voormalige Amerikaanse. President Donald Trump holds hats as he gestures during his first post-presidency campaign rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, VS, Junie 26, 2021. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse/File Photo

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