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

“我想深入探讨你关于什么是两面性以及为什么它让公众失望的论点,”斯特尔特谈到卡尔姆斯, 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” 正确.

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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, nasty,” 她说. “我的意思是, his byword was ‘be nastyand norm-busting and obstructionist sort of governance. 好, 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, 我们。, 十一月 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, 我们。, 十一月 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (路透社)

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

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,’” 她说. “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 上, 没有, 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 “当然” 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, 没有, 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.

档案照片: 前美国. President Donald Trump holds hats as he gestures during his first post-presidency campaign rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, 俄亥俄, 我们。, 六月 26, 2021. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse/File Photo

档案照片: 前美国. President Donald Trump holds hats as he gestures during his first post-presidency campaign rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, 俄亥俄, 我们。, 六月 26, 2021. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse/File Photo

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