December 9, 2016

How Should Journalists Cover Trump? Diane Asks The Atlantic’s James Fallows

By Rebecca Kaufman

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Last month, we did a show looking at how journalists are rethinking their role under a Trump presidency. One of our guests was Trump supporter and CNN contributor Scottie Nell Hughes. When Diane asked Hughes about Trump’s false statements, Hughes replied: “…people that say facts are facts, they’re not really facts. Everybody has a way, it’s kind of like looking at ratings or looking at a glass of half-full water. Everybody has a way of interpreting them to be the truth or not true.” The statement provoked a huge response from our listeners – and many in the media wrote follow-up pieces (like this one). James Fallows of The Atlantic was a panelist that day. Diane invited him back into the studio to talk more about what Hughes said and the challenge facing reporters.

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