In a “fast scoops 4 ez ratings” feeding frenzy, two major media outlets totally screwed the pooch when it came to the concept of journalistic integrity regarding the supernova developing out of the Trump/Breitbart reporter assault case.
Michelle Fields, the victim in the case, was assaulted at a Trump press event by Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Both Buzzfeed and Fox News hastily published Michelle’s home address online when they got a hold of Lewandowski’s arrest report and in a rush to be the first kid on the block peddling more scandal, they “forgot” to redact Michelle’s home address.
Michelle is currently under a massive wave of violent threats both by phone and email because of the simple fact she chose to press charges against Lewandowski. What makes it even worse is that Lewandowski completely lied about the fact he did it. Video tape surfaced showing him “interacting” with her during the event. Despite the Trump campaign engaging in some of the worst victim-blaming ever, along with the visual proof that Lewandowski lied, the threats just keep coming in.
You don’t have to agree with Michelle’s politics to see how absolutely freaking bad this is on multiple levels. First was what Lewandowski did. Then came the lying and victim blaming. That is almost something you could say isn’t surprising. Now, however, after she was forced out of her employment at Breitbart, other media outlets are pulling stuff like this.
It strains probability to think that not one but two separate media outlets the size of these would do the same move. I’m not shouting conspiracy, but the sort of “blast it out and consequences be damned” attitude that is developing with coverage of the 2016 presidential election is actually becoming dangerous. Combine that with the violent tendencies of the right-wing, Trumpites in particular, and we could end up with a tragedy usually reserved for nations ran by dictators.
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Christian is from a small town, surrounded by other small towns, in Pennsylvania. He nearly slipped into the conservative K-hole after high school, but was redeemed by Liberal politics and 8 years of Bush. After spending far too long working for corporate America, he has settled back into life as an unapologetic progressive and general caller-out of conservative fallacy and nonsense.