Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee weighed in on media bias in coverage of the 2016 presidential race.
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The FOX Business Network’s Dagen McDowell listed two recent examples to support allegations of bias by the mainstream media. In a re-airing of an interview with a retired New Jersey police officer on Headline News, his “Trump for President” shirt was blurred out. And CNN edited the word “crooked” out of a Donald Trump tweet the network showed on air. To which Huckabee responded, “It’s an example of the fact that journalism is dead as we once knew it.”
Huckabee then reflected on how the mainstream media used to be more objective in its coverage of politics.
“It used to be that if you read a story written by a journalist you didn’t really know whether that journalist liked the person he was writing about or didn’t. And I always said, ‘the best journalists were the ones who when I read the story about me, I couldn’t tell whether he liked me or not.’ And when I read that I said, ‘that’s a real journalist.’ I don’t read many stories like that ever – there just aren’t any.”
According to Huckabee, today there are an increasing number of examples of liberal bias in the mainstream media.
“Today the bias in the media, we’ve seen it this week, you just gave two examples from Headline News and CNN. We see it all the time with Facebook, you see it with the New York Times, the Washington Post – organizations that used to be respected in journalistic circles and now are nothing more than fronts for left-wing claptrap. “
But McDowell pointed out signs of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s dislike of the media as well.
“Trump, he frequently criticizes the mainstream media and he goes after individuals, he goes after whole networks. But Hillary Clinton has just as much disdain for the media – it has been 272 days I think since she held a press conference, and that doesn’t seem to have any impact.”