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Bill O'Reilly  wrote this yesterday in the "Hill"

 

The utter disintegration of journalism in America is a huge, untold story. The case of Rex Tillerson demonstrates this perfectly.

This week, NBC News, using the now very common anonymous sourcing, reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson threatened to resign and called President Trump a "moron."

 

 

Instantly, the anti-Trump press decided the anonymous allegation was true. On CNN, news anchor Kate Bolduan, among others, proclaimed the accuracy of the report even though Tillerson himself denied any resignation threat and refused to even address the moron thing.

 

Later his spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, did deny that Tillerson used the term.

 

But apparently Ms. Bolduan and other newspeople know the truth. Although how they would know that is a mystery.

 

Here's how bizarre this is.

 

On Fox News, a writer from Politico said that he believes the report because he knows the NBC reporters and that's that.

 

Well, that's very loyal to his pals.

 

But the NBC reporters did not hear Secretary Tillerson threaten to resign nor did they hear the alleged moron remark.  Someone apparently told them. Was any verification supplied by the anonymous person to back up the allegation? If so, it did not show up in the NBC report.

 

There is little doubt in my mind that someone did tell the NBC reporters the Tillerson story. But that doesn't make the allegations true. Does the anonymous source have a political agenda? Does the source have a personal beef against Tillerson or Trump?

 

We don't know. And many so-called journalists don't care. If the allegation is sensational, it gets reported — verification and perspective be damned.

 

So this is where we are as far as "journalism" is concerned: All allegations against politicians or famous people, who have a very high bar if they want to sue, are broadcast or printed. They then become talk-show facts, discussed as if the anonymous accusations are absolutely accurate.

 

Am I the only one who sees the danger here?

 

There is no question that most media organizations want to get President Trump out of office. A recent study by the Pew organization says that, during his first three months in office, only 5 percent of press coverage of Mr. Trump was positive.

 

Genghis Khan got better press.

 

But, again, this is all by design — get Trump!

 

Finally, it is certainly true that Rex Tillerson or anyone else working for an unpredictable boss could have become frustrated.

 

That's human nature. But a blind allegation is not a fact.

 

The press used to have an obligation to provide facts and fairness.

 

In America, that is no longer the case. The media is taking all of us for morons.

 

Bill O'Reilly hosts a daily podcast on BillO'Reilly.com. His new book is “Killing England," now available. He is also the former host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @billoreilly.

 

How many of you believed the report that Tillerson called Trump a "moron" and submitted his resignation?

 

 

 

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Good fair Journalism is over in this country.  The time for protecting the identity of sources is over.

Most of us don't trust the media when they mention an anonymous source.

If you're going to report on something you need to name the source.

If you're going to be a source for a media report - own up to it.

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1 minute ago, Markushook said:

Was Obama? 

awesome,

want to build a time machine to hold Obama accountable for a new standard someone is proposing?

 

but Trump lies a HELL of a lot more than Obama did......

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22 minutes ago, hamlet said:

Time to take away someone's 1A rights.

No one should have the ability to lie at will and so rapidly for so long.

This may be the first honest and original post I ve seen from you.   Good for you. 

 

That said, it does illustrate you are truly a vapid hypocrite. 

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Bill O is a terrible human being as shown in his treatment of women-I always revert back to him saying he would never settle any lawsuits and fight the liberal hit job to the death and then word of recordings existing and poof the fight was gone

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21 minutes ago, superstriper said:

Bill O is a terrible human being as shown in his treatment of women-I always revert back to him saying he would never settle any lawsuits and fight the liberal hit job to the death and then word of recordings existing and poof the fight was gone

 

Great rebuttal :th:

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5 hours ago, fish'nmagician said:

awesome,

want to build a time machine to hold Obama accountable for a new standard someone is proposing?

 

but Trump lies a HELL of a lot more than Obama did......

Awesome, keep telling yourself that. I hope it makes you sleep better

 

 

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6 hours ago, Markushook said:

Was Obama? 

You may have a point in that Trump says a lot of things that are not true, lots.  But he may actually believe it to be true, or wish it to be true. Hard to tell 

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3 hours ago, superstriper said:

Bill O is a terrible human being as shown in his treatment of women-I always revert back to him saying he would never settle any lawsuits and fight the liberal hit job to the death and then word of recordings existing and poof the fight was gone

Maybe it's the name "Bill".  Any other Bill's you think are horrible for those reasons?  Or are you selectively outraged?

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