Giving Compass' Take:

· Writing for AEI, Michael Barone shares his opinions on the behavior of the media and press and ponders whether they deserve public trust and respect. 

· What factors have led to mistrust in the media? How can news sources boost their credibility and respect? 

· Check out this article about rebuilding trust in the media

Is it true President Trump’s bad habits are contagious? Is it true that his Democratic opponents and, even more, his critics in the press are increasingly given to terminological inexactitudes, if not downright lies?

It sure looks like it. Last week, large parts of the press — we’re looking at you, CNN and MSNBC — were gleefully reporting and commenting on the BuzzFeed story that Trump had ordered his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

There were lots of smiles and (if we can use the word to describe liberals) smirks on their faces as they contemplated the ramifications. Some did note perfunctorily that the story was only noteworthy “if true.” Others pointed out, accurately, that several conservative commentators opined that the charge would justify Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.

The fun stopped suddenly last Friday afternoon when a spokesman for Mueller’s office released a statement: “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.”

Read the full article about the media and public trust by Michael Barone at AEI.