Fineman: Trump Could Bring "Great Renaissance" In Journalism; Wrong That We Don't Represent Americans

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Huffington Post editor Howard Fineman weighs in on The New York Times decision to run a controversial 30-second advertisement during the Academy Awards this Sunday that sends a message about reporting the "truth." Fineman told MSNBC host Chris Matthews he believes there is a possibility we at witnessing a "great renaissance moment" for journalism.

"I think The New York Times institutionally... I know people there and people who run it. They believe as I do that this is actually a possibility of a great renaissance moment for American journalism," Fineman said.

Fineman also took offense to the approach of President Trump, "Donald," that reporters are out of touch and "don't represent the American people."

"What the White House is doing to us, in internet terms, is trolling," Fineman said. "They're trying to get us to respond and get distracted."

"Donald Trump and Donald's approach, his accusation that we don't understand the country," Fineman said. "That we don't represent the American people."

"That's not your job," Chris Matthews said.

"Yes, I know," Fineman responded.

Transcript:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Howard, why do you think a newspaper that size, they don't have much margin, these papers. They're not going broke but they don't throw money around. They take ads, they don't buy them.

HOWARD FINEMAN, HUFFINGTON POST: I think The New York Times institutionally... I know people there and people who run it. They believe as I do that this is actually a possibility of a great renaissance moment for American journalism.

MATTHEWS: For print too.

FINEMAN: For print. If we handle it properly. Which is to not get distracted by the trolling. What the White House is doing to us, in internet terms, is trolling. They're trying to get us to respond and get distracted.

Donald Trump and Donald's approach, his accusation that we don't understand the country. That we're not really --

MATTHEWS: You don't represent the country.

FINEMAN: That we don't represent the American people--

MATTHEWS: That's not your job.

FINEMAN: Yes, I know. But his accusations are such that we have to rise to meet the challenge and show that we focus on real reporting, that we work really hard to get the story straight. That we make sure that our news rooms are diverse and inclusive. That we do the depth. That we do things right and the right way. And I think if we do it that way Donald Trump inadvertently is going to produce another Golden Age of American journalism. That's clearly what The New York Times is hoping. That's what The Washington Post is hoping-- that's whatThe Huffington Post is hoping.

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