CBS News veteran journalist Bill Plante advised journalists not to get involve how they "feel" when they report a story about President Donald Trump. Plante said journalists should investigate, follow up and find evidence to support or refute something Trump said, but no "disputing how we feel about the claim." Plante was the White House correspondent for CBS News before he retired.
"The important thing for reporters covering this is not to get involved personally in disputing this or disputing how we feel about the claim," Plante said on Reliable Sources Sunday morning. "If you are offended by what's going on, you should keep it to yourself."
"What do you make of this dynamic between Sean Spicer and the press. This morning Spicer said we're not going to talk about this at all anymore until there's an investigation. Is that going to hold up in the briefing room tomorrow?" CNN host Brian Stelter asked the news vet.
"No," Plante responded. "He'll come under sustained questioning tomorrow to offer evidence that there is something going on here. And he will deflect that as he has in the past because so far they haven't been able to provide any evidence. But again, the important thing for reporters covering this is not to get involved personally in disputing this or disputing how we feel about the claim. But simply to drive home that there is no evidence unless somehow that evidence turns up and that this has to be continually investigated and discussed, but not to get involved."
"It sounds to me like you feel some journalists are taking this too personally, getting too emotional. Is that fair?" Stelter asked.
"I see tweets from people and no names, of course, but who are offended by what's going on. Well, if you are offended by what's going on, you should keep it to yourself," Plante said.