Sean Davis: Media Did Irreparable Harm To Their Own Reputations With "Russia Collusion" Coverage


In a segment touted by the president Tuesday night on Twitter, "The Federalist" co-founder Sean Davis joined FNC's Tucker Carlson to talk about the media's "catastrophic failure" at covering the Mueller investigation and allegations of Russia collusion.

"I think this is probably the most consequential media screwup of the last 25 to 50 years. It is difficult to comprehend or overstate the damage that the media did to the Country, to their own reputation or to the Constitution. An absolute catastrophe," Davis said.

TUCKER CARLSON: Sean Davis is the co-founder of "The Federalist" and he just wrote a great piece of "The Wall Street Journal" describing the collusion debacle as a catastrophic media failure. And even that may be an understatement. I am happy to have him join us tonight. As you wrote this piece, you obviously collected what you have been watching and thinking about. How big was your conclusion with the magnitude of the screw-up here?

SEAN DAVIS: This is probably the biggest, most consequential screwup of the last 25 to 50 years. It is difficult to really comprehend or overstate the damage that the media did to the country, to their own reputation, to the constitution. This was an absolute catastrophe.

TUCKER CARLSON: I know liberals would feel that way. But I don't know anybody running a media organization on the left who is willing to admit it. Just today there was a piece in which Dean Baquet of "The New York Times" and the editor of "The Washington Post" and Jeff Zucker of CNN, all bragging about what a great job they did. How could they say that?

SEAN DAVIS: Why wouldn't say? They were given Pulitzers. They were showered with adulation by their peers and able to pat each other on the back and tell them that they were heroes. That they're going to bring down the next president and hold him accountable. There is no incentive in the media for them to have gotten this right. All the incentives in the wrong direction, whether it was traffic or viewership or ideology. There was no reason for them to get this right.

TUCKER CARLSON: The Mueller report summary comes out Sunday afternoon and the next day shows on CNN and MSNBC drop by as much as 50% in viewership, just on the news. Doesn't that tell you everything about their incentive to pretend that there is collusion? Their audience goes away without it.

SEAN DAVIS: Absolutely. And we saw the reaction, was like children finding out the tooth fairy isn't real. Their bread and butter in the age of trump is to ratchet up the hysteria to get people completely freaked out so they feel they have to watch the news every day and every minute to figure out what is going on. They did a huge disservice to their country with their antics and their conspiracy spreading over the past two years.

TUCKER CARLSON: It is hard to know what comes next in this environment. I mean, when the smoke clears and Trump is gone or whatever happens in the next ten years, where do you go for news? Will anyone ever believe CNN, assuming it still exists, or "The Washington Post" or "The New York Times" ever again? How could you?

SEAN DAVIS: Right, that is their problem. They didn't just destroy their own reputations. For all the talk that Donald Trump has eroded and damaged our vital norms and institutions. It is the media who lent credence to his charge that they are the fake news media. It is the media themselves who broadcast to everyone, you don't need to trust us. We are not trustworthy. I don't know how they come back from this.

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