U.S.—News outlets that incited an outraged internet mob against a group of Catholic school students based on a 10-second video clip, with no apparent attempt to fact-check or verify the information whatsoever, reported Monday that they are confused as to how some people could possibly consider them "fake news."
"I just don't get it," one CNN reporter said. "We worked really hard to fact-check the video a few days later and everything." He pointed out that without the media, no one would be around to misinform the public on important events, allowing people to quickly draw conclusions before all the facts are in. "What are people going to do---form their own conclusions after reviewing all the facts themselves? That'll never work."
A Washington Post journalist pointed to the news organization's slogan on the wall, "Democracy Dies in Darkness." "Our democracy would die without our hard work slanting the news to a particular worldview without bothering to check if our facts are accurate. It says so right there on the wall."
At publishing time, one reporter had proclaimed that while the story concerning Covington Catholic and the Native American protester was factually inaccurate, it was "morally right."
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