On Tuesday night, NBC News anchor Lester Holt received the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award from Washington State University. He used the opportunity to proclaim that journalists no longer need to be fair in their coverage of the issues.
Referring to what he called the establishment media’s “toxic relationship” with former President Donald Trump, who frequently criticized biased reporting of his administration, Holt said, “The media’s reliance on truth and facts was turned upside-down and weaponized as evidence of lies. The more we tried to separate fact from fiction, the easier it became to label us as partisan tools.”
He went on to list his observations about what we’ve learned from “the unprecedented attacks on the press in this period.”
“No. 1 is I think it’s become clear that fairness is overrated,” Holt said.
“The idea that we should always give two sides equal weight and merit does not reflect