Robert Gibbs: Media Covers Political ‘Food Fights’ Minus the Facts

April 18, 2010

(ChattahBox)—White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs sat down with CNN’s host of Reliable Sources, Howard Kurtz to talk about media coverage of the political landscape. And Gibbs awarded all media outlets a low grade, when it comes to fact checking. He particularly targeted the false equivalency of providing “both sides” of a political argument, without bothering to point out that the basis for the dispute originated from a falsehood.

Kurtz remarked on the Obama administration’s debunking of hate talkers by name, such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, asking if the practice elevated their status.

Gibbs responded that in many cases, the media fails to do its job of fact checking:

GIBBS: “In a lot of different phases of the media, people can make statements that aren’t checked. The media in some cases, covers the food fight but doesn’t necessarily check who started it and whether it was started for a reason that was legitimate or not.”

KURTZ: You want more fact checking and more accountability?

GIBBS: “Well I think of–instead of covering the food fight–covering whether or not what people say is in fact right or wrong.”

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