In the age of Trump, the media has gotten way too lazy and relies on ‘anonymous sources’ way too often.
Trump has certainly noticed. He called the media out for this during an event he did with the National Association of Realtors in DC this week. He called the anonymous sources ‘bullshit’ and the crowd loved it.
The Hill reports:
Trump: Anonymous news sources are ‘bulls—‘
President Trump on Friday railed against the use of anonymous sources in news reports about his administration, calling it “bullshit.”
The president went on a tangent during remarks to the National Association of Realtors in Washington, D.C., complaining about news coverage of his administration’s approach to Iran.
He disputed that he is at odds with some of his top advisers on the subject, before mocking the way some of the reports use unnamed administration officials.
“Do you ever notice they never write the names of people anymore?” Trump said. “Everything is ‘a source says.’ There is no source. The person doesn’t exist. The person’s not alive. It’s bullshit, OK? It’s bullshit.”
News outlets often quote government officials who are granted anonymity to speak candidly without fear of retribution.
Just this week, an official from the Trump administration detailing its immigration plan did so on the condition they be referred to only as a senior administration official and not by their name.
You can watch the video below.
Notice how Reuters puts a ‘language warning’ on this. Do you think they would do that to anyone else?
GRAPHIC LANGUAGE WARNING – President Trump called a New York Times report that U.S. officials reviewed a military plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter any attack or nuclear weapons acceleration by Iran, 'total b***sh*t' pic.twitter.com/OTxnXavjB8
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 18, 2019
People on Twitter noticed the ridiculous warning:
Graphic language? 😂😂😂
— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) May 18, 2019
Graphic language 🤣
— CFB Data Lab (@redmondlonghorn) May 18, 2019
My little ears can't take it. Thank you for protecting me Reuters.
— Johnny Wojtankowski (@wojtankowski) May 18, 2019
Those pearls aren’t gonna clutch themselves Reuters.
— AirborneHeel (@abnheel) May 18, 2019
“bullshit” is a “graphic language warning”
this is why Trump won.
— Carlo Gambino (@CaicoNotGeico) May 18, 2019
Hey Reuters, maybe Trump said this because it’s true.