CNN Spokesperson Accuses Fox Reporter of Using ‘Standard Journalism’…Even the Libs Are Giving Him Heat
CNN is a lot of things, but being truthful isnât one of them. Matt Dornick, a spokesperson for the network, recently accused a FOX reporter of ho-hum âstandard journalismâ because he speaks with sources to verify his reports.
Isnât this what journalists are supposed to do? The horseâs mouth is straight where the information should come from. In some circles, itâs called reporting the unbiased truth.
Dornic took some Instagram screenshots of Fox News reporter Brian Floodâs Instagram messages and posted them on Twitter. Floodâs messages had been directed at CNN employees.
Flood covers reporting on CNN for Fox News and he had simply requested interviews with anyone who would agree. But at the same time, Dornic also accused Flood of trolling for quotes that heâs too lazy to go out and get for himself.
Dornic tweeted, âAfter all these years of covering CNN, Brian still has to troll LinkedIn for anonymous quotes (from employees of literally any department) to use in his hit pieces. Weâve been forwarded over a dozen of these in the past 24 hours.â
Coming from a major mainstream media outlet, even other mainstream journalists were taken aback by the spokespersonsâ comment. And many of them report for liberal news sites. They were shocked at the sniveling way Dornic chose to criticize a peer, regardless of the network he works for.
Ben Smith, a reporter from the liberal New York Times, quickly came to Floodâs defense. âThis is a â¦totally normal way to report. Possibly not at CNN? But certainly everywhere else. Not a lot of people at Fox who do original reporting, but donât really get the objection.â
Next came Heather Kelly who used to work at CNN but is now employed by the Washington Post. She also slammed Dornic by saying, âThis [is] a way reporters get sources. Itâs a tool I and many other reporters at CNN would frequently use to do our jobs.â
Media critic for the Washington Post, Erik Wemple, was the next to jump in by saying that Flood was only âdoing what many reporters, myself included, do: Trying to craft an appeal to sources.â Brett Murphy of USA Today concurred with Wemple by saying how Flood had merely been âreaching out to potential sources.â
And in the words of Lachlan Markay, a reporter with the liberal news blog Axios, Floodsâ LinkedIn messages were a âpretty standard (and polite!) outreach to potential sources.â Yet another Journalist, Nick Manes, chimed in with, âThis is literally called practicing journalism. It doesnât always work, but itâs part of being a beat reporter.â
Is it safe to assume that CNNâs veil has been lifted? Has Dornick mistakingly let the cat out of the bag? Think about this. Since Flood was mocked for using standard journalism, what does this say about CNNâs nefarious practices?
Not expecting the heat he received, Dornic made a poor attempt at walking back his comments when he said that âfishing emails indiscriminately to folks with tangential relationships and no info about the stories [Flood is] coveringâ might technically qualify as journalism, Flood is still worth mocking because âhis stories are always full of lies and dishonestly framed.â
Dornicâs botched sarcastic walk back hasnât even begun to slow down the static heâs still receiving, and itâs anyoneâs guess how the higher-ups at CNN are going to deal with the issue. Will they save face by handing Dornic his walking papers? Of course not. Heâs still their kind of guy. Itâs CNN.