Since Trump took office, the willingness of journalists to mix opinion with news reporting has grown. Opposition to Trump and his policies is now seen as justifying any breech of the church–state divide between news and opinion. Any efforts to rein in this bias is denounced as buckling under to Trump’s intimidation even if those doing so are merely asking the press to play it straight rather than to signal their disgust and opposition to the president.
Fake news was first popularized by Dan Rather appears to have prevailed at CNN.
Such charges have been frequently lodged against a network such as CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and NPR whose coverage of Trump sometimes tends to consist of non-stop panels of talking heads competing with each other to mock and denounce the president. But while opinion is one thing - even on shows where there is no longer a semblance of balance with respect to the voices arrayed against Trump - letting that same spirit insinuate itself into investigative reporting is quite another. Groupthink in which negative stories about Trump are assumed to be true until proven false and even then, are allowed to linger in the public imagination.
So long as the liberal bias is substituted for solid reporting, it won’t be possible to credibly answer those who cry “fake news” any time they don’t like Trump’s coverage.
Claims of media bias in the United States include claims of liberal bias, mainstream bias, and activist/cause bias. To combat this, a variety of watchdog groups that attempt to find the facts behind both biased reporting and unfounded claims of bias have been founded. Media bias and neutrality include the inability of journalists to report all available stories and facts, and the requirement that selected facts be linked into a coherent narrative.