Why Reporting on Donald Trump is so Difficult | Vanity Fair

  • Published on Aug 23, 2018
  • Documentary filmmaker, Liz Garbus, Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of The New York Times and Matthew Rosenberg, the paper's National Security Correspondent discuss how Donald Trump's presidency has completely altered the journalistic landscape and the challenges it poses for America's democracy.

    In Showtime's Emmy-nominated docuseries, "The Fourth Estate", Garbus pulls back the curtain at The Times and shows how Trump has changed reporting forever.
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Comments • 206

  • sc mc
    sc mc 3 months ago

    The media has been lying LONG before Trump got into office. They act so innocent. "Oh look at us, we're so honorable, we're so truthful, blah blah blah." They're just mad because Trump has let the whole world know how fake the media is. They want us asleep so they can keep lying to us.

  • joao costa
    joao costa 3 months ago

    Stop reporting everything he tweets ! CUT THE OXYGEN

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas 3 months ago

    audience...., the real discrace is how this world has moved in a direction, where you pepole have to re-figure how to make money, and we, the people who need you. aren't paying...., sorry for whatever that's worth....

  • Lenny Bruce
    Lenny Bruce 3 months ago

    When the Press is labelling Trump “Hitler”, it is out of love. When Trump labels the media “Fake News” it is Violent. this is the best interpretation of the media. They are not getting it. The American public distrusted the media far before Trump. Trump just galvanised that distrust and legitimised it. These guys totally know they’ve been peddling false gossip. Now, all of a sudden, they are so hurt. Well, boo hoo, get honest, or “learn to code” instead.

  • Anonymous Anonymous
    Anonymous Anonymous 6 months ago

    Because vanity fair is fake news

  • no hassle
    no hassle 10 months ago

    Trump is a bad President, sure, but his base love him and the Republican Party love his policies. It is a win win for this highly corrupt and immoral monster.

  • sleepyfish
    sleepyfish 10 months ago

    This is such a wankfest... you never had to use the word 'lie' during a campaign? Omg even the most liberal person cannot buy this crap.

  • DPowered Smith
    DPowered Smith 10 months ago

    Trump is a fascist and part of the blame for people not seeing it is the media or at least the establishment parts, the ones payed to have a view or those that ignore and cherry pick issues or topics or are afraid. Left and right both do it and its transparent and annoying

  • Jason Q
    Jason Q 10 months ago

    The press will continue to suffer as long as they refuse to sink to trump’s level. Call him out for what he is, don’t simply report. Every time he lies, the lie should be the focus of the story, not him.

  • Angus Pontin
    Angus Pontin 10 months ago +1

    It’s hard for you to keep up because you can’t deal with the hustle of Trump, forget worrying about someone’s weekend lol

  • Angus Pontin
    Angus Pontin 10 months ago +1

    It’s difficult when you have another agenda besides informing the public in an accurate way

  • Sukhbir Sekhon
    Sukhbir Sekhon 10 months ago

    In the past regarding the press we were advised to read between the lines. Trump says don't read the lines period. Just believe me. Let me tell you what to think.

  • mitchio86
    mitchio86 10 months ago

    I don't know what vanity fair is like but I find the US press to be crazy. Lot's of fake news or bias. I knew this way before trump came along. The real problem for the news is that with the internet people have more access to information and can fact check their stories.

  • Shannon Bloom
    Shannon Bloom 10 months ago

    It's difficult reporting on Trump because your corporate masters have you all on leashes. As we can see they are loosening their grip because in about 6 months the economy is going to tank. The Russian Ace in the Hole ticket pick, Mr. Pency Pants has his instructions and is eagerly awaiting Trump's fall. Your job now is to help speed Trump's decline. And now that the tax cuts and bank regulations have been taken care of, it will magically become much easier to report on Trump.

  • Aphexon
    Aphexon 10 months ago

    If u have a brain, this is what he wants, stop make any report about him.

  • Edward Still
    Edward Still 10 months ago

    Love Gus Fring's glasses. Very elegant.

  • Simon Rai
    Simon Rai 10 months ago

    this video is 6-7 minutes too long

  • Zoop Nigh
    Zoop Nigh 10 months ago +1

    In response to Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of The New York Times:
    Oh yeah that's it, Donald Trump is just sooooooooo hard to report on. His lies are just soooo hard to point out factually that you have to make up fake controversies. It isn't simply that you intentionally report dishonestly, as dictated by what sells papers fastest. The problem is you people make it too easy for buffoons like Trump to make themselves look good by criticising you. The source of the problem isn't Trump, it's you. It's not just Trump that hates you, it's most of America.

  • jfcool10
    jfcool10 10 months ago +2

    To call something fake news is to pander to the lazy side of humans.
    You're not criticizing a specific point in a statement because that would be too complex for many listeners. They would just give up trying to understand because their brains are LAZY.
    That way you get a bunch of lazy thinkers to believe something is false.
    His comments are for those who don't want to take the time to understand

  • Kelly Kerr
    Kelly Kerr 10 months ago

    Mr. Baquet, I sure hope you got the email I sent you regarding Andrew Cuomo. That still needs to be reported. But, I just sent the email on the weekend.

  • Steve of the Dead
    Steve of the Dead 10 months ago +1

    "Factually challenged"
    Just say he lies, ffs.

  • Mawume Buatsi
    Mawume Buatsi 10 months ago

    Factually challenged. 😂😂😂

  • yhwhzson
    yhwhzson 10 months ago +1

    As Alfred said to Bruce Wayne in the movie "The Dark Knight", with all due respect to the opinions in this piece.
    This is a man that the press, the voters (for Trump or anti-Trump), the markets and other world leaders do not fully understand.
    Bruce Wayne: [watching the tape the Joker broadcast on the news] ...I knew the mob wouldn't go down without a fight,
    but this is different they crossed the line.
    Alfred: ... And in their desperation they (Trump voters) turned to a man they didn't fully understand.
    Bruce Wayne: Criminals aren't complicated, Alfred. We just need to figure out what he's after.
    Alfred: With all due respect, Master Wayne, perhaps this is a man that you don't fully understand. When I was in Burma,
    a long time ago, my friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders
    by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit.
    So we started looking for the stones. But after six months, we couldn't find anyone who had traded with him.
    One day I found a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing the stones away.
    Bruce Wayne: Then why steal them (why did Trump run for president)?
    Alfred: Because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money.
    They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with.

  • Michael Gibb
    Michael Gibb 10 months ago +1

    What you have in the White House is a mob boss who runs his administration like a reality show, where he looks for his employees to fight against one another for his favour.

  • basti vargas
    basti vargas 10 months ago

    I’ve start to believe that there’s less ppl that approve trump’s admin.

  • Danny Mercer
    Danny Mercer 10 months ago

    The fourth estate was superb. I cannot recommend this doc series enough.

  • Shuhac
    Shuhac 10 months ago

    The USA is very entertaining. #ezcon

  • Isabelle M
    Isabelle M 10 months ago +2

    He manipulated people all his life and will never stop

  • FortCC
    FortCC 10 months ago +1

    A conman is now the leader of the most powerful country of the world. How can Americans be so foolish to allow this.

  • Ned Marshall
    Ned Marshall 10 months ago

    Gus Fring?

  • MatchstalkMan
    MatchstalkMan 10 months ago

    The press need to stop using the trump name in their reporting. Simply refer to trump as ‘the president’. He likes to see his name in the papers. Good or bad, his name is his brand.
    Also, out other stories on the front page. Or, it it involves ‘the president’, talk about as much as possible on the front page without referring to ‘the president’ until an inside page. Refer to ‘the White House’, the ‘first family’, refer to other politicians by name but not trump.
    That will sap his power. It will enrage him even further. It will send him over the edge and initiate something atrocious which his administration will halt. It will also give Congress more reason to force the 25th Amendment or launch impeachment proceedings.

  • brin Joness
    brin Joness 10 months ago

    I doubt the NYT needs to worry about losing any readers to Trump, I don't think many standing at his nuremberg style rallies can read.

  • Maria Q.
    Maria Q. 10 months ago

    Read this 2016 report on Russia's new propaganda model Firehose of Falsehoods:

  • George B
    George B 10 months ago

    Yet to the "journalists" Obama was the "God King", nothing bad ever to say! Lets get real, these people have been owned my the Democrat party, sense the 1970's.

  • George B
    George B 10 months ago

    You know, Pope Frances just used the term "fake news".

  • bootnsoot
    bootnsoot 10 months ago +1

    This video is a waste of time! I already knew trump was a degenerate buffoon and his sicko cult members a bunch of nobody's panting for him.

  • Sonyag1
    Sonyag1 10 months ago +1

    Then stop dancing around the bottom line. Trump is a liar. Then call him a liar.

  • toto21
    toto21 10 months ago +4

    The media needs to recognize that Trump's inaccuracies, false statements, lies, attacks on the media, and accusations of "fake news" are not simply the rantings of an out-of-control personality. They are part of a strategy to discredit every other source of information in the country, deliberately sow confusion, and by virtue of the power of the office of the presidency supercede the role of the press as a "voice of the people" and ensconce himself as a populist arbiter of "truth". In the language of Alex Jones, in other words, it's an info war. If enough willfully ignorant people support Trump, they will have achieved their Orwellian dystopia. This is not a time to lament or wring hands. It is a time to expose FACTS that cannot be dismissed, facts that inescapably show our reality show president to be a fraud.

    • Adang Amiarsa
      Adang Amiarsa 10 months ago

      True. The crazy pretend to be even crazier type of condition now.

  • Nagarjun Subbarao
    Nagarjun Subbarao 10 months ago

    In some ways, Trump brings out people's raw emotion. Positive or Negative.
    Imagine being the President of the US and tweeting his every day thoughts to the world, kind of incredible.

  • Mary Rose Kent
    Mary Rose Kent 10 months ago

    The day after the 🍊💩 was elected, I subscribed to the NYTimes because I felt it was important to support the press as an institution of our democracy. If I could afford it, I would subscribe to the Washington Post as well, but I can’t.

  • Diggnuts
    Diggnuts 10 months ago +2

    Isn't it obvious? Everything Trump does is stupid and incompetent. The news is not equipped to cover that farcical comedy or retardation 24/7 round. It needs events to make sense, not this arbitrary verbal diarrhea Trump pukes all over the media.

  • Andrew abc
    Andrew abc 10 months ago +1

    Background music just distracts. the words alone are interesting enough

  • William Perrow
    William Perrow 10 months ago +2

    I lived and worked in NYC in the 1980's and always read The New York Times and now we have "Bizarro Trump". This is a situation or setting which is weirdly inverted or opposite to expectations. Americans woke up to this fact very quickly after the election.

  • Kevin Tideson
    Kevin Tideson 10 months ago

    Ok.. let’s look at the now tax law..
    Press did say “it’s not good” but no one went there to simply present it A-Z & let people think for themselves

  • MG
    MG 10 months ago +1

    If the press had done their job when trump was running and actually reported on the things he has done instead of giving him millions in free coverage maybe this would have been different.

  • Juliet Stephens
    Juliet Stephens 10 months ago

    Dean Baquet = Gus Fring

  • Howhaveyouben
    Howhaveyouben 10 months ago +9

    just stop giving him a platform... focus on the issues...

  • Aaron E
    Aaron E 10 months ago

    Can you just rid the net of all trump crap? I'm sick of turning it on then the first thing I see is that Amarica hateing orange clown!

  • Fan Mac
    Fan Mac 10 months ago +11

    A president who doesn't respect press is not a democratic president. A democratic president understands press is the essential element of our democracy.

    • mitchio86
      mitchio86 10 months ago

      private new corporations can go out of control to make money.... it's the governments job to watch the power of all sectors

  • Arduenn Schwartzman
    Arduenn Schwartzman 10 months ago +56

    There is a reason for Trump calling the media the enemy of the people. There is a reason for Trump constantly flaunting the Department of Justice and the intelligence community. He does this, because he know that these are the institutions who will eventually call him out and expose him for what he really is and for what he has been for most of his life: a pervert, a con man and a fraud.

    • Happy Merchant
      Happy Merchant 9 months ago

      Arduenn Schwartzman or just hear me out they lie constantly. Remember wmds in Iraq the intelligence community and media sure pushed it.

    • jsmall10671
      jsmall10671 10 months ago

      flouting, not flaunting

  • corbeau
    corbeau 10 months ago +1

    because he says things.

  • Andrew_Owens
    Andrew_Owens 10 months ago +1

    It's called gag reflex. You get vomit on your notes.

  • Nick
    Nick 10 months ago +9

    Stop reporting as though he is the president. He may have that role right now, but we all know how he cheated to get there, and how he will soon be brought to justice. That is his trajectory

  • sarah bee
    sarah bee 10 months ago +1

    "Trump is “factually challenged." The use of euphemisms is part of the problem. I think Lawrence O'Donnell was the first to use the words lie/liar regarding Trump, and even that took too long. Americans, Trump supporters in particular are not an especially smart bunch, and they aren't good regulating their emotions, but one wonders, had reporters done a better job of calling a lie a lie, immediately refuting/rebutting a lie with evidence and not letting a lie go unchallenged if that would have made any difference.

  • Nurse Jho-RPG
    Nurse Jho-RPG 10 months ago

    yo america
    what is honest and responsible journalism to you?
    only when it is convenient?

  • Will Storm
    Will Storm 10 months ago +6

    Call out his lies, and ignore him the rest of the time. We are feeding him way too much and its making his gut and belly expand rapidly or give him even more cover so he will explode.

  • M. Flores
    M. Flores 10 months ago

    They're so hurt cause the truth hurts, and they're not used to the truth

  • Luke Chaha
    Luke Chaha 10 months ago

    It is funny how polite this journalist are, fighting fascism with nice, polite words is crazy! All of this nice people will end up soon in concentration camps for journalist. “Tolerance and politness becomes a crime when applied to evil.”

  • Kevin H
    Kevin H 10 months ago

    So they don't like Trump undermining the press? Maybe the press should stop lying, stop causing racial tensions, stop attacking Conservatives and white people. Maybe they should start highlighting real issues hat a lot of people are genuinely concerned about instead of ignoring it or covering it up.
    Just a thought.

  • shane gauthier
    shane gauthier 10 months ago +2

    Trump=titanic sinking. He thought he was unsinkable. It's a matter of minutes now.

    • Orlandov Halawa
      Orlandov Halawa 2 days ago

      Wasn't that the term of leftists for hillary during campaigning? Unsinkable?

  • Charlysteen Stevens
    Charlysteen Stevens 10 months ago +1

    Trump is honest in a way Leftists know nothing about. When we see and hear Trump we DON'T hear an America-hater, nor an Open Borders Globalist calling us racist when we resist being INVADED, nor a "White Privilege"Person-hater, nor Male-hater. etc. Where is the honesty in all that hate? Democrat campaign slogan: All Hate Groups Welcome.

    • bootnsoot
      bootnsoot 10 months ago

      @S. Lee It's called transferrance. What they are indeed doing, since it's so agrigous (sp) they say others are doing.

    • Howhaveyouben
      Howhaveyouben 10 months ago +5

      So basically you hate the left so much that you will tolerate and defend literally anyone... amazing... conservative values at its finest...

    • Philip B
      Philip B 10 months ago +2

      If you express five contradictory stances in the same day, at least one of them might carry a bit of truth.

    • S. Lee
      S. Lee 10 months ago +3

      This is so backwards it's bordering on insanity. Republican, Democrat, whatever you are, you as an individual need to check into reality. Is not healthy to twist an objective reality like this.

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  • Ben Berzai
    Ben Berzai 10 months ago

    This is embarrassingly self important.

  • nzee770
    nzee770 10 months ago +65

    Maybe you should have spoken up with some clear truthful reporting while he was running instead of giving him endless passes on his bad behavior. Maybe you should have focused less on Hillary's emails and more on the horrifying things coming out of his mouth daily. The press is partly responsible for this fiasco.

    • sleepyfish
      sleepyfish 10 months ago

      Why should they have focused less on Hilary's emails - the public has a right to know about those too.

    • Yamcha Dragonball
      Yamcha Dragonball 10 months ago +4

      They could have just ignored him. He would've lost if they ignored him. I am sick and tired of hearing about Trump. I ignore most news feeds about him at this point.

    • M R
      M R 10 months ago +4

      @Myriam Ickx don't forget the press said it wasn't not their job to fact check Trump. I thought to myself "YOU'VE GOT TO BE SHIT'N ME." So Swampthing POTUS 45 thought he would always get away with lying all the live long day.

    • Myriam Ickx
      Myriam Ickx 10 months ago +6

      nzee770 : I remember the day after Trump’s victory, having watched a talk-show with an assembly of media celebrities, a.o. Carl Bernstein, all acknowledging the fact that the press had a responsibility in this victory because of all the attention they had given to Trump, showing his rallies, ridiculing him because it made good audience, instead of warning the viewers and readers of the real danger Trump represented, and presenting some real analyses of who he really was. So, I totally agree with you: the press is partly responsible.

  • Anshuman Shukla
    Anshuman Shukla 10 months ago +1

    If a white journalist would've said something offensive about Asians the way sarah jeong did back in 2014 you guys would've crucified him/her
    Also shame on you for normalising fake news "there's have always been fake news" in some dark parts of the world people are killed because of false reporting ..!.,

  • Tom Tom
    Tom Tom 10 months ago +6

    NYT ''we had a very standofish relationship with Barack Obama"' AHAHHAHAH

    • Gabonzo
      Gabonzo 10 months ago

      The media were not critical enough of Obama. I'm sure they wish they had been now.

  • Jeremy Dyde
    Jeremy Dyde 10 months ago +3

    I think the guy said "that's a horrible precedent" but it could equally have been "that's a horrible president."

  • Audrey Muzingo
    Audrey Muzingo 10 months ago

    Dude looks and sounds like Gus Fring!