#FakeNews? NYU journalism prof discourages fair Trump coverage

A New York City journalism professor says that Trump "doesn't know anything" and is "not good at anything a president has to do."

The professor said that these are two of the six "starting points" for covering the Trump presidency.

A New York University journalism professor outlined in a recent tweet the “starting points” for covering Donald Trump’s presidency, none of which appear to be objective. 

”He [Trump] doesn’t know anything. He doesn’t care to learn. He has no policy views. Nothing he says can be trusted. He’s not good at anything a president has to do. His model of leadership is the humiliation of others. These should be the six starting points for covering his presidency,” Jay Rosen, an associate professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, tweeted Monday. 

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Campus Reform reached out to Rosen to ask if this approach to covering Trump’s presidency is one he encourages his journalism students to undertake but did not hear back in time for publication. Campus Reform also reached out to the journalism institute, which referred inquiries to NYU’s media relations department. NYU declined to comment on the record. 

According to Rosen’s NYU faculty profile, he has written for a variety of liberal and left-leaning publications, including The Nation, HuffPo, Salon, New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times

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Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at Media Research Center, which studies liberal media bias, told Campus Reform, “Rosen is the perfect model of what academic journalism has become. He doesn’t even hide that he’s a leftist and it tilts everything he does.” 

”He’s been saying for years that this is what he wants journalism to become and like the Pied Piper, many in the news media are following his path ever leftward. The result is a news media that doesn’t represent or care about the people of the U.S. All it does is push a leftist agenda on every issue of the day. No wonder so many Americans no longer trust the news,” Gainor added.

It’s not the first time NYU’s journalism school has gained national media attention, however. In 2019, NYU offered a course called “Reporting on the Far Right,” without any known course being offered on the “far left.” The course was scheduled to be taught by Talia Lavin, the former New Yorker journalist who was fired after she falsely reported that an ICE agent, who also happened to be a U.S. military veteran, had a nazi tattoo. 

The course was later canceled over a lack of interest from students. 

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