Can there still be any doubt that even the “mainstream” media is riddled with bias and inaccuracy?
And if so, can they still be reasonably trusted as “gatekeepers” of the information that drives social movement?
Just last week, The Telegraph ran a magazine feature claiming to expose the real Melania Trump and how she became one of the world’s most powerful women.
Turns out, the reporting by this supposedly trustworthy British newspaper was nothing but a work of fiction born of a clear agenda to smear President Donald Trump and those closest to him.
An apology issued by The Telegraph read:
Following last Saturday’s (Jan 19) Telegraph magazine cover story “The mystery of Melania”, we have been asked to make clear that the article contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published. Mrs Trump’s father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family. Mrs Trump did not leave her Design and Architecture course at University relating to the completion of an exam, as alleged in the article, but rather because she wanted to pursue a successful career as a professional model. Mrs Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met Mr Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr Trump.
We accept that Mrs Trump was a successful professional model in her own right before she met her husband and obtained her own modelling work without his assistance. Mrs Trump met Mr Trump in 1998, not in 1996 as stated in the article. The article also wrongly claimed that Mrs Trump’s mother, father and sister relocated to New York in 2005 to live in buildings owned by Mr Trump. They did not. The claim that Mrs Trump cried on election night is also false.
In addition to the written apology, The Telegraph has agreed to pay the First Lady “substantial damages.”
The trouble with all this is that apologies and compensation aside, the damage has already been done. Far more people read the supposed “expose” on Melania than will ever read the apology.