Reporter on CNN: Trump Taught Non-Partisan Media It Doesn’t Need to be Fair

• November 8, 2016 3:22 pm


CNN contributor Ryan Lizza, a correspondent for the New Yorker magazine, said Tuesday that his biggest takeaway from the 2016 presidential election is that the non-partisan media had to figure out how to treat Donald Trump and realized it did not need to be fair to the Republican nominee.

Lizza appeared on CNN as a panelist to discuss the presidential election. He went after Trump for his unorthodox campaign and accused the Republican nominee of opposing the First Amendment.

"My takeaway of this election is a little about us in the media and that Trump presented an enormous challenge for the non-partisan press in how do you cover someone who doesn't, that violates a lot of the traditional norms, that says some things that weren't true, that had authoritarian impulses, that had anti-First Amendment impulses," Lizza said.

He added that the media does not need to cover Trump the same way it has covered other political candidates.

"I think all of us as reporters who were trained to be fair to both sides, and fairness meant on the one hand, on the other hand, learned in realtime that that's not how you cover politics when someone like Trump comes along, and that's something that I think all of us in the press are going to need to reflect on long after the election is over," Lizza said.