Dan Gilmore wrote a great piece on Medium that everyone should read:
An open letter to my friends and colleagues in journalism:
Please, just stop.
Please stop giving live airtime to liars. Stop publishing their lies.
Please examine what you’re doing. You are letting liars use your traditional norms — which made sense in different times and situations — to turn you into amplifiers of deceit. You know you are doing this, and sometimes you even defend it.
Your job is not to uncritically “report” — that is, do stenography and call it journalism — when the people you’re covering are deceiving the public. Your job is, in part, to help the public be informed about what powerful people and institutions are doing with our money and in our names.
…and it goes on from there. He not only admonishes for putting Kellyanne Conway on the air (and other known liars), he gives a pretty good class in how to report the truth in an age of blatant liars.
Full disclosure: I met Dan a couple of time when he was working for the San Jose Mercury News. I wouldn’t say we were friends or even acquaintances, but I’ve admired his journalism for years.