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CBS' Major Garrett on the Media's Credibility Problem: 'That's Our Problem of Our Creation and We've Got to Own Up to That'

CBS' Major Garrett on the Media's Credibility Problem: 'That's Our Problem of Our Creation and We've Got to Own Up to That' Read Transcript

- The White House fightwith CNN highlights

the growing dissatisfactionwith the media in America.

CBS White House reporter Major Garrett

tells CBN News the mainstream media

has a credibility problemand needs to fix it.

Our David Brody spoke to Garrett

about the state of the media

and his new book aboutthe Trump Administration.

- [David] It would be an understatement

to say that PresidentTrump's first two years

has been a rollercoaster, and that's why

Major Garrett's new book pretty much

sums it up with the title,Mr. Trump's Wild Ride,

the thrills, chills, screams, and

occasional blackouts of anextraordinary Presidency.

- And if you did it well, yourratings would be much better.

- A major driver of this ride has been

the love/hate relationshipbetween the White House

and the mainstream media.

Or as President Trumpcalls them, Fake News.

Garrett says it's not just the President

who has a problem with the media.

- When the public is asking those of us

who are front line reporters,who can they believe

they're essentially saying we're not sure

we can believe you, that's our problem,

of our creation, and we'vegot to own up to that

and we have got to reverse that trendline.

- [David] That's one reasonthe battle between CNN's

Jim Acosta and the Trump Administration

over press passes and decorumhas Garrett's attention.

- I am as, what they sayin the legal community,

an interested party (laughs).

'Cause I work there.

I'm on the same front row Jim Acosta is

and that CNN is.

- [David] Garrett says it's a fight

that Trump and CNNPresident Jeff Zucker wants.

- I do think Jeff Zucker and Donald Trump

wanna have this fight, on behalf of

not just these serious andunderlying legal questions,

but on their own reputationalrelationship to one another.

- [David] This week,the White House laid out

certain ground rules for reportersduring press conferences.

While Garrett sees himselfas a neutral observer,

he does believe the Trump Administration

has a good point.

- The CNN position is also,to a certain degree, absolute.

That there's no limits on thedecorum in the White House.

I don't believe that, as a reporter.

- So there are limits.

- I've exercised them.

- Garrett explains an encounterduring a Rose Garden event

he had the microphone in his hand,

ready to ask a question, and then,

Trump said no, and calledon the reporter behind him.

- Was I giving up myFirst Amendment rights?

No, the President said no, not you.

It's his press conference.

- [David] That example is just one of many

that keeps Garrett covering this wild ride

as a passenger, whether as a correspondent

or author, he felt it was also his job

to cover the ups and downs responsibly.

- I've covered three Presidents before

and it felt to me as if the country

was getting the impression that

because this is sodifferent and comes at us

so differently, maybe the typical powers

of the Presidency don't still exist.

Well they do.

Maybe things aren'tgetting done, they are.

- [David] Garrett's reporting style

follows the, just the facts trademark.

And his book follows that example.

Recounting the issues, withno dreaded anonymous sources.

- Everyone's quoted byname, everyone is quoted

by their title and by what they saw

and what they saw happening.

- Purposeful.- Purposeful.

- There are books about Trump written

for the pro-Trump crowd, there are books

written for the anti-Trump crowd.

This book is writtenfor fill in the blank.

- I told my best friendsas I was writing the book,

my greatest fear is that it will not love

the President enough and it will not hate

the President enough.

- [David] And as Trump runs the country,

Garrett will continue to report

on one of the most important times

in political history.

- We had 113 million Americans participate

in the midterms, 42.9% participation rate.

Higher than any year since 1966.

This country cares aboutthis time, politically

and we're sorting it out.

- [David] Garrett hopes voters will look

to his book, that tries to do just that.

Sort it all out in a fair and honest way.

David Brody, CBN News, Washington.


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