Joe Crain, a popular local meteorologist as a Sinclair-owned station in Indiana, lost his job after calling out his station for over-the-top weather warnings. David Zurawik says journalism "is supposed to give citizens information they can use" to make smart decisions, and sensationalizing the news gets in the way of that goal.
New York Times immigration reporter Caitlin Dickerson tells Brian Stelter that "there's a lot that we don't know" about family separations and migrant detention facilities. She says "faulty data" is one of the challenges of the beat. Dickerson also discusses her reporting about a four-month-old who was separated from his parents.
Andrew Yang, a 2020 presidential contender, discusses his "American Journalism Fellows" proposal to support local newsrooms. "If you believe in a vibrant democracy -- or even a functional democracy -- then you have to believe in local journalism," he says.
Looking ahead to the first Democratic primary debate, Andrew Yang tells Brian Stelter his goal is "really just to introduce myself, my vision for the country, and let people know that the reason why Trump is our president is that we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs" in four states.
Brian Stelter questions whether "the press" wants Trump to be impeached, while noting the press is not a monolith. Panelists Samantha Vinograd, Max Boot, and Margaret Sullivan push back on the question and point out the difference between commentators and reporters.
Brian Stelter says George Stephanopoulos and his interview with Trump drove the week. Some Fox hosts even questioned why Trump talked to ABC. "I don't know what's more offensive here, the fact that Trump doesn't have our national security at heart or the fact that he has so many willing accomplices who are willing to just make stuff up to defend him no matter what," Max Boot says.
How will newsrooms react the next time stolen documents show up on the digital doorstep? Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan advises against publishing "weaponized gossip" and suggests journalists "make it clear where anything is coming from."