The recent interview of former President Donald Trump by Newsmax made headlines again! However, it was not because of what Trump said during the interview, but due to how the interview ended. Newsmax anchor Bob Sellers tried to stop Trump from making wild statements about election fraud and ended up walking out of the interview instead! But that was not the end of the story. The way Newsmax ended the interview with a disclaimer received massive attention on social media. In this article, we are going to discuss what transpired during the interview, the content of the disclaimer, and what this tells us about the future of journalism.
The Interview That Went Viral
Newsmax is a conservative American news and opinion website famous for favorable coverage of Donald Trump. Bob Sellers was the anchor who moderated the interview of Donald Trump on February 1, 2021. They discussed several topics, including the ongoing impeachment proceedings against Trump, his thoughts on Joe Biden’s presidency, and more. However, things started going wrong when Sellers asked Trump about the alleged election fraud. Trump then began repeating debunked claims which led to the most awkward moment of the interview.
The Disclaimers That Followed
After Trump continued to make unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, Bob Sellers stepped in and tried to end the interview. Before doing so, he condemned some of Trump’s statements and asked his technical staff to cut Trump’s microphone. However, Sellers’ technical team did not sever the connection, and Trump continued to voice his views on the election. Later, Sellers called off the interview altogether and addressed the viewers of Newsmax, saying, “We just want to let everyone know that we regret the lighter side of the interview. The former president is a welcome guest on Newsmax. He has been for a long time, and we’re glad he was here. It’s just that we like to ask questions. That’s all.”
The Implications of This Incident
The awkwardness of the ending to the interview generated significant social media buzz, with many criticisms directed towards Newsmax’s handling of the situation. Journalists and media experts began questioning Newsmax’s credibility and the role of news and media in the age of misinformation. The incident highlights the dilemma of media outlets covering, in particular, public figures that frequently make false statements. The ethics of journalism and the credibility of media organizations come into play.
In today’s world, where social media plays a significant role in the transit of information, journalism has to remain ethical and factual. The Newsmax’s Trump interview has once again brought the growing debate about the ethics of journalism to the forefront. Newsmax’s handling of the incident raises questions about the role of media in shaping public opinion. In conclusion, journalism being the fourth estate, should preserve its power to motivate people the right way and help to hold powerful people to account.