18 Most Mortifying Media Moments of 2018
‘This was the year when reporters … began loosening the usual boundaries governing journalism’
Dec 19, 2018 10:59 PM
By Tom Elliott
In the second year of the Trump Administration, the media went all in.
This was the year when reporters, in the race to claim a scalp, began loosening the usual boundaries governing journalism.
It was the year “corroborating evidence” became the most hotly contested term in America, Michael Avenatti was unleashed on an unconsenting public, on-air profanity was normalized, and reporters worked overtime as Democratic cheerleaders, frequently urging lawmakers to deliver them the media event of the millennium — the impeachment of President Trump.
Whatever Trump was for, the media came out against. When Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to become the next justice on the Supreme Court, the media went to war, digging through every trace of his existence, even combing through notes he sent in high school — anything that might turn up the silver bullet that sank his nomination.
There was so much, in fact, that we had expand our normal custom of compiling the “Top 10 Most Mortifying Media Moments” and expand it to a more befitting “Top 18.”
So now, without any further ado, here are the 18 most mortifying media moments from 2018.