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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 1:00 am

Journalist surprised by disdain for media

Emmy winner speaks at Jewish Federation event

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

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Jeff Goldman said Monday that in 40 years as a broadcast journalist, he has been shot at several times and felt the sting of antisemitism.

But those experiences didn't prepare him for the disdain he received from President Donald Trump and his supporters.

“Every administration, Democrat or Republican, finds fault with press articles or broadcasts. And believe me, they let you know about their displeasure. They'll contact the individual correspondent or the organization they work for,” Goldman said at the fall event of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne. 

“But never before have we heard this almost daily drum roll in such a public way,” he said about Trump's criticism of the news media.

“Yes, it bothers me to be booed and jeered when just doing my job and have leaders encouraging that type of approach,” he told more than 100 people gathered at Rifkin Campus at 5200 on Old Mill Road.

The recently retired Goldman was an Emmy-winning producer and reporter for CBS News and PBS.

He has covered wars, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Indian Ocean tsunami, the Haiti earthquake and six presidents, from Ronald Reagan through Trump.

“Each president was of course unique to cover. Some got along with the press rather well, some not so much, as we see today,” he said.

Goldman said he witnessed Trump's scorn firsthand at a political rally in Louisiana in December, when the president-elect “started attacking the press verbally.”

“On cue, as he uttered those words, about 2,000 people at the rally turned around and started booing and jeering us,” he recalled.

“I had never experienced anything quite like that in 40 years in this business.”

It happened the next day, too, when he was on a plane bound for Washington, D.C. He said a man sitting nearby spotted Goldman's CBS luggage tag and “started mouthing off at me. I clearly understood he was taking the lead on this maybe from the president-elect from hearing it at that rally.”

The next month, during a Trump inaugural ball Goldman was attending, the president “once again started attacking the press.”

Although saying “the overwhelming majority of journalists have great integrity,” Goldman blamed the media for encouraging the hyperpartisan environment that spawned Trump's presidency.

“I really think that in some ways cable news has sort of ruined the landscape in a way, because they have so much time to fill,” he said. “And I think the lines are being blurred, especially in the evening broadcasts. Whether it's left or right, it's editorial, it's opinion, it's not the presentation of the old days of the standard network newscast.”

Goldman said the trouble with blogs and social media is “we don't know who these people are. We don't know who's writing this stuff. ... How do we know that they're independently sourcing their information? What's their background?”

He urged news consumers to “take things with a grain of salt and look at multiple sources of information. You can't just rely on one thing.”

Goldman's appearance was sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne with support from the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation.

bfrancisco@jg.net