Kayleigh McEnany Rips Media Over Retractions: “There’s an epidemic in American journalism and it is anonymous sourcing”

Former White House press secretary and current “Outnumbered” co-host Kayleigh McEnany ripped the media Monday for constantly and oftentimes erroneously using anonymous sourcing. She called it an “epidemic” in American journalism. She brought up some recently retracted stories about Rudy Giuliani to make her case

Kayleigh said: “Look, there’s an epidemic in American journalism and it is anonymous sourcing, oftentimes the single anonymous source that ends up being wrong. And you see the corrections and you’re right, the corrections barely get any coverage. There’s reputational damage for Rudy Giuliani and others with that nuance there.

“But, what’s so important to me is the American people are seeing this and Joe Concha, who you had on last hour, mentioned this Axios poll that came out that said 92% of Republicans believe that the media intentionally reports false stories and 79% of independents. That is an extraordinary number.

“Edelman’s research is the trust barometer and this year they found that journalism is at its lowest point of trust. So there are real consequences when you have explosives stories like this, causing damage to someone’s reputation.

“The American public recognizes it and it leads to mistrust which is really unfortunate for an important profession,” she said. Rudy said of the raid on Fox News:

“At about 6 a.m., there was a banging on my door– a very loud banging, and outside there was a group of an endless number of FBI agents.

“Usually a person who has been a former assistant U.S. attorney, a U.S. attorney, a mayor, the associate attorney general, usually they receive a subpoena — not have their home raided.

“The only lawyers they raid are lawyers for Donald Trump. I can’t think of another lawyer that has been raided other than lawyers for Trump. Trump is in a special category because he doesn’t have constitutional rights.

“They showed me a warrant that sought the electronics in my apartment and purported to be about an alleged violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, FARA, for failure to file as a foreign agent on behalf of an unnamed Ukrainian official.

“I am a lawyer for 51 years, I formerly ran that office.“I know the criminal law and I do not violate it.

“My contracts have clauses that I will not act as a foreign agent, and I wanted to show these things to the government so that they would stop their consistent illegal leaking of an investigation,” Giuliani said.

“There is no way on earth that they could have anyone telling the truth that I was acting as a foreign agent nor do they have any evidence that I tried to influence the government on behalf of clients.”

“They are beyond the ability to control their rational thinking or their decency, and they have a serious, serious ethical issue, driven by Trump derangement syndrome.

“They are trying to frame me. They are trying to find something they can make into a crime, some technical violation, some mistake I made,” Rudy said.