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After an in-depth investigation into President Donald Trump and the members of his campaign, it has been determined that the Trump campaign did not conspire with Russia in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election.

Since Attorney General William Barr summarized Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings into a four page letter to Congress, there have been mixed reactions. However, the letter doesn’t make it clear that Trump is completely innocent. Many cable news pundits, who have been extensively covering the investigation are still not satisfied with Mueller’s findings so far.

We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, think cable TV journalists did a disservice to the news industry by jumping the gun without waiting for Muller’s full report. News network pundits fed into Trump’s idea of a “witch hunt.” Without meaning to do so, these pundits have verified Trump’s long criticism of many media outlets of having a partisan agenda against him.

From news network pundits like Rachel Maddow or Don Lemon, accusations of Trump’s guilt were made swiftly and without a full understanding of all the evidence. Their actions put them at the center of the story, when journalists shouldn’t be taking sides or inserting their opinions into it. This makes it harder for future journalists to shake this stereotype they’ve fueled.

No matter how you feel about Trump, false reporting, or “fake news” is not good for anyone, and the spreading of accusations without proper evidence sets back America as a whole. In order to move forward as a society, correct and thorough reporting will be instrumental.

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