In a wide-ranging interview published today by The Hollywood Reporter that touched on everything from “pink slime” to “fake news” and from Megyn Kelly to phone calls from Donald Trump, ABC News President James Goldston hammered home the point that the best defense for journalists is the quality of their work.
“We’re focused on our jobs, and I think this is a new golden era for journalism,” Goldston said in response to a question about Trump’s repeated allegations that most news organizations are dealing in “fake news.” Goldston added: “I actually think the quality of the reporting, not just at ABC News but right across the industry, it’s been absolutely extraordinary. If anything, this debate just reminds us that what we do is really important.”
Commenting on news organizations’ public service mandate, Goldston said: “I believe the best way for us to fulfill our public service remit is to be as successful a business as we can possibly be. That’s the way that we get the resources and the backing to do the work that’s incredibly important to us.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to THR to read the full interview.