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Larry Flynt says bad journalism put Trump in office: 'There are more accurate articles in Hustler'

Larry Flynt says the media put Trump in office.
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Provocateur and infamous publisher of “Hustler” Magazine Larry Flynt, says the media is responsible for putting Trump in the White House.

Flynt bought an ad in the January 3, 2017, issues of showbiz publication Variety in which he says he was appalled during the election cycle coverage of the past presidential contest.

He accuses the media and its personalities of faulty reporting and absence of fact checking, creating a “monster” we now call president-elect Donald Trump.

"The fact that you haven't and can't be bothered to ensure that the information you are relaying to your viewers is accurate is a great injustice to the people of this country," Flynt says in the ad. "Perhaps the time has come for you to find another profession, as you clearly can't do your job properly, nor do you seem to want to."

Flynt  was not at loss for words on who he chose to back  for president of the United States in 2016. 

“I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but I don’t think she needs my endorsement,” he said to a reporter for Bloomberg

His letter in Variety ends with Flynt praising Hustler for its journalism ethics.

"One final thought,” he writes. “There are more accurate articles in HUSTLER than in most of the coverage I have seen this past election. That says something now, doesn't it?"

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News obtained a copy of the ad which ran in today's edition of Variety:  

Dear Mainstream Press, You’ve done it again.

Your lack of responsible reporting has betrayed this great nation. You have helped create this monster we now call President-elect Trump.

It is up to you to bring him down, providing you have the backbone to do so. Never before in our history have you, the press, been so complacent in an election as you have this past one. I have watched and listened to TV show hosts and moderators say that they have no obligation to fact-check. Are you kidding? This statement is the most absurd thing I have ever heard. While I understand that ratings are important, you as journalists have the responsibility to report the truth.

The fact that you haven’t and can’t be bothered to ensure that the information you are relaying to your viewers is accurate is a great injustice to the people of this country.

Perhaps the time has come for you to find another profession, as you clearly can’t do your job properly, nor do you seem to want to. You tend to forget that your audience is made up of a diverse group of individuals, and sadly not all are intellectuals. You are dealing with many low-information voters who don’t require hard facts in order to be led in one direction or the other.

These are the people who are easily swayed. If you, the press, choose not to take an active role in presenting the facts to the people, then we are all doomed. To take zero responsibility is pathetic and spineless. When you have candidates that are continuously spouting lies every time they open their mouths, and you the press do not rein them in, whose job is it then?

If someone gives an opinion, that is one thing; you can either accept what they say or not. If a person wants to make a factual statement and it turns out to be a lie, and you can prove it is a lie, they should not be invited back on your show again, period. They just burned you and cast a shadow on your credibility. Have more pride. The only thing I saw from all of you this past election is an utter desperation to report on everything this man said, whether it is the truth or not.

You want to sell a paper, bump up your ratings, drive more traffic to your websites; I get it. But you are not selling cookies to consumers. You are journalists—do your job! One final thought: There are more accurate articles in HUSTLER than in most of the coverage I have seen this past election. That says something now, doesn’t it?

Signed,

Larry Flynt Chairman and President LFP, Inc.