The American Conservatives published an editorial on Monday calling on the news media to stop relying on “a few bad stories” to “raise your profile.”
“The media should be better about vetting stories and making sure they aren’t a dime a dozen,” wrote ATC Editorial Director Joe Sestak.
“If the American public needs to know about the dangerous and untrustworthy practices of a handful of bad stories, they should get that information through their elected representatives.
If the media does that, they will be better able to inform the American people and the rest of the world about these practices and how they are affecting the lives of so many Americans.”
In the op-ed, Sestag cited the case of an African-American man named Dwayne Smith, who was killed by police in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2014.
Smith was found not guilty of a felony charge of resisting arrest and resisting arrest without violence.
He had been arrested for a fight and had been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, but prosecutors dropped the charges when they discovered he had a criminal history.
“The story of Dwayne’s death was bad enough, but it should have never been used as an excuse to justify a racially-motivated police killing,” Sestatak wrote.
The American Conservative is a conservative political organization founded in 1980 by former presidential candidate Ronald Reagan.
It was founded by Reagan’s former chief of staff and longtime adviser, Richard Viguerie.
In recent years, the organization has been criticized for having a heavy hand in shaping coverage of the 2016 election.
In February, the magazine retracted an article that claimed Donald Trump had a “long history of racially insensitive comments and behavior.”
In a separate story, the ATC called for the publication of a list of all the names of every member of Congress who voted against the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.