With the election of President Trump, conservative media have become powerful players in Washington, D.C. politics.

Those conservative media are now finding out that as their power grows, the need to better follow the tenets of journalism increases, as this column from Paul Farhi of the Washington Post illustrates. 

To be a legitimate, trusted source, news organizations must meet several important guidelines, but three stand out:

  1. Verification
  2. Independence
  3. Accountability

Those conservative media that were operating under the radar for the past few years (or that have formed recently) and may have played loosely with all three of those guidelines are now realizing that with new power comes the need for accountability and verification.