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Matt Gertz

Right-Wing War On The Press Actually Threatening Reporters’ Safety

Trump’s years of vicious invective — echoed by his allies at Fox News — are bearing fruit.

September 16, 2018

Trump Puerto Rico Conspiracy Tweets Provoked By Watching CNN Critic

On CNN Thursday morning, as Hurricane Florence barrelled toward the Carolina coast, discussion turned to the White House’s response to Hurricane Maria last year — and President Donald Trump’s praise for that effort the day before.

September 14, 2018

Puffery, Not Journalism: How ‘Fox & Friends’ Interviews Trump

Pete Hegseth isn’t a journalist, he’s a hype man.

September 9, 2018

Hannity Laid Groundwork For Trump’s Lawless Response To Russia Probe

I reviewed all 487 of Sean Hannity’s segments about the first year of Robert Mueller’s investigation. Here’s what I found.

May 29, 2018

Trump Reveals Media Strategy To ‘Fox & Friends’

Trump spent much of his presidential campaign and presidency thus far embroiled in an ongoing war against what he terms the “fake news” media, and indeed today’s interview featured several such attacks, with the president calling out NBC’s Chuck Todd by name.

April 27, 2018

NY Times Reporter Admits She Was ‘Unwitting Agent’ Of Russians

New York Times reporter Amy Chozick’s just-released memoir, Chasing Hillary, offers a detailed and direct admission that major media outlets played into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hands by devoting obsessive coverage to hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential campaign. It’s a striking acknowledgment, given how defensive the Times and its campaign journalists have generally been about their work.

April 26, 2018

Debunked: Hannity’s Shameless Lies About Mueller’s Record

Sean Hannity, the Fox News host and adviser to President Donald Trump who has turned his broadcast into a nightly attack on special counsel Robert Mueller, smeared the head of the Russia probe by referencing one of the darkest chapters in the FBI’s history on four consecutive broadcasts last week.

April 20, 2018

Fox News ‘Fully’ Supports Hannity In Lawyer Fiasco

As part of Hannity’s campaign against special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump, the Fox host last week repeatedly denounced the FBI’s raid of the office of Trump personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen on the network’s airwaves. Only yesterday did the public learn of a secret tie between Hannity and Cohen — Hannity had been Cohen’s legal client.

April 18, 2018

Why Trump’s Legal Advisers Think He Can Get Away With Firing Rosenstein

Trump is reportedly considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who approved the raid and oversees Mueller’s probe in light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the case. Following the raid, the president also left open the idea of firing Mueller, and the White House confirmed that he believes he has the power to do so directly.

April 13, 2018

Right-Wing Media Divide In Reaction To FBI Raid

President Donald Trump’s most avid defenders have split over how to respond to the FBI raid of his lawyer Michael D. Cohen’s office and residence. Last night, Fox hosts Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity used their shows to call for action against the investigators while this morning, the hosts and guests of Fox & Friends warned that any such action could have severe consequences for Trump’s administration.

April 11, 2018

Trump’s Favorite Fox Show Blacks Out Stormy Daniels

Fox & Friends, the Fox News morning show whose propagandistic coverage of President Donald Trump has made it one of his favorite broadcasts, has been all but ignoring allegations that a woman received a six-figure payout in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about an alleged sexual relationship with Trump.

March 27, 2018

Direct From Fox News, Trump’s Sleazy New Legal Team

As special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election interference gets closer to President Donald Trump, he is shaking up his defense team. Fox News reports that as part of an ongoing shakeup that included the departure of lead lawyer John Dowd, the president’s legal team is adding Victoria Toensing. Toensing joins a group that includes her husband, Joseph diGenova, hired earlier in the week, and Jay Sekulow.

March 24, 2018

A Pro-Trump “Coup” Could Turn A Government Media Agency Into A “Propaganda Machine”

Whistleblowers allege that top staffers at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the agency that oversees U.S. government-backed news outlets around the world, plotted to illegally replace the BBG’s CEO in an effort to slant the agency’s coverage in a manner more favorable to President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a letter from the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

March 22, 2018

Drudge Report Promotes Russian Propaganda Outlets

Conservative website The Daily Caller’s decision to publish an op-ed in which infamous Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska attacks special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into interference with the 2016 presidential election drew harsh criticism from journalists but quickly earned a link on The Drudge Report. Drudge regularly promotes Russian propaganda, providing more than 400 links to the websites of Russian state-media outlets RT, Sputnik, and Tass since 2012.

March 10, 2018

Why NY Times Campaign Coverage May Get Even Worse

In a foreboding sign for New York Times readers, the paper has named one of the pillars of its 2016 campaign coverage to oversee its political coverage leading into the crucial 2018 and 2020 elections. The paper drew criticism during and following the 2016 presidential campaign for too often providing false equivalence between the candidates and focusing on the politics of personality rather than policy.

March 7, 2018

Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Called Journalists ‘The Enemy’

Journalists should expect no respite from President Donald Trump’s war on the press from his new campaign manager, Brad Parscale, whose role as head of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign was announced Tuesday. Parscale, who served as the digital media director of Trump’s 2016 presidential run, regularly uses his Twitter feed to go after the “fake news” media, and has written that “the media is the enemy of this country.”

February 28, 2018

What Makes Trump Think Mueller Should Be Prosecuted? Too Much Fox News

Reprinted with permission from Media Matters. NBC News reported today that President Donald Trump has been “talking to friends about the possibility of asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to consider prosecuting” special counsel Robert Mueller and members of his team on unstated charges as part of the administration’s effort to discredit and defang the Russia investigation. One […]

January 31, 2018

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January 11, 2018

Hopeful Media Await Trump’s ‘Pivot’ Toward Normalcy

One week ago, President Donald Trump appeared to threaten a nuclear strike on North Korea and simultaneously comment on the size of his penis in a tweet seemingly responding to a cable news segment he had been watching at the time. In the days since, journalists, pundits, and even lawmakers have discussed whether the president is mentally fit to serve (according to the president, he is a “very stable genius”).

January 10, 2018

New Study: Facebook ‘Most Important’ In Spreading Fake News

The political scientists estimated that more than a quarter of American adults visited a page on a pro-Donald Trump or pro-Hillary Clinton fake news website. Most of the fake news was pro-Trump, and people who supported his campaign were significantly more likely to visit fake news sites than people who supported Clinton.

January 3, 2018

Murdoch’s Boot-Licking Of Trump Pays Off

Murdoch’s greatest asset in that endeavor is President Donald Trump, whom Murdoch has cultivated by serving as his informal adviser and giving him fawning coverage through his news outlets. That effort now appears to be bearing fruit.

December 16, 2017

Fox News Throws Steve Bannon To The Wolves Over Roy Moore’s Defeat

If you have tuned in to Fox News since the network called the Alabama Senate race for Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore, you may have had the sublime pleasure of watching its commentators drive a bus over Breitbart honcho Steve Bannon, back the bus up, and drive it over him again.

December 14, 2017
trump press

Democrats Trust The Press And Republicans Don’t. What Now?

The research was presented yesterday at a journalism ethics summit organized by the nonprofit journalism think tank the Poynter Institute, which I attended along with dozens of journalists and advocates keen on discussing how to strengthen the public’s trust in the press during the Trump administration.

December 6, 2017
koch brothers

The Kochs Just Got Their Hands On Time Magazine. Who’s Next?

Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who are major funders of Republican candidates and conservative organizations, now own a stake in Time Inc. On Sunday night, the Meredith Corporation announced that it is purchasing the company with the help of $650 million from a Koch equity fund.

November 28, 2017

Was Hannity Picked Up On Wiretaps Of Julian Assange?

Sean Hannity either broke a massive bombshell implicating the Trump administration in ongoing, illegal spying on journalists on his Fox News show last night, or he casually pushed yet another baseless conspiracy theory to his audience of 3 million viewers.

November 16, 2017