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Guilt Feelings: Why Trump (Like Clinton) Will Require A Subpoena

“Donald Trump insists he is willing — eager, even — to sit down for a tough interview with Robert Mueller. His lawyers have other ideas, and hope to strictly limit any questioning of the president under oath or prevent it from happening altogether. Whether they can pull this off is a legal and constitutional question for which […]

March 1, 2018
Trump, Authoritarian

Trump’s New Press Tactics Follow The Old-School Authoritarian Model

Donald Trump is fulfilling the role of an authoritarian demagogue so thoroughly that if this whole disaster were a movie, it would be criticized for being formulaic and cliched. His frequently expressed hostility toward the media comes right out of a well-worn copy of the Dictator’s Playbook, and he has repeatedly revealed himself to be an enemy of a free press.

January 17, 2017
seditious libel, Trump, Media

When Trump Goes Low, Media Can Go Away

If Trump won’t take questions from serious journalists at a news conference, it’s not a news conference. Reporters are merely playing “straight man” on a reality TV show — complete with paid hecklers and promotions for Trump properties. They don’t have to be there.

January 17, 2017
Trump, Russia

Trump Has Extensive Business Dealings With Russian Investors

Donald Trump’s assertion that he does no business in Russia looks past extensive business dealings with Russians who have partnered with him and bought his properties. In fact, Trump and his family have had many dealings in Russia and with Russian emigres elsewhere.

January 12, 2017
Trump, Press

17 Signs Of How Bad Press Treatment Will Be Under Trump

Trump sought to use yesterday’s press conference to conflate the two stories and employ them to shatter the credibility of the news outlets that published them. The result was a horrifying day for press freedom. Trump will be sworn in as president in eight days. Things can still get much, much worse.

January 12, 2017
The press post-mortem, CNN

A Call For Activists For Journalism

Still, journalists get squeamish at the notion of being activists for anything, for obvious reasons. But that’s what we need to be now. We must let our readers and viewers know how we do what we do and why it matters. It’s clear that the angriest of Trump supporters feel emboldened by his election and his behavior ever since.

January 12, 2017
Trump, CNN, Russia Report

CNN’s Russia Bombshell About Trump Deserves More Than Journalistic Navel-Gazing

Trump’s defense has actually included citing the Kremlin’s denial as evidence that the story isn’t true. And yet, some in the media have followed along, conflating BuzzFeed’s work with CNN’s and focusing on BuzzFeed’s decision to release the memo rather than engaging with the troubling implications of the CNN report.

January 11, 2017
Trump gesturing to one of his many rallies in September 2016

Trump Camp Reverses Media Ban On WaPo, BuzzFeed

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday ended his ban on press credentials for some news outlets seeking to cover his campaign events, including The Washington Post and Buzzfeed, a policy that had drawn strong criticism from press freedom advocates.

September 7, 2016
Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed Jonah Peretti delivers a keynote speech during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

BuzzFeed Goes Back On $1.3 Million Ad Deal With GOP, Compares Trump To Cigarettes

“We certainly don’t like to turn away revenue that funds all the important work we do across the company,” CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in an email to BuzzFeed staff. “However, in some cases we must make business exceptions: we don’t run cigarette ads because they are hazardous to our health, and we won’t accept Trump ads for the exact same reason.”

June 6, 2016
Planned Parenthood

Anti-Abortion Videos Provoke Ethical Crisis For Doctors, Pols — And Media

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) continues to cause political problems for Planned Parenthood, while challenging media outlets to strike a balance between covering the group’s activities and spreading their strident anti-abortion message.

August 1, 2015

Endorse This: Don’t Blame Ted Cruz — He Voted For Kodos

Watch as Cruz makes his own addition to the sad history of candidates trying to look cool: a voice-acting audition for The Simpsons. Of course, the really big surprise will be if even one of that show’s lefty writers ever votes for him.

June 30, 2015