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Sunday, January 22, 2017
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Trump, Press

Trump Wants To Flood White House Press Briefings With Sycophants

Something is happening here that is more insidious than Trump and his administration lashing out at perceived enemies. According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, the administration is interested in potentially “stacking press conferences with conservative columnists and staffers from pro-Trump outlets.”

January 18, 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
Monica Crowley

Monica Crowley Declines National Security Post Amid Plagiarism Reports

A CNN review found this month that Monica Crowley plagiarized thousands of words of her 2000 dissertation for her Columbia University Ph.D. In addition, Politico reported that it found more than a dozen examples of plagiarism in Crowley’s Ph.D. dissertation.

January 16, 2017
Trump, Russia, Nuclear Deal

How Trump Plans To Make The ‘Best’ Nuclear Arms Deal With Russia

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Moscow, he told The Times of London. “They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia,” the Republican president-elect said during his interview.

January 16, 2017
Alec Baldwin in SNL Trump cold open

Missed Last Night’s SNL? You’re In For A Stream Of Comedy Gold

Following his promises of “golden opportunities,” Alec Baldwin quickly moved on to reprise Trump’s press conference tantrums over Obamacare and CNN, as well as his ludicrous scheme to hand control of his business affairs over to his sons, “Beavis and Butthead.”

January 15, 2017
President-elect Trump

‘Unpresidented’: A Sign Of The Times

Are we living history backward? A swaggering new president who lost the people’s vote may mimic Julius Caesar’s Rome, changing from a republic to an empire. Caesar conquered Gaul. Trump conquered Rockefeller Center, where NBC made the mogul’s reality show, “The Apprentice.” It feels “unpresidented.”

January 13, 2017
seditious libel, Trump, Media

What’s In Trump’s Heart Comes Out Of His Mouth

To hear Conway tell it, some combination of Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama has been hiding in plain sight all along, except that somehow, Trump’s unruly mouth failed to properly represent Trump’s saintly heart and it’s all your fault, anyway, for believing words and actions have meaning.

January 13, 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 press conference takedowns

10 Most Scathingly True Takedowns Of Trump’s Press Conference

At his press conference, Trump held to his lie of not being able to release his taxes because of an ongoing audit, and said no one is interested except the press. After repeated attacks on Buzzfeed and CNN, he bullied a CNN reporter into silence.

January 11, 2017
CNN, Trump, Presser

Trump Punishes CNN For Challenging Him, Rewards Breitbart For Sucking Up

The lesson from Trump is that he won’t accept the sort of adversarial journalism CNN has engaged in here, which is necessary and vital for a modern, functioning democracy. But if you suck up like Breitbart did (and has done), you will be perfectly fine.

January 11, 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
Sexual Assault

How CNN And Fox News Enabled The Worst Sexual Assault Apologism Of 2016

As sexual assault allegations against President-elect Donald Trump piled up in the months before the election, CNN and Fox News each relied on paid Trump surrogates and media allies to peddle some of the worst sexual assault apologism of the past year.

December 29, 2016
CNN needs to do better

CNN Needs To Do Better Than This Trump Chyron

Someone looking at only the TV screen would not know these potential stumbling blocks with the deal. Instead, they would see only a graphic saying, “Trump Delivers On Vow To Save Carrier Jobs,” essentially giving Trump the talking point he wanted.

December 1, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump delivers economic policy speech in Monessen, Pennsylvania

Reality TV Emperor Or President Of A Constitutional Democracy?

Alas, Trump seems to confuse the presidency with being the emcee on a “reality TV” program. Or with being Emperor of Lilliput.

November 22, 2016
Why those CNN political panels always sound the same

#EndorseThis: Why Those CNN Election Panels Sounded So…Repetitive

CNN made obscene amounts of money from its coverage of the 2016 presidential election, but not because its political journalism was original, creative, or enlightening.

November 21, 2016
Protesters picket outside the event site before Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump begins a rally with supporters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

As Election Day Nears, Half Of Voters Expect Violence

There is mounting evidence that the Trump-led faction of the Republican Party is preparing to take their rage into the streets. Half of likely voters expect Election Day will be violent, a USA Today/Suffolk University poll found.

October 28, 2016
CNN and Fox News push baseless accusations about Hillary Clinton

WikiLeaks: Baseless ‘Pay To Play’ Accusation Against Clinton For Morocco Speech She Didn’t Give

The suggestion by CNN and Fox News that Clinton’s activities with regard to Morocco are a corrupt pay to play are dubious and baseless.

October 24, 2016
Melania Trump sits down with CNN television host Anderson Cooper

Melania Trump Calls Taped Comments By Donald Trump ‘Boy Talk’

Melania Trump rose to her husband’s defense, describing lewd comments as “boy talk” and claiming Trump was “egged on” by Billy Bush.

October 17, 2016

#EndorseThis: Of Course, She Offers Nuttiest Defense Of That Trump Tape

Former New York politician Betsy McCaughey is back, spinning for Trump. And she left CNN’s Don Lemon agog when she tried to defend his taped remarks about assaulting women by attacking Hillary Clinton and…Beyonce.

October 11, 2016
Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski sings the U.S. National Anthem on the floor during the first session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

#EndorseThis: Watch Lewandowski Dismiss Trump’s Taped Boast About Sex Assaults

Effrontery on this level, as ex-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski attempts to spin away the horrendous tape of his former boss boasting about sexual assault, is simply beyond price.

October 10, 2016

Why Are Clinton’s Millions Of Supporters Invisible In The Media?

Media are infatuated with millennial voters and relentless report how they might not like Clinton as much as they loved Barack Obama. Mathematically, the indications are that the Republican Party stands poised to be routed by those voters in November.

October 7, 2016
Trump campaign, Lewandowski

Lewandowski Has CNN Blessing To Work With Trump, Says He Needs Approval To Answer Media Matters’ Questions

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski refused to answer questions from Media Matters about the ongoing payments he is receiving from the Trump campaign while he serves as a CNN contributor, claiming he can’t answer media questions without network approval.

September 28, 2016

On Sunday News Shows, Trump’s Latest Russia Problem Almost Ignored

Most networks ignored a report that American intelligence officials are probing Russian government ties to a man identified as a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump.

September 25, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

First Debate: Fairly Or Not, Media Pressure Is On Clinton

Donald Trump has never participated in a one-on-one presidential debate. Hillary Clinton has been in 10 of them. Yet it’s Clinton, not Trump, who is under the most pressure when the two presidential candidates face off Monday night in New York.

September 25, 2016