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Steve Bannon, head of the news website Breitbart News, was named to the new position of campaign chief executive officer. Bannon, a conservative flamethrower was referred to by ousted Corey Lewandowski as "a street fighter" like himself. The campaign statement announcing the changes touted a Bloomberg Politics article that branded Bannon "the most dangerous political operative in America." REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

How Breitbart News Became The Official Propaganda Arm Of The Trump Campaign

Breitbart News has relentlessly defended Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and problematic statements, from commending Trump for “changing the debate on illegal immigration” with his statement that Mexican immigrants are “rapists” to defending Corey Lewandowski over Breitbart News’ own reporter, Michelle Fields.

August 17, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

How Clinton Emails Became The New Whitewater: A ‘Scandal’ In Search Of A Crime

Recall that Whitewater, the-hard-to-follow pseudo-scandal sponsored by The New York Times in the 1990s, dragged on so long that it became hard to recall what the Clintons’ alleged original sin was. (Losing money on a real estate deal is against the law?)

August 16, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Fairfield , Connecticut, U.S., August 13, 2016. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

Trump Rails Against Press In Response To Reports Of Chaos

On Saturday, the New York Times published an article detailing failed efforts to make Trump focus his campaign on the general election. “These are the most dishonest people,” Trump said. “Maybe we’ll start thinking about taking their press credentials away from them.”

August 14, 2016
Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly poses on the set of his show "The O'Reilly Factor" in New York March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Fox News Is Laying The Groundwork For Trump To Skip Out On Presidential Debates

Fox News figures are helping rationalize Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s threat that the 2016 presidential debates must have “fair” moderators or he won’t participate, pointing to Candy Crowley’s 2012 debate moderation in which she fact-checked Republican candidate Mitt Romney as an “unacceptable” example.

August 14, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign rally at Crown Arena in Fayetteville, North Carolina August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Donald Trump And The ‘Banality Of Evil’

A week ago, reporters were writing about whether Trump’s invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails was treasonous or otherwise illegal. That was bad enough. But now this. As Ezra Klein pointed out in a Vox column and video last week, there are no words to describe this kind of behavior. “Abnormal” doesn’t do it justice. Nor does “monstrous.”

August 11, 2016
A supporter holds up a copy of Time Magazine with the cover headline "How Trump Won" during Trump's speech at a veteran's rally in Des Moines, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking  - RTX24HOV

The Death Of ‘Both Sides’ Campaign Coverage

Is it possible that in recent days and weeks, Trump’s campaign has become such an inferno of incompetence that it’s just not possible for the press to look at the GOP campaign wreckage on display and suggest Democrats are facing a similar type of blaze; that both sides are in disarray?

August 8, 2016
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WATCH: John Oliver’s Depressingly Accurate Report On Local News, ‘Stoplight’

Oliver’s dramatization of a future journalism held captive by Internet fluff pieces illustrates a point that journalists and news outlets have tried to warn news consumers about for years now: where we’re going isn’t pretty.

August 8, 2016
Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus gavels the Republican National Convention open in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Outlets Like The Atlantic And The Economist Are Selling Editorial Interviews To Lobbyists At DNC And RNC

In case you still had faith in the political media machine’s integrity, several big outlets have cleared up that misconception for you, by offering news interviews for sale at the Democratic and Republican conventions.

July 4, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump looks at the crowd while addressing The Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road To Majority" conference in Washington, U.S., June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The Problem With The Media’s ‘Trump Is Pivoting’ Narrative

In following this pattern, the media are both applauding Trump for having simply mastered “campaign 101,” as CNN’s David Gregory noted, and excusing his past remarks as political maneuvering and electoral showmanship.

June 27, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with the media in the spin room after the Republican U.S. candidates debate sponsored by CBS News and the Republican National Committee in Greenville, South Carolina February 13, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Harvard Study Confirms Media’s Role In Trump’s Political Rise

“Journalists are attracted to the new, the unusual, the sensational — the type of story material that will catch and hold an audience’s attention. Trump fit that need as no other candidate in recent memory. Trump is arguably the first bona fide media-created presidential nominee. Although he subsequently tapped a political nerve, journalists fueled his launch.”

June 15, 2016
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What To Do When The Trump Campaign Is Gaslighting Your Network

Donald Trump’s campaign is rolling out a new strategy to try to tamp down the widespread criticism from the media and his fellow Republicans of Trump’s racist comments about a federal judge: flat-out lie about what he said and why.

June 8, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Lynden, Washington, U.S.

NBC News Vs. The Donald

A press release from MSNBC was headlined “NBC News Report: ‘Donald Trump Does Not Have a Campaign.'” Which was kind of a surprise. Trump has a campaign plane and campaign rallies and a campaign press corps, so why doesn’t he have a campaign?

June 8, 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
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Can Trump Whine His Way To The White House With Complaints About “Biased” Media Coverage?

Trump’s meltdown this week shocked the Beltway media because it came during the general election campaign season, where these kinds of vicious, personal attacks coming directly from the presumptive nominee are unheard of.

June 3, 2016
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Flashback: How Fox News Let Trump Lie When Trump U. Lawsuit Was Filed

Trump and his real estate seminar business have been facing fraud and misrepresentation lawsuits for years, and Fox News was letting Trump lie about it long before he became a presidential candidate.

June 2, 2016
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Trump’s Whining Strategy

Earlier this week, the presumptive Republican nominee initiated yet another attack on journalists, this time for having the audacity to report that he had failed to make good on a promise in January to donate $1 million to a veterans charity.

June 2, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Trump Yells At Journalists For An Hour, Previews Presidential Press Conferences

When Donald Trump announced that he would be giving a press conference today to discuss his misdealings with veterans groups, members of the media covering his remarks should have known they were in for a wild ride.

May 31, 2016
Barack Obama Syracuse University award journalism

Endorse This: Obama: Unlike Putin, I Don’t Edit Journalists

“Unlike you, Vladimir, I don’t get to edit the piece before it’s published.”

March 29, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump flexes his muscles while visiting a Nevada Republican caucus site in Las Vegas

We Journalists Helped To Build Monster Trump

Sure, Donald Trump is the inevitable outcome of years of Republican pandering to the far right, but we gave him wings.

February 25, 2016
Several hundred students begin their occupation of the Arthur G. Coons Administrative Center at Occidental College in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood on November 16, 2015. Occidental College students joined with the Black Student Alliance to protest a lack of diversity and said they will occupy the building until Friday, Nov. 20. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Calling All Millennials

If we’re serious about the importance of millennial voters — and we’re all insisting that we are — then where are the forums to hear from them?

February 17, 2016
Aljazeera News Room

Al Jazeera America To Close; AJ-English Will Expand Digital Operations In U.S.

After three years of financial struggles, Al Jazeera America (AJAM) executives announced that the network will stop broadcasting at the end of April. The closure marks the final chapter of a turbulent existence, in which the channel invested heavily but failed to gain a meaningful market share in American television news.

January 13, 2016
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Clinton, Trump, And How The Pundit Class Misread 2015

Everyone got it wrong. Clinton’s campaign was never in the dire state that the press claimed it was. And Trump, it turns out, appears to be a perfect messenger for today’s increasingly radical and intolerant Republican Party.

December 23, 2015
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Fool Me Twice, New York Times…

In my experience, you can fool a golden retriever exactly twice with the old hidden ball trick. So if the paper’s latest blunder is any indication, a golden retriever is overqualified to edit ‘The New York Times.’

December 23, 2015
Activists hold a protest and vigil against gun violence on the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass shooting, outside the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters in Fairfax

Editor Is Fired, But Not Silenced, Over The NRA

Jan Larson McLaughlin usually writes her editorial in the newsroom, but this one required special care. She was taking on the National Rifle Association, and she was doing it in Ohio. What happened next should bother everyone who cares about a free press.

December 16, 2015