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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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When Democracy Becomes Must See TV

Is it even possible for a democratic country to govern itself when news becomes “infotainment,” and infotainment news?

December 16, 2015
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A Calvin Coolidge Christmas In Washington

Barack Obama was once the young president with the golden voice. Now he seems like King David shorn of his harp and songs he composed to inspire his people. While I remain in his camp, sweet reason is not going to lull the NRA or ISIS.

December 11, 2015
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Media Ripped For TV Coverage From Home Of San Bernardino Shooters

As this bizarre scene was playing out live on TV, critics — on Twitter and elsewhere — let out a collective yowl.

December 5, 2015
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More Layoffs For Journalists Is Sad News For You

In most newsrooms these days, fear reigns. That is no way for a journalist to take on the world — or corruption at your local city hall.

November 5, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich considers his answer to a question during an interview with Reuters in Concord

Women Continue To Confound John Kasich

GOP presidential candidate John Kasich seems to labor under some 1950s retro fantasy that all women are either as ‘angry as Hillary’ or as silly as teeny-boppers.

October 15, 2015
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Critic’s Notebook: Virginia TV Shooting Sparks A Debate Over Viewing Of Footage

The problem when a journalist goes on a killing rampage — he’s going to go all out on social.

August 27, 2015
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Harry Reid Applauds Man Who Hoaxed The Right Wing

“I wish I’d meet this guy and pat him on the back,” Reid said, of the man who roped in right-wing conspiracy theorists.

April 29, 2015
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Prospects Fading For ‘NBC Nightly News’ Anchor Brian Williams’ Return

Brian Williams is gone, but not forgotten — because the story just keeps getting worse.

April 28, 2015
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What’s Partisan About Fact?

The lack of GOP enthusiasm for fact-checkers ought to tell you something. Who could have a problem with a fact-checker?

April 27, 2015
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