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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Right-wing, Trump supporters

New Poll Reveals A Frightening Truth About Trump Supporters

Despite being the most watched cable news network in the country for the past 15 years, viewers still don’t consider Fox News to be part of the mainstream media — a testament to the evil genius of Roger Ailes and the Fox News marketing team.

March 9, 2017
Trump, Emoluments Clause, Impeachable

Are Mainstream Outlets Normalizing Trump’s Impeachable Offenses?

In what should serve as a prompt for investigative journalists, the exact nature of the emoluments Trump has received is unclear in many instances due to Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.

March 7, 2017
Gaslighting

The White House Is Gaslighting The Media (And The Entire Country)

Donald Trump lies and reporters fact-check him, then he and his team spin the lies to blame the “biased” and “dishonest” media. Trump’s team wants to create a world where no one knows what to believe, where facts and reality are irrelevant, and all that matters is what Trump says matters.

February 12, 2017
NBC News, Trump

How NBC News Is Already Catering To Trump’s Presidency

It looks to a lot of people like NBC and MSNBC are shifting right in order to compete for the GOP audience and appeal to Trump himself. The Trump administration’s increasing comfort with MSNBC and NBC only reinforces this theory. But as Fox News could tell them, once you start giving in and moving to the right, you may have a hard time stopping.

February 6, 2017
Trump, Media

Faced With Trump’s Looming Press Crisis, Media Embrace Timidity

Over and over we’re seeing this discouraging and potentially dangerous pattern unfold: At a time when Trump and his team are ratcheting up their attempts to discredit the media, and as they stand poised to choke off all meaningful access for journalists, too many news organizations are responding with timidity and accommodation.

January 10, 2017
Approval

The Cultural Significance Of The Trump Establishment

The unapologetic white male has returned, and you could hardly find a more threatening and throwback version of that than Trump—a rich, voluble, egomaniacal, middle-aged pussy hound. To write him you would need some combination of authors like Norman Mailer, Terry Southern, Harry Crews and Gore Vidal, all notably out of step with current cultural norms.

January 9, 2017
Trump, Liar, Journalists

What Journalists Can Do When The President Is A Liar

When Donald Trump is inaugurated later this month, the presidency will officially be held by an inveterate liar. And the way the press has covered Trump in the two months since his November election victory suggests that many journalists need to adjust their approach to address that reality before Trump takes office.

January 4, 2017
Trump TV, Media, Journalism

News Media Must Take A Moral Stand

Yes, news media must strive to be fair, to hold all sides to rigorous account, to offer a balanced view. But occasionally, there comes a point when pretending to moral equivalence between those sides is a lie, an act of journalistic malpractice. No one ever had to remind Cronkite or Murrow of the need to speak the truth when the truth was plain and the moral imperative clear. No one should have to remind this generation of journalists either.

January 4, 2017
Trump, Dictator, Media

Yes, The Media Spent The Election Teaching Americans How To Love A Dictator

The next commander-in-chief is an impulsive, deceitful, corrupt, intellectually lazy megalomaniac. That’s a delicious character disorder for the villain of a comic book, and it’s ideally suited to a news industry whose audience is addicted to melodrama and whose narrative technique maximizes suspense, surprise and dread.

December 28, 2016
Donald Trump and the power of fear

Donald Trump And The Power Of Fear

Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency was defined by fear, paranoia, and a distrust of the government and mainstream media. And it succeeded thanks, at least in part, to right-wing media outlet.

November 19, 2016
Steve Bannon NPR interview Breitbart defends him

Normalizing The Abnormal: NPR Begins Its Whitewashing Of Breitbart’s Racism

Pollak’s segment was a master class in obfuscation and a primer on how to flip the script and turn totally justified accusations of bigotry, misogyny and anti-Semitism into “reverse racism.”

November 17, 2016
Trump, Kellyanne Conway

Of Course The Press Played A Major Role In Trump’s Victory

Question: How well did the press succeed in getting Trump to release his tax returns? In getting him to release relevant health information about himself? In getting him to hold a press conference during the final months of the campaign?

November 15, 2016
Media normalizing Trump

Right On Cue, Media Begins To Normalize Trump

Overall there’s a creeping sense that we’re stuck with Trump and we should make it “work” in some type of do-goody liberal appeal to patriotism. But this is wrong, both tactically and ethically.

November 14, 2016
Trump and the media

How Trump Dared The Press With A Campaign Built On Lies

As Donald Trump’s three-ring circus-style campaign of misinformation winds down, one of the lingering questions is whether the press has helped normalize the kind of post-truth performance that Trump has so enthusiastically embraced.

October 25, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses as she speaks at a campaign rally in Cleveland. Cynthia Tucker Haynes says hatred toward Hillary is fueled by sexism.

What The Mainstream Media’s Missing: Clinton’s Economic Plans Are The Most Ambitious Since WWII

Mainstream media has been ignoring the centerpiece of Hillary Clinton’s agenda and speeches as she has criss-crossed 2016’s battleground states since the Democratic Convention—that she wants “to make the largest investment in jobs since World War II in her first 100 days in office.”

August 14, 2016

Why Are Candidates So Afraid Of The Press?

Today, Republicans invoke the name Ronald Reagan as if he were a god. But they forget how he, for all his faults, had something today’s candidates lack when it comes to answering reporters’ questions: a spine.

November 4, 2015