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#EndorseThis: ‘President Show’ Trump Calls Press “Worst Hate Group Of Them All”

In deep-character as “the second president of the Confederate States of America,” President Show host Anthony Atamanuik addressed the violence in Charlottesville. Challenged by a “reporter” about his coziness with white supremacists, Atamanuik-as-Trump denounced “the worst hate group of them all: the press.”

August 25, 2017
Sean Spicer, White House, Lies

Why The Press Shouldn’t Believe Anything The White House Tells Them

If newsrooms understand that falsehoods are the currency that Trump and his White House aides trade in each day, then reporters should stop treating unconfirmed claims from the White House as fact. Even when the supposed facts revolve around everyday matters like diplomatic phone calls.

February 1, 2017
Donald Trump, Press

Journalists Speak Out On How The Press Should Cover Trump

Facing the reality of President-elect Donald Trump’s impending inauguration, traditional media outlets can either band together in the face of Trump’s bullying anti-press tactics or risk being steamrolled by the incoming administration. Reporters need to be ready to recommit to solid, rigorous reporting to hold Trump accountable.

January 20, 2017
Trump, DC Hotel

Trump’s Hotel Bans Press For Inauguration, Raising First Amendment Concerns

President-elect Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C. hotel is banning reporters from its premises during inauguration week. The move underscores the incoming president’s personal hostility toward the press and raises First Amendment issues, as the hotel space is leased by the president-elect from the federal government.

January 19, 2017
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
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
Trump, Nuclear Tweets, Russisa

As Trump Wages War On The Press, News Outlets Refuse To Fight Back

Like everything else about Donald Trump’s vitriolic campaign, his attacks on journalists, and the way those assaults are being fervently amplified by Trump’s whipped-up supporters, have become genuinely frightening during the finals weeks of the Republican’s faltering run.

October 20, 2016
seditious libel, Trump, Media

Donald Trump And The Return Of Seditious Libel

This year, for the first time since at least Richard Nixon, the leader of one of our major political parties has pledged to limit press freedom by restricting criticism of his prospective rule.

September 27, 2016
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Katrina Pierson’s Insane Spin on the Dallas Morning News Clinton Endorsment

Trump national spokesperson Katrina Pierson trashed the Dallas Morning News Wednesday, insisting the historically conservative paper is “liberal” after its editorial board opted to endorse Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

September 8, 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

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

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
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as his wife Melania (C) and daughter Ivanka listen at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

As Journalists, Let Us Not Tiptoe Around Trump, The Nominee

I’m going to watch this coverage with the fierce focus of a hound on the hunt, and I am confident that I will not be the only columnist or the only woman to do so. As I’ve written a number of times in recent months, this is not the misogyny of the 2008 campaign, but only because so many of us women are older now and we are so done with this.

May 5, 2016
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Tucson, Arizona March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Sam Mircovich

Here’s How The Media Should Fight Trump (It’s Easy!)

These aren’t “gotcha” questions. They’re questions. Anyone who wants to lead the free world should have to answer them.

March 31, 2016

It’s Time For Reporters To Break Out Of The Trump Rally Press Pens

Sadly, news organizations have brought some of the degradation on themselves by acquiescing to all kinds of Trump campaign demands, such as the rule that they camp out inside mandatory press pens at events.

March 31, 2016
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A Happy Ending, Perhaps, To The Trump Lounge Act

At his February rally in Biloxi, Mississippi, Trump repeatedly pointed to the cameraman — readily identifiable to the crowd — and shouted: “Turn it. Turn it. Turn it. Spin it. Spin the camera. Spin the camera. Look at the guy in the middle. Look at the guy in the middle. Why aren’t you turning the camera? Why aren’t you turning the camera? Terrible. It’s so terrible. Look at him — he doesn’t turn the camera. It’s a disgusting — I tell you, it’s disgusting…”

March 24, 2016

Phoning It In And The Media’s Trump Surrender

If this Trump vs. the press battle were an actual fight, the referee would’ve stopped it a long, long time ago.

March 11, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Sumter Civic Center in Sumter

5 Ways The Press Made Donald Trump Happen

Trump has played the media like a fiddle, and they deserve as much responsibility for his rise as anyone.

February 22, 2016

FBI Created Phony Seattle Times Story To Find Bomb-Threat Suspect

The Seattle Times feels that their reputation as a government watchdog was jeopardized by the FBI’s attempts to identify a bomb-threat suspect.

October 28, 2014

New York Times To Slash 100 Newsroom Jobs In Streamlining

The New York Times is cutting a record high of jobs from the newsroom, amounting to 7.5 percent of the newsroom staff.

October 1, 2014

White House News Group Honors Black Reporter It Once Barred

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Harry S. McAlpin made history in February 1944 when he became the first black reporter to cover a presidential news conference at the White House. Time magazine and The New York Times noted the milestone. And Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who’d opened the White House doors after entreaties […]

April 14, 2014