How Will Cable News Thrive Without Trump?

Fox News, CNN and MSNBC saw record ratings under President Trump, who is not yet done reshaping the cable news landscape.

COMMENTARY BY MARGARET SULLIVAN

Media Has A Big Post-Trump Task Ahead

The disinformation system that Trump unleashed will outlast him. Here’s what reality-based journalists must do about it.

Two Trump Defamation Claims Dismissed

In the last few days, two defamation cases filed against media companies by the Trump campaign have been dismissed – one on the merits and one by agreement of the parties.  This includes the suit filed by the campaign against Northland Television, the licensee of a rural Wisconsin television station.  That station was perhaps the smallest TV station to air an ad by a non-candidate group, Priorities USA, that the Trump campaign alleged was misleadingly edited to assert that the President had labeled the coronavirus a “hoax.”

Newsmax CEO Knocks Down Trump TV Talk

Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy on Tuesday sought to quell speculation that it would become a Trump-branded network after President Donald Trump leaves the White House. While telling CNBC he’s friends with Trump, Ruddy said, “I think they’re reading into it a little too much.”

CNN’s Amanpour Regrets Equating Trump With Nazi Assault

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s Christiane Amanpour says she regrets equating President Donald Trump’s tenure to Kristallnacht, an attack on Jews in Nazi Germany seen historically as the Holocaust’s launch. A prominent Jewish organization criticized Amanpour for her remarks, made last Thursday on her nightly interview program that airs on CNN International and PBS. Amanpour […]

Trump Allies Explored Buyout Of Newsmax TV As Fox News Alternative

Judge Dismisses Trump Libel Suit Against CNN

The suit fails because Trump hasn’t shown actual malice on the part of an author who wrote that Trump’s campaign was soliciting Russia’s help in 2020.

Trump Eyes Digital Media To Take On Fox News

President Trump has told friends he wants to start a digital media company to clobber Fox News and undermine the conservative-friendly network, sources tell Axios. “He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it,” said a source with detailed knowledge of Trump’s intentions. There’s been lots of speculation about Trump starting a cable channel. But getting carried on cable systems would be expensive and time-consuming. Instead, Trump is considering a digital media channel that would stream online, which would be cheaper and quicker to start. It would charge a monthly fee.

COMMENTARY BY JAMES PONIEWOZIK

President Trump’s Show Has Been Canceled

James Poniewozik: For years, we’ve been living inside a story defined by Donald Trump’s reality-TV worldview. America finally changed the channel.

Drudge Report, A Former Trump Ally, Looks To Biden

NBC Affil Wants Judge To Rule On Trump’s Loss

Northland Television tells a judge that Donald J. Trump for President has now lost standing to pursue its libel suit against its WJFW Wausau, Wis., over a “hoax.”

The Long Love Affair Between Fox News And Trump May Be Over. Here’s How It All Soured Last Week.

As he faces expulsion from the White House, Trump has vowed revenge on the network that propelled his political career, according to close White House aides — perhaps by publicly attacking Fox or undermining its business model by endorsing a competitor.

Anderson Cooper Apologizes For Calling Trump ‘An Obese Turtle’

COMMENTARY BY MARGARET SULLIVAN

A Flawed Media May Have Saved Democracy

Over the past four or five years, I’ve been sharply critical of the media, including that subset I like to call the “reality-based press.” My continuing complaint has been that mainstream journalism never quite figured out how to cover President Trump, the master of distraction and insult who craved media attention and knew exactly how to get it, regardless of what it meant for the good of the nation. The mainstream media, however flawed, has managed to tell us who Trump is. And although I’ve had my doubts at times about the effectiveness of fact-checking, that exhausting work has been invaluable, too. Without the reality-based press, whatever its flaws and shortcomings, we would be utterly lost.

Fox News Meets Trump’s Fraud Claims With Skepticism

Even Fox & Friends, a warm venue for the president, sounded doubts about his talk of a stolen election. CNN and MSNBC dismissed the claims.

Trump Campaign Attacks Director Of Fox News Decision Desk, But Network Stands By Arizona Call

With Donald Trump’s path to reelection narrowing, he and his campaign have taken aim at the director of Fox News’ Decision Desk, which called Arizona for Joe Biden on Election Night. The Trump campaign sent out a press release attacking Arnon Mishkin, who has since made multiple appearances on the air defending the call and declining to retract it.

Networks Cut Away From Trump’s Address

ABC, CBS and NBC all cut away from President Donald Trump on Thursday as he spoke from the White House to make an unfounded accusation that the presidential election was being stolen from him. Trump had tried to commandeer the nation’s airwaves at a time when the evening newscasts are shown on the East Coast, after a day when the slow drip of vote counting revealed his leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia dwindling.

Social Media Companies Survived Election Day

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube remained on alert as the lack of a clear election result kept the online misinformation flowing.

How A Biden Or Trump Win Could Reshape Marketing, Media, Ad Tech

Adweek editors checked in with observers across a variety of business segments to get a sense of what impact a reelected Trump or incoming Biden administration would have on the regulatory and cultural environment of companies and consumers.

How Careful Local Reporting Undermined Trump’s Claims Of Voter Fraud

One week before election day, President Trump tweeted: “Big problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the USA”—a claim he used to call for the dismissal of some of those ballots and for a definitive result on November 3 regardless of outstanding votes. CJR spoke with reporters in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Minnesota, and New Jersey about their efforts to reassure local readers about the integrity of the electoral process, even as national figures spun stories about their coverage areas.

‘Surreal.’ Reporters Share What It Was Like To Cover Trump, Biden Campaigns

Talking to beat reporters who spent months covering the campaigns of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is like hearing about journeys to two completely different planets.

News Organizations Rebuke Trump On Election Victory Claim

With reporters and supporters gathered at the White House at 2:20 a.m. ET, the president said it was “a major fraud on our nation” that he hadn’t been declared the winner. “As far as I’m concerned, we already have won this,” he said. The words were barely out of his mouth before television anchors rushed to refute him.

NEWS ANALYSIS

It’s The End Of An Era For The Media, No Matter Who Wins The Election

Trump made the legacy media great again. Here’s what’s next for them.

What Happens To Fox News If Trump Loses? Rupert Murdoch Is Prepared.

The man who helped create Fox News as the most influential platform for conservative politics in America fully expects that Biden will win — and frankly isn’t too bothered by that.

Biden Camp Spends Big On Late TV Ads

Biden’s campaign will spend $51 million on television and digital advertising over the final week of the preelection sprint, according to data maintained by the nonpartisan firm Advertising Analytics. Outside groups are set to spend another $36 million on his behalf. Trump’s campaign has blocked off about half that amount.

Presidential Ads Swamp TV, Radio, Digital In PA

Ad tracking firm Advertising Analytics expects Trump and Biden spending in Philadelphia alone to exceed $150 million. Compared with the 2012 race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, presidential ad volume is up 87%, according to an October report from the Wesleyan Media Project. It’s up a whopping 145% from the 2016 battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

’60 Minutes’ Airs Trump Interview, With Fact Checks

Lesley Stahl told President Trump up front: “You know, this is 60 Minutes. And we can’t put on things we can’t verify.” On Sunday night, the show remained true to its word. The venerable CBS newsmagazine aired significant portions of the interview it conducted with President Trump earlier this week, even though the White House broke an agreement that a tape it made of the proceedings would only be used for archival material.

Trump Plans ‘Heavy’ Ad Buy In Minnesota

President Trump’s campaign had its best-ever online fundraising day and plans to invest heavily on the airwaves in Minnesota in the closing days before the election. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said the online haul on Thursday, when Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden squared off for the final presidential debate, was better than any online fundraising day in the 2016 or 2020 presidential cycles.

’60 Minutes’ Will Run Trump Interview Sunday, Despite President’s Release Of Footage

Lesley Stahl’s interview with President Donald Trump will air Sunday on 60 Minutes, despite the White House’s decision to air unedited footage of it on Facebook, CBS News said Thursday.

Trump Posts Unedited ’60 Minutes’ Interview

The footage, posted by the president on Facebook ahead of its scheduled Sunday broadcast, shows Trump growing increasingly prickly as CBS anchor Lesley Stahl presses him on a host of topics, including his response to the coronavirus pandemic, his slipping support among suburban women, the lack of masks at his rallies, and the “Obamacare” replacement plan he has long promised but failed to unveil.

TVN'S TV2025

Media CEOs: Biden Win Would Stop Press-Bashing

Panelists at TVNewsCheck’s virtual TV2025 conference this afternoon said a change in the presidency could help temper the anti-press sentiment that’s grown over the past four years. Allen Media CEO Byron Allen said a Biden administration would be “great for broadcasting. Anything to stop the craziness we are all experiencing now. I don’t think we have ever seen this kind of attack against journalists. This is an all-out war.”

Trump Cuts Short ‘60 Minutes’ Appearance

President Donald Trump blasted 60 Minutes and correspondent Lesley Stahl after he abruptly cut short a planned series of appearances on the show. His latest tweets suggest that he did not think the interview went well. Trump wrote on Twitter, “I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME! This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about…”

COMMENTARY BY MARGARET SULLIVAN

What Kristen Welker Can Learn From Savannah Guthrie

Margaret Sullivan: “Savannah Guthrie brought her A game to last week’s NBC town hall with President Trump. As Thursday’s final debate between Trump and Joe Biden approaches, Guthrie’s NBC colleague, White House correspondent Kristen Welker, needs to have the best night of her career, too — but in a very different way. To make this debate something that serves the public interest rather than being the disastrous circus that it could be, she needs to be in control.”

Biden Draws More Online Engagement As Election Nears

Donald Trump Is Losing His Touch. So Is The TV Producer Who Shaped His Image

Mark Burnett helped turn Donald Trump into a national figure with The Apprentice. But since 2016, his impact “has kind of gone bust.”

’60 Minutes’ Sets Trump, Biden Interviews

The CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes will interview President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden for next week’s edition. Correspondent Lesley Stahl announced the interviews at the end of the newscast Sunday, promising “revealing, provocative conversations with the two major party candidates for president.”

Donald Trump To Do Town Hall For Sinclair

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Friday that the president would participate in an event on Oct. 21, to be moderated by Eric Bolling, the conservative political commentator and host of America This Week. The event will air on all of Sinclair’s CW and MNT stations in 55 markets, as well as on their websites. Trump will answer questions from Bolling and members of an audience.

For Grateful NBC, Guthrie Changes The Subject

NBC was reeling heading into Thursday’s town hall with President Trump, under widespread criticism for scheduling it at the same time as ABC’s town hall with Democratic opponent Joe Biden. NBC was accused of rewarding Trump for rejecting the debate commission’s plan to do the second debate virtually. That was quickly forgotten when the president sat opposite Guthrie, who questioned him specifically on when he last tested positive for COVID-19 (he said he didn’t remember), whether he had pneumonia (didn’t say) and his personal finances.

Trump Town Hall Sparks Behind-The-Scenes Fury At NBC

NBC has been rocked by an internal feud over its decision to host a town hall with Donald Trump at the same time as ABC’s Thursday event with Joe Biden. The internal conflict extends to the highest levels of NBCUniversal, where MSNBC head Phil Griffin strongly disagreed with NBC News President Noah Oppenheim’s decision to unilaterally move forward with the town hall during that time slot, according to three high-ranking sources at the TV media giant.

Rupert Murdoch Predicts Biden Landslide Win

President Trump’s influential supporter Rupert Murdoch is telling close associates he believes Joe Biden will win the election in a landslide. The Australian-born billionaire is disgusted by Trump’s handling of COVID-19, remarking that the president is his own worst enemy, that he is not listening to advice about how best to handle the pandemic, and that he’s creating a never-ending crisis for his administration, according to three people who have spoken with Murdoch.