Trump Spends $100M In Swing States

In the biggest, most dramatic outlay on political advertising in the 2020 presidential election cycle since the free-spending Mike Bloomberg and Tom Steyer primary-season glory days, President Donald Trump’s campaign just dropped $99.7 million on TV advertising across Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Arizona.

Trump Suspended From Twitch, Reddit

Both Twitch and Reddit have made moves against the president’s political content, citing violations of terms of service. Twitch confirmed today that it has temporarily suspended the president’s account. “Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch,” a spokesperson for the streaming giant said.

Trump Again ‘Not Happy’ With Fox News

President Trump again took aim at Fox News on Tuesday, saying he’s “not happy” with the network while arguing it “wants to be politically correct all of a sudden.” “I’m not happy with Fox at all,” Trump told Christian Broadcast Network’s David Brody. “My base hates what Fox News is doing,” he said before adding that “Fox News wants to be politically correct all of a sudden.”

What’s Facebook’s Deal With Donald Trump?

Mark Zuckerberg has forged an uneasy alliance with the Trump administration. He may have gotten too close.

Trump Campaign Raised $74M In May

U.S. President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $74 million in May, Trump’s re-election campaign announced on Saturday, short of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s haul of for the month.

Twitter Flags Trump Tweet Featuring Fake CNN Chyron As ‘Manipulated Media’

Facebook Cuts Trump Ads With Nazi Image

It took use of Nazi symbols by the Trump re-election campaign, but Facebook has now budged a bit from its “hands off” policy for political ads and speech. The platform has removed at least a few of the campaign’s ads for violating its policy against organized hate.

Facebook Takes Down Trump Ads Featuring Symbol Used By Nazis To Mark Political Prisoners

The Unhappy Liberals Inside Trump’s Favorite Network, OAN

FCC’s Starks: Trump Trying To ‘Work The Refs’

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said today that for the commission to consider President Trump’s executive order on social media during the run-up to the election “risks producing a chilling effect construed to make social media companies less willing to flag misinformation.”

Harris Faulkner’s Questioning Of President Trump Receives Praise From Variety Of Journalists

How Fox News’s Harris Faulkner Showed The Way For Political Journalism

O’Rielly Voices Doubt About Trump Order

Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said he’s unsure whether his agency has the authority to carry out President Trump’s executive order targeting tech firms’ legal protections.

Trump Demands CNN Retract A Poll

The president’s campaign urged CNN to apologize for a poll that showed him well behind Joe Biden. Soon after, One America News suggested a more favorable survey was on the way.

Trump Camp Runs Campaign Ads On D.C. Cable

With their boss growing increasingly agitated with the state of his re-election campaign and with the efforts of Republican critics to undermine it, President Donald Trump’s team hatched a plan. They’d run a series of hard-hitting ads and place them on networks that they knew the president and congressional Republicans would watch. And so, over the past month, the Trump campaign has spent slightly more than $400,000 on cable news ads in the Washington, D.C., area, buying time largely on Fox News but with some smaller buys on CNN and MSNBC as well, according to filings with the FCC.

Senate Confirms Trump Pick To Lead VOA

Despite significant Democratic opposition and concerns over his fitness for the job, the Senate voted 53-38 to confirm Michael Pack to run the U.S. Agency for Global Media, which oversees VOA and its sister outlets including Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Cuba-oriented Radio and Television Marti.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Jessell | Trump’s Order On Social Becomes Carr’s Folly

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has tripped over himself publicly enthusing about President Trump’s executive order calling on the FCC to police social media. In his attempts to ingratiate himself with the president, he’s forgetting it’s Congress’ decision whether or not to give the agency oversight and enforcement duties over such media. ~ Also, remembering LPTV champion Mike Gravino.

Snapchat Will No Longer Promote Trump’s Account

Snap Inc. announced Wednesday that it will no longer promote President Trump‘s Snapchat account after concluding that some of his tweets from over the weekend promoted violence. His account will stay up on the social media platform, but will no longer be promoted on the app’s Discover page, according to the company.

CDT Sues Challenging Social Media Order

The Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based tech group supported by Facebook, Google and Twitter, filed a lawsuit against President Trump on Tuesday, alleging that his executive order targeting social media giants threatens to “curtail and chill constitutionally protected speech” during the presidential election.

FCC’s Carr: Trump’s Ally In Fight Against Tech

He rails against the “far left’s” hoaxes. He says the World Health Organization has been “beclowned” over its response to the coronavirus. And he describes a “secret and partisan surveillance machine” run by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff. Those aren’t President Donald Trump’s words. They came from Brendan Carr, the junior Republican on the FCC, who is embracing a flavor of distinctly Trumpian rhetoric that could help him leapfrog his way to the chairmanship of the five-member regulatory agency.

Police Target Journalists As Trump Blames ‘Lamestream Media’ For Protests

Trump’s Push To Regulate Social Media Faces Uphill Battle At FCC

COMMENTARY

Trump Echoes Nixon In Targeting Twitter

Preston Padden: “In Nixon’s railing against the liberal bias of the networks, one can almost hear Mr. Trump railing against social-media companies.”

Facebook Employees Rebel Over Mark Zuckerberg’s Refusal To Act Against Trump

COMMENTARY

Journalists Under Assault From Police, Protesters

Talking TV: Cox’s New CEO, Trump’s Twitter War

Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss Cox’s appointment of Dan York as Cox’s new chief and Jessell’s forthcoming interview with Cox Executive Chairman Steve Pruett. They also tackle the president’s executive order threatening to take away immunity from social platforms if they tag content or go too far in regulating it.

The President Versus The Mods

President Trump’s taking aim at Twitter for fact-checking his tweets is part of a long tradition upheld by aggrieved internet trolls. The stakes are high.

 

Officials Weigh In On Trump’s Draft Of Social Media Order

Twitter Adds ‘Glorifying Violence’ Warning To Trump Tweet

Trump, a prolific Twitter user, has been at war with the company since earlier this week, when it applied fact checks to two of his tweets about mail-in ballots. The third tweet to be flagged started as a message of support for the governor of Minnesota, where there have been three days of violent protest

NEWS ANALYSIS

Trump’s Social Media Order Could Harm One Person in Particular: Trump

Without certain liability protections, companies like Twitter would have to be more aggressive about policing messages that press the boundaries — like the president’s.

UPDATED, FRIDAY MORNING

Trump Wants FCC To Join Twitter Crackdown

The president today signed an executive order targeting Twitter and other social media. It comprises several directives, including one calling on the FCC to establish rules that would limit how far social media can go in tagging and censoring user content before risking the immunity they now have from libel and other civil actions arising from user content. Above, the president holds up a copy of the New York Post before signing the order.

Zuckerberg Distances Facebook From Twitter

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg distanced his company from Twitter and its fight with President Donald Trump, as the White House readied an executive order about social media companies. Trump, who accuses social media firms of bias against conservatives, without evidence, stepped up his attacks on Twitter after the company put a fact-checking label on two of his tweets about mail-in ballots on Tuesday for the first time.

Twitter CEO Responds To Trump: ‘We’ll Continue To Point Out Incorrect Or Disputed Information About Elections’

Trump Moving To Crack Down On Social Media

The Trump administration is preparing an executive order intended to curtail the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for what gets posted on their platforms, two senior administration officials said early Thursday. Such an order, which officials said was still being drafted and was subject to change, would make it easier for federal regulators to argue that companies like Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter are suppressing free speech when they move to suspend users or delete posts, among other examples. It’s almost certain to face a court challenge.

Trump Media Allies Recoil At Scarborough Smear

The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Washington Examiner chastised the president for his unfounded attacks on MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

Trump Lashes Out At Twitter Fact-Checking

President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Twitter of “interfering” in the 2020 election after it fact-checked two of his tweets pushing conspiracies about voting by mail.

Twitter Refutes Inaccuracies In Trump’s Tweets For First Time

Twitter added a link to two of President Trump’s tweets in which he had made false claims about mail-in ballots, urging people to “get the facts.”

Twitter Grapples Anew With Trump Conundrum

The social media company came under fire — again — for not removing the president’s posts that contain falsehoods.

 

Reporters Who Get Under Trump’s Skin

Yamiche Alcindor, Kaitlan Collins and Weijia Jiang symbolize the test of covering a White House like none other, with a president who views the press as an enemy yet is accessible almost daily. A question may elicit a candid response, misdirection, falsehood or attack — you never know what’s coming.

DOJ Seeks Appeal In 1st Amend. Case

President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice lawyers are asking a New York federal judge to allow an immediate appeal of her decision that a suit accusing him of repeatedly violating the First Amendment can move forward — and they want to pause the proceedings in her courtroom while that appeal plays out.