Fox News To Hold ‘Virtual’ COVID-19 Town Hall

President Donald Trump and members of his coronavirus task force will headline a two-hour “virtual” Fox News town hall on Tuesday afternoon. The event will be co-anchored by Harris Faulkner and Bill Hemmer, with contributions from Dr. Nicole Saphier, Dr. Marc Siegel and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Faulker anchors Outnumbered Overtime and Hemmer anchors Bill Hemmer Reports.

Nets’ Decision: How Long To Stick With Trump?

ABC, CBS and NBC all covered Trump at the beginning of Monday’s briefing, which began about 6:10 p.m. ET. After 20 minutes, they switched to the network evening newscasts, never to return to Trump. The president spoke until shortly after 8 p.m. The cable news networks have given Trump blanket coverage for his briefings, but CNN cut away Monday at around 7:20 p.m. MSNBC followed within five minutes. Only Fox News stuck it out until the end.

Trump Blasts NBC’s Alexander In Press Briefing

President Donald Trump went off on NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander after he pressed him on what he would say to Americans who are frightened by the coronavirus. “What do you say to Americans that are scared?” Alexander asked. “I’d say you are a terrible reporter,” Trump responded. “I think that’s a very nasty question, and I think that’s a very bad signal that you’re putting out to the American people.” He then blasted NBC News and its parent company, Comcast, in general.

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Commendable Action From Tucker Carlson

Margaret Sullivan: “We live in stupid, scary times. And nothing illustrates this more vividly than one bizarre development among many others: That a Fox News host managed to get the president of the United States to take the coronavirus seriously when legions of public health experts around the world — and in his own administration — could not.”

Trump Bashes Media Coverage Of Cornavirus

President Donald Trump’s press briefing today had a flurry of newsworthy statements, updates and some startling moments. Days after saying that a lot of the media “actually has been really fair” in its coverage of the coronavirus crisis, on Thursday he was back to calling a number of news outlets “dishonest.”

Trump To Meet With Broadcasters, Ad Council

A meeting with top network brass on the coronavirus situation is expected to take place on Monday, according to people familiar with the situation.

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Murdoch Should Cure Fox News’s Distortion

Margaret Sullivan: “The mind-meld of Fox News and President Trump is potentially lethal as Trump plays down the seriousness of the coronavirus and, hearing nothing but applause from his favorite information source for doing so, sees little reason to change. There’s one person who could transform all that in an instant: Fox founder Rupert Murdoch, the Australian-born media mogul who, at 89, still exerts his influence on the leading cable network — and thus on the president himself.”

Trump Campaign Sues CNN For Defamation

The Trump campaign has filed yet another defamation lawsuit against a media outlet for an opinion piece, with CNN the target of the campaign’s latest lawsuit on Friday.

Trump Campaign Sues WaPo For Libel

The lawsuit concerns two opinion articles that tied the 2016 Trump election campaign to Russia. A week ago, the campaign filed a similar action against The New York Times.

 

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Media Helping Push Trump Coronavirus Spin

Margaret Sullivan: “Trump and his chosen spokespeople are attempting to dramatically play down the seriousness of the coronavirus and to blame the legitimate news media for doing their jobs of informing the public. In reporting what Trump has to say, the news media has a huge responsibility not to repeat and amplify his misleading spin — a spin that may serve his political interests but is not in the public interest.”

Trump Goes Off On Comcast

President Donald Trump attacked Comcast during a White House meeting on empowering African Americans. During a meeting in the Cabinet Room with prominent African American media and sports figures, Trump noted that an NBC News reporter had left the room. “She just left from NBC because it’s owned by Comcast, and they’re the racists,” Trump said, as participants in the meeting clapped.

Trump YouTube Ads To Dominate Election Day

The president’s campaign has secured one of the most high-profile spots on the internet. The campaign has purchased the YouTube website’s masthead on Nov. 3 nationwide. Details weren’t provided, but the cost is estimated from hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than $1 million a day.

Unloved By Trump, NPR Carries On

Donations to the public broadcaster went up sharply after the president said it was “a very good question” to ask why it still existed.

Chris Wallace Denies Claim Of Trump Edit

The Fox News Sunday anchor told The New York Times that the accusation from Steve Bannon that Fox edited an interview at the president’s request was “utter foolishness.”

Limbaugh Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Limbaugh, 69, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, announced Monday he is battling advanced lung cancer. Trump said the diagnosis was not good news, […]

White House Excludes CNN From Annual Pre-SOTU Lunch With News Anchors

Trump Praises Pompeo For Doing ‘A Good Job On’ NPR Reporter

Trump Questions Why NPR Exists After Pompeo Clashes With Reporter

Revisiting News Coverage Of Trump’s Anti-Media Rhetoric

KTLA Anchor Courtney Friel Taken Off Air After Accusing Trump Of Propositioning Her In Book

Trump, Bloomberg To Run Super Bowl Spots

President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign confirmed Tuesday that it will air a commercial during the Big Game on Feb. 2. Earlier in the day The New York Times reported that Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign will also run a 60-second spot during the Super Bowl.

Trump’s Scheme To Punish CNN

President Trump has made two major attempts (so far) to use his power to intimidate and control independent media. The second attempt was his intervention to deny Amazon a $10 billion Pentagon contract as retribution against the Washington Post. The first was ordering the Justice Department to block an AT&T merger, in order to punish CNN. And while the courts ultimately stymied the latter move, Trump is attempting to keep up public pressure on AT&T and its ownership of CNN.

Inside The Biggest 2020 Ad War Against Trump

Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign wants to flood voters with attacks on Trump before it is too late, a lesson Republican candidates learned in 2016 when they initially ignored him. Bloomberg is spending millions each week in an online advertising onslaught that is guided by polling and data that he and his advisers believe provide unique insight into the president’s vulnerabilities.

After 2019, ‘Ominous Signs’ For US Press

Threats of “retribution,” more accusations of “fake news” and the end of the White House briefing made 2019 the darkest yet for journalists in the Trump era.

President Trump Slams Debate Commission

President Trump on Monday hammered the Commission on Presidential Debates, raising questions about his participation in debates next year with the eventual Democratic presidential nominee. The president, in a trio of tweets, said he looked forward to debating “whoever the lucky person is who stumbles across the finish line” in the Democratic primary.

Study: Trump Fans Critical Of Journalists

A Pew Research Center study found that 17% of Republicans who somewhat approve of Trump’s performance said they believe journalists have very low ethical standards, and 12% of “never-Trump” Republicans felt that way. However, 40% of Republicans who strongly approve of Trump agree that reporters have very low ethical standards. Another 45% answered low, leaving out the “very,” the Pew study said.

Chris Wallace: Trump Assaulting Press Freedom

“I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history,” the Fox News host said to applause at the Newseum, a media museum in Washington.

Trump Unloads To Fox News

The president spent nearly an hour riffing on topics from Nancy Pelosi to Hong Kong in what one of the network’s hosts called a “stress release.”

Neil Cavuto Rips Trump For Attack On Chris Wallace

Trump Rips ABC Over Epstein Coverage

The president retweeted a tweet featuring a video of Jesse Watters on Fox News’ “Watters’ Words,” who criticized ABC for covering allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh without evidence but refusing to report on the Epstein case. “ABC is as bad as the rest of them,” Trump tweeted in response. “Journalistic standards are nonexistent today. The press is so dishonest that we no longer have Freedom of the Press!”

Trump Bashes Report Of Talks With Mark Burnett For New ‘Apprentice’ Series

Impeachment Inquiry Heads To Live TV

When the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump begins its public phase on Wednesday, people will be watching on screens large and small. Many, in fact, are likely to be watching the proceedings on more than one screen, with real-time reinforcement of their preexisting views of Trump on social media platforms and other venues that did not exist in Nixon’s time.

Fox News Host Among The Few To Criticize Trump And Not Get Hit Back

Trump’s World Series Ad An Expensive Pitch

The swaggering TV spot, complete with an image of Trump presiding over the weekend raid that killed the Islamic State’s leader, underscores the Republican incumbent’s financial advantage over the Democrats vying to replace him. It is highly unusual for a presidential incumbent to make a national ad buy so far out from the election and offers a stark contrast to Trump’s possible Democratic foes.

SPJ Chapter Wants To Trademark ‘Fake News’ To Stop Trump From Using It

Trump Threatens To Sue CNN

Donald Trump has sent CNN an extraordinary four-page letter that pledges legal action. The president says the cable news outlet is violating the Lanham Act.

The New Face Of Trump Resistance At Fox News

Anchor Chris Wallace gains attention for his tough interviews with Trump aides.

Trump Calls Fox News Chief To Complain

Fed up with the coverage on his favorite cable news station, President Trump decided late this summer that a direct intervention was needed. So he telephoned the chief executive of Fox News, Suzanne Scott, and let loose.

In Video, Fake Trump Shoots Media, Critics

A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort last week, according to footage obtained by The New York Times.

Trump Blasts Fox News Over New Poll

President Trump said today that Fox News “doesn’t deliver for US anymore” after the network’s latest poll showed growing support for his impeachment and removal from office. “Whoever their Pollster is, they suck,” he added.