CNN, MSNBC Deny Trump Campaign Claim

Representatives for CNN and MSNBC denied a claim made by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that the networks are intentionally delaying broadcasts of the president’s daily coronavirus briefings as part of an effort to “silence him.”

Trump Says Fox, Chris Wallace ‘On A Bad Path’ After Pelosi Appearance On Network

Pai: Pallone Should Condemn Free Press Petition

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has asked the chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee to speak out against Free Press’s emergency petition to the FCC to stop what that group said was “right-wing personalities” spreading disinformation about the pandemic.

Pressure On Nets Over Trump Briefings

A debate over how much unfiltered airtime the president should get virtually every day during a pandemic is heating up. The coverage is a moving target, with CNN and MSNBC taking a more critical approach lately. Yet despite on-air talent like Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough suggesting they’d pull the plug if it were up to them, their bosses have given no indication that they will.

CPJ Seeks Trump Meeting Over Press Attacks

The Committee to Protect Journalists said President Trump’s attacks on press credibility have been “dangerously effective,” even as the pandemic kills tens of thousands of Americans. It has issued a report on Trump (penned by former Washington Post Executive Editor Len Downie) and the media and has written the president asking for a meeting — virtually or when social distancing is relaxed–to talk about its concerns and improving the press environment.

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What It Really Means When Trump Calls A Story ‘Fake News’

Trump Uses Briefing To Blast Critics

President Trump on Monday used the White House briefing room to lash out at critics of his response to the coronavirus outbreak, rattling off a litany of grievances about press coverage and airing a reel of cable news footage that portrayed his actions in a positive light.

CNN Airs Onscreen Explainers During Trump Briefing

Fox News Host Hits Back At Trump Over Chris Wallace Criticism: ‘Enough’

MGM Told To Hand Over ‘Apprentice’ Tapes

A federal judge ruled this week that MGM must release unaired footage from The Celebrity Apprentice to entrepreneurs who claim they lost hundreds of thousands of dollars after President Trump and his children endorsed a multilevel marketing company on the reality show prior to the president’s election.

Trump Says He Will ‘Take A Look’ Into Pardoning ‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will “take a look” into pardoning Joe Exotic, star of Netflix’s hit series Tiger King, at a coronavirus press briefing at the White House. The off-topic question immediately drew an outcry on social media.

Trump Campaign Going All Digital In Pa.

Before March 13, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign was on the ground in Pennsylvania, talking face-to-face with voters and volunteers at house parties and training sessions about how the president helped usher in a new American economy. Now, and over the last three weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted gatherings and reorganized voters’ priorities, the campaign has shifted its strategy to digital-only and its message to how Trump has handled the pandemic.

Trump Scolds Reporters For ‘Horrid’ Questions

President Donald Trump spent the Q&A portion of his daily coronavirus press briefing on Monday by attacking reporters not for their recent stories but for the way that they are asking their questions. ““You should say, ‘Congratulations, great job,’ instead of being so horrid in the way you ask a question,” he told Fox News’ Kristin Fisher, who had asked about testing shortages.

Trump Orders Review Of Foreign Licenses

President Donald Trump has ordered the review and possible revocation of the applications for, or sales of, FCC licenses, but it has nothing to do with the President’s view of media outlets or his legal team’s threats against TV station owners. Trump issued an executive order Saturday (April 4) establishing the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector.

Trump Holds Phone Call With Sports Czars

President Donald Trump spoke by telephone today with commissioners of various major league sports to discuss the response to COVID-19. Details on the call were not made available by the White House, which just released a list of participants to the White House Press Pool.

Dems To Pai: Reject Trump Threat To Stations

Two top Democrats in Congress on Thursday asked FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to reassure broadcasters the agency will not revoke their licenses for airing advertisements critical of President Donald Trump.

75% Of Cable News Appearances By Members Of Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force Have Been On Fox News

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President Trump’s Primetime Pandemic

The coronavirus briefings have given Donald Trump a regularly scheduled reality show again — or, rather, a create-your-own-reality show.

Trump Signs $2.2T Stimulus Legislation

Acting with unity and resolve unseen since the 9/11 attacks, Washington moved urgently to stem an economic free fall caused by widespread restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus that have shuttered schools, closed businesses and brought American life in many places to a virtual standstill.

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.

COMMENTARY

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.

 

COMMENTARY

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.