COMMENTARY BY JOE FERULLO

Biden’s First Presser Wasn’t About Him — Not Really

Joe Ferullo: Despite a nonstop string of criticisms over why Biden waited 65 days before holding his first news conference, the real stress was not on the president — a 50-year veteran of politics who is accustomed to dealing with the media. No, the genuine drama came from the press corps itself — and the new crop of White House television news correspondents. They face a frightening combination of challenges — to their careers and to the economic health of the businesses they represent.

BuzzFeed News Pulls Reporter From White House, Citing Virus Risk

Trump’s Return Means More Anxiety For White House Reporters

Three reporters have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days while covering a White House described as lax, at best, in following basic safety advice like wearing masks. Discomfort only increased Monday with news that press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had tested positive. Above, a member of the cleaning staff sprays The James Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Oct. 5.

Member Of Conservative Think Tank Takes On Reporter Duties On Air Force Two

Secret Service Tells Press To Leave White House

The Secret Service abruptly called for reporters to leave the White House grounds Monday night, CNN reported. Broadcasting from Lafayette Square in front of the White House, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins called the move “incredibly unusual,” telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper “I don’t think we’ve ever been asked to actually physically leave the White House at a time like that.”

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.

Possible Virus Case Among W.H. Press Corps

The White House Correspondents’ Association said that a member of the press corps has a suspected case of the coronavirus and is advising journalists and others who were at the White House on a series of dates over the past two weeks to take precautions. “We have been informed that one of our colleagues has a suspected case of COVID-19,” WHCA President Jonathan Karl wrote in an email to members.

COMMENTARY

White House Revoking Press Passes

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank: “After covering four presidents, I received an email informing me that Trump’s press office had revoked my White House credential. I’m not the only one. I was part of a mass purge of ‘hard pass’ holders after the White House implemented a new standard that designated as unqualified almost the entire White House press corps, including all seven of The Post’s White House correspondents.

The Vanishing White House Press Briefing

The “daily” White House press briefing is a thing of the past. The White House has only held three on-camera briefings in the past 30 days, according to the administration’s own records on WhiteHouse.gov.

New Tactic For White House Reporters: Solidarity

Trump To Attend Gridiron Club Dinner

The president’s decision to attend the Gridiron Club dinner seems conciliatory, though bitter feelings remain on both sides.

COMMENTARY BY HOWARD KURTZ

How ‘Trump Trauma’ Is Crippling The Media

Fox News analyst Howard Kurtz argues that press misjudgment has upended coverage of the White House and boosted the president’s agenda in this exclusive excerpt from his new book, Media Madness.

How To Cover Trump Without Getting Sucked Into His War On The Media

Trump To Announce ‘Dishonest Media Awards’

No doubt anticipating more blow-back in his general direction at Sundays sure-to-be-highly-charged Golden Globe Awards, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday evening that, the day after the awards ceremony, he will announce winners of his new “MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR.” All-caps are his. Trump’s ceremony is set for 5 PM, he tweeted, presumably meaning Eastern Time.

CNN’s Acosta Complains Of White House Threat

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s Jim Acosta says he was warned by the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders not to ask a question during President Donald Trump’s bill signing ceremony on Tuesday, further evidence of sour relations between the network and administration. Acosta said Sanders told him that if he asked Trump a question, […]

Journos Consider Response To Trump Attacks

The president tweeted six attacks on what he calls “fake news” over the weekend, saying the “out of control” media puts out purposely false and defamatory stories. That led to a contentious exchange at Monday’s White House press briefing between press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and CNN’s Jim Acosta.

News Outlets Split Over Trump Party

In the wake of CNN’s decision to boycott the White House Christmas party, other journalists express mixed feelings.

Journalists Reflect On Trump’s First Year

Trump Finds TV Niche In Softball Interviews

The president styles himself a fighter, but when it comes to television, he prefers allies who help mold his image like The Apprentice once did. Above, Trump is interviewed by Mike Huckabee.

How Trump Hijacked The White House Beat

Lessons from nine months in the press briefing room. Trump and his team understand that for the political press, the only thing that matters is what’s happening right now, not yesterday. And whether through his tweets or his surrogates in the briefing room, the president has been largely able to bait reporters into playing his game, because he knows what makes them tick.

COMMENTARY BY MARGARET SULLIVAN

Needed: A Remedy For Media Mistrust

In the year since Donald Trump was elected president, the national news media has congratulated itself on a new golden age of accountability journalism. And it’s true in many ways. The scoops have been relentless, the digging intense, the results important. But in another crucial way, the reality-based press has failed. Too often, it has succumbed to the chaos of covering Trump, who lies and blusters and distracts at every turn.

COMMENTARY BY GARY ABERNATHY

Will Media’s Anti-Trump Fever Ever Break?

Republicans and conservatives have grumbled about unfair coverage from the “mainstream media” for decades. But the Trump era has brought us to a new plateau, one where the media has moved from adversarial to oppositional. Many observers, on both right and left, have come to see the media as the leader of the resistance. If you care about journalism, it’s a disturbing trend.

Trump: Media Make Up Stories About Him

President Trump accused the media of making up a majority of stories about his administration without providing evidence to back up his claim. 

Covering The 140-Character President

Donald Trump’s Twitter feed has become a news service for political junkies. It’s also raised a tangle of new ethical and legal questions for reporters covering the White House.

Poll: Public Trust Of The Press On The Rise

Americans are increasingly confident in the news media and less so in President Donald Trump’s administration after a tumultuous year in U.S. politics that tested the public’s trust in both institutions, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Tuesday. The poll of more than 14,300 people found that the percentage of adults who said they had a “great deal” or “some” confidence in the press rose to 48% in September from 39% last November. Earlier this year, Trump branded the entire industry as the “enemy of the American people.”

Covering Trump In A Polarized Environment

During the early days of the administration, similar storylines covered across outlets, but types of sources heard from and the assessments of Trump’s actions differed.

In The Trenches Of The Trump Leak Wars

How the administration has changed the game between investigative reporters and their government sources.

Media Lets Loose Its Fury After Trump Attacks

Members of the media blasted back at President Trump on Wednesday after he railed against the press at a rally and called journalists “dishonest people” who “don’t like our country.” Acrimony between the Trump White House and the media has been escalating for months, but the latest round of attacks and counterattacks was notable for its bare-knuckle ferocity.

Unbridled, Defensive, Trump Attracks Press

At his rally in Phoenix Tuesday evening, President Trump defended his stance on the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., and accused the “dishonest media” of distorting his words. (AP photo)

Trump Hits ‘Dishonest Fake News Reporting’

President Trump blasted the news media ahead of his return to Washington on Sunday after a 17-day working vacation. “Heading back to Washington after working hard and watching some of the worst and most dishonest Fake News reporting I have ever seen!” the president said.

COMMENTARY BY PAUL FARHI

President Trump And The Media, From A to Z

How the White House has tried to beat the press during Trump’s first six months in office. The president’s forays into press criticism have become voluminous. Fortunately, they’re as easy to track as ABC.

Sean Spicer Resigns As WH Press Secretary

Spicer’s decision appears to be linked to the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci. People with knowledge of the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.

No Cameras Again At WH Press Briefing

Following rules set by the White House, news networks only began airing press secretary Sean Spicer’s Q&A until after it was done. With still pictures of Spicer onscreen as he talked off-camera, it didn’t make for gripping television. Fox News Channel and MSNBC both broke away to other stories before the session was finished. The last on-camera White House briefing was on June 29.

CNN Can’t Stop Being Part Of The Story

The latest: the network is defending itself against a #CNNBlackmail social media campaign.

Trump May Pay A Price For His Twitter Battle

The escalating conflict between the president and the media has diverted attention not just from Trump’s failures but his claimed successes as well.

Media Errors Give Trump Fresh Ammunition

A string of high-profile corrections and retractions by major news organizations on stories about President Trump or his allies have fueled more allegations of bias in the mainstream press.

Trump Tweets ‘Video’ Of Him Beating Up CNN

By tweeting a doctored video clip of himself beating a figure representing the network, President Trump drew bipartisan rebukes from lawmakers. Historians suggested his social-media attacks are lowering the bar for what is considered appropriate presidential decorum in fighting perceived media enemies.

Trump Seizes Advantage In War With Media

Donald Trump and his allies believe he’s gained a tactical advantage in his war with the media. As he escalates his attacks on the “failing media,” Trump and his allies are increasingly convinced that recent evidence, including the retracted CNN piece on an aspect of the Russia investigations, will prove to skeptical voters that the mainstream media has a vendetta against the administration.

What If Media Defies WH Camera Ban?

CNN host Don Lemon suggested this week that the White House press corps defy the White House camera ban, and turn on their cameras during the daily briefings. Reporters could certainly do that, but the White House would be within its rights to kick them out because reporters probably don’t have a First Amendment right to film or even attend the briefings, experts say.

Trump’s Media Policy Creating Friction

Trump’s relations with the media  never strong to begin with  have taken another sour turn with dwindling opportunities for on-camera engagement with the president’s representatives. The White House has appeared to adopt a communications strategy of dealing primarily with its base of supporters, as witnessed by Trump’s two interviews in the past week with Fox News Channel’s morning show, Fox & Friends.