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Columbia Journalism Review Pete Vernon

After 100 days, the media are still embarrassing themselves covering Trump. Just not as much.

"Much has been made of Trump’s ability to drive the news cycle, but how does coverage of the 45th president compare to that given to the two men who held the office before him? A study of Times front pages from the first hundred days of the Bush, Obama, and Trump presidencies shows that the number of stories about Trump far exceeds those devoted to his immediate predecessors."

The Washington Post Margaret Sullivan

After 100 days, the media are still embarrassing themselves covering Trump. Just not as much.

"We’ve scrutinized and normalized in almost equal proportion. For every great scoop, there’s been an embarrassing moment of declaring the president statesmanlike for giving a speech without a history-making gaffe."

New York Gabriel Sherman

Is a management shakeup looming at Fox News?

"By refusing to back Shine at this tumultuous moment for the network, the Murdochs may finally be signaling that they’re prepared to make the sweeping management changes they’ve so far resisted after forcing out CEO Roger Ailes last summer."

CNN Money Brian Stelter

Federal probe of Fox News expands

"The U.S. Justice Department's investigation of Fox News has widened to include a second law enforcement agency."

CNN Dylan Byers

Sean Hannity: 'Somebody high up' at Fox trying to get Bill Shine fired

"Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity believes somebody at Fox News is trying to get the network's co-president Bill Shine fired — and he claims to know who it is."

Fortune Mathew Ingram

Google and Facebook account for nearly all growth in digital ads

"The IAB downplayed this phenomenon in its report, saying there has been a lot of 'misreporting' in the media about how the two digital giants are taking most of the revenue growth."

Washingtonian Luke Mullins

As WHCA’s assets grow, its scholarship donations stagnate

"While that’s up from the 21.5 percent in 2014, it’s down dramatically from 2009, when the organization spent nearly 60 percent of its total revenue on scholarships."

Marie Claire KAITLIN MENZA

Meet the woman who took Bill O'Reilly down

"He was the most popular figure on the country's highest-rated television network. But he was no match for New York Times reporter Emily Steel."

The Ringer Bryan Curtis

The familiar lousiness of the ESPN layoffs

"Major on-air and writing talent was let go at the Worldwide Leader on Wednesday. But it’s not a liberal conspiracy, just business as usual."

Quartz Emma Pierson and Alex Albright

We analyzed every “Modern Love” column from the past 10 years. Here’s what we learned about love

"'Modern Love' editor Daniel Jones says this comes as no surprise: 'Our news standards don’t allow for much in the way of describing sex acts in personal essays, so sex happens, yes, but off-screen,' he notes via email."

The Wall Street Journal Jonathan Randles

Gawker estate asks for probe of Peter Thiel

"Gawker on Tuesday asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to subpoena Mr. Thiel to obtain information upon which it may build a possible legal case against him."

Digiday Sahil Patel

As Google and Facebook rise, media rivals are becoming allies

"It’s happening at all levels — from big TV giants to small digital publishers — as media companies that normally compete for RFPs vie for at least some share of ad dollars."

CNN Tom Kludt

Fox News anchor joins lawsuit alleging racial discrimination

"The suit is now headlined by Kelly Wright, a black reporter and anchor who has been with Fox News since 2003. Wright claims that he 'has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a 'Jim Crow' — the racist caricature of a Black entertainer.'"

CNN Brian Stelter

Fox News' new, O'Reilly-free lineup debuts to O'Reilly-level ratings

"Fox News pulled out all the stops for its first night without Bill O'Reilly, and the network was rewarded with O'Reilly-like ratings."

LennyLetter.com LENA DUNHAM AND JENNI KONNER

Lena Dunham takes Lenny Letter on tour

"We are coming to a city near you. Like, a city VERY near you. We are making it our mission to take Lenny IRL across America."

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Columbia Journalism Review Pete Vernon

After 100 days, the media are still embarrassing themselves covering Trump. Just not as much.

"Much has been made of Trump’s ability to drive the news cycle, but how does coverage of the 45th president compare to that given to the two men who held the office before him? A study of Times front pages from the first hundred days of the Bush, Obama, and Trump presidencies shows that the number of stories about Trump far exceeds those devoted to his immediate predecessors."

The Washington Post Margaret Sullivan

After 100 days, the media are still embarrassing themselves covering Trump. Just not as much.

"We’ve scrutinized and normalized in almost equal proportion. For every great scoop, there’s been an embarrassing moment of declaring the president statesmanlike for giving a speech without a history-making gaffe."

New York Gabriel Sherman

Is a management shakeup looming at Fox News?

"By refusing to back Shine at this tumultuous moment for the network, the Murdochs may finally be signaling that they’re prepared to make the sweeping management changes they’ve so far resisted after forcing out CEO Roger Ailes last summer."

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