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Trump, spokesman attack media for 'shameful' reporting as they quickly throw down gauntlet

Screw you. That was the direct message to the media from President Trump and his spokesman Saturday, using both CIA headquarters and the White House briefing room to underscore that there's a new and combative sheriff in town. They accused the press of "deliberately false" reporting and intentionally trying to undermine him by lowballing the crowd at his inauguration. Even … Read More
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Nate Silver blames the press

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. The aura of numbers-crunching superstar Nate Silver was diminished by Donald Trump's victory. He was seen as among the many missing the boat. Old media chortled at stumbling by a paragon of … Read More
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Expanding the cohort, again

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. This newsletter launched a year ago with the announcement of the 2016 class of the Leadership Academy of Women in Digital Media. Today, we’re expanding the cohort once more, with another 28 women who will participate in the academy. Reading through the … Read More
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20 years ago, she interviewed him at the statehouse. Yesterday, she got the last question at the White House

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Christi Parsons was the first and the last. Of those jamming the White House briefing room Thursday for President Obama's last press conference, the first to have asked him a question was … Read More
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Baseball writers primed to report the news they made

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Donald Trump, a beneficiary of performance-enhancing evasions, should note that it's Election Day for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, two of the greatest baseball players — and perhaps cheaters — ever. Do … Read More
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The White House briefing room doesn't matter

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. The White House press corps should find inspiration from Clint Eastwood. In dealing with Donald Trump, just repeat the mantra of grizzled detective "Dirty Harry" Callahan: "Go ahead, make my day." Jeff … Read More
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How a small Detroit news site busted a foul-mouthed cop

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. A Detroit cop who used Facebook to refer to city residents as "garbage" and came pretty close to bragging about police brutality has retired, the city's police chief announced Thursday. And at … Read More
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The media missed this Trump whopper

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Donald Trump is nothing if not transparent, especially when it comes to views of the press and outright evasions about his business holdings. That was self-evident at his Wednesday spectacle (labeled "press … Read More
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The media's not-so-golden moment: Publishing claims of Trump perversion

Good morning. Running an unsubstantiated tale Who'd think there might be a connection between Monica Lewinsky and Donald Trump? Chalk it up to the media's latest self-inflicted wound. On a Sunday in late January of 1998, those of us in Washington bureaus confronted an ABC News story built on a claim from the Drudge Report: Former White House intern Lewinsky … Read More
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Attorney General hearing kicks off a media extravaganza starring Obama and Trump

It was somewhat fitting: While Washington media was transfixed Tuesday by the first of a rapid-fire series of Trump Cabinet nomination hearings, "Let's Make a Deal" was playing on another channel. As Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions was being grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee, gameshow contestants were being quizzed on less urgent matters: the number of floors in the … Read More
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Why Meryl Streep's defense of the media could backfire

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. John Oliver and Meryl Streep bashed Donald Trump and praised journalism. Donations soared for two nonprofits praised by them: ProPublica and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Hip, hip, hoorah. Truth and justice … Read More
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The best way to cover President Trump? Stay out of the White House

Watergate. Spying by the National Security Agency. Bungled protection by the Secret Service. These stories have two things in common: Each were major, consequential pieces of journalism about the federal government that got big results. And none of them were broken by the White House press corps. With less than two weeks before Donald Trump is inaugurated … Read More
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Campbell Brown's move to Facebook is an education in poor reporting

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. The New York Times reported, "Facebook is turning to a former television news journalist to help smooth over its strained ties to the news media, which views it as both a vital … Read More
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How much of a Chicago brutality video should be shown? The media don't agree

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Even when it comes to brutality, little is left to the media imagination these days. The latest example of the decline in consensus about the acceptable involves the Facebook video of a … Read More
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