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What would you ask the Mooch after his debacle?

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. Anthony Scaramucci's self-exile is as brief as his tenure as White House communications boss. Shown the exit after 10 days, he'll surface on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos‎" and Stephen Colbert's … Read More
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Betsy DeVos finally speaks to reporters

The Education of Betsy DeVos – a predictably forgotten saga of the tumultuous early Trump administration – now includes a belated milestone: being interviewed by reporters. DeVos sat down with the Associated Press in her Department of Education office. The mere act of sitting down with them should not be news. But, after a near-disastrous Senate confirmation hearing, where her … Read More
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How Sheldon Adelson uses the media to punish those he dislikes

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. Breitbart last night heralded "Exclusive — Zionist Organization of America Analysis Determines McMaster Hostile to Trump, Calls for Reassignment." Yes, "Exclusive!" The "oldest pro-Israel group in the country," it revealed, had "completed … Read More
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Even ISIS can't resist critiquing the media

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. Everybody's a (media) critic. That includes the guys and gals with ISIS. We now know more about the media consumption habits of terrorists after a Poynter profile of Rukmini Callimachi, a … Read More
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Seven years after exposing a senator's phony war record, the media has moved on

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. President Trump's new era of Twitter moderation took a predictable U-turn on his first day of vacation as he bashed Sen. Richard Blumenthal as a "phony Vietnam con artist" who lied about … Read More
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Mike Pence says NYT story is 'categorically false,' but he hasn't requested a correction

Vice President Mike Pence has issued a blanket denial of a New York Times report outlining his under-the-radar positioning for a presidential run in 2020, but he hasn't taken issue with any of the claims in the article. This weekend, The Times published a story by political reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns that described a "shadow campaign" being … Read More
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The media's fatal flaw? It's elitism, argues a conservative professor

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. "Many people have expressed surprise that The Times would publish my piece at all, so you take what you can get. " Frederick Lynch, a government professor of conservative bent at Claremont … Read More
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Dear veteran journalists, you deserve better

I never get used to it: the layoffs and buyouts, the shrinking of newsrooms, the doing of more and more with less and less. You’d think, as someone who’s covered the media for nearly four years, that I would have by now. But I remembered recently that I haven’t when one of the reporters I respect the most in this … Read More
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Free advice for the next journalist who gets an interview with President Trump

The transcripts of Donald Trump's last two sit-down interviews — one with The New York Times and one with The Wall Street Journal — provided some excellent lessons in what not to do when interviewing the president. The New York Times team was successful in getting Trump to go on and on about the investigation into Russian interference … Read More
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The biggest political story most journalists are missing

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's mercurial, chaotic ways are the overriding narrative of his early White House days. But most of the press misses his discipline in one crucial area: filling vacancies on federal courts. Read More
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The Cohort: Can we really afford to take time off from work?

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. On April 21 at 5:30 p.m., I began the process of unplugging for three months. I sent a final email to my colleagues and turned on my out-of-office reply. I deleted Twitter and Slack from my phone. I reminded myself over and over to … Read More
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Politico humiliated The Wall Street Journal by publishing its Trump transcript

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. Gerard Baker is in charge at The Wall Street Journal. If you had any doubt, just read the transcript of the paper's recent interview with President Trump. Belatedly, you can now … Read More
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President Trump is starting to conquer sports news, too

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 punditry on the cable channel was all about President Trump canning Anthony Scaramucci, and there was even a countdown clock. Yes, if you wanted another example of Trump dominating news coverage, … Read More
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Want the latest on Scaramucci and McCain? Look no further than Teen Vogue

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. There have been no hotter topics than John McCain and Anthony Scaramucci. There have been no more tough-minded analyses than in Teen Vogue. That's right. Yes, there are reams of reporting and … Read More
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The fundamental flaw in Scaramucci's foul-mouthed tirade

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. So what's the Vegas over-under on how long new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus remain employed at the White House? Three months? Four? To President … Read More
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