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The Washington Post's new motto is branding genius

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. Marty Baron is no Tom Stoppard but, fortunately, they think sort of alike. Go to washingtonpost.com and look under the masthead. "Democracy Dies in Darkness," it says, as of Wednesday. "This … Read More
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Shane Smith sees a 'perfect storm' coming for 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. A few months ago Vice founder Shane Smith fronted a superior Vice-HBO documentary, "A House Divided," that detailed the issues, tactics and rancor that dominated Barack Obama's relations with a Republican-dominated Congress. Read More
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The best response to Trump's press-bashing? Do your job.

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 American press is as stunned and fatigued as George Foreman in Zaire just before he finally went down against Muhammad Ali in 1974's epic "Rumble in the Jungle." It's verging on … Read More
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In Trump's anti-press rhetoric, a dark echo from the past

When I heard that Donald Trump had branded journalists as “an enemy of the American people,” I had a flashback. It was early in the 1980s, and I was running one of Poynter’s first seminars on media ethics. One evening, with popcorn served, we had a showing of a movie, starring Steve McQueen, called "An Enemy of the … Read More
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Wall Street Journal columnist calls out Stalinist streak in Trump supporters

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 vilifying of the press has gotten so bad that some solace was provided Sunday by The Washington Post, which reported from Abu Dhabi that "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis...does not see … Read More
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The real threat of Trump's press bashing

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 if Donald Trump strong-armed media advertisers in the same way he's trying to get companies to keep jobs in the United States? The subject was broached by a faraway observer … Read More
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President Trump's anti-media meltdown

President Trump unveiled an alternate universe Thursday in which virtually every problem of his is the creation of the press. In a rambling, angry and contradictory media meltdown, Trump bashed "the failing New York Times," The Wall Street Journal, CNN and the BBC, among others, following a fleeting announcement of a new nominee for Labor Secretary. It constituted what at … Read More
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In memory

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Hi. This is Kristen Hare. I’m a reporter at Poynter, but you may know me from Katie’s clever sign-offs at the bottom of this newsletter. As The Cohort’s editor, I’m usually behind the scenes. This week, I’m stepping in for Katie. On Feb. 4, Katie’s husband, … Read More
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Covering a rich, press-bashing New Yorker. No, not that one.

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. Imagine the reporters who must cover daily a bombastic New Yorker who has inherited a fortune, exudes a sense of entitlement, disdains much of the press, trafficks in half-truths, has overseen properties … Read More
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Students are trying to silence Fox News pundit Corey Lewandowski. That's a mistake.

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. Corey Lewandowski faced lots of liberal ridicule as Donald Trump's fleeting campaign manager and then as a hired gun for CNN. On Wednesday he'll confront the "heckler's veto" as he's interviewed by … Read More
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Joe Scarborough calls Kellyanne Conway a liar

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 Tuesday morning news shows were dominated by word that Michael Flynn is out as national security adviser. "Stunning" was the call by the Trump home team at "Fox & Friends." It … Read More
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Trump is managing the press corps to avoid tough questions

MSNBC's Brian Williams cut to the chase as soon as the Monday press conference between President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ended. "The news out of this gathering is not anything either leader said," Williams intoned. "It was exactly what wasn't said because it wasn't asked." "There is no shortage of superb coverage coming out of this White … Read More
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The WHCA dinner has gone Hollywood. Let's make it about the news.

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. Major Garrett of CBS News is rising to the defense of the extravaganza that is the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner — and he is nearly convincing. Garrett is a very good, … Read More
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Sidney Blumenthal (yes, he's back) slams Trump

Good morning. Critique by "Sid Vicious" not pretty If things had gone differently, Washington would now be gossiping about the role of Sidney Blumenthal within a Clinton White House. A congressional inquisition over his much-publicized emails with then-Secretary of State Clinton, his longtime friend, now seems so distant, doesn't it? But it's still fitting the journalist-activist and historian should … Read More
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Sean Spicer's petulant briefing room patriotism

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. It was nearly 63 years ago that Joseph Welch, a Boston attorney serving as special counsel to the U.S. Army, famously declared to the red-baiting Sen. Joseph McCarthy, "Have you no sense … Read More
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