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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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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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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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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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TV critic says Trump is the ultimate showrunner

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 TV press knows the personality and the dynamic. It's that of the tempestuous "showrunner," or combo executive producer-writer of a show. "Huddled alone at night in his mansion, he obsesses over … Read More
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Breitbart's Super Bowl take: Tom Brady, victim of social media torture

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. If only it were The Onion. But it's Breitbart News. "Liberals explode with vitriol as #NotMySuperBowlChamps trends on social media" is the headline atop this profound cultural revelation: "As the New England … Read More
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What do right-leaning journalists think of Trump coverage?

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. As with Lady Gaga Sunday night, Kellyanne Conway gives us a million reasons. Conway, a senior advisor to President Trump, was on Fox News with Howard Kurtz earlier in the day, … Read More
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Social media helped Trump win. Now, it's empowering his opponents

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 press is enamored of the word "narrative" these days. A current favorite: How Donald Trump may live by the sword of social media, but he will also die by it. Witness … Read More
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NFL yanks Super Bowl credentials from controversial sports site

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 seems impossible but, yes, there are more journalists at the Super Bowl than at Sean Spicer's initial White House briefings. More than 5,000 will be there with credentials but not Barstool … Read More
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