AM Newsletter

POYNTER

Here are the 7 questions the press needs to ask Donald Trump

Counsel on pinning him down Donald Trump's characteristically "rollicking" and dissembling press conference yesterday in North Dakota, ostensibly to celebrate wrapping up the Republican presidential nomination, didn't include this question: Why does the press do such an awful job of interrogating him? Yesterday was typical: Trump's vaguely refreshing nerve to take many queries, not really responding to some, bashing … Read More
POYNTER

Why billionaire Peter Thiel wants revenge on Gawker

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 bankrolling of Hulk Hogan's lawsuit Forbes has reported that Peter Thiel, the founder PayPal and a very early big investor in Facebook, was secretly bankrolling Hulk Hogan's so-far successful lawsuit against … Read More
POYNTER

Jake Tapper calls out 'outrageous' Trump — but will it have any impact?

Good morning. Charting the latest falsehood "Once again journalists are in the unhappy predicament of trying to decide whether and how to cover false allegations raised by a candidate for president of the United States," CNN's Jake Tapper declared yesterday with the effective concision of an old world wire service rewrite man. A deliberate but firm essay — perhaps not sufficiently … Read More
POYNTER

The stunning story of a former NFL player's descent into darkness

Good morning. What reporters didn't really know "Erik Kramer flew home to California last July, after finishing a month-long stay at the Eisenhower Center rehabilitation facility in Ann Arbor, and almost immediately began planning his death." That's the opening to a stunning tale by Dave Birkett in The Detroit Free-Press about Kramer, a thoughtful and, little known to most, very … Read More
POYNTER

A new Trump-Clinton media angle: 'Battle of the Jewish sons-in-law'

Good morning. Now here's a local angle (in Israel) Yes, all politics is local. That can be true with presidential campaign coverage. It explains this lede: "Somebody had better put a mezuzah on the Lincoln bedroom." Huh? It's from The Times of Israel, a Jerusalem-based online news service covering the Middle East that assures us, "Whoever ends up winning … Read More
POYNTER

The press is on autopilot for coverage of the EgyptAir crash

Rank speculation in the absence of many facts It was a bit hard to comprehend, but Donald Trump's is not the only aircraft that can fascinate the press. The EgyptAir disaster prompted a well-practiced journalistic disaster cruise control. You could imagine the TV bookers' electronic Rolodexes turning to "plane crash contacts" as a squadron of vaguely familiar former commercial pilots … Read More
POYNTER

Megyn Kelly attacks her media critics

Good morning. Her own Trump interview post-mortem Kelly last evening went after several journalists for negative takes on her Tuesday night Donald Trump interview on the Fox broadcast network. (Media Matters) I was first up (dorky photo included) because I said the session was "soft as a grape." Pretty inflammatory, eh? An uncharacteristically defensive Kelly said these … Read More
POYNTER

Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly and the art of the con

Megyn meets Donald Why might a cynic have wondered if Megyn Kelly's primetime Fox network interview with Donald Trump would fall short of David Frost's evisceration of former President Richard Nixon? Might it have been the afternoon tweet and photo from a beaming Trump himself, his arm around a grinning Kelly, her arm around his back, and the declaration, … Read More
POYNTER

Donald Trump's Twitzkrieg goes after The New York Times

Good morning. Getting personal about the personal Donald Trump is the Floyd Mayweather of presidential candidates. He's a wicked counterpuncher who flaunts his wealth in as tacky a fashion as the boxer who posts photos of himself with stacks of money and only wears shoes once. Trump was in characteristic form Monday, a Man in Full (of himself) … Read More
POYNTER

Is reporting on Donald Trump's personal life fair game?

Good morning. Weekend trifecta: Trump, The New York Times and sex You couldn't beat the topic of Donald Trump, possible abuser of females, for weekend reading, whether you were at a beach or freezing while watching youth sports in Chicago. The opening of the front-page opus was vivid. "Donald Trump and women: The words evoke a familiar cascade of … Read More
POYNTER

Capital punishment: the media mania over Trump

Good morning. Donald goes to Washington The coverage of Donald Trump's day in Washington yesterday quickly devolved into this: Wolf Blitzer, a self-respecting journalist and good fellow, transformed into Tattoo, the comical aide de camp to Ricardo Montalban's Mr. Roarke on "Fantasy Island," who greeted arriving guests to the mysterious locale by shouting, "Da Plane! Da Plane!" There was … Read More
POYNTER

The real problem (or problems) with Facebook's 'Trending Topics'

Good morning. A social media Goliath briefly stumbles When the U.S. Senate starts exploiting "hot" cultural topics, democracy is in trouble. (The New York Times) That's now true with the mini-brouhaha over Facebook perhaps rigging its "Trending Topics" feature. Conservatives think they're being screwed because of what one anonymous soul asserted is an ideologically based tinkering with the … Read More
POYNTER

Media mulls if Clinton should 'nuke' Trump

Good morning. How low can we go? So what does Bernie Sanders' victory in West Virginia mean, if anything? It's "forcing Hillary Clinton to continue a costly and distracting two-front battle: to lock down the Democratic nomination and to take on Donald J. Trump in the general election." (The New York Times) It may help "drag out, but … Read More
POYNTER

Jon Stewart returns to fray with a shot at Trump

Good morning. Looking older but sounding the same He was in Chicago Monday with a graying beard that he conceded leaves some thinking he's "Jon Stewart's grandfather." In front of a live audience, he did a podcast (to be released Thursday) with David Axelrod, the former political strategist who runs a new political institute at the University of Chicago … Read More
POYNTER

How TV fails to deal with Trump's lies

Good morning. A primer on how to improve Media self-analyses on campaign coverage are verging on self-flagellation. On Sunday, CNN's Brian Stelter broached the need for journalists to get tougher on Donald Trump's fabrications and reiteration of utter falsehoods. (CNN) For sure, TV reporters and hosts have been especially awful during interviews with Trump. But the belated sensitivity about … Read More