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In a private meeting, President Trump allegedly urged Comey to imprison journalists

President Trump asked former FBI Director Jim Comey to lock up journalists for publishing classified information during a February Oval Office meeting, according to a memo written by Comey shortly after the meeting summarized Tuesday by The New York Times. Trump urged Comey to imprison journalists at the beginning of an exchange during which he also asked the former … Read More
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The Weekly Standard's Steve Hayes on rebuilding the public's trust

When Steve Hayes hears a politician spout talking points at a press conference, he has a different reaction than many other journalists in the room. That's because he's a conservative. And, he says, most of his colleagues in the industry aren't. "I think it's good for mainstream publications to employ reporters who are conservatives," Hayes said. "We'll just have different … Read More
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In a tweet, President Trump threatens to cancel press briefings

In a mini-tweetstorm Friday that combined references to alleged unfair treatment of his spokespeople and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Trump raised the possibility of canceling regular briefings with the White House press corps. The Fake Media is working overtime today! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017 … Read More
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With budget cuts at bay (for now) public media are searching for new funding sources

Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is secure — for the next few years, at least. Though the trillion-dollar, stopgap spending bill that Congress passed (and Trump signed) includes a stipend for a major funder of public media, the specter of cutting funds to public media is bound to rise again. The budget initially put forth by … Read More
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To understand Trump's America better, Reuters has hired a Rust Belt correspondent

After Donald Trump's election, the media whipped itself in public for failing to recognize just how much support he had outside of America's biggest cities. Reuters is trying to fix that disconnect in part by appointing a special correspondent dedicated exclusively to covering the United States beyond the Beltway. Tim Reid, a national affairs writer for Reuters, has been selected … Read More
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Read Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward's remarks to the White House Correspondents' Association

Before comedian Hasan Minhaj got up to poke fun at the assembled White House press corps last night, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein got up to celebrate it. The legendary Watergate duo gave a speech evoking their investigative reporting of the Nixon administration and calling on the current generation of journalists to practice careful, thorough and relentless reporting on … Read More
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Here are Hasan Minhaj's 27 best jokes from the White House Correspondents' Association dinner

The clapping had barely subsided before comedian Hasan Minhaj cracked a joke about the elephant not in the room — President Donald Trump. "Welcome to the series finale of the White House Correspondents' dinner," said Minhaj, the dinner's headliner and a senior correspondent at "The Daily Show." "My name is Hasan Minhaj, or I'll be known in a few weeks, No. Read More
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As journalists prepare to party, President Trump blasts the press

President Trump wasted no time before skewering the media at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday, calling the press "fake news" as journalists less than 200 miles away in Washington, D.C. were putting on ball gowns and bow ties for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. "Media outlets like CNN and MSNBC are fake news. Fake news." Trump … Read More
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Why The Daily Beast doesn't publish Trump stories on Sunday mornings

The presidency of Donald Trump is the most important story in the world, said Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon. But it's not the only story. That's why, for the last few weeks, The Daily Beast has decided not to publish Trump-related news on Sunday mornings, opting instead to run longer, in-depth stories that give its readers a look at … Read More
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Journalists cry foul at White House plan to keep visitor logs secret

Journalists and open-government advocates on Friday derided the Trump administration's decision not to release visitor logs to the White House, in a break with policy established by the Obama administration. The Trump administration's refusal to make visitor logs public, which was reported first by Time, was greeted with pushback by journalists working at left-leaning and right-leaning publications as well … Read More
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When Trump talks about ‘fake news,’ he probably means Russia coverage

President Donald Trump offers a consistently defiant response to allegations about the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 campaign: “fake news.” The Reporters' Lab at Duke University’s Sanford School for Public Policy catalogued 111 Trump statements about “fake news” over the five months following his election. That meant scouring tweets, speeches, interviews and press conferences, and then classifying … Read More
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Did Donald Trump just come up with a new use for quotation marks?

I think that Donald Trump has invented a new use for quotation marks. In several now-famous tweets, the president accused Barack Obama of wiretapping him during the election. Trump used quotation marks around versions of the word but also used the word without quotes. When the accusation was criticized from many quarters, Trump, and those speaking for him, said that … Read More
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Secretary Tillerson allows Fox News, excludes others from DMZ meeting

During his trip to the Korean Demilitarized Zone Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson excluded the pool reporter representing U.S. networks from a meeting, allowing a team from Fox News to be admitted instead. Tillerson was visiting the United Nations Command, Military Armistice Commission meeting room in the DMZ's Joint Security Area, the so-called "truce village" where negotiations between North … Read More
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President Trump's budget slashes support for funder of NPR, PBS and public radio stations

The Trump administration's budget blueprint, released this morning, proposes to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds NPR and PBS, as well as many public radio and television stations across the United States. In a section on page 11 labeled "major agency budget highlights," the budget summary lists the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as among the … Read More
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Jay Rosen on the hazards of journalism-as-usual under the Trump administration

In his 30-plus year career as a professor at New York University, Jay Rosen says he can't remember a time when the relationship between journalists and the White House was more poisonous or fundamentally undemocratic than it is under President Trump. "I don't think there are many parallels to what we're seeing now," Rosen said. "There's so much about this … Read More
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