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'Every man has a limit': Twitter responds to Sean Spicer's resignation

After it was reported that Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary Friday, Twitter users reacted in the typical way — by posting GIFs, memes, jokes and other reactions to the news. Spicer, who had served as President Donald Trump's media liaison since December, reportedly left because of the president's appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications … Read More
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First, Trump appointed a new White House communications director. Then, Sean Spicer resigned.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the news of Sarah Huckabee Sanders' promotion to press secretary. After President Donald Trump appointed a new White House communications director Friday morning, Sean Spicer resigned as press secretary. Spicer, who had served as Trump's media liaison since December, told the president that he vehemently opposed the appointment of New York financier Anthony … Read More
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Knight Institute sues President Trump over Twitter blocking

The Knight First Amendment Institute has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his communication teams, alleging that they're violating the Constitution by blocking people on Twitter. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Southern District of New York today on behalf of seven individuals blocked by the @realdonaldtrump account, seeks to have the court determine that Trump's exclusion of … 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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Donald Trump, at Conservative conference, launches anti-media tirade

Donald Trump delivered a vehement and sometimes contradictory screed against the press during his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, calling media reports "fake news" while expressing his support for the First Amendment. During the speech, which came on the penultimate day of the CPAC conference, Trump was especially critical of news organizations that use anonymous sources, saying … Read More
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Meet the wildly popular blogger chronicling President Trump one day at a time

Matt Kiser worked in news for many years, and now he works as a product manager at an algorithm startup in Seattle. But every day, Matt spends upwards of six hours working by hand on his single-subject blog, which launched in January. Starting a new project to track what the fuck just happened today. Read More
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Trump's breakfast includes serving of press bashing

America's media consumer in chief awoke at his Palm Beach, Florida manse Monday and offered a tart sunrise tweet about press coverage of himself. I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February … Read More
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Journalists around the country are joining a Slack channel devoted to FOIA and Trump

A few days before President Trump's inauguration, MuckRock opened up a Slack channel to help journalists better cover him and his administration. As of Wednesday, 250 people signed up. Most are journalists, about half from national newsrooms and half from local newsrooms around the country. Update: As of Monday, 3,000 people have signed up. "Anytime we have a … Read More
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Trump versus the press: Canadian deja-vu

At the 2009 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, I recall a strong feeling of shame as I waited for then-Prime minister Stephen Harper and former President Barack Obama to emerge from a meeting. I was the designated pool reporter with The Canadian Press, killing time with my Associated Press counterpart. I sheepishly admitted that reporters were forbidden … Read More
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Want to run an effective newsroom? Don't lead like Donald Trump

It won’t be long now. Today, Donald Trump becomes “leader of the free world.” Might even be a tougher job than running a staff of journalists. It’s a situation that got me wondering: Should I be studying the President-elect’s approach to leadership? Could his style help the women and men who manage newsrooms and other staffs be more effective? The … Read More
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NBC's Chuck Todd: "I don't like being a political prop"

With Donald Trump's inauguration just a day away, "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd is preparing to cover a president who occasionally treats journalists like political punching bags. "I think he sees the media as an incredible political tool for him," Todd told Poynter. "I don't like being a political prop. And I think we have been set up … Read More
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Trump blasts the media during first press conference as president-elect

Donald Trump and his transition team used the president-elect's first press conference to launch an all-out offensive against the media, calling outlets that published adversarial stories "fake news," "disgusting" and "a failing pile of garbage." Sean Spicer, Trump's spokesperson, kicked off the president-elect's press conference with a full-throated denial of allegations of compromising personal and financial information alluded to by … Read More
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The fact-checking tools David Fahrenthold used on Trump’s charity claims

In a surprise announcement on Christmas Eve, President-elect Donald Trump declared that he planned to shut down his private foundation. After touting the foundation's contributions, Trump declared that, in order "to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President I have decided to continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways." The … Read More
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Here are 28 ideas for covering President-elect Donald Trump

Here are 28 ideas for covering the president-elect starting in January. Feel free to use any of these, or adopt them as a starting point for thinking of ideas in your newsroom. Pick an issue, any issue. Collect everything the president-elect says about that issue in one place. It’s hard to keep track of all of the nuances related to … Read More
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President-elect Donald Trump resumes his attack on the press

That didn't take long. Less than a week after the election, President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday took up his ongoing crusade against journalists with a trio of tweets aimed at The New York Times: The @nytimes states today that DJT believes "more countries should acquire nuclear weapons." How dishonest are they. I never said this! … Read More
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