Kentucky Newspaper’s Windows Shattered Amid Rising Anti-Press Climate

The Lexington Herald-Leader is staying “vigilant” after several of its windows were shattered Sunday morning, Editor Peter Baniak said Monday.
Police believe the damage is consistent with small-caliber bullet fire. No one was hurt in the incident, and authorities are investigating it as criminal mischief, the Herald-Leader reported.
“We need to keep doing what we do because it’s that important,” Baniak told HuffPost, adding that the paper’s staff “can’t be deterred from doing the work that we do because of an act of vandalism.”
The motive of the perpetrator, or perpetrators, is still unknown. But Sunday’s crime occurred amid increasing anti-press rhetoric and even some violence against members of the media.
Montana Republican Greg Gianforte attacked journalist Ben Jacobs Wednesday before going on to win a Congressional election Thursday. Jacobs was the fourth reporter to either be manhandled or arrested in May for questioning candidates and public Continue reading "Kentucky Newspaper’s Windows Shattered Amid Rising Anti-Press Climate"

Hillary Clinton Questions Media Trying To ‘Appease’ Conservatives After Election

Some news organizations have beefed up their ranks with conservative voices since the 2016 presidential election, a response Hillary Clinton said is misguided.
“The cable networks seem to me to be folding into a posture of, ‘Oh, we want to try to get some of those people on the right, so maybe we better be more, quote, evenhanded,’” Clinton said in an interview with New York magazine published Friday. 
Author Rebecca Traister described how Clinton’s “brow furrowed” upon mention of climate changes skeptics Bret Stephens and George Will recently joining The New York Times and MSNBC, respectively. 
“Sixty-six million people voted for me, plus, you know, the crazy third-party people,” said Clinton, who won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. “So there’s a lot of people who would actually appreciate stronger arguments on behalf of the most existential challenges facing our country and the world, climate Continue reading "Hillary Clinton Questions Media Trying To ‘Appease’ Conservatives After Election"

Montana Station Won’t Air Recording Of GOP Candidate’s Attack On Journalist

If Montana residents tuned into the local news Wednesday night on NBC affiliate KECI, they wouldn’t have heard an audio recording of Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte attacking Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, even as it got widespread airplay on national television and online. 
“NBC Montana takes pride in reporting only verifiable facts from independent, reliable sources, officials and documents, regardless of what is reported by other media outlets,” anchor Laurel Staples explained to the 10 p.m. audience. (A similar statement appeared in KECI’s online reports).
Earlier that evening, The Guardian posted a recording in which Jacobs is heard asking Gianforte a question about health care policy right before the candidate snaps. Jacobs’ recording, which contradicted claims by Gianforte’s campaign that the “liberal journalist” was the aggressor, quickly became a Continue reading "Montana Station Won’t Air Recording Of GOP Candidate’s Attack On Journalist"

Fox News Had The Best Reporting On Journalist Attack, But Its Top Hosts Ignored It

On Wednesday night, Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna described in unflinching detail how Greg Gianforte, a Republican congressional candidate from Montana, violently attacked a journalist for trying to ask him a question about health care policy the night before his state’s special election. 
In an eyewitness account published on the Fox News website, Acuna described how she and two colleagues were in Gianforte’s office when the candidate “grabbed” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs “by the neck with both hands and slammed him on the ground.” This account directly contradicts the Gianforte campaign’s claim that Jacobs, a “liberal journalist,” was the aggressor ― a claim also disputed by Jacobs’ audio recording of the incident.
But even as Fox News’ online report was being shared widely on social media Wednesday night, Continue reading "Fox News Had The Best Reporting On Journalist Attack, But Its Top Hosts Ignored It"

GOP Candidate’s Attack On Reporter Shows Peril Of Asking Questions In Trump’s America

On Wednesday evening, Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs to the floor as Jacobs tried to ask his view on GOP health care legislation.
As Jacobs and a Fox News crew told it, it was a shocking assault on a reporter just one day before a special election to fill the state’s lone House seat.
But it was hardly an isolated occurrence. In the past three weeks, political reporters have described being arrested, pinned against a wall, slapped, and now body slammed ― all this in a nation where freedom of the press is enshrined in the Constitution.
Alaska Dispatch News reporter Nathaniel Herz told police earlier this month that Republican state Sen. David Wilson slapped him during an encounter over a recent story.
West Virginia reporter Dan Heyman was arrested on May 10 while trying to ask a question of Health and Human Services Continue reading "GOP Candidate’s Attack On Reporter Shows Peril Of Asking Questions In Trump’s America"

Sean Hannity Sees Liberal Attempt To Drive Him Off The Air: ‘This Is A Kill Shot’

As Fox News host Sean Hannity came under fire for fueling a conspiracy theory about a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer, Media Matters on Tuesday ran a straightforward, yet potentially ominous headline for him: “These are Sean Hannity’s advertisers.”
Last month, then-Fox News star and accused sexual harasser Bill O’Reilly saw more than 50 companies quickly flee his show following an advertiser boycott led by Media Matters and other progressive organizations. Hannity tweeted more than a dozen times Wednesday that “liberal fascists” at Media Matters now were targeting him just as became the first advertiser to jump ship. 
The recent attention being paid to his advertisers, Hannity said in an interview with HuffPost, is an attempt by progressives to silence his conservative voice. 
“There’s nothing that I did, nothing that I said, except they don’t like my position politically,” he said. “They’ll try to Continue reading "Sean Hannity Sees Liberal Attempt To Drive Him Off The Air: ‘This Is A Kill Shot’"

MSNBC Hits Ratings Milestone Amid Blitz Of Trump Bombshells

During an especially frenzied news cycle, MSNBC scored its best week in its 21-year-history by beating out both CNN and Fox News in total prime-time viewers and among the demographic prized by advertisers.
The week of May 15 kicked off with the bombshell that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats, followed the next day with a report that he urged then-FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. More revelations about Flynn followed, along with the naming of a special prosecutor for the Russian investigation. Trump’s reported boast to the Russians about firing “nut job” Comey capped off one of the more chaotic weeks in U.S. politics. 
MSNBC progressive hosts Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell averaged 2.44 million total viewers and 611,000 viewers ages 25 to 54, a coveted demographic, according to Nielsen Continue reading "MSNBC Hits Ratings Milestone Amid Blitz Of Trump Bombshells"