From The White House To Capitol Hill, Republicans Embrace Secrecy






Republicans across Washington have made an unmistakable effort to conduct the business of government in the dark, giving the American public less opportunity to understand and weigh in on crucial issues that could profoundly affect their lives.
On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer took questions from reporters, but news organizations couldn’t broadcast video or audio from the meeting. Reporters were furious over the decision, and on Tuesday, the White House announced Spicer would hold an on-camera briefing.
The White House press office also seems to be saying less and less. During the first 100 days of the Trump administration, officials would meet with reporters about once every two days. But since then, they’ve held briefings once every three days, according to the Washington Post.
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Former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes Dead

Former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes died on Thursday, his wife, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed in a statement. He was 77.






Ailes’ death comes less than a year after he was ousted from the network after multiple allegations of sexual harassment. 
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Former Fox News Contributor Claims Network Hired Him To Dig Up Dirt On Accusers






A New York mayoral candidate and former Fox News contributor close to Roger Ailes says he was hired to spy on at least two women who accused the former Fox News chief and Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment.
Bo Dietl, a former New York police detective and founder of the Beau Dietl & Associates private investigation firm, said he was hired by the network to discredit the harassment claims by former anchor Gretchen Carlson and former producer Andrea Mackris, according to a Thursday article published in the Wall Street Journal.
Carlson accused Ailes of sexual harassment last year and received a $20 million settlement in September. Mackris accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment in 2004 and settled for $9 million. Both Ailes and O’Reilly left the network after multiple accusations of harassment.
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Former Fox News Contributor Claims Network Hired Him To Dig Up Dirt On Accusers






A New York mayoral candidate and former Fox News contributor close to Roger Ailes says he was hired to spy on at least two women who accused the former Fox News chief and Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment.
Bo Dietl, a former New York police detective and founder of the Beau Dietl & Associates private investigation firm, said he was hired by the network to discredit the harassment claims by former anchor Gretchen Carlson and former producer Andrea Mackris, according to a Thursday article published in the Wall Street Journal.
Carlson accused Ailes of sexual harassment last year and received a $20 million settlement in September. Mackris accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment in 2004 and settled for $9 million. Both Ailes and O’Reilly left the network after multiple accusations of harassment.
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Press Secretaries Get Paid To Clean Up Flubs. But Sometimes Even They Screw Up.






Before the words were even completely out of the mouth of his boss, Stu Loeser knew he had screwed up.
It was 2010, and as New York City recovered from a massive snowstorm, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had been giving regular televised updates to New Yorkers about storm cleanup efforts. Many people were canceling their Broadway theater tickets due to the snow, and Loeser, Bloomberg’s press secretary, advised the mayor to say on live television that New Yorkers should buy tickets amid the disaster.
The plug was meant to be a simple boost for Broadway. But the problem was that the city was still struggling to get the streets plowed in many neighborhoods, and the comment fed the perception that Bloomberg was out of touch with regular New Yorkers.
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One Of The White House’s Biggest Obstacles Just May Be Itself






As President Donald Trump’s administration tries to push his agenda, one of its biggest stumbling blocks is turning out to be the White House’s own press office.
Trump is known to be obsessed with public perception and reportedly takes time every day to watch White House press secretary Sean Spicer give his daily briefing. Yet the first weeks of Trump’s administration have been filled with stunningly basic blunders that have distracted from the White House’s message.
There are growing pains whenever a new press operation takes over and new staffers get used to working with each other, said Stu Loeser, who served as press secretary to then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for over six years. Still, he said, the new team needs to recognize that even the smallest errors Continue reading "One Of The White House’s Biggest Obstacles Just May Be Itself"

One Of The White House’s Biggest Obstacles Just May Be Itself






As President Donald Trump’s administration tries to push his agenda, one of its biggest stumbling blocks is turning out to be the White House’s own press office.
Trump is known to be obsessed with public perception and reportedly takes time every day to watch White House press secretary Sean Spicer give his daily briefing. Yet the first weeks of Trump’s administration have been filled with stunningly basic blunders that have distracted from the White House’s message.
There are growing pains whenever a new press operation takes over and new staffers get used to working with each other, said Stu Loeser, who served as press secretary to then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for over six years. Still, he said, the new team needs to recognize that even the smallest errors Continue reading "One Of The White House’s Biggest Obstacles Just May Be Itself"