Trump Massively Shakes Up Staff With Only 82 Days to Go, Installs Breitbart‘s Bannon as CEO

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 7.24.20 AMWith hopes quickly dashing that the Republican nominee is going to make a grand pivot towards the Presidential — and amid tanking poll numbers in key battleground states as well as nationally — the Donald J. Trump campaign has decided to shake things up once more. To this, you can’t say that he isn’t a man of his word: he promised unpredictable, and boy are we getting it. Stephen K. Bannon of Breitbart News will be stepping down from his position to become the campaign’s CEO, a move that marks the newest attempt from the struggling campaign to keep its head above water. Kellyanne Conway, a frequent on-air surrogate for the nominee in the past, has been promoted to campaign manager. Trump himself said of the move, “They’re terrific people, they’re winners, they’re champs, and we need to win it.” That’s going to be tough with a Continue reading "Trump Massively Shakes Up Staff With Only 82 Days to Go, Installs Breitbart‘s Bannon as CEO"

Must Reads in Media & Technology: Aug. 17

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  1. Univision is Buying Gawker Media for $135 Million (Peter Kafka / Recode)
2. The Media vs. Donald Trump: Why the Press Feels So Free to Criticize the Republican Nominee (Ezra Klein / Vox)
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3. Roger Ailes Is Advising Donald Trump Ahead of Presidential Debates (Maggie Haberman and Ashley Parker / New York Times) 4. Is Hillary Clinton’s Podcast Propaganda Or A Milestone for Political Podcast Advertising? (Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab) 5. Facebook Traffic to U.S. News Sites Has Fallen by Double Digits, Report Says (Mathew Ingram / Fortune)
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6. Google Says It Wants to Help Continue reading "Must Reads in Media & Technology: Aug. 17"

In Speech Reaching out to Black Voters, Trump Slams ‘Bigot’ Clinton for Pandering to Black Voters

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 11.58.33 PMDonald Trump gave a big campaign speech in Wisconsin this evening. He made his case for black voters, encouraging a vote for him to ensure a higher police presence and a decline in crime in urban areas. He also said this:
He called Hillary Clinton a bigot and said she talks down to black people when she panders to them. He said she only sees black people as votes. In related news, remember when he called a black rally attendee “my African American?” [image via screengrab] Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.

Ana Navarro Goes Off on All the Reasons She Will ‘Take Credit for Insulting’ Trump

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 11.25.51 PMTonight on a panel assembled by CNN to discuss Donald Trump speech appealing to voters of color, Ana Navarro went off. Plain and simple: She went off. When Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway mentioned people insulting her boss, Navarro piped up that she will gladly take credit for insulting him. “I will take credit for insulting him because he has been insulting communities since the first day he launched this campaign when he started talking about Mexican rapists,” she said. “The reason I can call Donald Trump names and I can insult him back is because I am the sister of a disabled man and he mocked a disabled man; because I am a friend of a POW and me mocked that POW; because I’m an immigrant and he has insulted immigrants; because I’m a Hispanic and he has insulted Hispanics; because I’m a woman and he has insulted women. Continue reading "Ana Navarro Goes Off on All the Reasons She Will ‘Take Credit for Insulting’ Trump"

‘Why Are You Badgering Me?’: Don Lemon Takes On Trump Adviser When She Won’t Answer Question

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 11.07.08 PMDonald Trump‘s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, was on CNN tonight to share her reaction to the big speech her boss gave in Wisconsin as he tried to woo black voters with talk of more policing and less crime. Don Lemon tried to ask her a few questions about the speech, but wasn’t happen when she wouldn’t give a “yes” or a “no.” He interrupted her repeatedly, trying to nail down a real answer, and she got angry, asking why she was being badgered. Watch:
Even the panelists weren’t letting her speak, but when she did get to, she continually brought up “facts and figures.” One panelist, Van Jones, said that one fact and figure worth note is that crime is actually declining. She eventually got some words in, don’t worry. [image via screengrab] Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.

People of Color React to Trump’s Speech Detailing His Pitch to Black Voters

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 10.54.18 PMAs he spoke in Wisconsin tonight, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump made an appeal to voters of color. As there has been rioting in Milwaukee following the police shooting of a young black man and Trump is currently polling at 1% among African Americans, the topic seems timely enough.
Are people of color into the speech?

MSNBC Host Thinks Hillary is ‘Arrogant’ For Naming Transition Team 3 Months After Trump Did

1thumbFor some strange and completely unknowable reason, Morning Joe regular and With All Due Respect fill-in host Donnie Deutsch seems to be applying wildly different standards to presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Both he and regular WADR host Mark Halperin reacted to the news that Hillary Clinton has named former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to head her presidential transition team by wondering if this was a smart move politically, with Deutsch deciding it leaned more toward “arrogance” than “assumptiveness”:
I think this is a terrible mistake. It’s one thing to act like a winner. It’s another thing to start declaring victory. One of the things that hurt Hillary at the beginning of the election was the “We are not going to coronate her,” that propped Bernie up. There is a difference between assumptiveness and arrogance. Continue reading "MSNBC Host Thinks Hillary is ‘Arrogant’ For Naming Transition Team 3 Months After Trump Did"