Trump Warns ‘Rude’ Media in New Tweet: ‘Be Nice’

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President Trump got back on Twitter on Monday morning, where he once again decided to tweet against his favorite enemy: the media.

It is possible that Trump was watching the morning news shows today, because the president said he was displeased by how his spokespeople get treated by the press.

Trump’s tweet came after his senior adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared on multiple morning shows, where she faced scrutiny over her defense of the president’s claims that Trump Tower was wiretapped. This comes after Trump unfollowed Morning Joe anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Twitter after several weeks of critical discussions about his presidency.

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Sean Spicer and Journalists Think Trump Lying About Employment Numbers is Funny — It’s Not Funny

During Friday’s televised White House press briefing with Sean Spicer, CNBC reporter Eamon Javers asked the Press Secretary about jobs.

“In the past the president has referred to particular job reports as phony or totally fiction,” said Javers. “Does the president believe that this jobs report was accurate and a fair way to measure the economy.”

A wide smile came over Spicer’s lips.

“I talked to the president prior to this and he told me to quote him very clearly. They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.”

Spicer and the press corps then enjoyed a hearty laugh. The only problem, however, is that it’s not very funny.

First, without offering any further context, Spicer’s breezy dismissal of the question was a tacit admission that Trump had indeed lied when he trashed good employment news during the Continue reading "Sean Spicer and Journalists Think Trump Lying About Employment Numbers is Funny — It’s Not Funny"

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The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, a small paper in Colorado, may act on that advice. Accused by a Colorado state senator of publishing fake news, Jay Seaton, the paper's publisher, has threatened to retaliate with a libel suit, the very legal weapon that news organizations have historically fended off. Bob speaks with Seaton about this new strategy and how it could backfire on the rest of the media.

Jeff Zucker: It’s ‘Shocking’ the Political Establishment Has Been Silent on Trump’s Media Attacks

Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, finds it “shocking” that the political establishment has not stood up for the press following the attacks on the institution by President Donald Trump.

Speaking at the INTV Media Conference in Jerusalem, the CNN executive said that Trump’s classification of the media as an enemy was, according to an Associated Press account, “unfortunate and dangerous.”

At the conference, Zucker also spoke about his most recent conversation with Trump, which according to Zucker, took place on Dec. 21. As it turned out, the then President-elect wasn’t thrilled with some CNN coverage.

I say ‘Hello.’ He says ‘Jeff, Donald.’ I say ‘Hello, Donald.’ And he spent the next two minutes railing about a guest Continue reading "Jeff Zucker: It’s ‘Shocking’ the Political Establishment Has Been Silent on Trump’s Media Attacks"

‘We Can’t Rely on Anonymous Sources’: Gowdy Rips Media Reporting on Trump’s Wiretapping Claims

Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) appeared on America’s Newsroom Monday, where he scolded reporters over the job they’ve done covering President Trump‘s allegations that former president Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Ever since Trump’s explosive claims this weekend, many in the political press have scrutinized his tweets while noting that they were based off of thinly-sourced details from sectors of conservative media. Gowdy was asked about this by Bill Hemmer, and the former Benghazi committee chairman took issue with journalists who use “anonymous sources” and “leaked information” in their work.
I think Congress is much better equipped to do investigations than journalists are. We can’t rely on anonymous sources. We can’t rely on leaked information, classified information which in and of itself is a crime. So with all due respect to the reporters, I can’t cross examine anonymous sources. You can’t Continue reading "‘We Can’t Rely on Anonymous Sources’: Gowdy Rips Media Reporting on Trump’s Wiretapping Claims"

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