The Top Five Most Bonkers Revelations in The NYT’s Piece on Trump’s ‘Battle For Self-Preservation’

On Saturday morning, The New York Times dropped a massive deep-dive into the day-to-day life of President Donald Trump and how he is struggling to to bend the presidency to his will. The piece, authored by Maggie Haberman, Peter Baker and Glenn Thrush — the NYT added a note pointing out Thrush contributed to the report before his suspension — offers up a panoply of amazing tidbits and incredible nuggets about the behind-the-scenes activity in the White House. We’ve already hit on the revelation that the president spends upwards of eight hours a day watching television as well as him waking up every day at 5:30 AM so he can flip through the cable news morning shows. Let’s now take a look at the five other most bonkers parts of this huge feature piece. 1. He Speaks to Chief of Staff John Kelly on the Phone a Bunch Since taking Continue reading "The Top Five Most Bonkers Revelations in The NYT’s Piece on Trump’s ‘Battle For Self-Preservation’"

People Close to Trump Estimate He Spends Up to Eight Hours a Day Watching TV

Throughout the first year of his presidency, President Donald Trump has attempted to convince the public that he actually doesn’t watch that much television. Last month, he told reporters he is too busy “reading documents” to watch YV. Back in July, he said “I have very little time for watching TV.” Of course, his own tweeting habits present contrary evidence, as he exerts quite a bit of effort criticizing various cable news networks while simultaneously tossing praise at Fox News. And, according to a new deep-dive by the New York Times, those who know the president claim that devotes hours each day to sitting in front of the tube.
Before taking office, Mr. Trump told top Continue reading "People Close to Trump Estimate He Spends Up to Eight Hours a Day Watching TV"

MediaShift Podcast #250: James Murdoch to Lead Disney?; Vice Fires 3 as Holiday Parties Remove Booze; Google News Lab’s Steve Grove

“The Collaboration of the Week” is a new podcast segment highlighting one important media collaboration and explaining how they did it. The series is sponsored by Airtable, the all-in-one collaboration platform for creative teams. Receive $50 in credit by visiting airtable.com/mediashift. In the news this week, Disney is in advanced talks to buy cable channels and a movie studio from News Corp., and James Murdoch is rumored to be a CEO-in-waiting at Disney if the deal goes through. Vice Media fired three men over sexual harassment charges, and holiday parties at Vox and other companies will be serving less alcohol to make sure employees don’t get into more trouble. Facebook suspends women’s accounts for saying that “men are scum” and “all men are ugly” leading to protests and a new site called “facebookjailed.com.” Our Collaboration of the Week, presented by Airtable, is 100 Days in Appalachia,
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Woman Reportedly Sues Bill O’Reilly and Fox News Over Harassment Settlement

A woman who accused Bill O’Reilly of harassment and settled the claim with the former anchor and Fox News is now suing the network, according to the New York Times. Per the Times:
A woman who reached a settlement with Bill O’Reilly over harassment allegations sued Mr. O’Reilly and Fox News on Monday for defamation and breach of contract, saying that public statements he and the network made violated the settlement and portrayed her as a liar and politically motivated extortionist.
Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, one of the many women that settled harassment claims with Fox News’s former primetime titan, was a junior producer at the network when she claimed O’Reilly harassed her — and settled in 2002 for an undisclosed sum. Though a number of the harassment claims leveled against O’Reilly were sexual, Bernstein’s did not include sexual harassment. O’Reilly has repeatedly denied the harassment allegations made against Continue reading "Woman Reportedly Sues Bill O’Reilly and Fox News Over Harassment Settlement"

The New York Times has halved its free monthly articles to 5, its most significant paywall change since 2012

The great paywall tightening of 2017 continues. The New York Times said Friday that it will cut the number of free articles available to “most” non-subscribers each month from 10 to five, Bloomberg reported. The change is the most significant one the Times has made to its pay model since 2012, when it cut the number of monthly free articles from 20 to 10. (According to Bloomberg, “The Times may eventually offer a different number of free articles to non-subscribers based on how they arrive or their reading habits.”) For the Times, the move is an effort to capitalize on what’s been a revitalizing moment for journalism. The “Trump bump” surge in subscribers that news organizations saw after last year’s election has proven to be more than a temporary phenomenon, both broadly and at the Times itself: The Times saw its digital subscriber count surge to nearly 2.5 Continue reading "The New York Times has halved its free monthly articles to 5, its most significant paywall change since 2012"