NY Times: Trump Called Times Reporter to Argue Russians ‘Falsely Accused’ of Election Interference


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As questions continue to mount over what was discussed in President Donald Trump’s private meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, The New York Times reports after one such meeting, he called a Times reporter to say the Russians were “falsely accused” of meddling in the 2016 election. The call came after Trump had met Putin for the first time in Hamburg, Germany, for the G-20 summit:
“The day after the two meetings, as Mr. Trump was on Air Force One taking off from Germany heading back to Washington, he telephoned a Times reporter and argued that the Russians were falsely accused of election interference. While he insisted most of the conversation be off the record, he later repeated a few things in public in little-noticed asides. “He said that he raised the election hacking three times and that Mr. Putin denied involvement. But he said Mr. Putin also Continue reading "NY Times: Trump Called Times Reporter to Argue Russians ‘Falsely Accused’ of Election Interference"

Trump’s Own Economists Say Shutdown Will Cost Economy Double What They Thought It Would


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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 2: U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Netherlands Prime Minster Mark Rutte (not pictured) in the OVal Office of The White House on July 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

As the longest government shutdown in history drags on, Donald Trump‘s own White House economists now say that the economic consequences are double what they originally estimated, and other economists say the shutdown could significantly contract the economy. On Tuesday evening, The New York Times reported that Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers have doubled their previous estimate of the shutdown’s effect on economic growth, and chief White House economist Kevin Hassett revealed that the toll has already reached a disturbing level:
Mr. Hassett said on Tuesday that the administration now calculates that the shutdown reduces quarterly economic growth by 0.13 percentage points for every week that it lasts — Continue reading "Trump’s Own Economists Say Shutdown Will Cost Economy Double What They Thought It Would"

Jon Meacham on Stunning NYT Trump Report: ‘This Is What the Founders Were Worried About’


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Presidential historian Jon Meacham spoke with Brian Williams on MSNBC last night about the stunning New York Times report on the FBI opening an inquiry into whether President Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia. And he expressed just how unbelievable this whole thing is:
“You look at all of these different fronts and you have the sort of emergency conversation which is deeply important and complicated, but we’ve really never had––and if we have, it’s classified and lost to history at least so far––a President of the United States who is considered to be possibly an asset of a foreign government. This is what the Founders were worried about in the 1790s. The Jeffersonians worried that Washington and Hamilton might be British agents, Washington and Adams and Hamilton worried that Jefferson might be a French agent. But that was in a kind of fevered political atmosphere. There was Continue reading "Jon Meacham on Stunning NYT Trump Report: ‘This Is What the Founders Were Worried About’"

Jill Abramson Fires Back at Trump for Using Her Comments to Bash the New York Times


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This afternoon we covered President Donald Trump touting ex-New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson‘s new book to bash her former paper, but now Abramson has fired back on Twitter. To recap: Fox News’ Howard Kurtz reported on an excerpt from Merchants of Truth in which Abramson takes issue with some anti-Trump bias at the Times:
“Though Baquet said publicly he didn’t want the Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump,” Abramson writes, adding that she believes the same is true of the Washington Post. “Some headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis.” What’s more, she says, citing legendary 20th century publisher Adolph Ochs, “the more anti-Trump the Times was perceived to be, the more it was mistrusted for being biased. Ochs’s vow to cover the news without fear or favor sounded Continue reading "Jill Abramson Fires Back at Trump for Using Her Comments to Bash the New York Times"

Trump Touts Jill Abramson Remarks to Bash the New York Times: ‘Fake News, Enemy of the People’


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President Donald Trump is touting comments by former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson to bash the paper as the “Enemy of the People.” Earlier this week, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz reported on an excerpt from her forthcoming book Merchants of Truth, regarding anti-Trump bias at the paper:
“Though Baquet said publicly he didn’t want the Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump,” Abramson writes, adding that she believes the same is true of the Washington Post. “Some headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis.” What’s more, she says, citing legendary 20th century publisher Adolph Ochs, “the more anti-Trump the Times was perceived to be, the more it was mistrusted for being biased. Ochs’s vow to cover the news without fear or favor sounded like an impossible promise in such a polarized Continue reading "Trump Touts Jill Abramson Remarks to Bash the New York Times: ‘Fake News, Enemy of the People’"

Trump Lashes Out at NY Times for Report on Him Questioning Pence’s Loyalty: ‘Phony Story’


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President Donald Trump took a few questions from reporters before heading to California this morning, and he went on a tear against The New York Times when one reporter asked about their report yesterday on him and Vice President Mike Pence. Per the Times, Trump has been asking people around him whether Pence is loyal to a surprising degree. But Trump insisted this morning “I don’t question his loyalty at all.” “He is 100% loyal,” the President said. “It was a phony story. I doubt they had any sources. A typical New York Times phony story. Mike Pence is 100%. Not even a doubt about it in my mind. He’s been a trooper.” He again called it a “phony story” and said they never called him for comment, calling it “fake news” as a result. Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab]

CNN’s Brianna Keilar Grills Sen. Hirono: Were You Told to Go Easy on Facebook By Chuck Schumer?


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Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) defended Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) after a New York Times investigation reported that he attempted to interfere in an Intelligence Committee probe into Facebook’s handling of Russian misinformation. Speaking to CNN on Thursday, roughly 24 hours after the article was published, Hirono was grilled by anchor Brianna Keilar — who wanted to know whether Schumer encouraged her to take it easy on the social media giant. “Not at all,” Hirono said. “What these new revelations point out is that we, the Congress, should think about regulations of some sort because it’s disturbing to know that Facebook had information ahead of time.” In the Times investigation, Facebook is said to have been aware of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election at least months before voting had even occurred, despite C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg‘s claim that any idea his company helped Continue reading "CNN’s Brianna Keilar Grills Sen. Hirono: Were You Told to Go Easy on Facebook By Chuck Schumer?"

25 newsrooms have attempted to bridge divisions — in person. Here’s what they’ve learned


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A bunch of strangers walk into a room, and journalists try to get them to get to know — or at least not hate — each other. That’s not a joke; it’s the goal of 25 news organizations’ engagement initiatives studied by the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. The 2016 (and 2018) elections effed up a lot of people and their trust in media, as we all know, and news organizations have been experimenting with ways to improve trust face-to-face and across wrenching divisions. But…what comes out of those events besides a lot of extroversion and handshake germs? How many gatherings are needed to finally start whittling away at stereotypes? Is convening community members with drastically different views a service or a spectacle used for reporting? Can these meetings possibly change people’s perceptions of “the media” — and each other? Looking Continue reading "25 newsrooms have attempted to bridge divisions — in person. Here’s what they’ve learned"

Trump Claims Report on North Korea’s Secret Missile Program ‘Inaccurate’: I’ll ‘Let You Know if Things Go Bad!’


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Taking again to Twitter to bash The New York Times, President Donald Trump claimed without evidence that the outlet’s report that North Korea is secretly beefing up its ballistic missile program was false. “The story in the New York Times concerning North Korea developing missile bases is inaccurate,” he said Tuesday about the Monday article. “We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new – and nothing happening out of the normal. Just more Fake News. I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!” In Continue reading "Trump Claims Report on North Korea’s Secret Missile Program ‘Inaccurate’: I’ll ‘Let You Know if Things Go Bad!’"

NYT Editorial Board Defends Jim Acosta: Let Him Do His Job


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The New York TimesEditorial Board came to the defense Jim Acosta Thursday in a show of solidarity following the White House’s decision to suspend the CNN reporter’s press pass. In a column titled “Let Jim Acosta Do His Job,” the Board argued that the Trump administration’s actions inhibited press freedom and were based on the lie that Acosta had acted aggressively toward a White House intern. “Anger is one thing, but in suspending Mr. Acosta’s press credential, Mr. Trump signaled that in his view, asking hard questions — the most basic function of a reporter — disqualifies journalists from attending White House briefings,” the Board wrote. “That Mr. Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, would then use the demonstrably false claim that Mr. Acosta had laid ‘his hands on a young woman’ as a pretext to throw him out compounds the cynicism.” The Board Continue reading "NYT Editorial Board Defends Jim Acosta: Let Him Do His Job"

The NYT Election Needle Is Back, and It’s Giving Twitter Serious Flashbacks: ‘God No Anything But the Needle’


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For the sixth American presidential or midterm election, The New York Times has brought back its election needle for Tuesday night. And the mere sight of it is causing some to freak out. The needle will move, throughout the night, to depict the most current odds for each party winning the House and the Senate. But this tool is not without its detractors. Many are spooked by the volatility — the constant swings. Progressives, in particular, are wont to recall the needle’s upbeat forecast for Hillary Clinton on election night 2016. That forecast, of course, proved to be premature. In aggregate, most observers seem to find the Time election needle quite stressful. Here’s a sampling of the reaction:

Maggie Haberman: Trump Has ‘Been Warned Repeatedly,’ Russians and Chinese Are Listening When He’s on His Cell


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Maggie Haberman appeared on CNN’s New Day Monday to discuss her blockbuster New York Times story of Wednesday night — in which she and colleague Matthew Rosenberg reported that Chinese spies have been listening to President Donald Trump‘s private phone calls. “He’s been warned repeatedly that the Chinese and the Russians are listening when he is on a cell phone,” Haberman said. “Whether it is the personal iPhone that he continued using until last year and has held on to primarily because it has phone numbers listed in it that he couldn’t store in the other one, or whether it’s the government one. All that they can do is strip it down as much as possible, a government phone. Those are not secure. You can still listen in. He was warned that this was a problem, and he has often ignored the warnings. He has gotten better about using Continue reading "Maggie Haberman: Trump Has ‘Been Warned Repeatedly,’ Russians and Chinese Are Listening When He’s on His Cell"

Twitter Flips Out Over Report on Chinese Spies Listening to Trump Calls: ‘Security Breach’


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The New York Times dropped quite the bombshell tonight––that China and Russia are eavesdropping on President Donald Trump‘s cell phone calls––and Twitter flipped out over this stunning revelation:

Stunning NYT Report Reveals Saudi Troll Farm, Suspected Saudi ‘Mole’ at Twitter in 2015


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A stunning new report reveals that a former Twitter employee was suspected of being groomed by Saudi Arabia as a spy. The New York Times details Saudi efforts to combat dissent online, including the revelation of a “troll farm” based in Riyadh:
Saudi operatives have mobilized to harass critics on Twitter, a wildly popular platform for news in the kingdom since the Arab Spring uprisings began in 2010. Saud al-Qahtani, a top adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed who was fired on Saturday in the fallout from Mr. Khashoggi’s killing, was the strategist behind the operation, according to United States and Saudi officials, as well as activist organizations.
And Jamal Khashoggi himself was a target of many Twitter trolls who went after him and others who criticized Saudi leadership. But somewhat alarmingly, the report also reveals that Twitter was informed in late 2015 by Western intelligence officials that an employee by Continue reading "Stunning NYT Report Reveals Saudi Troll Farm, Suspected Saudi ‘Mole’ at Twitter in 2015"

New York Times: Jared Kushner Likely Paid ‘Almost No Federal Income Taxes’ for Years


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The New York Times has a stunning new report out saying that Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump‘s son-in-law and advisor to the President, may not have paid federal income taxes for years. The Times reviewed some confidential documents and found that Kushner utilized a “common tax-minimizing maneuver,” while noting that there’s nothing in these documents suggesting Kushner broke the law:
Thirteen tax accountants and lawyers, including J. Richard Harvey Jr., a tax official in the Reagan, George W. Bush and Obama administrations, reviewed the documents for The Times. Mr. Harvey said that, assuming the documents accurately reflect information from his tax returns, Mr. Kushner appeared to have paid little or no federal income taxes during at least five of the past eight years. The other experts agreed and said Mr. Kushner probably didn’t pay much in the three other years, either.
The Times includes a supplemental piece Continue reading "New York Times: Jared Kushner Likely Paid ‘Almost No Federal Income Taxes’ for Years"

Hundreds of Law Professors Co-Sign Letter Saying Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh


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A group of over 650 law professors has signed a letter to be presented to the U.S. Senate claiming the Senate should not confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  The letter was published by the New York Times on Oct. 3 and the signatories are being updated as more law professors sign on. According to the letter, Kavanaugh does not display the temperament needed to assume a place on the Supreme Court based on this actions at his hearing last Thursday. The letter reads: “Judicial temperament is one of the most important qualities of a judge. As the Congressional Research Service explains, a judge requires ‘a personality that is even-handed, unbiased, impartial, courteous yet firm, and dedicated to a process, not a result.'” The letter continues on to note that during the hearing, Kavanaugh “displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly Continue reading "Hundreds of Law Professors Co-Sign Letter Saying Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh"

New York Times Admits Error in Having Op-Ed Writer Who Bashed Kavanaugh Later Report on Him


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New York Times Magazine writer with a byline in an article revealing Judge Brett Kavanaugh‘s rowdy college behavior previously bashed the SCOTUS nominee on Twitter, deeming him a threat to democracy and society. Emily Bazelon helped to report the scoop along with Ben Protess in an article published Monday titled “Kavanaugh Was Questioned by Police After Bar Fight in 1985.” The piece recounts an evening during Kavanaugh’s junior year at Yale when he became involved in a scuffle, allegedly tossing ice at a fellow patron. While the story doesn’t bode well for the judge who’s already embroiled in sexual assault allegations which have prompted an FBI probe into his past, Bazelon, an alumna who’s lectured at the school, received some flak from The Daily Caller over her opinionated tweets on Kavanaugh which were posted last July. In her comments, Bazelon wrote, “I strongly disassociate myself from Continue reading "New York Times Admits Error in Having Op-Ed Writer Who Bashed Kavanaugh Later Report on Him"

New York Times Opinion Apologizes for Twitter Poll on Christine Ford’s Credibility: ‘Insensitive’


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The New York Times opinion page’s Twitter feed posted, then deleted, a poll asking people whether they found Christine Blasey Ford‘s testimony “credible” after the first part of today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. And unsurprisingly, people criticized the Times for making a Twitter poll on the subject:

After Trump Swipes at ‘Failing’ NYT in Presser, Reporter Responds: We’re ‘Thriving Not Failing’


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President Donald Trump took a few shots at the “failing” New York Times during his press conference today, and a Times reporter responded when Trump finally let him have a question. Trump went on a tangent about the Times minutes earlier, and reporter Mark Landler jumped in to get Trump to give the Times a question. Landler took a moment to tell Trump, “We’re kind of thriving, not failing these days.” “You’re doing very well,” the President said. “Say thank you, Mr. Trump.” Landler responded, “I think I’ll stop short of that.” Trump teed off on the “negative” stories he gets from the Times before saying “I still love the paper.” Landler proceeded to ask Trump about China. Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab]

Hannity Warns Trump Not To Fire Rosenstein… While Laura Ingraham Urges His Ousting


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The latest bombshell from The New York Times has the Fox News primetime lineup torn. On Friday, the Times released an explosive report about how Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had made an attempt to organize the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump during the fallout of his firing of FBI Director James Comey and that he had also suggested to secretly record the president during visits to the White House. Well, this story has Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham offering different advice for the president.

Kicking off his opening monologue, Hannity warned Trump to “not fall into a trap” despite the report of Rosenstein wanting to organize a “silent coup.” “We are experiencing tonight a massive constitutional crisis. And frankly, this is designed to setup the president,” Hannity told his audience. “Under zero circumstances should the president fire anybody. These actors tonight, Continue reading "Hannity Warns Trump Not To Fire Rosenstein… While Laura Ingraham Urges His Ousting"