Mike Pence: Trump and I Believe in a Free Press, ‘But…’

Donald Trump‘s war on the press has been long. To supporters, it’s been funny. To everyone else, it’s been a terrifying attack on one of the most fundamental elements of our functioning democracy that calls back to a similar discrediting that took place in Nazi Germany. Today, in a joint conference with NATO’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, Vice President Mike Pence tried to assuage those fears. “Rest assured both the president and I strongly support both a free and independent press,” he said, “but you can anticipate that the president and all of us will continue to call out the media when they play fast and loose with the facts.” He went on to reference Trump’s “unique ability” to speak directly to Americans. Was he talking about Trump’s Twitter? Just this morning, Trump used his Twitter to communicate his thoughts on the “FAKE Continue reading "Mike Pence: Trump and I Believe in a Free Press, ‘But…’"

‘Can’t Have a Circus Without a Ringleader’: Reactions to CPAC’s Trump Announcement Pour in

This morning, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) made a historic announcement: sitting President Donald Trump will speak at their event, hot off his recent engagement speaking to a Floridian rally crowd. The big news has been met with some predictable reactions.

We’re ‘Missing the Point’: Carlson, Fox & Friends Smack Media’s Reaction to Trump’s Sweden Admission

Tucker Carlson made an appearance on Fox & Friends on Monday morning, where he gave his thoughts about how President Donald Trump used a segment of his show as the basis for one of the most striking moments of a speech this past weekend. Trump has admitted that his apparent reference to an nonexistent terror incident in Sweden was based off of a report where Carlson addressed the country’s refugee policy. Today, Carlson said that Trump should be precise in the we he speaks, but the Tucker Carlson Tonight host also opined that “we may be missing the point” the president was trying to make about crime rates and Muslim integration into European society. Carlson argued that nationalism is on the rise of Europe as an inverse reaction to years of “social dislocation” that countries have experienced due to open-door attempts to address the refugee crisis. Continue reading "We’re ‘Missing the Point’: Carlson, Fox & Friends Smack Media’s Reaction to Trump’s Sweden Admission"

‘It Was Surreal’: Meet the Teenage Reporter President Trump Praised During His Press Conference

If you were watching President Trump‘s doozy of a press conference on Thursday, you might have caught that moment towards the end where he complimented a reporter for asking a “nice question” about Melania Trump. That reporter was Kyle Mazza, and quite frankly, he’s amazed he was even able to ask the president a question. Mazza is a 19 year old reporter from Fair Lawn, N.J., who started Universal News Forever Network (UNF) when he was only 8. In a profile about himself with PIX11, Mazza said that he built his website by listening to police scanners, covering local news, and collecting press credentials and press plates however he could throughout the years. “It was surreal,” Mazza said when talking about his question to Trump. “It was a very interesting moment. I didn’t think he was going to call in me. I kept saying ‘Mr. Continue reading "‘It Was Surreal’: Meet the Teenage Reporter President Trump Praised During His Press Conference"

Trump Slams ‘FAKE NEWS Media’ for Saying Large Scale Immigration Is Good for Sweden

Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 9.30.44 AM One day after he admitted deriving his talking points on terrorism from Fox News, President Trump has gotten back on Twitter in order to seemingly accuse the media of misrepresenting a point he made in a speech this weekend. After he appeared to cite a nonexistent terror attack in Sweden, Trump posted a tweet on Sunday night where he confirmed the public theory about how he based his information on a report Tucker Carlson did on the country’s immigration policy: On Monday, Trump got back on Twitter and slammed the “FAKE NEWS media” for saying immigration is working out for Sweden:

Scarborough Hints That Trump’s Constant CNN-Bashing Is Actually a Ploy to Help ‘Great Friend’ Jeff Zucker

By now, the list of adjectives that president Donald Trump uses regularly to criticize the mainstream media are well known; but while it may seem as if this administration is acting incredibly hostile towards the press — namely, an outlet like CNN — one MSNBC anchor seems to think there may be more at play. Joe Scarborough of Morning Joe surmised Monday morning that it’s clear Trump and CNN President Jeff Zucker are actually “great friends,” despite the harsh rhetoric that the President continues to use against the cable news net. Last week, Trump told CNN’s Jim Acosta directly that the moniker “fake news” — long used to to describe CNN in Trump circles — was being changed to “very fake news.” Trump also joked with Acosta to, “Ask Jeff Zucker how he got his job,” and it is well-known that Continue reading "Scarborough Hints That Trump’s Constant CNN-Bashing Is Actually a Ploy to Help ‘Great Friend’ Jeff Zucker"

Scarborough Hints That Trump’s Constant CNN-Bashing Is Actually a Ploy to Help ‘Great Friend’ Jeff Zucker

By now, the list of adjectives that president Donald Trump uses regularly to criticize the mainstream media are well known; but while it may seem as if this administration is acting incredibly hostile towards the press — namely, an outlet like CNN — one MSNBC anchor seems to think there may be more at play. Joe Scarborough of Morning Joe surmised Monday morning that it’s clear Trump and CNN President Jeff Zucker are actually “great friends,” despite the harsh rhetoric that the President continues to use against the cable news net. Last week, Trump told CNN’s Jim Acosta directly that the moniker “fake news” — long used to to describe CNN in Trump circles — was being changed to “very fake news.” Trump also joked with Acosta to, “Ask Jeff Zucker how he got his job,” and it is well-known that Continue reading "Scarborough Hints That Trump’s Constant CNN-Bashing Is Actually a Ploy to Help ‘Great Friend’ Jeff Zucker"