USA Today Responds to Criticism of Trump Op-Ed: ‘We Check Factual Assertions’ and Allow ‘Wide Leeway’ for Opinions

USA Today has received a lot of criticism today for the op-ed from President Donald Trump on health care and Medicare for All it ran, especially after the Washington Post ran a fact-check saying “almost every sentence contained a misleading statement or a falsehood.” Following the online criticism, USA Today put out a statement defending their decision to run the President’s op-ed:
@usatodayopinion provides a forum for a diversity of views on issues of national relevance. We see ourselves as America’s conversation center, presenting our readers with voices from the right, left and middle. President Trump’s op-ed was treated like other column submissions; we check factual assertions while allowing authors wide leeway to express their opinions. Readers are invited to submit opposing viewpoints and provide additional context, some of which will be published in the days ahead.

Outgoing 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch Reportedly Set to Replace Elon Musk as Tesla Chair

James Murdoch, who will soon be stepping down as chief executive of 21st Century Fox, is the favorite to succeed Elon Musk as chairman of the board for Tesla. According to the Financial Times, “two people briefed on the discussions said Mr. Murdoch, who is currently a non-executive director of Tesla, was the lead candidate for the job.” Musk agreed to step down as chairman for at least three years as part of a settlement with the SEC, and paid a hefty $20 million fine stemming from allegations he violated securities laws after tweeting about having secured funds necessary to take Telsa private in late August. FT additionally reported, citing people familiar with the discussions, that Murdoch “had signaled Continue reading "Outgoing 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch Reportedly Set to Replace Elon Musk as Tesla Chair"

Hillary Clinton: ‘You Cannot Be Civil With a Political Party That Wants to Destroy What You Stand For’

Defeated 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made quite the declaration about engaging with political opposition. Sitting down with CNN International’s Christiane Amanpour in Oxford, England, the former Secretary of State suggested that peaceful dialogue between Democrats and Republicans is impossible since Republicans want to “destroy” what her party stands for. “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton said. “That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough, to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. Until then, the only thing Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.” She then accused Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and President Continue reading "Hillary Clinton: ‘You Cannot Be Civil With a Political Party That Wants to Destroy What You Stand For’"

Are trade associations on Instagram?

Pretty much all of our clients, regardless of sector, have made Facebook and Twitter key parts of their digital strategy. They invest time and resources into producing content and growing their followings on these two social networks. Instagram is a different story. Instagram has experienced explosive growth the last few years, and is now the third most popular social networking site in the United States, trailing only Facebook and YouTube. 35% of Americans now use Instagram, compared to 25% and 24% for LinkedIn and Twitter respectively. Further, a study we recently conducted found that organizations are seeing much higher engagement levels on Instagram than other platforms. Despite its widespread adoption and high engagement rates, professional use of the platform is mixed. Some organizations are thriving on Instagram. Others have written it off completely – perhaps out of the belief that their audience doesn’t use it and/or that their content isn’t
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Joe Scarborough: GOP Has Monopoly on Washington D.C. Yet Still ‘Plays the Aggrieved Card’

By any measure, these are salad days for the Republican party. There’s a strong economy, a conservative Supreme Court and the GOP controls all three branches of the government. So why are they so pissed? This is the question asked by Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, who himself served as a Republican member of the House of Representatives before becoming an influential media figure. Yes, he has renounced his membership of the Grand Old Party, but he still occasionally shows off his conservative bona fides which gives this particular criticism of the state of things even more gravity. Citing the words of yesterday’s guest Tom Nichols, Scarborough noted “the remarkable thing about Donald Trump and this Republican Party is, that they play the card of grievance” despite the monopoly they have on all the institutions they control in the nation’s capital, which he then Continue reading "Joe Scarborough: GOP Has Monopoly on Washington D.C. Yet Still ‘Plays the Aggrieved Card’"

Andrew Gillum Rips Trump For Taunts During Orlando Speech: Don’t ‘Talk Trash About My City’ With a Hurricane on the Way

Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum ripped President Donald Trump Monday night after Trump took a veiled swipe at him during a speech earlier in the day in Orlando. Gillum blasted the president on Twitter Monday evening for taking a political shot at him just days ahead of the forecasted arrival of Hurricane Michael. In Orlando for a speech before a gathering of police chiefs, the president made a vague reference to Continue reading "Andrew Gillum Rips Trump For Taunts During Orlando Speech: Don’t ‘Talk Trash About My City’ With a Hurricane on the Way"

Fox News Scores Big With Kavanaugh Vote Coverage, Posts Highest Saturday Viewership in More Than a Decade

Fox News scored big, ratings-wise, with its coverage of the Senate’s vote confirming the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The network capitalized on massive interest in a confirmation fight which captured the nation’s attention for the past several weeks — posting its highest Saturday full day total viewership number since 2005, during coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Their numbers in the advertiser-sought 25-54 demographic were tops since Jan. 21, 2017, the day after President Donald Trump‘s inauguration. Fox News, according to Nielsen, notched 2,497,000 total viewers for the full day, with 483,000 in the 25-54 demo. CNN was second with 636,000 total, and 186,000 25-54. MSNBC placed third with 616,000 overall, and 120,000 in the key demo. For the hours between 3:00 and 5:00 when the vote took place, 4,337,000 total viewers watched Fox News, with 819,000 of those viewers falling in the key demo. CNN placed Continue reading "Fox News Scores Big With Kavanaugh Vote Coverage, Posts Highest Saturday Viewership in More Than a Decade"