CNN: “In his tweet, Trump again called the Times ‘failing,’ but the newspaper actually reported a healthy second-quarter profit. Two years ago today, he also called the Times ‘failing’ and ‘dying.’ The Times‘ stock is up nearly 77% since that tweet.”
President Trump attacked social media platforms in a series of tweets for “totally discriminating” against Republicans as they have begun censoring controversial accounts.
Said Trump: “Too many voices are being destroyed, some good and some bad, and that cannot be allowed to happen.”
His solution: “Let everybody participate, good and bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!”
Boston Globe: “A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather ‘the enemy of the people.’ This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences. We asked editorial boards from around the country – liberal and conservative, large and small – to join us today to address this fundamental threat in their own words.”
”Replacing a free media with a state-run media has always been a first order of business for any corrupt regime taking over a country. Today in the United States we have a president who has created a mantra that members of the media who do not blatantly support the policies of the current US administration are the ‘enemy of the people.’ This is one of the many lies that have been thrown out by this president, much like an old-time charlatan threw out ‘magic’ dust or water on a hopeful crowd.”
”For more than two centuries, this foundational American principle has protected journalists at home and served as a model for free nations abroad. Today it is under serious threat.“
Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka “is giving out phony Fox News business cards,” Mediaite reports.
“Gorka, who was fired from his nebulous role at the White House late last year, has been giving out business cards that include his personal information, like his Gmail address and cell phone number — as well as a poorly edited and outdated Fox News logo.”
The Boston Globe is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the U.S. on August 16th to President Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media, the AP reports.
About 70 outlets had committed to editorials denouncing what the Globe called a “dirty war against the free press,” with the list expected to grow.
Sean Hannity announced that President Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani, will guest host his radio show today.
Politico: “Notebooks, mics, cameras, hairspray — those are all things TV reporters are used to having with them at political rallies. Now, in the age of President Donald Trump, they’ve added another: security guards.”
“The networks are employing them, according to reporters, at Trump’s high-octane political rallies, where the media often serves as the No. 1 rhetorical punching bag.”
A new Daily Beast/Ipsos poll finds that 43% of self-identified Republicans said that they believed “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.” Only 36% disagreed with that statement.
When asked if President Trump should close down specific outlets, including CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, 23% of Republicans agreed and 49% disagreed.
“Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars’ six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps,” BuzzFeed News has learned.
“Among the deleted podcasts are the show ‘War Room’ as well as the popular Alex Jones Show podcast, which is hosted daily by the prominent conspiracy theorist.”
“Apple’s decision to remove all episodes of Jones’ popular show — rather than just specific offending episodes — is one of the largest enforcement actions intended to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date.”
The Newseum in Washington, D.C., which is “dedicated to the importance of a free press and the first amendment,” sells “You are very fake news” T-shirts on its website, the Washington Post reports.
“The museum also sells Make America Great Again hats and other items that could appeal to supporters of President Trump, who popularized the term ‘fake news’ and frequently battles with news outlets and reporters he says are unfair to him.”
Elijah Cone: “It doesn’t matter what Facebook intended to be. Facebook has become a media outlet—and, through the manipulative efforts of conservative activists, a grossly irresponsible, right-wing media outlet. It’s time to stop pretending otherwise.”
“Facebook’s efforts to appease right-wing critics have distorted the outlet’s political influence in many obvious ways. In response to the hearings on bias in Congress, Facebook hired conservative lobbyist Jon Kyl to lead a review. A six month study by Media Matters found that right-leaning pages continue to rack up more interactions on their posts than left-leaning or politically neutral pages, and conservative memes are by far the highest performing political content on the platform.”
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CNN’s Jim Acosta hit back at Fox News host Sean Hannity for saying that attendees at President Trump’s rally were right for heckling the CNN correspondent, The Hill reports.
Said Acosta: “Hannity is a propagandist for profit, peddling lies every night. He says he’s just a talk show host, not a journalist. But he’s injecting poison into the nation’s political bloodstream warping public attitudes about the press. I’m confident in the long run the truth will prevail.”
Spielberg said that Clinton would be one of four executive producers on the show, which is being developed for a cable channel or a streaming platform.
Margaret Sullivan: “Hostility toward the media at Trump rallies is nothing new. It infected the presidential campaign and has marred every raucous gathering of supporters since the election.”
“But on Tuesday night in Tampa, the extreme aggression dropped the basement floor another level. This was a new low. And a scary one at that.”
Jim Acosta shared this video: “I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy.”
“The Kushner family–owned New York Observer has cut ties with a writer who has, since 2014, authored dozens of pro-Kremlin articles for the website, the most recent a story in April offering Russia’s spin that the British staged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” BuzzFeed News reports.