Daily Beast: “If the stories broadcast by the Trump-endorsed One America News Network sometimes look like outtakes from a Kremlin trolling operation, there may be a reason. One of the on-air reporters at the 24-hour network is a Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin’s official propaganda outlet, Sputnik.”
James Bennet has resigned as editor of the New York Times’ editorial page.
Axios: “Bennet had been under fire for green-lighting an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) that called on President Trump to ‘send in the troops’ in order to quell violent protests over the death of George Floyd. Times employees organized a protest on social media and claimed that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger.”
“Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said Friday the social media giant will reexamine its policies against violent threats and voter suppression after facing intense backlash over its recent handling of incendiary posts by President Donald Trump, particularly from its own employees,” Politico reports.
Jonathan Karl of ABC News slammed the White House for positioning reporters closer together than usual for President Trump’s remarks in the Rose Garden.
Said Karl: “This is a flagrant violation of CDC guidelines on social distancing and a move that puts reporters at risk for the purpose of turning the press corps into a prop for a so-called ‘press conference’ where the president refuses to answer a single question.”
Jack Shaffer: “You can criticize the page for running Cotton’s retrograde views, which anybody with even a tincture of civil libertarianism running through their veins knows is wrong. But you can’t accuse the page of inconsistency. The 50-year-old section has been outraging or disappointing—depending on your point of view—readers since its founding.”
Rudy Giuliani got into a screaming match with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.
President Trump, via his son-in-law Jared Kushner, encouraged the National Enquirer in 2017 to push the debunked conspiracy theory that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough murdered a female congressional aide, the Daily Beast reports.
President Trump said he believed that Joe Scarborough “got away with murder,” returning to talk of an unfounded conspiracy theory about the “Morning Joe” host, The Hill reports.
Said Trump: “I’ve always felt that he got away with murder. That was my feeling, a very strong feeling, and I do feel it.”
Journalist Robert Bumsted is heard on a video clip explaining to New York City police officers that the press are considered “essential workers” and are allowed to be on the streets after curfew.
One officer responds, “I don’t give a shit.”
Another officer told Bumsted, “Get the fuck out of here you piece of shit.”
Meanwhile, a video clip shows pepper spray being shot directly at a live CNN camera outside the White House.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stood firmly behind his decision to not do anything about President Trump’s inflammatory posts on the social network, saying that he had made a “tough decision” but that it “was pretty thorough,” the New York Times reports.
In a question-and-answer session with employees conducted over video chat software, Mr. Zuckerberg sought to justify his position on Mr. Trump’s messages, which has led to fierce internal dissent.
“Tucker Carlson, the Fox News host, expressed dismay at President Donald Trump’s leadership on Monday, criticizing the president’s handling of mass protests that have engulfed cities across the country and singling out an influential member of his family,” Politico reports.
“Carlson, who often uses his show to ardently defend the president and attack Trump’s foes, lambasted the nation’s leaders across the political spectrum for letting protests get out of hand. He also went after Jared Kushner, saying ‘no one has more contempt’ for the president’s supporters than Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. He accused Kushner of breaking starkly from Trump’s platform and talking Trump out of taking decisive actions.”
Fox News: “An angry mob of rioters stoked by the death of a black man at the apparent hand of a Minneapolis cop turned its rage on a Fox News crew early Saturday, chasing and pummeling the journalists outside the White House in a harrowing scene captured on video.”
“This has been just a remarkable day in the news, and I don’t mean that in a good way; I almost never do.”
— Rachel Maddow, on MSNBC.
“A draft of an executive order President Trump is expected to sign on Thursday would seek to limit the broad legal protection that federal law currently provides social-media and other online platforms,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The draft order would make it easier for federal regulators to hold companies such as Twitter and Facebook liable for curbing users’ speech, for example by suspending their accounts or deleting their posts.”
The Columbia Journalism Review looks into One America News, the cable network desperate for President Trump’s approval.
“I spoke with more than a dozen former and current employees of OAN, some on the condition of anonymity because they feared reprisal. A few had kind words for the network and for their coworkers, but collectively they described a circus, where ethics are absent, turnover is high, and dissent is met with rage. At the helm, they say, is Robert Herring, a wealthy businessman and kind of mini-Trump, whose near-singular focus seems to be supporting the president and his policies.”
Said one former anchor: “Herring is the network. He is in control of absolutely everything he wants to be, and if someone doesn’t like it they’re fired.”
After Twitter began labeling some of his tweets with fact checks, President Trump claimed the move would “totally silence conservatives voices.”
He added: “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again.”