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President Donald Trump continued his apparent war on freedom of the press this week by threatening to have NBC’s broadcast license revoked after the network ran a news story he found unfavorable. According to the NBC story, Trump asked for a tenfold increase in the United States’ nuclear arsenal. Trump claims the story is completely […]

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On Friday, Donald Trump began a 17-day vacation at his New Jersey golf resort, which became a huge news story, with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper, going as far as to call the president “The Vacationer in Chief.” Immediately, comparisons were made to how many days of vacation Trump’s immediate predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush […]

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I mentioned in an earlier post about news chyrons that they could be an effective method of fact-checking. Since the election of Donald Trump, MSNBC has started actively using the lower-third of the screen to fact check the president. I’m not sure if it is MSNBC’s decidedly liberal slant, or if now that it is […]

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Lately, it seems like CNN just can’t keep itself from becoming the news story. Today, social media erupted with accusations that CNN blackmailed the creator of an anti-CNN animated gif. In case you haven’t heard, CNN tracked down the creator of the animated image Donald Trump posted on Twitter last week depicting him clotheslining a […]

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Much has been reported on the video of a CNN producer criticizing the network’s Russia coverage. The video was released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, and as to accusations that these videos tend to be taken out of context, CNN has confirmed the veracity of the video, so we know these conversations did take place […]

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Your tassel has been turned and you’ve gotten your diploma. Many of you have had the bittersweet moment of putting your last edition of the school newspaper to bed. I’m sure your professors, graduation speakers, parents and mentors have all given you more sage advice than you know what to do with, but somehow you’ve stumbled […]

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Lost in the shuffle of headlines about FBI Director James Comey’s firing is a telling quote from Kellyanne Conway that sheds a frightening light on how the Trump administration views the role of the press. In an interview with CNN‘s Chris Cuomo, Conway dropped the following on viewers: “You want to question the timing of […]

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I’ve spent the last few days pondering what to write about Friday’s chapter in the continued saga between the White House and the press. To be honest, I am still baffled by the whole thing, so this post will probably be raw and unpolished. To recap, during his address at CPAC, President Trump reiterated his […]

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Recently, Donald Trump sent out a tweet indicating that he would like to see the Senate Intelligence Committee investigate what he calls the “fake” news media. This sent up red flags for journalists, since the president is essentially saying that congress should investigate the free press, which is protected by the first amendment. Famed White […]

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer left the White House press corps shell-shocked after his first press briefing. The new Trump administration spokesman roared into the briefing room on a mission to rebut reports that the crowd size for President Trump’s inauguration may have been smaller than the crowd for President Obama’s. During his tirade, […]

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