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The Anti-Defamation League was closed for Passover around the time that White House press secretary Sean Spicer claimed, “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons”; spoke of “the Holocaust center”; and, when pressed on the matter, mentioned something about Syria’s Bashar al-Assad dropping poisonous chemicals on “innocent”
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Today Donald Trump, president of the United States, came to the defense of Bill O’Reilly, host of the cable-news-leading “O’Reilly Factor.” The King of Cable News finds his long career in danger of ending sourly after the New York Times outed him as a serial generator of complaints from female co-workers — mostly for sexual harassment. In an interview, Trump gave O’Reilly a clean bill of health on this front, saying, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.” That remark came in a recently published interview with the New York

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is under fire based on a weekend New York Times article indicating that $13 million had been paid to five women who had received settlements after complaining about the host’s behavior. The pattern documented by these cases? “As an influential figure in the newsroom, Mr. O’Reilly would create a bond with some women by offering advice and promising to help them professionally, ” noted the newspaper. “He then would pursue sexual relationships with them, causing some to fear that if they rebuffed him, their careers would stall.”.feedback

Ever since the New York Times reported a series of sexual harassment settlements surrounding his workplace behavior, Bill O’Reilly has attempted to ride out the crisis through minimal acknowledgement. Sure, he issued a statement implausibly blaming the settlements — five of them, for sexual harassment and simple abuse — on his status as a big, fat target for complaints. On his program on Monday and Tuesday nights, however, the King of Cable News refrained from addressing the matter, an omission suggesting that O’Reilly has no good

Every so often, Fox News superstar Bill O’Reilly gets himself in trouble for infractions ranging from the slight to the serious. His detractors - this blog included - proceed to take a multi-platform approach to hammering him for his stupidity/offensiveness/nastiness/other. Being a combative and engaging sort of fellow, the King of Cable News appears to delight in answering the critics. And those lash-backs share a little something in

Third in a series of posts on the media-bashing actions of the White House press

A loudmouth president with 27 million Twitter followers commonly slams media outlets that report negative things about him. And then media outlets of all stripes and persuasions echo those slams - sometimes approvingly, sometimes

Second in a likely interminable series on the proclamations of the White House press

As Fox News last year was plowing through the sexual harassment scandal involving now-former network chief Roger Ailes, King of Cable News Bill O’Reilly couldn’t have been more dismissive of the victims. “In this country, every famous, powerful or wealthy person is a target. You’re a target, ” O’Reilly said in a July appearance on “Late Night” with Seth Meyers. “I’m a target. Anytime somebody could come out and sue us, attack us, go to the press or anything like that. … I stand behind Roger 100 percent.”.feedback

First in what could be an interminable series of posts on the activities of White House press secretary Sean

Flacks for Fox News are going to need a spring break. Yesterday, senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano reemerged on the network’s airwaves after getting in trouble for alleging - based on unnamed sources - that the United Kingdom assisted President Barack Obama in surveilling presidential candidate Donald Trump. “You’ve had a few quiet days, ” said host Bill Hemmer, in a clever allusion to Napolitano’s short time on the Fox News bench. After Napolitano surfaced these claims on an opinion show - the idiotic “Fox & Friends” - a representative from the network’s news side, Shepard Smith, memorably countered them on air: “Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary. Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way, full stop.” Smith was forced to issue that statement after a spokesman for the British GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) issued a statement thrashing the Napolitano report, which had been cited by White House press secretary Sean

Thanks to the dysfunction stemming from his boss, White House press secretary Sean Spicer is getting heavy exposure to the public via televised daily sessions in the briefing room. And the more we see of him, the nastier he

Veteran network newsman Ted Koppel didn’t say “Sean Hannity is bad for America, ” though you might have gathered as much from reading various summaries of the segment from “CBS Sunday Morning” in which Koppel interviewed the Fox News host, among several others, about the country’s partisan divide. The sequence went like

Just last week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer verily pounded the podium in the briefing room, imploring reporters to examine matters of “substance” above all else. “You seem to have an obsession with the process and not the substance, ” Spicer told NBC News’s Peter Alexander regarding intelligence

Earlier this week, this blog considered a question from a reader about whether Fox News could be categorized as an organ of the mainstream media. The answer: In terms of reach and impact, absolutely. In terms of standards, no way. The trouble is that Fox News, seizing on a convention of mainstream newspapering, has set up a stark division between news and opinion divisions - with programs like “Special Report” in the former and “Fox & Friends, ” “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity” in the

At a joint news conference Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Trump fielded a question from a German journalist as to whether he felt it was a “mistake” to accuse British intelligence of assisting former President Barack Obama in allegedly surveilling him. Wrapped up in the question was a pivotal question about the relationship between the Trump White House and the conservative media. After all, the claim about British intelligence stemmed directly from a report by Fox News’s Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey

There was a time when a guy like Judge Andrew Napolitano could make some marginal remarks on Fox News, and only a large plume of non-White House officials would take him seriously. Perhaps a website or two would pick up on them. Then everyone would move on to other

David Cay Johnston, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who came up with two pages from Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return, ripped the White House for its handling of his Tuesday scoop. “This is, to anybody in the news business, totally unethical, ” said Johnston in a chat with Joe Madison on SiriusXM News & Issues. “They took my exclusive story before it went up at DC Report, which is my website, DC Report. They went and gave it to other reporters, that’s just you don’t do that. I’ve never had a company or a White House all the way back to Nixon do anything within a million miles of that and then they acknowledged the document but they had this nasty statement that they put out. And they never officially got back to me they put out a statement, which tells you this really got under Donald Trump’s skin.”.feedback

There has been some speculation that President Trump orchestrated the tax-return leak that last night turned MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow into a Twitter

The world would be a much better place if cable-news outlets would act like newspapers when they have scoops. Which is to say, just publish them. Cable news, however, is cable news - an industry that tussles over ratings to such a degree that quiet humility has ceased to be an option. If your show has something new, it behooves you to hype it. And so, early yesterday evening, the Twitter account of the “Rachel Maddow Show” promised viewers

It was a cross between and “The Five.” Today at a journalism conference titled “Covering Trump” and organized by the Columbia Journalism Review, a Breitbart editor faced off against representatives of four news organizations that - well, let’s just say that their one-time leader is not now a top adviser to President Trump. John Carney, financial editor for Breitbart, asked his fellow panelists, “Do you think you have enough people who understand and sympathize with Trump’s worldview in your news organizations or do you think you are predominantly staffed by people who view Trump’s point of view as not just wrong but probably also evil?”.feedback

President Trump likes to boast about how, as president, he’s in an exquisite position to judge the value of news reports coming out of the White House. “Here’s the thing: The public isn’t - you know, they read newspapers, they see television, they watch. They don’t know if it’s true or false because they’re not involved, ” said Trump at that memorable Feb. 16 news conference. “I’m involved. I’ve been involved with this stuff all my life. But I’m involved. So I know when you’re telling the truth or when you’re not. I just see many, many untruthful things.”.feedback

Days before taking office in January, then-President-elect Donald Trump shouted down CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after his news organization had reported that the highest officials in the U.S. government had been briefed on a dossier outlining alleged contacts between Trump World and Russia. “You are fake news, ” said Trump in a combative posture that made no shortage of

BuzzFeed has started that process and pledges to continue pursuing it. So why post the documents now?feedback

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