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CNN settles $275M “FAKE NEWS” lawsuit with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann

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Washington DC, CNN agreed Tuesday to settle for an undisclosed amount in a $275 million lawsuit filed by Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann over the network’s coverage of his viral encounter with an elderly Native American activist and Black Hebrew Israelites group.

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Chief of Staff John Kelly “stunned” by a Florida lawmaker’s criticism of President Donald Trump’s condolence call

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October 21,2017

Jim Arakelian

River Edge NJ , Heartbreaking… Democrats show no bounds when attacking our president… Disgusting!

NBC NEWS: In remarks about his own personal tragedy, Chief of Staff John Kelly, a former general whose Marine son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, said Thursday that he was “stunned” by a Florida lawmaker’s criticism of President Donald Trump’s condolence call to a fallen soldier’s wife.

Kelly described himself as “broken-hearted” coming to work on Wednesday after Rep. Frederica Wilson,… D-Fla., had disclosed the private details of Trump’s call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was among four soldiers killed this month in Niger.

Kelly said he was so outraged that he went to Arlington National Cemetery “to go walk among the finest men and women on this Earth.”

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Charlottesville: Reporters should leave the opinion writing to us pundits


Editors note this is a shockingly well written editorial by Paul Mulshine 

By Paul Mulshine

Columnist, The Star-Ledger

After a couple of years during which Donald Trump has done so much to make the jobs of those of us in the media easier and more entertaining, I am starting to see a pattern.

First the Donald says something of which my fellow members of the media strongly disapprove.

Then they take to their computers and TV screens to declare that “This time he’s really gone too far.”

Much speculation about his replacement by someone less interesting ensues.

And then the Donald mounts a counterattack that deflates the media narrative – until next time, when he will once again go too far and start the cycle over again.

The coverage of this Charlottesville incident offered a classic example.

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Political Media Earns Poor Marks From Americans


Political Media Earns Poor Marks From Americans

CAMERON EASLEY   |   APRIL 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

As political journalists prepare to gather at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday to celebrate their work, a new Morning Consult poll is likely to make many of them cringe.

In the new poll, roughly half (51 percent) of Americans said the national political media “is out of touch with everyday Americans,” compared with 28 percent who said it “understand the issues everyday Americans are facing.”

President Donald Trump, a frequent public antagonist of the press and the first president in 36 years to skip the confab, is also slightly more trusted than the national political media. Thirty-seven percent of Americans said they trusted Trump’s White House to tell the truth, while 29 percent opted for the media.

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Honeymoon from Hell: The Liberal Media vs. President Trump


By Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella | April 19, 2017 | 9:16 AM EDT

As President Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president, with the broadcast networks punishing him with coverage that has been 89% negative. The networks largely ignored important national priorities such as jobs and the fight against ISIS, in favor of a news agenda that has been dominated by anti-Trump controversies and which closely matches what would be expected from an opposition party.

For example, President Trump’s push to invigorate the economy and bring back American jobs received a mere 18 minutes of coverage (less than one percent of all airtime devoted to the administration), while his moves to renegotiate various international trade deals resulted in less than 10 minutes of TV news airtime.

Eight years ago, in contrast, the broadcast networks rewarded new President Barack Obama with mainly positive spin, and spent hundreds of stories discussing the economic agenda of the incoming liberal administration.

Here Are Just a Few Of the Fake News Stories About Donald Trump:

He doesn’t read. A favorite NY Times/MSNBC lie. Totally false. Anyone that knows him, including myself, laughs when they hear that one. A constant reader, look at any picture of his desk, covered with reports, studies and books.

CNN reported that Nancy Sinatra was “not happy” Trump’s first inaugural dance to her dad’s “My Way.” Even the very liberal Democrat Nancy was stunned by this fake news and posted this reaction, “Why do you lie, CNN?”

The New York Times and others reported that on Inauguration Day, Trump’s team scrubbed climate change and references to LGBT from the White House website. Actually, there was a broadcasted plan to shift the Obama website to a different site and that the Trump team would use a skeleton site for the first few days.

The Washington Post hit Trump for giving a speech in front of the “sacrosanct” CIA Memorial Wall. It didn’t mention that Obama had done the same thing.

CBS, reporting on the same event, said that the applause for Trump came from the first three rows of guests, stacked with Trump campaign and White House aides. In an embarrassing pushback, Spicer at a subsequent press briefing said there were no aides in the first four rows, that they were standing in the back.

A Time reporter tweeted that Trump removed the Martin Luther King Jr. bust from Oval office. The reporter soon corrected the tweet.

Several outlets reported that Team Trump issued a “gag order” on the EPA and other agencies. In fact, the memo asking them to refrain from tweeting and issuing news releases is standard operating procedure between administrations.

The AP reported that Donald Trump’s voter fraud expert was registered to vote in three states. He was registered in only one.

Many media outlets described the president’s immigration orders as a “Muslim ban.”It targeted anybody from seven nations, including Christians, not just Muslims.

The New York Times reported that Trump’s staff bumbles around in the dark in the Cabinet room because they can’t find the light switch.

The failing @nytimes does major FAKE NEWS China story saying “Mr.Xi has not spoken to Mr. Trump since Nov.14.” We spoke at length yesterday!

Longtime Hillary Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal wrote up a story in the London Review of Books about a racist political ad by Trump’s father. It was widely spread in mainstream media social accounts. It was a fake.

The Trump Company was sued by the city for racist housing in the 70’s – every company was.

Reports said that a Muslim-American Olympic female athlete was detained at an airport under Trump’s immigration orders. She was briefly detained in December under former President Obama’s policies.

Several reports said that Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed classified info at dinner table at Mar-a-Largo. They were discussing press conference plans for next day.

Most mainstream media outlets have sneered that there was little or no voter fraud in the election. But a university analysis and separate poll indicated that 2 million “non-citizen” immigrants may have voted.

NBC and others said that 10 members of an Asian American Council quit in protest over Trump policies. Spicer said that they were all Obama appointees with terms set to expire.

The Associated Press reported that the president planned to mobilize the National Guard to remove illegal immigrants. White House called it “100 percent wrong.”

The New York Daily News reported that Trump domestic policy adviser Stephen Miller called Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers at home to explain how to defend the immigration executive order in court. Both however said they did not speak.

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War Between Trump, Media Seen Escalating With Presidency’s Power


Candidate Donald Trump railed against what he calls the “dishonest media.” Now, President Trump will have to decide whether to do something about it.

Trump has already called for tougher libel laws and has threatened to sue newspapers. While it will be hard for President Trump to take direct action that makes it easier to sue or silence news outlets, his appointees will preside over federal agencies including the Federal Communications Commission that oversee media ownership. The Justice Department can block industry mergers, issue subpoenas to news organizations and obtain search warrants.

Perhaps more importantly, Trump is challenging the legitimacy of traditional media at a time of low public standing and great financial stress for the industry, especially newspapers. In September, a Gallup poll found that just 32 percent of Americans have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the media, the lowest level in the poll’s history.

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American journalism is collapsing before our eyes


By Michael Goodwin
August 21, 2016 | 5:40am

Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, andHillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.

The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand-in-hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.

The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang, suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.