Thursday, January 18, 2018

Trump & the News

Donald Trump revealed his "fake news" awards last night, though it was really just a list of reporting errors that outlets corrected. In response to Trump's list, the Committee to Protect Journalists released a list of Press Oppressor awards, where Trump was runner-up. Susan Murray says his whole awards charade shows the danger of Trump seeing his presidency as a reality TV show.

In related news, there are new studies on the degradation of trust in the news media, like a Knight Foundation report called American Views: Trust, Media, and Democracy and a Rand Corporation report titled Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life.

The AP reports on the alternative reality Trump has created around his presidency.  Brian Stelter literally counted how much Trump has used the word "fake," almost always in terms of the news media.

As news has emerged of an alleged sexual relationship and payoff between Trump and an adult-film actress, there's word that Fox News had the story before the election and shelved it, and Paul Farhi question why no one went with the story when they had it last year. One story we'll apparently get more of: Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury book is being adapted for TV.

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