Late Wednesday afternoon, CNN muddied the waters by blaming a New York City gym hacker/thief on a bizarre series of events that started earlier in the day when Anderson Cooper’s Twitter account called President Trump a “[p]athetic loser.” The freak incident furthered what’s been a difficult week for the network after Friday’s flawed Trump/WikiLeaks story that yielded zero punishment because, well, CNN wants us to trust them since they mean well.
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple was published in the newspaper on Wednesday on how Trump “forced” Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai to defend the First Amendment. So do Pai's words somehow demonstrate he had to respond to passionate liberal outrage? Or do Pai's words underline that this entire controversy was the cliched nothingburger? Pick B.
Former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer granted an interview to Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple, which naturally focused on Wemple’s loathing of Team Trump’s media-bashing – which usually ignores Team Media’s relentless Trump-bashing.
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple spends a lot of his time lamenting the pro-Trump tilt of Fox News, but on Friday, he faulted NBC News for “whiffing” on a Russiagate story that quickly unraveled. MSNBC was breaking its news, and it was quickly broken into a mess.
In April of 2004, New York Times White House correspondent Elisabeth Bumiller rudely challenged President George W. Bush: “Two and a half years later, do you feel any personal responsibility for September 11?” Bumiller is now the paper’s Washington bureau chief, and she can’t even take personal responsibility when her newspaper falls flat on its factual face.
The Times is under fire for its un-factual report that the Trump administration was suppressing a draft of a climate change report that, oops, had been posted on the Internet in January, making it comical to read the boast "A copy of it was obtained by the New York Times," as if the Internet was a secret hideaway.
Breitbart’s being mocked by “mainstream” media figures on Twitter for reporting on emails New York Times environment reporter/activist Coral Davenport sent to sympathetic fellow greens at the Environmental Protection Agency to produce hard-hitting reports on Trump’s EPA boss Scott Pruitt.
On Sunday's MSNBC special, Trump at 6 Months, a panel stacked with liberals was assembled to discuss the conflict between President Donald Trump and the media. Given the makeup of the panel, it was no surprise that the group concluded that distrust of the media was the fault of right-wingers attacking them for decades, and that the media should continue what they already are doing, rather than make reforms to regain credibility.
The liberal media doesn’t like the President. For that matter some in the conservative media don’t like the President either…yes, that means our friends at National Review and The Weekly Standard and doubtless a few others. There’s plenty of room for honest disagreement.
This week, NewsBusters and other sides noticed that after the death of Otto Warmbier, The Huffington Post edited, but did not take down a controversial article entitled “North Korea Proves Your White Male Privilege Is Not Universal.”
Washington Post media blogger Eric Wemple also grew interested in why the HuffPost would keep the Warmbier-bashing piece, when it unpublished a contributor arguing President Trump was right about the negatives of immigration in Sweden...as if that was more offensive. Here's what he found: the Huffington Post is terrible at returning phone calls from other media outlets.
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple wrote a profile of CNN New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota that was posted Thursday, but the first eye-catching thing is she has a new novel coming this summer about a morning cable-news anchor working for a CNN-like network with the letters FAIR! CNN boss Jeff Zucker proclaimed without giggling that other networks have "partisans," while CNN only has "personalities."
On Tuesday, Randy Hall at NewsBusters covered how "the Associated Press hired a 'freelancer' -- who turned out to be 'a hardcore left-wing activist' -- to attend a 'closed press' fund-raiser for the GOP in New Hampshire." In other words, the wire service sent Melanie Plenda to the event for the express purpose of crashing it, despite the NHGOP's clear instructions. It turns out that the Washington Post's Erik Wemple, in covering the fallout from Plenda's sneaky, sloppy work, is perfectly fine with that.
Well, that didn’t take long. On the very morning it was announced that Tucker Carlson was taking over Megyn Kelly’s timeslot on Fox News, the move was immediately denounced as a win for those women haters at FNC.
Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple, in a Thursday article headlined “Fox News chooses sexist to replace woman who faced sexism,” cited Carlson’s December interview with Teen Vogue correspondent Lauren Duca, as an example of Carlson’s chauvinism.