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White House Correspondents’ Association condemns Trump’s body-slam comments


The White House Correspondents’ Association condemned President Donald Trump Friday after he lauded a lawmaker from Montana a day earlier for body slamming a Guardian reporter.

“All Americans should recoil from the president’s praise for a violent assault on a reporter doing his Constitutionally protected job,” White House Correspondents’ Association president Olivier Knox said in a statement. “This amounts to the celebration of a crime by someone sworn to uphold our laws and an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has solemnly pledged to defend it. We should never shrug at the president cheerleading for a violent act targeting a free and independent news media.”

Speaking Thursday at a rally in Missoula, Montana, Trump praised GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte for an incident in 2017 in which an audio recording revealed that the then-candidate apparently body-slammed journalist Ben Jacobs. Trump said that “knowing Montana,” the assault would help Gianforte in the polls, even though it drew widespread condemnation across the country at the time.

Guardian US editor John Mulholland also issued a statement condemning Trump’s comments Friday night, urging the president to apologize.

Trump has often targeted the media, dubbing it the “enemy of the people,” and he refused to attend this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Gianforte’s staff initially blamed Jacobs for the incident, but the lawmaker eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault charges. Gianforte also promised to make a $50,000 donation to free press advocacy group the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/19/trump-gianforte-comments-915802

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Trump to Skip White House Correspondents Dinner Again, Send Sarah Sanders Instead

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Poll: 77 percent say major news outlets report ‘fake news’


President Donald Trump is not alone in thinking media outlets spread “fake news.”

More than 3-in-4 of 803 American respondents, or 77 percent, said they believe that major traditional television and newspaper media outlets report “fake news,” according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday, marking a sharp increase in distrust of those news organizations from a year ago, when 63 percent registered concerns about the spread of misinformation.

Among those, 31 percent said they believe those media outlets spread “fake news” regularly, and 46 percent said it happens occasionally.

The findings also showed Americans diverging on what constitutes “fake news,” with 65 percent saying it applies broadly to the editorial decisions outlets make over what topics to cover and 25 percent more narrowly defining it to apply only to the spread of factually incorrect information.

The “fake news” moniker, which has become a rallying cry for Trump and his supporters, surprisingly gained popularity across partisan lines, including among Democrats. According to the Monmouth findings, 61 percent of Democrats believe outlets spread misinformation, up from 43 percent from last year. Belief in the spread of “fake news” by major news outlets also rose from 2017 to now among Republicans, up from 79 to 89 percent, and independents, rising from 66 percent to 82 percent.

Americans also are increasingly wary of the motivations behind allegedly misleading coverage, with 42 percent of respondents saying they believe that major outlets disseminate misinformation to push a political agenda.

Eighty-three percent, according to the poll, said they believed outside interest groups try to plant fake stories in major publications to spread “fake news.” Americans said they think the trend is particularly pervasive on social media, with 87 percent saying interest groups try to plant fake news on sites like Facebook and YouTube.

The president took to Twitter on Monday morning to blast “Fake News Networks” — a nickname he has used to pillory CNN — for running critical pieces of Sinclair, the broadcasting giant that reportedly made dozens of local news anchors reads script warning about the spread of misinformation in the media.

“So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke,” Trump wrote.

The Monmouth University poll included 803 adults and was conducted from March 2 to 5. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/02/poll-fake-news-494421

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Trump defends Sinclair Broadcasting after anchor-promo dust-up


President Donald Trump on Monday morning defended Sinclair Broadcasting after the company came under fire for requiring local news anchors to read promotional material alleging bias from other media organizations.

“So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke,“ the president tweeted Monday morning.

Trump’s tweet came several minutes after CNN aired a segment on a viral video from Deadspin that cut together footage from Sinclair-owned stations reading the same script on “the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country.” CNN first reported on the promo.

Sinclair, a conservative-leaning company, owns or operates nearly 200 television stations in the U.S., including Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates.

The script also accuses “some members of the media“ of using “their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think.’“

The president has had a rocky relationship with some media outlets like CNN and the Washington Post, and often labels news organizations he doesn’t agree with as “fake news.”

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/02/trump-defends-sinclair-broadcasting-494422

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Watch countless American news anchors mindlessly intone the same propaganda script

“Extremely dangerous for democracy,” is just one phrase in the uncanny propagandistic script that dozens (hundreds?) of news anchors “report” in this compilation video. The effect is creepy and surreal; the connection is that all the stations are owned by the same conservative corporation, Sinclair, which is where the marching orders come from.

Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/01/watch-countless-american-news.html

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What the Guardian has said about Britain and the EU – since 1957


The Guardian’s leader lines on Britain’s relationship with Europe since the establishment of the European Economic Community, or Common Market, in March 1957

‘The Common Market is meant to be a step towards political unity. Behind the detailed clauses of the treaties is the familiar thought that Western Europe has got to unite if it is not to disintegrate.’

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/from-the-archive-blog/2018/mar/29/guardian-editorials-europe-eu-since-1957