Smooth Psaki shows new tone in first Biden press briefing
NEW YORK – If there's one thing clear after White House press secretary Jen Psaki's first session with reporters on Wednesday, it's that she's determined to minimize drama in the briefing room. The 42-year-old Psaki (pronounced SOCK-eee) was a State Department spokesperson and White House communications director in former President Barack Obama's administration. Psaki showed a bone-dry wit when one reporter asked if Biden planned to keep the new color scheme that Trump ordered for Air Force One. CNN's chief White House correspondent, Kaitlan Collins, pointed to the lack of attacks on reporters coming from the podium. “This is the way it should have been for four years with President Trump.
Conservative media decry Capitol riot, but grievances remain
Violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK – Media outlets that appeal to conservatives offered condemnations, explanations and deflections following the U.S. Capitol riot by President Donald Trump's supporters, but little introspection. Several figures in conservative media suggested liberal politicians and mainstream media outlets are more outraged when Trump supporters are violent than they were about civil rights demonstrations last summer. “Were left-wing provocateurs leading the way into the Capitol?” questioned Thomas Lifson of American Thinker. Many conservative media figures have sold themselves as truth-tellers and admitting error isn't good for business, said Brian Rosenwald, author of “Talk Radio America” and a scholar in residence at the University of Pennsylvania.
Trump books will continue after Trump leaves office
NEW YORK – One of publishing's most thriving genres of the past four years, books about President Donald Trump, is not going to end when he leaves office. In 2021 and beyond, look for waves of releases about the Trump administration and about the president's loss to Democratic candidate Joe Biden. “But there are tens of millions of Americans who look to the Trump presidency as an important time and are fans of his administration. Center Street, a Hachette Book Group imprint, has published Donald Trump Jr., Newt Gingrich and Judge Jeanine Pirro among others. Any publisher signing with Trump or a top administration official might face the anger not just of Trump critics among the general public, but from within the industry.
Pressure mounts, rifts emerge at Fox News over election
FILE- People pass the News Corporation headquarters building and Fox News studios in New York on Aug. 1, 2017. Several Fox News Channel executives and on-air personalities were exposed last week to a person on a private plane who later tested positive for COVID-19. It has led to some restrictions at the network. Anchor Bret Baier said Monday that he's tested negative three times in the wake of the flight and will be doing his nightly news show from home this week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Pressure mounts, rifts emerge at Fox News over election
FILE- People pass the News Corporation headquarters building and Fox News studios in New York on Aug. 1, 2017. Despite intense pressure from Trump's team, Fox's decision team has stood fast with its election night call of Arizona for Biden. Fox has Biden with 264 electoral votes, and if Fox calls either Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada or North Carolina for the Democrat, that would give him enough to win the presidency. Trump’s campaign has legal observers watching the vote count in Philadelphia and several key Pennsylvania counties. Bill Hemmer, who has been closely monitoring the vote count on Fox, told viewers that “we'll see” if that call needed to be adjusted.
Big prime-time ratings for Fox News week before election
NEW YORK – Two of Fox News Channel's three prime-time opinion hosts — Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham — reached their biggest weekly audiences ever during the week leading up to Election Day. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Tuesday), Fox News, 7.59 million. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Monday), Fox News, 6.78 million. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Wednesday), Fox News, 6.33 million. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Thursday), Fox News, 6.14 million.
Fox News anchors quarantine after virus exposure on flight
FILE- People pass the News Corporation headquarters building and Fox News studios in New York on Aug. 1, 2017. Several Fox News Channel executives and on-air personalities were exposed last week to a person on a private plane who later tested positive for COVID-19. Fox cited privacy concerns in not identifying who had tested positive or was exposed. Fox News Media President Jay Wallace was also on the flight, the Times said. Only people critical to the broadcast will be allowed in at Fox headquarters on election night, the memo said.
C-SPAN: Debate moderator didn't post questionable tweet
LOS ANGELES – C-SPAN said Friday that its political editor Steve Scully, set to moderate the now-scrapped second presidential debate, didn’t initiate a questionable Twitter exchange with Anthony Scaramucci and that Scully's account apparently was hacked. The tweet, which appeared Thursday on Scully’s Twitter account, read: ”@Scaramucci should I respond to trump,” according to a screenshot of the since-deleted tweet. Scaramucci, who became a Trump detractor after serving briefly as his communications director, reportedly replied in part to Scully's twitter account, “Ignore. “Steve Scully did not originate the tweet and believes his account has been hacked,” C-SPAN said in a statement Friday. The commission announced Friday afternoon that the second debate had been canceled, and it was focusing on an Oct. 22 debate scheduled to be held in Nashville, Tennessee.
The only debate moderator to return, Fox's Wallace preps
NEW YORK – Four years ago when he first moderated a general election presidential debate, Chris Wallace was firm and funny in trying to get Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to stop talking simultaneously. Wallace declined an interview request through Fox but his work offers clues about how he will approach the assignment. Trump has tweeted, more than once, that Chris will “never be his father.”Mike Wallace, it should be noted, never moderated a presidential debate. During interviews with Trump this summer, Wallace and Jonathan Swan of Axios proved particularly adept at challenging presidential misstatements. “I do not believe it is my job to be a truth squad,” Wallace told a Fox News colleague before the 2016 debate.
Trump a new regular on 'Fox & Friends'? Not so fast
President Donald Trump waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)NEW YORK – President Donald Trump says he's coming back as a regular guest on the morning show “Fox & Friends.”The response from Fox News Channel: Not so fast. “Like the old days.”During much of the Obama administration, before he was a presidential candidate, Trump had a regular call-in segment on “Fox & Friends.” Fox is the network of choice for many of the president's fans. But at the end of the interview, Doocy said that while Trump may want to appear on the show once a week, Fox has not committed to that. Trump has been on “Fox & Friends” 20 times, Knoller said.
Timing of Carlson's vacation familiar to Fox News viewers
NEW YORK Maybe the trout will be running this week for Fox News' Tucker Carlson. Either way, the vacation he announced on Monday and says was planned in advance should be familiar to Fox viewers who are used to seeing its personalities go away to cool off when the heat is on. His fishing trip is at least the sixth example in a little more than three years of a Fox star's vacation in close proximity to a controversy about their work. Then he said he was going to spend the next four days trout fishing. A Fox representative confirmed the vacation was planned before the Neff story broke.
Some New York news shows back, but many hosts work remotely
Monday represented a key phase in New York City's reopening, with many offices bringing employees back for the first time. Despite the CBS and Fox moves, most news employees continue to work remotely, and the television programs that originate here have a patchwork of approaches that have quickly become familiar. A majority of the show hosts on MSNBC including Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist of Morning Joe work remotely. Other morning shows have varied approaches. Hoda Kotb of NBC's Today show has worked out of that show's Rockefeller Center studio, but most of her colleagues are at home.
'Fox & Friends' co-host Brian Kilmeade has a book signing in the Villages
to read and sign copies of his newest book, calledThe weekday co-host of one of Fox News' hottest telecasts, Kilmeade made a point of stopping by The Villages, one of Central Florida's most conservative communities, whenever it's time to sell a book. Other Europeans rally to "avenge" the fallen Euros by killing all the Mexicans and taking Texas.That's the narrative Kilmeade peddles. Audiences in the Villages have an eye for terms like "European settler. "Kilmeade's return Saturday to "Florida's Friendliest Hometown," as the Villages likes to call itself, makes it his fourth visit in six years. Kilmeade's last stop was to sell the bookTickets to the book signing cost $29.96 , which includes a copy of Kilmeade's new book, his signature upon that book, and a photo.orlandoweekly.com
Trump treats Fox News like state-run television, journalists say
CNNWASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump speaks about Fox News as though the network is his own state-run TV channel, journalists told CNN's Brian Stelter on "Reliable Sources" Sunday. The next day, Trump called in to Fox radio host Brian Kilmeade's show and rated various Fox reporters' coverage of him. "It's Dear Leader state-run TV," Ioffe said. David Zurawik, the Baltimore Sun media critic, said Varney's comments recalled "state-run TV behind the iron curtain 1991 Czechoslovakia." While the network declined to comment on Trump's remarks, Fox senior political analyst Brit Hume replied to Trump on Wednesday, saying: "Fox News isn't supposed to work for you."