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'Lack of Credibility' Proving an Issue for Spicer

Major networks pass on exclusive paid contributor role

(Newser) - The Emmys helped Sean Spicer "rebrand," according to CNN —but apparently not enough. The five major news networks have passed on the opportunity to have the former White House press secretary as an exclusive paid contributor, reports NBC News . Spicer's representatives had brought the proposal to... More »

Photojournalist Exposed as Fraud With Stolen Face

Photos attributed to Eduardo Martins appeared in 'WSJ,' other outlets

(Newser) - Once asked why he risked his life to photograph war-torn countries, Eduardo Martins expressed his desire to "show the public the reality of these places." The problem is the supposed Brazilian photojournalist didn't actually know the reality of places like Syria and Iraq because … he hadn'... More »

One of the Top Gigs in Publishing Is About to Open Up

Graydon Carter is leaving 'Vanity Fair' after 25 years at the helm

(Newser) - The New York Times says it's not so much a "changing of the guard," but a "regal passage." Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair for the past quarter-century, is stepping down in December, vacating one of the most sought-after positions in publishing. "I... More »

TMZ Founder's Protege Turns Rival

Former TMZ news director Mike Walters launches The Blast

(Newser) - TMZ lost its No. 2 man earlier this year in dramatic fashion. The Wrap reported in January that TMZ founder Harvey Levin and his protege and news director Mike Walters "very nearly came to blows in front of the newsroom shortly before Christmas" over Levin's apparent refusal to... More »

Rush Limbaugh: Coverage of Irma Reveals Left-Wing Bias

He suggests it's part of media campaign to advance climate change

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh lives in Florida and thus is keeping a close eye on the path of Hurricane Irma. But on his radio show Tuesday, Limbaugh floated a controversial theory: News coverage is inflating the storm's potential danger as part of a liberal media bias in regard to global warming.... More »

Fox Host Sues Reporter for $50M Over Dirty Pic Claim

He refers to 'false smear attacks' in tweet

(Newser) - Suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling is hitting back against allegations he sent an unsolicited photo of a penis to female colleagues. On Wednesday, Bolling filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against reporter Yashar Ali, whose Huffington Post story cited 14 sources as confirming the photo was sent by Bolling... More »

News Outlets Seek Unusual Power in Online Ad Negotiaions

Alliance wants antitrust exemption to negotiate with Facebook, Google

(Newser) - News outlets are seeking permission from Congress for the right to negotiate jointly with Google and Facebook, two companies that dominate online advertising and online news traffic. The News Media Alliance, which represents nearly 2,000 news organizations, said the two companies' dominance have forced news organizations to "play... More »

Cosby Team Blames Media for Town Hall Reports

They'll be about 'restoration of legacy,' not about sexual assault, publicist says

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has definite plans for this summer, but those plans don't involve what was initially reported, his publicity team now claims. Although his reps revealed last week that the 79-year-old comedian, whose sexual assault case ended in a mistrial earlier in June, would be hosting a series of... More »

Alex Jones Leaks Audio 'Humiliating' Megyn Kelly

Jones claims he was taken out of context in interview promos

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly might now be wishing she listened to critics of her controversial choice to interview conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Claiming his comments were taken "out of context" in promos for the NBC interview airing Sunday, Jones has begun releasing what he says is secretly-recorded audio of his conversations... More »

Newt: Media Missed Trump's 'Titanic' Foreign Policy Shift

Former speaker says Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia was unlike any before it

(Newser) - The media must have been otherwise occupied when President Trump gave a "historic speech" in Saudi Arabia this week, because they missed what Newt Gingrich writes in the Washington Post was the "real drama of the moment: a titanic shift in US foreign policy occurring right before their... More »

Rebel Wilson Breaks Down in Court in Defamation Suit

Actress sobs on stand, accuses magazine of printing lies about her

(Newser) - Rebel Wilson told a courtroom Wednesday that she's not a "glamorous actress" like other Australian exports such as Nicole Kidman or Cate Blanchett, and thus had to work harder to make her name in Hollywood. She's now alleging that all her hard work was nearly thrown away... More »

Reports: Fox Plans 'Offensive' Bid for Tribune Media

Sinclair Broadcasting has its eye on the company, too

(Newser) - One of the nation's largest television broadcasting companies may have competing suitors: Today's media scuttlebutt centers around Tribune Media and its 42 TV stations. Reports say Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox and the private equity firm Blackstone are readying a bid for the company, with Blackstone ponying... More »

After Controversial Ivanka Quip, Fox Host Is on 'Vacation'

Critics call Jesse Watters' comments on first daughter lewd, though he denies

(Newser) - Under fire for remarks about first daughter Ivanka Trump that critics are calling sexually suggestive, Fox host Jesse Watters made the surprise announcement that he’s taking a break. The move comes just three days after his show, The Five, landed a prime-time spot, notes the Hill . "I'm... More »

Media's Reaction to Syrian Strike Feels Like Déjà Vu

'Are we really doing this again?'

(Newser) - After President Trump's strikes on Syria this week, praise from the usually antagonistic media "flowed like wedding champagne," Margaret Sullivan writes for the Washington Post . It poured in from CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and MSNBC. Trump "became president," followed his... More »

Breitbart Editor Explains His Wiretapping Story

Joel Pollak wrote piece after hearing radio's Mark Levin lay out theory

(Newser) - As the Trump wiretapping hubbub continues to hover, NBC's Chuck Todd has offered some insight on where the president may have come up with his theory. On Wednesday's Meet the Press Daily, Todd chatted with Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak , author of a connect-the-dots piece on the site... More »

Anonymous Source of Scoop? Looks Like You-Know-Who

BuzzFeed says Trump was quoted as 'senior' official

(Newser) - President Trump scolded the media last week for using anonymous sources in stories—they "shouldn't be allowed," he said —but BuzzFeed reports that the president allowed himself to be quoted as one on Tuesday. It came during a meeting with TV news anchors, when the president... More »

Jon Stewart to Media: 'Stop Your Whining'

Time to get over Trump, he advises on Stephen Colbert show

(Newser) - Jon Stewart made another guest appearance on Stephen Colbert's show Monday night, and while he dished plenty of scorn toward President Trump—"Trump lies more in one press conference than CNN does in a year, and this is coming from a guy, who as you know, hates CNN"... More »

White House Keeps 9 News Outlets Out of Press Briefing

CNN, New York Times are out; Breitbart and Washington Times are in

(Newser) - "Nothing like this has ever happened," the executive editor of the New York Times said in a statement. On Friday, the White House barred the NYT, BuzzFeed, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and Politico from attending a closed-door press briefing with Sean Spicer. The Hill reports it was... More »

McCain: Silencing Media Is 'How Dictators Get Started’

Senator rips Trump as top White House aide says 'bogus stories' must be taken seriously

(Newser) - John McCain assessed President Trump's assertion that the "media is the enemy of the American People" with a blunt pronouncement: "That's how dictators get started," he told Meet the Press, per the Washington Post . "In other words, a consolidation of power," said the... More »

Trump: Media Is 'Enemy of the American People'

Rant wins praise from Beijing

(Newser) - President Trump stepped up his attacks Friday on the news media, which he declared to be an "enemy of the American People." The Washington Post reports that afterTrump initially named the New York Times, NBC, and CNN and described them as "SICK," a revised tweet added... More »

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