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Press Dinner Will Get a Trump Substitute

President says he plans to skip again, with Sarah Huckabee Sanders taking his place

(Newser) - It looks like President Trump will skip the second White House Correspondents Dinner of his presidency, as he did with the first . In a radio interview Friday, Trump said he'd "probably" avoid the April 28 event because the press is "so bad and so fake," per... More »

Sinclair's Local Anchors Decry Fake News Via Same Script

Broadcast outlet under fire for newsroom tactics and 'state media' tactics

(Newser) - Sinclair Broadcast Group owns a growing number of local TV stations across the US, and it's come under fire previously for newsroom tactics dictated by its Maryland headquarters. But criticism reached new heights over the weekend when Deadspin stitched together a video showing dozens of anchors reciting the same... More »

Walmart Kicks Cosmo Out of Its Checkout Lines

'Hypersexualized' women's magazine will still be found in magazine racks

(Newser) - No longer will you see headlines like "Best. Sex. Ever." in the Walmart checkout line. The retail giant partnered with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to announce Tuesday that it will remove women's magazine Cosmopolitan from checkout lines at more than 5,000 stores across the... More »

Fox News Attacked—by One of Its Own

Network responds to Ralph Peters' dig at 'propaganda machine'

(Newser) - Criticism of Fox News as a "propaganda machine … wittingly harming our system of government for profit" is making waves because of its source: longtime Fox military analyst and retired US Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters. In a letter to colleagues announcing he would not be renewing his contract... More »

Seth Rich's Parents Sue Fox News Over 'Sham Story'

Retracted report suggested DNC staffer was murdered for helping WikiLeaks

(Newser) - Fox News is facing another lawsuit over its retracted report suggesting a Democratic National Committee staffer was murdered for helping WikiLeaks, this time from the man's family. The parents of Seth Rich—fatally shot in what police say was an attempted robbery in Washington, DC, in July 2016—allege... More »

Trump Pals Around With the Media

Something of a truce for the night as president attends his first Gridiron Dinner, drops one-liners

(Newser) - President Trump engaged in a good-natured duel of one-liners with political rivals and the press at the annual Gridiron Dinner, reports the AP , largely putting aside his ongoing criticism of the media Saturday night. "Nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do. It's not even close," said... More »

Nunes, Critic of 'Fake News,' Creates His Own Site

Conservative congressman launches the California Republican

(Newser) - Devin Nunes isn't just complaining about what he sees as liberal "fake news." He's created his own media company to fight back, reports Politico . The Devin Nunes Campaign Committee has provided the money behind a site called the California Republican , which promises "the best of... More »

Trump Reveals Winners of 'Fake News Awards'

4 CNN stories made list of 10

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert and other late-night hosts experienced real disappointment Wednesday night when President Trump revealed the winners of his inaugural Fake News Awards: The "honors" went to the New York Times, CNN, ABC, the Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek. In a list of 10 winners posted on the GOP... More »

Trump's 'Fake News Awards' Could Put Staff in a Pinch

Ethics rules likely bar them from helping out, say experts

(Newser) - The "losers" are set to get their moment in the spotlight Wednesday, when President Trump will reportedly hold his "Fake News Awards," and its impending nature has spurred Politico and Politifact to speculate on what form it could take—and the thorns involved. The blind spot seems... More »

Mag Was to Out 'S---ty Media Men' Author. She Outed Herself

Moira Donegan says she created the 'S---ty Media Men' list documenting alleged sexual misconduct

(Newser) - The creator of a much-talked-about list of men in media accused of sexual misconduct revealed herself Wednesday after Harper's Magazine was rumored to have had an article in the works naming her, reports the New York Times . In The Cut , Moira Donegan comes clean that she started the "... More »

Accused of Spanking Women, Newspaper Exec Fesses Up

Claims he spanked employee with doctor's approval

(Newser) - A chairman of a newspaper publishing company facing allegations of assault related to at least four women admits he spanked a female employee, but says he did so with a doctor's approval. H. Brandt Ayers—the former publisher of Alabama's Anniston Star, who now heads its publishing company—... More »

Trump Announces 'Corrupt' Media Awards

President says 'most dishonest' outlets will be named Monday

(Newser) - The Golden Globes are Sunday, but President Trump has another awards ceremony he's promoting, one scheduled for the very next day. Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to announce, in all caps, the "most dishonest & corrupt media awards of the year," set for 5pm ET Monday. "... More »

Critics Say FCC's Rule Change Will Hurt Media Diversity

Organization makes it easier to own more outlets in the same market

(Newser) - Federal regulators are loosening rules meant to support independent local media, the AP reports. Now, one company can own both newspapers and TV stations in one market, undoing a ban in place since 1975. Thursday's vote by the Federal Communications Commission also makes it easier for one company to... More »

Some Fear Trump Is Meddling in Merger to Target CNN

Sen. Brian Schatz wants an investigation amid allegations that DOJ wants network sold

(Newser) - Lawmakers are calling for an investigation into possible "political interference" amid accusations that the Justice Department is pushing for the sale of CNN before it will approve AT&T's merger with Time Warner. Sources tell Politico the DOJ gave the companies an "ultimatum" Monday demanding they drop... More »

Is Staring at a Blinking Gigi Hadid the Future of Video?

Heather Schwedel analyzes the 4 minutes and 9 seconds of it

(Newser) - "Watching Gigi Hadid stare at you for four minutes is weirdly mesmerizing." That's the conclusion Glamour comes to, at least, upon the release of a video it produced that features Hadid. Staring, and occasionally blinking, in slow motion. For four minutes and nine seconds. And that's... More »

Retired Navy SEAL Calls Out TV Impostor

John Garofalo lied about service, awards

(Newser) - Fox News has issued an apology after airing an interview with a US veteran who, it turns out, was not the hero he claimed to be. Introduced on the network Oct. 8 as a former Navy SEAL who served in Vietnam and earned 22 commendations and two Purple Hearts, John... More »

Trump Hits NBC Again, but GOP Senator Has a Question

Ben Sasse suggests president is forgetting his oath to defend the 1st Amendment

(Newser) - President Trump isn't relenting in his criticism of NBC. "Sadly, they and others are Fake News, and the public is just beginning to figure it out!" the president tweeted Friday. It was an echo of a tweet Thursday evening in which the president said NBC was "... More »

Report: NBC Told Farrow to Stop Reporting on Weinstein

We 'didn't feel that we had all the elements,' says Noah Oppenheim

(Newser) - A new report disputes NBC News' claim that Ronan Farrow's bombshell New Yorker story describing allegations of rape and assault against Harvey Weinstein was "radically different" than the version NBC canned. Citing 12 people with knowledge of the reporting, the Huffington Post reports Farrow had a woman willing... More »

The Ratings Are In for Megyn Kelly Today

And they aren't stellar

(Newser) - The ratings for Megyn Kelly's first week as an NBC host are in, and they are likely to be a disappointment for the network. Megyn Kelly Today debuted last Monday with 2.9 million viewers, dropped to 2.3 million Wednesday, then recovered slightly for an average of 2.... More »

Conde Nast's Si Newhouse Dead at 89

Media titan died after long illness, per family spokesperson

(Newser) - Si Newhouse Jr., whose father founded a media behemoth that eventually fell under his purview, died Sunday at his home after a long illness, a family spokesperson confirmed to Vogue . He was 89. Newhouse, along with his brother Donald, owned Advance Publications, which included the Conde Nast empire, more than... More »

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