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MSNBC's Katy Tur defends the network from claims of bias on the Wednesday edition of her show: KATY TUR, MSNBC: You may have seen my retweet of The Washington Post article that revealed a bogus [TIME] magazine cover that dons the walls of several Trump organization properties. here's a better look at it covered in headlines like 'The Apprentice Is A Television Smash!' and 'Trump Is Hitting On All Fronts… Even TV!' Here it is hanging on the golden walls of Mar-a-Lago but, again, it's all fake and today NBC News can confirm TIME Magazine has asked for them to remove those covers. So will Trump take them down? To be continued. Is it funny in some ways? Of course, but it's further proof of this president's need for exaggerated and inflated self-praise and let's not forget two of Trump's favorite words — fake news. But because we are not fake news and value all sides of every story, we must note that NBC News has reached out to the Trump Organization for comment. So far we have not heard back. Tur's tweet: A Time magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It's fake. https://t.co/2nhmwml3olâ€” Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) June 28, 2017
On CNN Wednesday, network White House correspondent Jim Acosta declared, "what we're witnessing right now is just this erosion of our freedoms in terms of covering the president of the United States." Acosta did acknowledge that some of the "coverage can get a little too negative sometimes," however equivicated it to the criticism former President Barack Obama recieved when he was in office. From The SItuation Room: JIM ACOSTA, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: I asked this question of the president when he was running to win the White House, 'Can you withstand the scrutiny that comes with being president of the United States?' He didn't like that question. He snapped at me during that news conference. It was May of last year. And, you know, I think that there are moments when this president is just really sensitive to criticism and he lashes out in this fashion. I think [guest] Matt [Schlapp] is right to some extent, that yes, some of the coverage can get a little too negative sometimes, and that happened during the Obama administration. That happens during other administrations. Coverage of the president is tough, but that's the territory we're in right now. But I think to paint everybody with a broad brush is just not the right thing. And Wolf, what we're witnessing right now is just this erosion of our freedoms in terms of covering the president of the United States. The president has only held one full news conference since the beginning of his administration, and that was in February. That's way behind the average of other presidents in modern times. This issue of turning off the cameras in the briefing rooms. Wolf, I could hold up my phone tomorrow and livestream that press briefing with Sean Spicer or Sarah Sanders, whoever comes in there, and that is just where technology is right now. To think that we're going backwards and not having things on camera to me is just preposterous.
Chuck Todd delivers a monologue on the Trump administration's treatment of the press on Wednesday's edition of Meet The Press Daily. CHUCK TODD: I'm obsessed with the White House's war on the press and on the media. Let's be clear about this, that war is nothing less than a war on the truth. Do we get it right all the time? Nope, we don't. And when we don't, we run a correction, and in some cases, people lose their jobs. That's what just happened at CNN. CNN took responsibility for its mistakes. At this network, we've done it quite a few times publicly as well. But because we try to get it right we take what we do seriously, because truth, viewers and readers' trust is all we have and without that, we're nothing. We all know we get fired for not telling the truth. And of course that's the point, isn't it? Of course,the White House attacks, delegitimizes the media to create running room for its version of events. It's as old as media itself.
CNN's Clarissa Ward, a foreign correspondent, served a guest host on Wednesday's broadcast of CNN's News Day. Ward fretted people in war zones have been "emboldened" by President Trump's "declaration of war on the media." Ward, expressing concern for members of the media in dangerous areas of the world, said to guest Chris Cillizza, 'I can only imagine what a person like you is dealing with. At what point does this become reckless or irresponsible?' It should be noted Chris Cillizza is a Washington-based political correspondent and commentator. RELATED: CNN's Cuomo: This Whole Fake News Thing Needs To End, And It Needs To End Right Now Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem, who has received new-found fame after his exchange with White House deputy spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Tuesday's press briefing, said Ward is "absolutely right" and talked about the trial and tribulations of reporters who have been jailed and even killed. "Our newspapers after Donald Trump's election, we've gotten threats from both the far left and the far right," Karem said. "They are emboldened, it is dangerous, and the fact of the matter is, it is insulting to the memory of the people who have given their lives for the cause for providing information to the public to then be told you are fake media, you do not matter, and what you're doing is false." Karem went as far to predict "we are going to see a reporter face physical harm because" of Trump. "And quite frankly, every one of us should stand up against that because it is undermining the First Amendment. It is dangerous, making it dangerous for reporters. You're absolutely right, there is going to come a time, and it's not going to be too far off I surmise when we're going to see a reporter is going to face physical harm because of this," he said. Transcript, via CNN: CLARISSA WARD, CNN HOST: Chris, at what point does this become dangerous? And I'm not just talking about dangerous in terms of tearing at the social fabric, I'm talking about dangerous as in a journalist gets hurt, because I can tell you working overseas in war zones, people are emboldened by the actions of this administration, emboldened by the all-out declaration of war on the media. If I'm getting it in the neck, Chris, I can only imagine what a person like you is dealing with. At what point does this become reckless or irresponsible, Chris? CHRIS CILLIZZA, EDITOR AT LARGE, CNN POLITICS: I don't want to say we're past that point. BRIAN KAREM, 'PLAYBOY' WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: We are past that point. CILLIZZA: I think it is already dangerous what the Trump administration is doing, which is Brian's point. They are trying to taken an honest mistake, or not even a mistake, and turn it into the norm as opposed — the rule opposed to the exception, which is a very dangerous thing because that's willfully misleading, frankly. The idea that Dave Farenthold, who was my colleague for a very long time and doesn't toot his own horn enough, the idea he was attacked for doing what he did had nothing to do with the quality of the journalism he was doing. It was 100 percent about it was a bad story for Donald Trump. In Donald Trump's world the media is judged by you are good if you write things that are good for Donald Trump. You are objectively bad if you criticize Donald Trump. It is not our job to be liked by Donald Trump. It is not our job to report the news — as Sean Spicer said and Sarah said it yesterday, you guys ignore the news that's important. You know, I do think the Russian hacking of an election is important news. CUOMO: Right. CILLIZZA: We can debate collusion. They're right, there's no evidence of that. But this is about the broader hacking of an election. In Dave's case it was about a charitable organization that didn't give to charity for the man who was running to be the president of the United States. It doesn't have to do with the fact Donald Trump is a Republican. I guarantee you a million times over, because I know Dave personally, if it was the Hillary Clinton Foundation doing the same thing, he would have done the same reporting. That's what's maddening when you're watching this.
Sean Hannity delivers commentary on CNN's Jim Acosta on the Tuesday broadcast of Hannity on the FOX News Channel: SEAN HANNITY: Welcome back to "Hannity." So over the past few weeks CNN has really made great strides in solidifying their position as one of America's premiere fake news networks. Naturally one of its top pushers of fake news is none other than the so arrogant, combative, and, frankly, whiney senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta. Now that the administration is forcing Acosta out of the spotlight by hosting a few audio-only press briefings because they only want to play gotcha, CNN's White House darling is really starting to become unhinged, kind of like liberal Joe. And that is the subject of tonight's mini monologue. So like a plant needs sunlight, Jim Acosta apparently needs a camera. During yesterday's audio only press briefing, a clearly shaken Acosta demanded Sean Spicer turn those cameras back on. Listen to the arrogance. (BEGIN AUDIO CLIP) SEAN SPICER, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: There's no camera on, Jim. JIM ACOSTA, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Maybe you should turn the cameras on, Sean. We don't we turn the cameras on? Why don't we turn the cameras on? SPICER: Jenn, I'm sorry that you have to — Jenn, go ahead. ACOSTA: Why not turn the cameras on, Sean? We're in the room. The lights are on. SPICER: Olivia? ACOSTA: Sean, Sean. SPICER: We'll continue to mix it up. ACOSTA: Why are the cameras off, Sean? Why did you turn them off? Can we have an answer to that? Can you tell us why you turned the cameras off? Why are they off, Sean? UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's a legitimate question. ACOTA: It's a legitimate question. You are a taxpayer, public spokesman for the United States government. Can you at least give us an explanation as to why the cameras are off? (END AUDIO CLIPS) HANNITY: Don't let the exchange fool you. Acosta's mission extends beyond just getting Sean Spicer to turn the cameras back on during a press briefing. In fact it appears that Acosta is very much in line with his colleagues at CNN led by Jeff Zucker who are using fake news now as a political weapon against the Trump administration. For example, as we told you earlier, Acosta was forced to delete a tweet earlier this month after he claimed President Trump did not visit Congressman Steve Scalise when he was in the hospital. Turns out totally fake news. And that misguided tweet is only one of many examples of what is now a pattern of Acosta's corrosive coverage and biased coverage of President Trump. Sadly, for a White House correspondent claiming to be an unbiased journalist, Acosta has a pretty extensive history of trashing the Trump administration — isn't he supposed to be objective and fair and balanced? — including multiple combative exchanges with Sean Spicer, White House officials, and even the president. Why? So he gets to look good for himself on camera. Is he really looking for answers to questions for you, the American people? We'll let you decide. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS) ACOSTA, JUNE 19: It's like we're just covering bad reality television is what it feels like now. The White House press secretary is getting to a point, Brooke, where he's just kind of useless. SPICER, MARCH 16: There was surveillance that was done on a variety of people that came up. ACOSTA: There's an investigation going on. SPICER: How do you — Jim, I find it interesting that you believe that you — ACOSTA: Of course they're going to be looking at it. SPICER: I get it. ACOSTA , JAN. 11: Since you're attacking us can you give us a question? Mr. President-elect, Mr. President-elect, since you are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance? DONALD TRUMP, THEN-PRESIDENT-ELECT: No, not you. Not you. Your organization is terrible. ACOSTA: You are attacking our news organization. TRUMP: Your organization is terrible. ACOSTA: Can you give us a change to ask a question, sir? TRUMP: Quiet, quiet. ACOSTA: Mr. President-elect, you state categorically — TRUMP: Go ahead. She's asking a question. Don't be rude. Don't be rude. ACOSTA: Mr. President elect, can you give us a question? TRUMP: Don't be rude. ACOSTA: Can you give us a question? TRUMP: Don't be — no, I'm not going to give you a question. I'm not going to give you a question. ACOSTA: Can you state categorically — TRUMP: You are fake news. (END VIDEO CLIP) HANNITY: You are fake news. You're very fake news. Jim Acosta is very sensitive, and by the way, he gladly is doing the bidding of his boss, Jeff Zucker. And by the way, he goes to battle on behest of Zucker against the administration day after day. So instead of digging for truth and trying to get information for the American people, he's just digging at the administration clearly with an agenda. Instead of looking for answers, Acosta, he is looking for ways to damage the president, prop himself up. Now, the sad reality here is that like the rest of all of these fake news networks, in this case CNN, senior White House correspondent, he'll do anything in his power to prevent the president from implementing his agenda. It's not good for you, the American people, now is it? (Transcript via FOX News) Hannity: CNN is unraveling
CNN New Day host Chris Cuomo talked about the Trump White House's "desire for absolute power" in a panel Wednesday morning featuring CNN's Chris Cillizza and Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem, who has received new-found fame after his exchange with White House deputy spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Tuesday's press briefing. CUOMO: Which because once again, it's if I don't acknowledge it, it doesn't exist. That is a signature Trump move that we've seen him do to great effect here in New York for a very long time. And let's be honest, it's working for him at this level as well. But at the end of the day, we've been here before, my brothers. You know, it is not new for the White House to be inimical to the media. But we have not seen, at least in my experience, and please weigh otherwise, starting with you, Chris, is, his is a de facto declaration of making the media an enemy of the state. That is what this effort winds up amounting to, that is not just Cillizza, it's not just Cuomo, it's just not one story, it's all of them all the time, they're all fake, don't trust them, only trust us. That is saying that this unique and beautiful dynamic that we have in this country, this messy thing called democracy needs to change and in favor of this White House and it's almost a desire for absolute power when it comes to reckoning the truth. That is new. Watch the full panel: More transcript where Cuomo asked Karem if he is afraid the administration will strip him of his White House pass: CUOMO: Yes, you're right, Chris. You're right. There's certainly a conflation and we know why. Every time the president hears the words Russian interference, he hears bad for Trump. That's why he denied it so long in the face of such obvious facts. That's why he doesn't want to take it on in the way some in his administration the way some would like him to do. There are obvious incentives there for him. We get it in his own mind. But, Brian — KAREM: Yes? CUOMO: — what I want to hear your head is on is this fundamental proposition, which is, look, just because they don't like it doesn't mean it's untrue. That has become the standard what's untrue is only what people want to believe. KAREM: Well, there is — yes, there are people who are confined to their philosophical cul-de-sac and they're going to believe what they're going to believe no matter what the facts tell them. But in all honesty and to be fair to the White House, in the interest of fairness, Sean Spicer and his staff have done things to make that White House a little more transparent. They have brought in cabinet members. They do conduct briefings. They have introduced the Skype component so people outside of the beltway can ask questions. So, all of that is supportive of the First Amendment. But I feel there is a great incongruity between what the press staff would like to do and what the president would like to do. And I could be wrong because I don't know. But the fact of the matter is, there is a constant reinforcement from the administration as to what they believe versus what facts show. So, you're absolutely right. It's a huge concern. CUOMO: Any concern on your part that they're going to pull your credentials? KAREM: I've been asked that. I don't know. I guess if they do I will be here or I'll be somewhere. CUOMO: You've got a home right here, Brian. We always like people who want to speak truth to power on this show. Fahrenthold, let me ask you something, because we're going to have another example in real time of how this dynamic goes too often. So, in one of the clubhouses of one of Trump golf clubs, they have "TIME" covers on the wall that is not a real "TIME" magazine cover. So, the magazine finds this out, they say, take it down, you find this out, you report on it. What is the reality of the situation? And how is it being treated at the White House? Because I've got to tell you, all their friends on social media are attacking this understandably so from their perspective as fake. What could be fake about this other than the cover itself? FAHRENTHOLD: Well, there's nothing fake about it. We've gone a lot of lengths to document how many clubhouses this was in. I found it in five clubhouses at least so far. Yes, it's an a "TIME" magazine cover from March 2009. It's all about Donald Trump and they hung it up in all these places. It's faked. It never happened. It's not based on anything in reality. So, we asked the White House and the Trump organization, where did this come from? Who made it? Did President Trump know it was fake? And basically got no answers from them. The only answer we got back was from Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying, we won't comment on the decor of the Trump Organization's clubs. (CROSSTALK) KAREM: I'm sorry. Whenever it's something they don't want to talk about, I can't tell you the number of times I've been told, we can't talk about that. We'll defer that to this. We can't talk about that. We'll defer to that. We're not going to discuss decorum (ph). If it's something that is as you pointed out earlier, if it's something detrimental to the administration, they're very quick not to comment or to minimize it. Whereas, if it's something that's very — like I said earlier, that's typical of most folks when you try to put the best face forward. What's different about it is, they should at least address the issue. If you're going to accuse us of being fake media, and you put up a fake media cover, the hypocrisy of that alone is going to make it, you know, a topic on, I don't know, every stand- up comedian's circuit in the country and probably overnight shows.