Trump Thinks Campaigns Can Censor Newspapers

A new book out about the Trump campaign has a very revealing section on the exact moment the Donald turned on former campaign manager Paul Manafort -- when he "allowed" the New York Times to print a story about chaos inside his campaign. … [Read more...]

Trump Abuses Power to Threaten Media Outlets

Two reports say that the Trump administration is looking to use -- that is, abuse -- its authority to deny the Time Warner/AT&T merger unless they stop being so critical of him. It's the latest escalation in his war against CNN and the entire news media. First, the New York Times reported this: … [Read more...]

Maine Governor Wants the Press to Be Eliminated

Gov. Paul LePage of Maine was Trump before Trump was Trump, an utter ignoramus who says things that just leave one shaking their head. He said recently that he makes up fake stories to get the newspapers to print them and thinks the print media should disappear. … [Read more...]

Wiles: Disband the Democratic Party and Liberal Media for Sedition

Rick Wiles had his usual calm, thoughtful response to the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise. Oh, of course he didn't. He went off on an idiotic and authoritarian rant demanding that the government shut down the Democratic party, arrest Democrats and disband the liberal media. … [Read more...]

Trump Still Wants to Make It Easier to Sue the Media

Several times during last year's campaign, Donald Trump threatened the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press by demanding the right to sue the media for stories he thinks are false. Reince Priebus says they're still looking at possibly doing that with legislation. … [Read more...]

How Trump Turned the White House Press Corps Into a Joke

The White House press corps has always been an obsequious bunch, more lapdogs than attack dogs. But under Trump and Sean Spicer, even what little tough questioning they ever did is viewed as too much. Rick Perlstein chronicles the circus freak show they've created in the press briefing room. … [Read more...]

Pence Adviser Part Owner of News Outlet Given Exclusive Access

Buzzfeed reports that one of the investors who owns the Independent Journal Review, a right-wing news outlet that was the only one allowed to send a reporter with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on his trip to Korea and China, is also one of Mike Pence's advisers. … [Read more...]

GOP Intel Chair Makes Bizarre, Irrational Threat to Reporters

p. Devin Nunes, chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, made a bizarre and utterly illogical threat to reporters probing Attorney General Jess Sessions' conversations with the Russian ambassador while working on the Trump campaign. … [Read more...]

Did Trump Violate Constitution by Banning Reporters from Briefing?

As you well know by now, last week Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer forbid some of the world's major news outlets from taking part in a White House briefing. Adam Liptak writes at the New York Times that a new court ruling suggests that this was a violation of the Constitution. … [Read more...]

Trump-loving Actor Wants Him Treated Like an Emperor

One of the handful of virtually anonymous "celebrities" who have endorsed Donald Trump is Robert Davi, a guy known for playing bit roles in mafia movies and TV series. And he thinks Trump should be treated like a Roman emperor and protected from the press. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants Use of Anonymous Sources Banned

During his CPAC talk, Donald Trump proposed banning journalists from citing anonymous sources in their stories, a change that would gut the press' ability to uncover information that the public needs to know. And of course, he's also a hypocrite about it. … [Read more...]

White House Shuts Out Major Media Outlets

Donald Trump's ridiculous and authoritarian war on the media is becoming more childish by the minute. On Friday, Sean Spicer held a press gaggle but prohibited some major media outlets -- CNN, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post -- from attending. … [Read more...]