Author Archives: Howard Kurtz

{FD} Behind the vitriol: Are Trump’s critics mimicking his tactics?

Donald Trump, as candidate and as president, has been a brawler, calling critics idiots, morons, psychos, SOBs and, in the case of the media, ****. Continue reading

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{FD} Prognosis for White House doctor isn’t great as Trump calls VA confirmation process ‘disgusting’

Ronny Jackson may have declared Donald Trump to be in fantastic health, but his own nomination is seriously ailing. Continue reading

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{FD} Pushback against Pompeo: Why panel’s vote was pure politics

On paper, there is simply no question: Mike Pompeo is qualified to be secretary of State. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump blames media ‘narrative’ for the belief that he’s soft on Russia

President Trump just came out and said it. Continue reading

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{FD} Communication breakdown: What the Nikki Haley flap reveals about Trump’s foreign policy

It’s understandable, perhaps, that much of the press is playing the latest back-and-forth on Russian sanctions as a personal slap at Nikki Haley. Continue reading

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{FD} Sean Hannity, Michael Cohen and the ethics of disclosure

I’ve been watching hours and hours of nonstop coverage about Sean Hannity. Continue reading

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{FD} Why Comey used ABC’s platform to go scorched earth against Trump

James Comey, whose public persona is based on the image of an upright G-man, has tarnished his own halo. Continue reading

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{FD} Comey book tour targeted after ‘mob boss’ attack on Trump

James Comey’s book tour hasn’t even started and it’s already becoming ground zero in the political and media war over President Trump. Continue reading

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{FD} Paul Ryan quit in frustration, but that hardly means Republicans are doomed

Paul Ryan is one of those rare politicians who really does want to spend more time with his family. Continue reading

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{FD} The FBI raid: A dramatic stunt matched by angry presidential rhetoric

The dramatic FBI raid on Michael Cohen’s office and hotel room was a grandstanding move, no question about it. Continue reading

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{FD} Living the life on taxpayers’ dime: When Pruitt and others cross the line

A number of President Trump’s top appointees have been battling allegations of misconduct, from petty to profound, creating a growing distraction for his administration. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s shoot-first style, panned by the press, may not be so crazy

President Trump has been making some dramatic moves lately, leaving his out-of-the-loop aides scrambling to either catch up or change his mind. Continue reading

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{FD} Many presidents have bashed business, but Trump’s Amazon offensive is personal

Donald Trump isn’t the first president to take on a business or industry he doesn’t like. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump whacks CNN, ‘Amazon’ Washington Post, but they hit back

The president is once again on a tear against the press. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump pronounces last rites for DACA deal. But is it really dead?

President Trump declared in an Easter tweet that “DACA is dead.” Continue reading

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{FD} VA chief’s firing portrayed as chaotic, but Trump had some good reasons

This is how the firing of the VA secretary could have been framed: David Shulkin had gotten himself in a heap of trouble. Continue reading

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{FD} Sandbagging the 2nd Amendment: Ex-justice hurts his own cause with New York Times op-ed

You might think a 93-year-old guy who hasn’t been heard from in years wouldn’t have the firepower to influence the gun control debate. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump kicks out Russians, but media focus on other controversies

On Monday, the president accused of coddling Vladimir Putin expelled 60 Russian diplomats, the largest number in American history, and that includes the Cold War. Continue reading

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{FD} Why Stormy Daniels didn’t move the needle on ’60 Minutes’

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer succeeded in hyping his client’s “60 Minutes” appearance into the must-watch TV episode of the season—the show’s biggest ratings in a decade. Continue reading

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{FD} The ‘informercial’ myth: Trump won the White House despite cable news

Ross Douthat, the consistently provocative New York Times columnist, had a personal reason for being put off by Donald Trump’s prowess at dominating television. Continue reading

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{FD} The ‘infomercial’ myth: Trump won the White House despite cable news

Ross Douthat, the consistently provocative New York Times columnist, had a personal reason for being put off by Donald Trump’s prowess at dominating television. Continue reading

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{FD} As the Mueller probe heats up, are the media pushing impeachment?

Even as Robert Mueller has put forth no evidence tying Donald Trump to Russian collusion, are the media, not so subtly, pushing the idea of impeachment? Continue reading

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{FD} Trump rips Mueller, denounces critics, escaping his ‘cage’

The firing of Andrew McCabe has opened the floodgates, both for President Trump and his media and political critics. Continue reading

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{FD} Nobody knows anything: Why White House shakeup stories are, well, shaky

It’s one of the most honest headlines I’ve seen in quite awhile: “In Trumpworld, nobody knows anything.” Continue reading

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{FD} The new ‘deplorables’: Democrats duck as Hillary hits ‘backward’ voters

The Democrats are gearing up for the midterms, emboldened by the apparent razor-thin win by Conor Lamb in a Pittsburgh-area district that Donald Trump carried by 20 points. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump fires Tillerson for irreconcilable differences, as the media predicted months ago

On the last day of November, the New York Times ran a story headlined “White House Plans Tillerson Ouster From State Dept., to Be Replaced by Pompeo.” Continue reading

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{FD} Backlash: Media folks back Chuck Todd after Trump calls him an SOB

The Pennsylvania crowd loved it when President Trump took a whack at Chuck Todd. Continue reading

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{FD} Stormy weather: Can lawyer’s attempt to silence **** star hurt the president?

Let’s start with the premise that the Stormy Daniels saga hasn’t gotten much traction because most Americans don’t care about it. Continue reading

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{FD} Tiff over tariffs: Gary Cohn gets a hero’s sendoff from the media

The mainstream media are heartsick over the departure of Gary Cohn. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump denies chaos: Can his zig-zag style bring results?

President Trump, whose frenetic style of governing has become perhaps his defining media image, could be facing a turning point in the coming weeks. Continue reading

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{FD} Hope Hicks, Trump loyalist, didn’t spin the press on her own resignation

There was no good time for Hope Hicks to leave. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s tweet on ‘disgraceful’ DOJ puts Jeff Sessions in a bind

If the president of the United States wants his attorney general to investigate how the Obama administration handled a surveillance warrant involving a former campaign aide, he should ask him. Continue reading

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{FD} Media unload on Trump for saying he’d have run into Florida school

Just as we’re having an intense conversation about mass shootings and gun control, the media are fixating on some remarks by President Trump that do nothing to advance the debate. Continue reading

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{FD} Scary stuff: How fabricators attacked Miami paper after school shooting

I am not in favor of censorship. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-******* model’s notes on alleged Trump affair written a decade later

The centerpiece of a New Yorker story on Karen McDougal, who says she had an affair with Donald Trump, is scribbled notes kept by the former ******* playmate. But they were written years after the fact. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s early move on guns: Could he bridge the partisan gap?

Donald Trump could be the president who pushes Congress to do something about gun control, even if those steps are modest. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump going to press dinner: Olive branch or chance to skewer the media?

The world may little note nor long remember whether Donald Trump shows up at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump tweetstorm rips his critics over indictments, fails to castigate Russia

President Trump’s use of Twitter as a sledgehammer delights his base and drives his detractors crazy, especially in the press. Continue reading

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{FD} Backlash against Bill? Many Democrats would sideline Clinton in 2018

Will the changing political climate sideline Bill Clinton? Continue reading

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{FD} The ex-wives speak out: Moving beyond politics on domestic violence

What began as a political debacle at the White House is turning into a serious conversation about domestic abuse. Continue reading

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{FD} After the Rob Porter fiasco, the media knives are out for John Kelly

The press has turned on John Kelly with a vengeance. Continue reading

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{FD} FBI’s McCabe, now stepping down, suspected in leak against White House

Andrew McCabe, who is abruptly stepping down today as the FBI’s deputy director, has been the target of criticism by President Trump. But he was also involved in an incident with the White House early last year that raised questions about whether he an… Continue reading

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{FD} NY Times reporter called Trump ‘racist,’ said RNC staffers were ‘complicit’

Jonathan Martin, the national political correspondent of The New York Times, called Donald Trump a “racist” and “fascist” during two campaign conversations with a Republican National Committee staff member, according to people with direct knowledge of … Continue reading

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{FD} A rare media win for Trump as Schumer gets slammed over the shutdown

The media consensus is in: The Democrats got their **** kicked. Continue reading

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{FD} Shutdown stopped but Trump, Democrats keep pointing fingers over debacle

We’ve gone from the spinning of the shutdown to the spinning of the post-shutdown. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s ‘Fake News’ awards highlight serious mistakes, but did they fizzle?

It was red meat without the red carpet. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s Media Awards Highlight Serious Mistakes, But Did They Fizzle?

It was red meat without the red carpet. Continue reading

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{FD} Flake hits Trump over press attacks, goes too far by invoking Stalin

Two Republican senators from Arizona denounced President Trump yesterday for his constant attacks on the press, but they took very different paths. Continue reading

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{FD} One year later, why Trump is still polarizing the polls

The Dow roared past 26,000 for a time yesterday, and President Trump wants more credit. Continue reading

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{FD} Is DACA deal headed for disaster?

Will there be a DACA deal? Continue reading

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