Author Archives: Howard Kurtz

{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} 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} 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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{FD} Are #NeverTrumpers being consumed by their own fiery denunciations?

Time magazine’s new cover, showing Donald Trump’s yellowish hair on fire in a cartoonish blaze, symbolizes how the media view the president as a hot mess. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump quiets his critics by floating immigration deal, but infuriates his base

Well, he didn’t look like a guy who was utterly incapable of doing his job. Continue reading

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{FD} A Trump-Mueller sitdown: Could the endless Russia probe soon be over?

The media reports that Bob Mueller wants to question Donald Trump hardly sound like great news for the White House—but there could be a silver lining. Continue reading

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{FD} The pundits swoon over Oprah for 2020–but running for president is brutal

Oprah Winfrey suddenly has the best of all worlds—a flood of gushing praise about the possibility of running for president without actually having to do it. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s corrupt media awards: Why some pundits are angling to win

It’s an obvious stunt, a finger in the media’s collective eye, and the president’s fans will love it. Continue reading

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{FD} Forget 2012! Press embraces Mitt Romney for Trump detractor-in-chief

The press is developing a strange new respect for Mitt Romney. Continue reading

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{FD} It’s a new year: Trump takes whack at New York Times’ new publisher

No sooner did the new publisher of the New York Times promise his readers to uphold the principles of independent journalism yesterday than President Trump took a giant whack at the paper. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says he’s not firing Mueller, but the media keep insisting he might

The media are constantly warning that President Trump might fire Robert Mueller, triggering a political firestorm and a constitutional crisis. Continue reading

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{FD} Hell freezes over: Media start admitting that Trump’s first year isn’t a flop

I have sensed for weeks now that some in the media were on the verge of rolling out a contrary take on President Trump’s first year in office. Continue reading

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{FD} Why Trump’s tax reform triumph isn’t matched by public enthusiasm

After a long political drought on Capitol Hill, tax reform is a big win for President Trump, no question about it. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump allies ripping Mueller while president cooperates, but are they going too far?

Two decades ago, Bill Clinton and his allies launched a fierce attack on Ken Starr, trying to discredit the special prosecutor as he gathered evidence and ultimately got the president to admit to a grand jury that he’d had a sexual relationship with Mo… Continue reading

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{FD} From Omarosa and Huckabee to Joe and Mika, politics of feuding takes center stage

In Washington, politics is personal. Continue reading

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{FD} Media celebrate Moore loss, blame Trump, but did party dodge a ******?

It’s not much of an overstatement to say that the media are enjoying the Alabama upset. Continue reading

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{FD} Roy Moore, battered by the media and the establishment, loses in huge Alabama upset

The ugly allegations, the searing national spotlight and a divided GOP all took their toll on Roy Moore last night as he lost in Alabama, an outcome that once bordered on unthinkable. Continue reading

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{FD} How a succession of blunders help Trump shred the media’s credibility

President Trump is escalating his attacks on so-called fake news—and media organizations are providing him with plenty of ammunition. Continue reading

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{FD} Parting shot: Franken, in disgrace, quits with blast at Trump and Moore

Let’s face it, it looked like Al Franken was going to skate. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s Jerusalem move: President’s patented move of taking an half-step

With his speech about moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, President Trump is following a familiar pattern. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s Jerusalem move: President’s patented strategy of taking a half-step

With his speech about moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, President Trump is following a familiar pattern. Continue reading

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{FD} Turnabout: Why Trump, GOP leaders are now backing Roy Moore

When the allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore were first published, President Trump was quick to distance himself. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump hits FBI, Clinton as debate over Mike Flynn plea intensifies

President Trump reacted to Mike Flynn’s guilty plea yesterday by switching to his favorite target. Continue reading

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{FD} Democrats turning on John Conyers as his accuser details harassment on NBC

Suddenly, John Conyers is in deep trouble. Continue reading

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{FD} Why NBC fired Matt Lauer before new sexual misconduct allegations emerged

NBC managed to seize the moral high ground by firing Matt Lauer yesterday—at least for a few hours. Continue reading

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{FD} How Washington Post exposed effort to peddle phony allegations against Roy Moore

In one instance, at least, the war on the media has backfired spectacularly. Continue reading

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{FD} More media bashing: Trump hits ‘fake’ networks, CNN, ‘Morning Joe’

There’s a post-Thanksgiving buffet of possible topics, from the Senate scramble over tax reform to just who’s running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to whether Sarah Huckabee Sanders actually baked a pecan pie. (Really. That became a thing af… Continue reading

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{FD} Charlie Rose, Al Franken and Roy Moore: The harassment allegations continue

CBS News and PBS suspended Charlie Rose yesterday after a highly detailed report in the Washington Post carried allegations from several women of sexual harassment and groping. Continue reading

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{FD} Biden’s 2020 trial balloon: Why some liberals say his past would haunt him

There is talk of Joe Biden running for president in 2020, much of it generated by Joe Biden himself. Continue reading

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{FD} Tipping point? Conservative media outlets bailing on Roy Moore

The media tide is turning against Roy Moore as even some prominent voices on the right are urging him to drop out of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. Continue reading

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{FD} Sex scandal boomerang: Is the left ready for a Bill Clinton ‘reckoning’?

When Jeff Sessions testified on the Hill yesterday, he was grilled about the Justice Department’s disclosure that it may seek a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton. Continue reading

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{FD} New accuser alleges sex assault by Roy Moore as he threatens to sue Washington Post

The attempts to discredit the Washington Post for its reporting on Roy Moore have reached the point of absurdity. Continue reading

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{FD} Republicans, under pressure after election losses, struggle with tax reform

If the Republicans were already under pressure to put points on the board, the Democratic wins on Tuesday have turned tax reform into the Super Bowl. Continue reading

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{FD} Caution: Democrats claim victory over Trump, but Virginia may not be a trend

Pundits are famous for going overboard in interpreting a couple of local elections and boldly predicting the future. Continue reading

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{FD} NY Times rips David Boies for ‘betrayal’ in secretly helping Harvey Weinstein

David Boies has been one of the country’s most highly regarded liberal lawyers, the man who fought for Al Gore during the 2000 recount and argued the gay marriage case before the Supreme Court. Continue reading

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{FD} 2016 redux: Why Trump, Clinton and Brazile keep refighting the last war

One year after Donald Trump won the White House, we all seem trapped in an endless echo chamber of the 2016 campaign. Continue reading

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{FD} Impeachment insanity? Pelosi tries to block liberal push to oust Trump

Nancy Pelosi is running away from impeachment. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump vs. Schumer: A troubling detour into politics after terror attack in New York

There may be an important immigration debate to be had in the wake of what was undoubtedly a terrorist attack that killed eight people in Manhattan. Continue reading

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{FD} Russia probe reveals the gang that couldn’t collude straight

The fascinating thing when a scandal erupts is that everyone in America becomes an expert on prosecutorial tactics, defense strategy and criminal evidence. Continue reading

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{FD} Tale of two universes: The spinning of the Paul Manafort indictment

The spinning of Paul Manafort’s indictment began from the minute it was made public. Continue reading

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{FD} Time’s ‘wrecking crew’: Trump vowed to slash government, after all

Time’s new cover perfectly captures the general media attitude toward the federal government. Continue reading

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{FD} Media hail Flake and Corker, but new narrative is that Trump whipped them

The media are treating Jeff Flake and Bob Corker as truth-telling heroes, and the reason isn’t hard to figure out. Continue reading

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{FD} Disunity display: Flake bails, he and Corker rip Trump, president hits back

Well, so much for Republican unity. Continue reading

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{FD} Media admit that the Hill’s Russia probes seem to be going nowhere

The congressional investigations into possible collusion between the Trump team and Russia seem to be going nowhere fast. Continue reading

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{FD} Sad Story: How the deaths of American soldiers became a Trump controversy

The spotlight should be on the fallen soldiers who gave their lives for this country. Continue reading

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{FD} Fake or not? Nearly half of voters say media fabricate stories about Trump

Now this is depressing. Continue reading

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{FD} Journalists torpedo Trump drug nominee over bad bill, but how did it ever pass?

Tom Marino, the congressman tapped by President Trump as his drug czar, withdrew yesterday in the wake of a troubling report by the Washington Post and “60 Minutes.” Continue reading

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{FD} Assault allegations: Hillary pivots from Harvey to Donald, spotlight swings to Bill

Hillary Clinton is very much on the defensive about Harvey Weinstein. Continue reading

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