Author Archives: Howard Kurtz

{FD} Behind the Hostility: How Trump and the media descended to mutual disgust

A hollowed-out White House exists in the summer of 2018, with Trump unconstrained by banished or neutered advisers. But the level of disdain toward the media is much the same. Continue reading

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{FD} Spicer harbored doubts about taking press secretary’s job

“Sean, we’re getting killed in the media.” Continue reading

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{FD} Slamming the script: Why the press is dismissing the president’s do-over

The media seem determined not to give the president a do-over. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump tries a do-over as bipartisan criticism of Putin fiasco grows louder

As the searing criticism of President Trump grows even hotter, the latest leaks suggest that an old and damaging pattern is repeating itself. Continue reading

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{FD} A media firestorm as Trump seems to side with Putin over US intelligence

President Trump gave his detractors plenty of ammunition while standing beside Vladimir Putin. Continue reading

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{FD} Kavanaugh’s baseball debts: Why the nominee’s opponents are striking out

Stormy Daniels has been arrested, but I digress. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s tough talk at NATO prompts media freakout about insulting allies

As Americans were just waking up for breakfast, they discovered that President Trump was ruining breakfast for NATO leaders. Continue reading

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{FD} Some conservatives lukewarm, but Trump delivered for his base with Kavanaugh

Most conservatives are genuinely pleased with President Trump’s Supreme Court choice, but there’s a lack of excitement in some quarters. Continue reading

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{FD} The Media’s Mixed Signals: How Trump got to Brett Kavanaugh

In the end, President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court was the man the media declared the front-runner from the beginning—before the handicapping spun out of control. Continue reading

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{FD} How Michael Cohen decided to send Trump a carefully calibrated message

It’s quite obvious that Michael Cohen was sending a sharp message when he sat down with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Continue reading

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{FD} Divorcing Trump: Why some conservatives are now pushing Democrats (!)

The conservative commentators who absolutely despise President Trump are in a box. Continue reading

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{FD} Media touting (and targeting) Amy Barrett as a Trump court pick

The Supreme speculation is under way, and the media powers that be are focusing on a woman who they are already casting as controversial. Continue reading

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{FD} Democrats risk a backlash with hardball tactics on immigration and high court

The Democratic Party is suddenly lurching left in ways that may be self-destructive. Continue reading

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{FD} Liberal pundits rip Kennedy, demand any Trump nominee be stopped

The media immediately went to Defcon 1 within moments of Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Continue reading

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{FD} Media frowning in disapproval as high court upholds Trump travel ban

I have reason to suspect that the press isn’t exactly thrilled over the Supreme Court upholding President Trump’s travel ban. Continue reading

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{FD} NY Times uncovers troubling questions about its reporter’s affair with Senate official

The indictment of a Senate intelligence committee official in a leak investigation might have been a blip — except that the Justice Department seized the phone and email records of his former girlfriend. Continue reading

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{FD} Targeting Trump aides: The politics of rage is out of control

We are being buried under a tsunami of toxicity. Continue reading

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{FD} Peter Fonda’s unhinged tweets spark debate about crude attacks

Peter Fonda was sounding absolutely unhinged. Continue reading

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{FD} Press again bashes Ivanka, who privately lobbied to change family separation policy

It was probably inevitable that the media would eventually make the family separation furor about Ivanka Trump. Continue reading

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{FD} Backlash against border policy grows, but furor could help Trump in midterms

In the blink of an eye, the uproar over immigration has become a major midterm election issue. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump losing GOP and media allies in outcry over separating immigrant families

A Republican president has a problem when he’s lost the New York Post. Continue reading

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{FD} Why the media are acting like lemmings in warning of a Trump ‘cult’

The media are going cult-crazy. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump slams press over Singapore as GOP embraces his praise for Kim

President Trump may have declared yesterday that there is “no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea,” but that remains to be seen. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s Singapore summit, a first step, being trashed by many pundits

On this, perhaps, we can all agree: It is better that President Trump is talking to Kim Jong Un than exchanging threats over nuclear war. Continue reading

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{FD} Tariff tantrums: Media accuse Trump of trying to destroy the West

One of my “Media Buzz” guests said the other day that the press blows past the complexities of covering President Trump’s economic battle with American allies by focusing on “personality-based” coverage. Continue reading

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{FD} A Trump jump in the polls despite the media’s gloom-and-doom portrayal

The bleak presidential portrait painted by the media keeps getting darker: Donald Trump is spinning out of control, calling the Mueller probe unconstitutional, claiming he can pardon himself, embracing a lawyer who says he could shoot Jim Comey and not… Continue reading

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{FD} Clinton’s anger over the press and Lewinsky impeaches his credibility

After a disastrous interview in which he looked clueless about sexual misconduct, Bill Clinton got a do-over. Continue reading

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{FD} Going on offense: Trump cancels Eagles after most blew off White House visit

President Trump just called an audible. Continue reading

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{FD} Media backlash over Trump claims on pardon power, unconstitutional probe

There was a media eruption over Rudy Giuliani and his latest round of television appearances, turning on his answers to hypothetical questions, which are always dangerous. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s anti-media tweetstorm: Some hits, some misses, all red meat

The president is mounting so many Twitter attacks against the press that it’s a bit hard to keep up. Continue reading

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{FD} Roseanne blames Ambien, ABC, herself as Trump also hits the network

I think we can all agree it wasn’t the Ambien, that Roseanne Barr has a long history of spewing conspiracy theories and ugly attacks. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says Mueller meddling in midterms, but shines spotlight on the probe

With 15 tweets in the last five days on what he’s calling the “Rigged Russia Witch Hunt,” President Trump is not just playing defense but keeping the investigation in the forefront of the news cycle. Continue reading

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{FD} Why Trump scrapping the summit goes beyond the rough rhetoric

President Trump’s announcement that he would sit down with Kim Jong Un came as a global shock. Continue reading

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{FD} Media say Paul Ryan’s job in jeopardy as Republican warfare rages

No wonder Paul Ryan decided to bail. Continue reading

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{FD} New flak for Hillary Clinton as she cautiously wades into the midterms

A year and a half after the election, Hillary Clinton still finds herself a political piñata. Continue reading

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{FD} Investigating the investigators: Why the Trump probes are now a morass

So just to bring you up to date: –The FBI used an informant to spy on Trump campaign aides who had contacts with Russia. Continue reading

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{FD} Revising history: New York Times disses its original story on Trump probe

The New York Times has run a rather stunning correction, only a year and a half after the fact. Continue reading

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{FD} Breaking news on Trump Tower meeting with Russians contains little news

Here we go again, back to the infamous Trump Tower meeting with the Russians in the summer of 2016. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump attacks leaking ‘cowards’ as anonymous sources undermine White House

Kellyanne Conway says some people in and around the White House “are using the media to shiv each other”—and that she expects some folks to be fired. Continue reading

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{FD} Corey Lewandowski joining Pence team, will focus on midterms and then 2020

Corey Lewandowski, who helped Donald Trump win the Republican nomination, is getting back in the campaign game. Continue reading

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{FD} Too soon? Media acknowledge Trump Nobel talk as North Korea frees prisoners

Hell hath officially frozen over. Continue reading

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{FD} Forget Iran: Television, prodded by lawyer, pounces on Cohen-Russia allegation

It’s mildly amusing to watch cable pundits say that Michael Avenatti hijacked the prime-time coverage on Tuesday night from what was unquestionably a story of global importance, President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Continue reading

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{FD} Lack of substance: Media liberals say ‘Trump ****’ is hurting them too

In the hyperpartisan media climate surrounding President Trump, I’ve detected a rare spot of agreement. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s CIA pick attacked over Bush-era program; do gender politics matter?

Gina Haspel doesn’t want to be “the next Ronny Jackson.” Continue reading

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{FD} Giuliani roils the waters in saying Trump reimbursed Stormy Daniels payment

Rudy Giuliani just changed the playing field on the investigations of Donald Trump–but perhaps not in the way he intended. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump eyes Lewandowski for Kelly’s job amid White House infighting

There are growing whispers that if John Kelly is eased out or bails out as White House chief of staff, the job could go to Corey Lewandowski. Continue reading

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{FD} Furor over Mueller questions: Why the leak came from Trump World

The White House has been rocked by many self-destructive leaks—any “idiot” can see that—but the spilling of the Robert Mueller questions is in a whole different category. Continue reading

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{FD} Fuming on Fox: Trump slams DOJ, Comey, Democrats, media in morning marathon

It was just like the old days, when Donald Trump would call into “Fox & Friends” and say whatever was on his mind. Continue reading

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{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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