A Washington Post correction adds to confusion over Rudy Giuliani and the FBI

When you have to publish a correction, be forthcoming about it. The Washington Post failed to do that over the weekend, thus compounding the harm it had done to Donald Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani. Here is the Post’s correction, published on Saturday: An earlier version of this story, published Thursday, incorrectly reported that One America …

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Tucker Carlson is a white supremacist. And he’s giving Fox viewers exactly what they want.

Previously published at GBH News. Not too long ago, Tucker Carlson would go on vacation — always long-planned, of course — whenever one of his rancid descents into racism and white supremacy made life momentarily uncomfortable for his overlords at Fox News. He’d disappear for a few days, come back once the heat had died …

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The post-Trump media slump extends well beyond cable news

As Donald Trump prepared to leave office last January, a lot of us wondered if the “Trump effect” — the boost in viewership and readership that accompanied his train wreck of a presidency — would disappear with it. As I wrote for GBH News in January, “Trump outrage has provided elite newspapers, cable news stations …

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The Trump campaign lost its libel suit because it really did collude with Russia

A New York state judge Tuesday tossed a libel suit filed by Donald Trump’s campaign against The New York Times. The suit claimed that a 2019 column by former executive editor Max Frankel was false and defamatory because Frankel wrote that the 2016 Trump campaign had colluded with Russian interests. Two-thirds of Judge James d’Auguste’s …

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Rush Limbaugh’s career was made possible by Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton

Rush Limbaugh, the toxic right-wing talk show host who died Wednesday at the age of 70, came out of a regulatory environment that had changed utterly from what had come before. Although I like to tell my students that everything can be traced back to Richard Nixon, it was changes implemented by Ronald Reagan and …

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Biden is trying to move on from Trump. Will the media let him?

Previously published at GBH News. President Joe Biden spoke for many of us about 30 minutes into his town hall event on CNN Tuesday night. “I’m tired of Donald Trump,” he said. “I don’t want to talk about him anymore.” This week marks the true beginning of Biden’s presidency. Trump is gone, holed up in …

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McConnell’s hypocrisy shows why Democrats made the right call on witnesses

And so it’s over. In the aftermath of Impeachment II, the main controversy is about whether the Democrats did the right thing in reversing themselves over calling witnesses. I think they made a wise judgment. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s hypocrisy shows why. In a blistering speech, McConnell endorsed the entire factual basis of …

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A Louisiana reporter files a public-records request — and gets sued for her efforts

Well, this is certainly a novel response to receiving a public-records request. The Republican attorney general of Louisiana, Jeff Landry, has sued a reporter for The Advocate and The Times-Picayune. The newspapers are seeking records about an official in the AG’s office who’s been accused of sexual misconduct. Landry has asked a judge to issue …

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Long knives, short tempers — and ridiculous theories about the election

On Monday, The New York Times published the results of a massive investigation into Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the election. Today comes the tragicomic conclusion: a report by Axios on an insane meeting that took place at the White House on Dec. 18 at which the conspiracy-addled lawyer Sidney Powell tried …

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Ron Johnson’s home-state paper publishes his lies — with footnotes

Following the deadly attack on Congress on Jan. 6, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an editorial calling on Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to resign or be kicked out “for his role in spreading disinformation about the presidential election.” Johnson submitted a response — and the Journal Sentinel published it along with 19 footnotes “to provide …

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