The Trump campaign has spent more than $27 million on digital advertising this cycle, outspending the four leading Democratic contenders combined. On Facebook alone, the Trump campaign has spent $21 million, focusing ads on impeachment and socialism.
Despite a string of recent controversies, the New York Times reported record growth in subscriptions last week. The paper is ending the year just shy of 5 million subscribers, and is projected to attain 10 million by 2025.
When President Trump was loudly booed by fans at game five of the World Series last week, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski condemned those who went further and chanted “Lock him up!” at the president.
After a series of privacy scandals, Facebook’s latest policy that exempts political candidates from being fact-checked came under fire from presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. And Warren is hardly the only lawmaker who supports increased regulation of the tech giant.
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, undercut on Thursday President Trump’s long-maintained position that there was no quid pro quo with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during their phone call in July. Mulvaney’s admission stunned White House officials, and Trump himself, who later authorized a second statement which tried to walk back Mulvaney’s damaging comments.
At the end of his daily broadcast on Friday, veteran Fox News anchor Shepard Smith told viewers he was leaving the network. The abrupt announcement sent shock waves throughout the media industry, and led many staffers and reporters at Fox to worry about the news division’s future.
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign renewed its public feud with The New York Times on Wednesday in protest of its coverage of the Ukraine scandal. In a letter sent to Executive Editor Dean Baquet, Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield blasted The Times for lending legitimacy
When The New York Times reported Wednesday that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff had been made aware of the now-public whistleblower complaint before it was received by the Intelligence Community Inspector General, conservative media and allies of President Trump seized the opportunity to discredit the ongoing impeachment inquiry and allege coordination.
After President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani propogated unsubstantiated accusations of corruption against him, Joe Biden’s campaign circulated a letter to the broadcast networks, demanding that they stop booking Giuliani. The letter is the latest effort by Biden’s campaign to shape the narrative about the Trump-Ukraine scandal.
The New York Times found itself in the news again last Thursday when it was widely criticized for publishing information about the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower’s identity. Within a few hours of the story going live, “#CancelNYT” was trending on Twitter and the wait time to cancel reader subscriptions had reportedly reached four hours.