Editor-in-Chief Celine Castronuovo, Podcast Director Michael Kohler, Editor-at-large Rob Cline and politics writer James Smathers relaunch The MediaPod series by discussing the media’s role in the impeachment process, the social media platform political ad wars, billionaires in the 2020 news cycle, and press freedom during recent military
Emulating McCain’s Straight Talk Express, Buttigieg Gives Reporters Complete Access During Iowa Bus Tour
As part of his media strategy, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg extended full access to reporters during a recent bus tour of eastern Iowa. Modeled off of Senator John McCain’s Straight Talk Express during the 2000 presidential election, Buttigieg’s bus tour gave reporters the opportunity to ask him questions on a variety of topics.
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.
On Wednesday, the White House released a document it called a “transcript” of President Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. While some reporters were quick to point out the document was not a verbatim transcript and had been edited by White House officials, many in the news media continued to use the misleading phrasing.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that Democrats would open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump over reports that he pressured the Ukrainian president over the phone to investigate a political opponent. A whistleblower from within the intelligence community submitted a formal complaint