President Donald Trump has badmouthed his hometown newspaper’s reporting as “sick,” “weak,” and “nasty.” He even tells its reporters they work for the “failing New York Times.” But in moments of reflection, he’s allowed that it’s a “great, great American jewel.” The Grey Lady has long occupied space in Trump’s head — and, in happier times, his heart. “A paper I once loved,” Trump wistfully recalled at a news conference last week. So, when the Times published its latest Trump exposé Tuesday evening detailing how the president’s mythology of becoming a self-made businessman appears to be the product of elaborate Trump family tax evasion schemes — and even outright fraud — it hit the White House like a thunderclap. One administration official said the president viewed the report as not only part of the newspaper’s animus toward him, but the start of a broader … [Read more...] about New exposé raises stakes in Trump’s love-hate affair with New York Times
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It is a whodunnit, the likes of which has not gripped the nation’s capital for decades. Perhaps not since “Deep Throat” in 1972 revealed to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, details about Richard Nixon that would ultimately lead to his resignation, has Washington been so obsessed with discovering the identity of an official insider with juicy and damning information about the US government. As it is, 46 years after his first famous scoop, Woodward is back in the news as leaked excerpts from a forthcoming book, Fear: Trump in the White House, portrayed a dysfunctional “crazytown” administration in a state of nervous breakdown. Donald Trump angrily dismissed Woodward’s yet-to-be published book as “already discredited”. But his emotions over that forthcoming publication appear to have been modest compared to the “volcanic rage” with which he reportedly reacted to an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times, apparently written by a … [Read more...] about ‘The mysterious New York Times op-ed writer – and what this all means for the future of Trump’
By Philip Kaleta and Ryan Heath | Tips, tales, traumas to the POLITICO Brussels Team at [email protected] | View in your browser LOBBYING THE EU EU BUDGET — COMPLAINTS ABOUT RUSHED PROCESS PILE UP: Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger came under fire at the Alpbach Forum for his insistence that the 2021-2027 EU budget be finalized before the European Parliament election. A delay, he said, would be proof that the EU doesn’t work. Critics included Renaud Dehousse, president of the European University Institute, who said: “If we have an agreement before the European election the next Parliament will have its hands tied — what do we have parliaments for, if not for budgets?” French En Marche lawmakers have complained about the budget timeline for the same reason. 50-50 chance: But will a deal be struck in time? Oettinger sees a “50-50” chance of the EU reaching a budget deal before the 2019 European election, he told reporters … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Influence, presented by the New York Times: Budget deal odds — Angry Mexican investors — A message to you, Rudy
Reading The New York Times editorial page is no easy task. Most times, one cannot be completely sure whether bad journalism or ideological blindness is to blame for the paper's ability to get things wrong when it comes to Turkey. In the twisted world of The New York Times Editorial Board, the designated terrorist organization PKK's founder Abdullah Öcalan, who is currently serving a life sentence in Turkey for his involvement in deadly attacks against Turkish security forces and civilians alike, is "a leader jailed as a terrorist." Turkey's efforts to stop terror attacks and arrest would-be suicide bombers before they reach Europe, including the declaration of a state of emergency in July 2016, were part of a crackdown on dissent. Fetullah Gülen, who has been micromanaging a criminal empire from rural Pennsylvania, is a saint. At this point, however, the Turkish people understand that their country's efforts to protect its national interests are bound to be criticized by The … [Read more...] about The New York Times: bad journalism or ideological blindness?
Alden Woods The Republic | azcentral.com Published 5:03 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 Suzette Brewer was in the heart of her dream job. The freelance journalist had just finished her latest story for Indian Country Today’s glossy magazine. Her 3,500-word history of the American chestnut was scheduled to appear in the September 2017 issue, and already she was planning her next few months of work. Tribal lands overflowed with stories few other publications could find. Brewer, a member of the Cherokee Nation, tried to sort through them all. She gravitated toward Supreme Court cases and federal legal battles that could highlight Native issues. Few Native journalists could match her access to the courts. Few outlets could match Indian Country Today's influence. Then the editor called. Indian Country Today, he told her, was shutting down. “So what does this mean, exactly?” Brewer recalled asking, though she already knew the answer: Dozens … [Read more...] about ‘Our New York Times’: Premier tribal news outlet relaunches, still faces old hurdles