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A report card on the news media 100 days into the Trump presidency




White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer takes questions during the daily press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, January 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer takes questions during the daily press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, January 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Analyses abound on President Donald Trump’s performance in his first 100 days in office. But how has the media fared in these first three months?

Mainstream outlets like the New York Times and Washington Post were heavily criticized for their failure to grasp and report on the massive wave of support for Trump that brought him to the White House.

After the election, many mainstream media outfits have concentrated their efforts on holding the Trump administration accountable for ethical and other concerns, earning the ire of the President. In more than one occasion, President Trump has called the mainstream media “unfair” and “fake news” for their reporting targeting the Trump administration and the Trump business empire.

What’s your take on the media’s performance in these 100 days? Is the media being fair?

Guests:

Michael Memoli,  White House reporter at the LA Times who has covers the White House press briefings under both the Trump and Obama administrations; he tweets @mikememoli

David Folkenflik, media correspondent at NPR and the author of “Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires” (PublicAffairs, 2013); he tweets @davidfolkenflik

Jeffrey McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University in Indiana and former  journalist; he is the author of “Viewer Discretion Advised: Taking Control of Mass Media Influences” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007); he tweets @Prof_McCall