MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell backed-away from unsubstantiated claims he made this week; saying he “made an error in judgment” after reporting on President Trump’s financial relationship with Russian oligarchs.
“Last night I made an error in judgment by reporting an item about the president’s finances that didn’t go through our rigorous verification and standards process. I shouldn’t have reported it and I was wrong to discuss it on the air. I will address the issue on my show tonight,” posted O’Donnell on social media.
Last night I made an error in judgment by reporting an item about the president’s finances that didn’t go through our rigorous verification and standards process. I shouldn’t have reported it and I was wrong to discuss it on the air. I will address the issue on my show tonight.
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) August 28, 2019
The President’s legal team contacted MSNBC and O’Donnell regarding the accusation; threatening action should he fail to retract the report.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
‘LIBERAL MEDIA WAR’: New York Times Blocks Reporters from CNN, MSNBC; Says ‘Too Partisan’
The New York Times is reportedly “blocking” its reporters from appearing on certain programs aired by MSNBC and CNN; saying specific shows are simply “too partisan” when covering political issues.
“The New York Times is reportedly blocking its reporters from appearing on liberal cable news programs such as MSNBC’s ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ and ‘CNN Tonight’ with Don Lemon because they’re ‘too partisan,’ but critics think the Gray Lady needs to look in the mirror,” reports Fox News.
“This isn’t a news story, it’s a sitcom plot. The nation’s most liberal paper is suddenly concerned that the wacky network filled on air with its employees might be too far left,” said Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor. “The Times is liberal on the opinion and news pages on every major issue facing the nation — from abortion to taxes. Yet, MSNBC is even further left? Does anyone at The Times read their own paper?”
“INCONSISTENT, INCOHERENT, AND POORLY CONCEIVED”: AS THE TIMES CLAMPS DOWN ON REPORTERS GOING ON MSNBC, IS THIS A LIBERAL-MEDIA WAR?” asked Vanity Fair.
“The Times has come to ‘prefer,’ as sources put it, that its reporters steer clear of any cable-news shows that the masthead perceives as too partisan, and managers have lately been advising people not to go on what they see as highly opinionated programs,” adds the article.
The New York Times stunned readers just last week, publishing an op-ed that blamed America’s “unlivable cities” on “wealthy liberals.”
An op-ed published in the New York Times last Wednesday blamed the horrific conditions in America’s cities on “wealthy liberals,” saying their policies are directly related to rising crime, homelessness, and public drug use.
“To live in California at this time is to experience every day the cryptic phrase that George W. Bush once used to describe the invasion of Iraq: ‘Catastrophic success.’ The economy here is booming, but no one feels especially good about it. When the cost of living is taken into account, billionaire-brimming California ranks as the most poverty-stricken state, with a fifth of the population struggling to get by. Since 2010, migration out of California has surged,” writes columnist Farhad Manjoo.
Read the full report at Vanity Fair.
ACOSTA’S EPIC FAIL: CNN’s Jim Acosta to Speak at Event About ‘Risks to Journalists Covering Trump’
CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta continued to promote his new book ‘The Enemy of the People’ Monday; announcing his scheduled speaking event on the “risks for journalists covering the Trump Presidency.”
“Looking forward to speaking with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia later today about the challenges and risks for journalists covering the Trump presidency as I lay out in my new book ‘The Enemy of the People,’” posted Acosta on social media.
Looking forward to speaking with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia later today about the challenges and risks for journalists covering the Trump presidency as I lay out in my new book “The Enemy of the People.” https://t.co/MJJEvDDoWy
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 17, 2019
Acosta posted multiple sections of his new book on social media Thursday afternoon; publishing key excerpts following his botched bookstore appearance outside the nation’s capital.
“From ‘The Enemy of the People’ – ‘We weren’t really human to them anymore. This was the climate of fear that Trump had created. In this environment, a Trump supporter could resort to violence, I reasoned. It had become a dangerous time in America,’” posted Acosta on social media.
From “The Enemy of the People” – ”We weren’t really human to them anymore. This was the climate of fear that Trump had created. In this environment, a Trump supporter could resort to violence, I reasoned. It had become a dangerous time in America.” https://t.co/yPy7wgQowb pic.twitter.com/FycuHm1bhP
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 13, 2019
From “The Enemy of the People“ – “Around the time of Putin’s reelection in March 2018, I was told, Trump wanted to send the Russian president a news clipping, signed by him, to wish him good luck.”https://t.co/yj0J43GV4K pic.twitter.com/pVFgwrmwpy
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 13, 2019
From “The Enemy of the People” – Trump boasted of his “nuclear football,” the briefcase used by American presidents to initiate a nuclear attack. Summoning the aide carrying the football to approach…https://t.co/yj0J43GV4K pic.twitter.com/CRTu1tkY9W
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 12, 2019
The ratings at Acosta’s network have plummeted in recent days, with new data showing viewership down 33% from the same period last year.
According to Ad Week, the Cable News Network lost one-third of its primetime viewers compared to the same period in 2018.
“Versus the comparable week in 2018, Fox News was -4% in total prime time viewers, MSNBC was -4% in total prime time viewers, and CNN was -33%. In total day viewers, Fox was -7%, MSNBC was -5% and CNN was -21%,” reports the industry website.
In total daytime viewers, CNN fell behind Fox News, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, HGTV, and Investigation Discovery.
MSNBC is also experiencing a massive drop in ratings.
“Maddow lost nearly 500,000 viewers for her first episode following the release of Barr’s letter. Then she plummeted 13 percent in April compared to the same month in 2018, according to TVNewser, falling behind “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in the process. In May she averaged 2.6 million – her worst month since Trump took office – and a far cry from the 3.1 million viewers she averaged during the first quarter of 2019,” reports Fox News.
“MSNBC is standing by her because she still has a large viewership emotionally invested bringing down Trump,” said one Cornell professor. “That some reporters refuse to go on her show is important, but is unlikely to change her behavior. Maddow long ago carved out her faux-intellectual paranoid niche, and she’s stuck in it.”
President Trump slammed CNN during his overseas trip to the UK earlier this month; posting “Just arrived in the United Kingdom. The only problem is that “@CNN is the primary source of news available from the U.S. After watching it for a short while, I turned it off. All negative & so much Fake News, very bad for U.S. Big ratings drop. Why doesn’t owner @ATT do something?”