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Public media has been plagued by sexual misconduct accusations, but donations keep flowing

Charlie Rose. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) It’s been a bad couple of months for public radio and television, image-wise. Sexual misconduct accusations have knocked prominent hosts Charlie Rose, Garrison Keillor, Tavis Smiley and Tom Ashbrook off the air, while two of NPR’s top news editors, Mike Oreskes and David Sweeney, have resigned. Business-wise, things are humming along, Read More…

Two reasons Trump loves one media merger but hates another: Fox News and CNN

Donald Trump smiled during a Fox News debate in August 2015. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) President Trump on Thursday congratulated Rupert Murdoch on reaching an agreement to sell 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets to Disney, through White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who told reporters that the president believes “this could be a great thing Read More…

Trump and Moore aren’t the only ones to blame for how some perceive ‘evangelicals’

Faith leaders pray over President Trump as he declared Sept. 3 a national day of prayer for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. (The Washington Post) After Roy Moore lost Alabama’s special Senate election, despite running a campaign on what he called Christian values, some evangelical voters seem to be considering that their label has been co-opted. Read More…

Trump’s suggestive comment about a Michael Flynn pardon, and the pattern behind it

President Trump said on Dec. 15 that he doesn’t want to talk about pardoning Michael Flynn yet, and criticized the FBI. (The Washington Post) President Trump offered a characteristically noncommittal — but suggestive — comment Friday about pardoning Michael Flynn. “I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet,” Trump said. “We’ll see Read More…

Donald Trump Jr. had a point about net neutrality. Then he took it too far.

The FCC removed net neutrality regulations, so surfing the Internet will be more like waiting in lines at the airport. The Post’s Geoffrey Fowler explains. (Jhaan Elker,Geoffrey Fowler/The Washington Post) Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a couple valid points about net neutrality on Thursday and Friday, when he suggested that some critics of the FCC’s deregulation Read More…

That painful exchange between a Trump judicial pick and a GOP senator, annotated

Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) asked President Trump’s U.S. District nominee Matthew S. Peterson law questions during a hearing on Dec. 13. Peterson struggled to answer the standard questions. (Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse/Twitter) The brooding controversy over President Trump’s judicial picks spilled over Wednesday in an exchange between one of those nominees and a Republican senator who Read More…

With Omarosa’s exit, Trump now appears to have no black senior advisers

Omarosa Manigault arrives before a February news briefing in the White House during her tenure as director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. (EPA) Interest in the reality-show level drama of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s exit from the White House is overshadowing a more important fact: President Trump now appears to have no black senior Read More…

Five years after Sandy Hook, the legislative landscape on guns is . . . confusing

1 Analysis Fans of Trump’s friendliest news network are turning on him 2 Omarosa Manigault dismisses reports of dramatic firing 3 Analysis The math on passing the Republican tax bill keeps getting more complex 4 Analysis Retiring GOP congressman Blake Farenthold is no stranger to weird sexual scandals 5 Analysis Comparing the ‘Trump economy’ to Read More…

The Russia investigation was not the only concern of a black lawmaker questioning Rod J. Rosenstein

[embedded content] The exchange between a top justice department official and a black lawmaker regarding the FBI’s labeling of black activists was another reminder of the historically tense relationship between the law enforcement agency and civil rights activists. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein spent most of Wednesday defending special counsel Robert S. Mueller III against Read More…

Retiring GOP congressman Blake Farenthold is no stranger to weird sexual scandals

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) will not campaign for reelection in 2018, amid allegations that he sexually harassed female staff and created a hostile work environment. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) Duck pajamas, a goofy grin and his arm slung around a lingerie model was just the start. The end for Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) resulted from accusations from staffers Read More…

How the Disney-Fox megadeal could impact the news media

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Disney’s $52.4 billion holiday shopping spree puts 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets under Mickey Mouse’s Christmas tree but leaves the Fox broadcast network, Fox News and Fox Business with Rupert Murdoch. “This merger seems to be explicitly not about the news businesses,” said Ben Gomes-Casseres, a former World Bank economist who specializes Read More…

Black women are demanding more than a thank you from the Democratic Party

Supporters of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones celebrated as Jones was declared the winner Dec. 12 during his election night gathering at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Ala. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Since the Alabama special election, black women have been getting a round of thank yous for their role in securing an open U.S. Senate seat for the Read More…

The FCC is about to vote on net neutrality. Here’s how to argue about it (and why you should)

The FCC has unveiled a plan to repeal net neutrality, or the idea that Internet service providers can’t block or favor websites. See what this means for you. (Jhaan Elker,Brian Fung/The Washington Post) The Federal Communications Commission will vote Thursday on whether to repeal or preserve its net-neutrality regulation. Barring last-minute changes of heart, the Read More…

How conservative media reacted to Roy Moore’s stunning loss

Homepages of conservative websites the day after Democrat Doug Jones’ surprise victory in the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama. Democrat Doug Jones’s victory in Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election shocked political observers, setting off a cascade of commentary about its political significance as the country heads toward midterm elections in 2018. Alabama has not elected a Read More…

False accusations against Schumer are the latest attempt to trick the media

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post) A woman whose name appeared on what looked like a legal complaint against Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has told multiple news outlets that her signature was forged and that she was not sexually harassed by the New York Democrat. Schumer has asked Capitol Read More…

Black voters in Selma put Doug Jones over the top. The symbolism wasn’t lost on activists.

Doug Jones, flanked by Selma Mayor Darrio Melton, left, and former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, right, speaks with the media outside the historic Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala. on Dec. 9, 2017. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser/AP) Democrat Doug Jones’s victory in the U.S. Senate race in Alabam was the latest chapter in a decades-long Read More…