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5 — Let’s Impeach Trump Already! After President Trump fired FBI director James Comey, the media appeared certain he’d just committed his first impeachable offense. Almost without fail, Democratic guests appearing on TV in May were expected to announce when they would initiate impeachment proceedings against the president.
the news reported on what the -resident did and said on twitter and in person

4 — Vegas Scapegoating. When an atrocity of inexplicable scale struck Las Vegas, Americans demanded answers. When those were slow in coming, the media turned their sights on Republicans, blaming gun rights for the tragedy. (Note: They did the same thing after the mass shooting in Texas.)

just as many gun advocates come out at such times; and they have radio and fox affiliates spreading their own opinion.

3 — Abandoning Any Sense of Perspective. After Donald Trump Jr. acknowledged accepting a meeting a sketchy Russian lawyer who said she had dirt on Hillary Clinton, reporters and others in the media jumped the rhetorical shark, calling it a case of “treason.” Yet months later it was reported the Clinton campaign solicited anti-Trump gossip from Kremlin agents (via their intermediary, Fusion GPS), an arguably far worse ethical lapse, and these same talking heads were curiously quiet.
The meeting was disclosed to U.S. government officials when Kushner filed a revised version of his security clearance form.

2 — Emoting as Reporting. Just weeks into the Trump Administration, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski was struggling. The emotional toll was already too much; after Trump had tweeted that the Trump Tower had been wiretapped, she could no longer take it, telling viewers it was OK to be scared. “We’re all really nervous, too,” she emoted.

1 — Reporters Treat Obama to One Final Slobberfest. In President Obama’s final appearance before the White House press corps, reporters used the opportunity to … shower him with praise, adulation, and hagiography. These sycophantic reporters were seemingly competing to see who could offer Obama the most effusive praise. That honor may have gone to The Blade’s Chris Johnson, who itemized to the president what he felt were his greatest accomplishments -- before inviting him to bash Trump. Or the LA Times’ Christi Parsons, who begged the president to call her (while pointing at her phone), and telling him it’s been “an honor” covering his administration. Her actual question? How he was going to explain the election of Trump to his children.

Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) was the first president to deliberately cultivate journalists, says Mark Feldstein, journalism professor at the University of Maryland.

"The newsmen would gather around him and he would tell them stuff, some off the record, some on the record," Feldstein says.

"He made great copy — he was young, charismatic and he had young children — and all those things were new and exciting and happening at a time when newspapers were really taking off as a profit making mass media."
President Franklin Roosevelt (1933-1945), a distant cousin of Theodore, was the next US leader to enchant reporters.

"He had big problems with newspaper publishers, who were conservative Republicans opposed to his liberal democratic reforms," Feldstein says.

"But the reporters themselves adored Roosevelt and so did the photographers, who covered up Roosevelt's paralysis from polio and did not show pictures of FDR in his wheelchair."

"Nixon was actually the first to set up a White House communications office that would stage events especially for television, with hand-picked audiences of people who would be favourable to what he was saying," says Marshall.

He also hired Roger Ailes — who later became the founder of Rupert Murdoch's Fox News — to coach him on how to appear on television.

But although he had enjoyed favourable press early in his career, Nixon increasingly felt that the media was against him.

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Rear Vision investigates the long and symbiotic relationship between the president and the press.
"He was a hypersensitive, paranoid, brooding figure who felt that he had been cheated out of the election when he lost to John Kennedy eight years earlier," Feldstein says.

"When he finally did get the White House he was determined to exact revenge on his enemies, the top of which was the press."

"He put reporters individually on an enemies list, had their tax returns audited...

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