Ben Smith

Ben Smith

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Review: Trump interviewed, softly, on WGN America’s ‘NewsNation’

Hmm, from Fox: "Oracle just alerted Mornings with Maria it had to cancel Larry Ellison’s interview with Maria Bartiromo, which was slated to air tomorrow morning."

“People will hate-read things, but they won’t hate-pay things.”

Anybody else constantly wind up alone, accidentally in the pre-populated Google meet when everyone else is on Zoom? cc @matthewstoller 

Worth media outlets (re)thinking through now what happens if a big hack-and-leak operation hits in the next few weeks


How to ensure you don't get follow-up questions on Fox, apparently.

Asked Microsoft CEO @satyanadella  about India's new Citizenship Act. "I think what is happening is sad... It's just bad.... I would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant who comes to India and creates the next unicorn in India or becomes the next CEO of Infosys" cc @PranavDixit 

The Justice Department quietly removed the section headed "need for a free press" from its guidelines

The media has built up such a reflex of ignoring Trump's wild comments that when he says something that's major, siren-level news — the postal service remarks — it is only leading one website I can find, @HuffingtonPost 

We Traced The Smears Against Kamala Harris To Obama Birthers And Neo-Nazis via @CraigSilverman 

An official confirming Post story to us and says, "“it’s far worse than what has already been reported"

What a disgusting thing to say about dozens of American workers who just lost their jobs.