Kurtz's exclusive, in-depth, behind-the-scenes interviews with reporters, anchors, and insiders within the Trump White House reveal the unprecedented hostility between the media and the president they cover.
In Media Madness, you'll learn:
Why White House strategist Steve Bannon told Trump he is in danger of being impeached
How the love-hate relationship between the president and Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski turned entirely to hate
How Kellyanne Conway felt betrayed by journalists who befriended her and how she fought back
How elite, mainstream news reporters named and quoted openly express their blatant contempt for Trump
How Bannon tried to block short-lived Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and why Trump soured on him
How Ivanka and Jared Kushner aren't the liberals the pundits want them to be and why Trump tried to discourage them from joining the White House
Why Trump believes some journalists harbor hatred for him and how some liberals despise his voters
How Trump is a far more pragmatic politician than the press often acknowledges (and how the press dismisses his flip-flops when he flops their way)
What Trump got wrong about Charlottesville and how Steve Bannon predicted the debacle
How the media consistently overreached on the Russian collusion scandal
Why Trump actually likes journalists, secretly meets with them, and allows the press unprecedented access
Why Reince Priebus couldn't do his job and the real reason he left the White House
How Sean Spicer privately berated journalists for bad reporting and why he and Kellyanne Conway were relentlessly attacked by the media
Never before has there been such an eye-opening, shocking look at what the White House and the media think about each other. It's not pretty. But it also makes for the most important political book of the year.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Howard Kurtz is a media critic and journalist who hosts the weekend show Media Buzz on Fox News and writes a weekly column on FoxNews.com. Kurtz spent 30 years reporting for The Washington Post, where he served as national affairs correspondent, New York bureau chief, and deputy national editor. He has written for The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, and New York magazine, and previously hosted Reliable Sources on CNN. His previous books include Media Circus, Hot Air, Spin Cycle, The Fortune Tellers, and Reality Show. Kurtz is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.
Mr. Kurtz has been trying to clue in Americans (for many years) how journalists have been used - and have willingly participated in government power struggles. This book is extremely timely with the Release The Memo movement (soon to be a released memo?). Anyone following the Release the Memo timeline and watched CNN NOT jump on this story when it broke on 1/18/18, and then Schiff and Feinstein sending threatening memos to facebook and twitter, telling them that the #releasethememo hashtag is being promoted on by Russian Bots (it's not) and asking to repress those people is really starting to understanding exactly everything Kurtz explains in Media Madness. And watching CNN's Chris Cuomo spout the same nonsense only crystallizes how media has nothing to do with truth and everything to do with status. With so many distractions (who is telling the truth, who do we believe?) - this book will help you understand how the media operates, distracts, and how to wade through "madness."
Shows the madness that is Main Street media these days. Issue by issue. If you want to understand why so many no longer read newspapers or watch tv news this e plains. The unbiased days of reporting are over.