Despite smear campaign, Trump still has friends in media

Dhaka,  Wed,  24 May 2017
Published : 20 May 2017, 16:01:16
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Despite smear campaign, Trump still has friends in media

Despite smear campaign, Trump still has friends in media
While the damaging stories from some news outlets show no sign of abating, Mr Trump still has friends in the media. On Fox News, presenters Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity framed the scandal as evidence of systemic hostility against Mr Trump, according to a global media report Saturday.

Fox News, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, emphasises the separation of its news and opinion shows, and says its journalists have covered the latest revelations about the president similarly to peers at rival networks. But the hosts of Fox News’s primetime programmes, when the channel attracts its biggest audiences, have stayed steadily behind Mr Trump.

Other news outlets are also standing by the president. From Breitbart News, the website formerly chaired by Steve Bannon, Mr Trump’s senior adviser, to the Drudge Report, the news aggregator founded by Matt Drudge, to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, conservative voices dismiss critical reports from CNN, New York Times and elsewhere as “fake news”. They claim the stories are part of a plot to undermine the president and change the subject to familiar hobby horses such as the misdeeds of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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