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By Dylan Byers & the CNNMoney Media team
Journalism in the Age of Trump
This is Dylan Byers, in for Brian Stelter... 

We've spent the last 48 hours covering Donald Trump's evasion of the press. ... But forget about White House pool reports for a moment. Forget about press briefings and travel schedules and access to his comings-and-goings.

The fears of political journalists run much deeper. There is a legitimate concern that a Trump administration will work to intentionally deceive the media, blacklist reporters it doesn't like and incite violence against them by calling them out in public.

Why do reporters have those fears? Because that is exactly what Trump did during the campaign. There is no reason to believe that will change. We may be in a honeymoon period of unity and compromise now, but honeymoons don't last for four years. They usually last for two weeks.

In May, after a particularly nasty round of name-calling and stonewalling by Trump, one reporter asked: “Is this what it’s going to be like covering you if you’re president?"

“Yeah, it is," Trump said. "I’m going to continue to attack the press.”
This isn't a joke
NYT reporter and CNN contributor Maggie Haberman writes that she "came home to find a strange orange envelope in the mail. It contained three pages of anti-Semitism, replete with an illustration of someone wielding a sword and warnings about the 'prophecy' against Judaism." Her home address had been posted online on a list of reporters who were "doxxed" by Trump supporters.

Staffers from CNN, HuffPost, and a number of other news organizations have also been "doxxed." And other reporters are also noticing harassment and bullying.

Fernanda Santos, the NYT's Phoenix bureau chief, writes that she was speaking Spanish on a phone call when a man started glaring at her. When she hung up, he shouted: "Speak English!" "I told him — in English — that I speak four languages," Santos writes. "He told me to fuck off, got up and walked away." She said she has never experienced anything like that in Phoenix before...
"Without Fear or Favor"
NYT publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. emailed staff on Friday: 

"As we close one of the most momentous weeks in our nation's recent history, let's pause for a moment on those famous instructions that Adolph S. Ochs left for us: to cover the news without fear or favor. As Donald Trump begins preparing for his new administration, those words have rarely felt more important. The Times is certainly not afraid -- our investigative report has demonstrated our courage many times over. That fearless, hard-fought journalism will always stand as the backbone of The Times, no matter the President. But we also approach the incoming Trump administration without bias. We will cover his policies and his agenda fairly. We will bring expert analysis and thoughtful commentary to the changes we see in government, and to their ramifications on the ground." Read the rest here...
"A category five hurricane"
The New Republic's Brian Beutler is freaked out about more than just the press... "In addition to the banal chaos that the Trump administration is likely to unleash, we’re facing a moment that threatens equal protection, due process, free expression, democracy—not just press freedom. It's not a drill. The media undersold the threat to many freedoms before election night, and it would be self-dealing, and a disservice, if the only liberty under attack we rose to defend was one that undergirds our industry."
Keep this stat in mind
...This finding from Pew last month: Compared with Clinton voters, Trump voter are "far less likely to say that the freedom of the press to criticize political leaders is essential to maintaining a strong democracy. Only about half of Trump supporters (49%) view this as very important, compared with 72% of Clinton supporters..."
Trump-Press Watch: Day 3
There was another alarm bell this morning after print pooler Zeke Miller, of Time, was unable to gain access to Trump Tower. It turned out to be an NYPD communication issue. Still, journalists remain on high alert. The transition team has promised a traditional press pool, but spokesperson Hope Hicks has yet to clarify the details...
Pentagon Papers lawyer issues dire warning
Floyd Abrams, the veteran free speech lawyer who represented The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case, says Trump is the "greatest threat to the First Amendment since the passage of the Sedition Act of 1798," and that lawyers must ready for battle.

From The Hollywood Reporter's Eriq Gardner: "On Wednesday evening, [Abrams] told a room full of other media lawyers that in light of Tuesday's election of Donald Trump, they needed to think creatively and even contemplate bringing libel cases on the plaintiff's side to bolster the First Amendment. The suggestion drew audible gasps from those who had gathered at a dinner hosted by the Media Law Resource Center...."
Speaking of Floyd Abrams...
This Sunday on "Reliable Sources" 
Floyd Abrams will join Brian, along with Dodai Stewart, John Phillips, Dan Rather, Elizabeth Plank, MZ Hemingway, Jeff Greenfield, Nate Silver, and John Avlon. Sunday, 11am ET, CNN!
Corey Lewandowski: Out at CNN...
In at Trump White House?
Brian sends this late-breaking news: Corey Lewandowski has resigned from CNN, effective immediately... Lewandowski stayed in close touch with Trump and some top Trump aides since being fired from the campaign in June. This week there has been media discussion about Lewandowski possibly taking a role in the Trump administration.

 -- More: Earlier today, he was seen arriving at Trump Tower, where the president-elect is holding transition meetings." Read the rest of Brian's story here...
CNN adds Salena Zito
Brian emails: After Trump's election, CNN signed reporter Salena Zito as a contributor. Zito, a writer based in Pittsburgh, understood the Trump phenomenon early on... On "The Lead" on Thursday, Jake Tapper urged his viewers to Google her name to read her work about Trump voters... Here's the segment...
Reading the President-elect's tea leaves
President-elect Trump, who railed against Obamacare throughout the campaign, sat down with the WSJ and said he would consider leaving in place certain parts of the Affordable Care Act. He also said, “I want a country that loves each other. I want to stress that.”

A few hours ago, Trump sat down with Lesley Stahl for a "60 Minutes" interview. What to watch for on Sunday: Will Trump rebuke the hate, racism and bigotry that we've seen on display from some of his supporters since his election? Will he issue an appeal to Americans to be respectful of one another? Isn't that the least we can ask of a president?
Steve Bannon, Trump Whisperer
As of today, Steve Bannon, the Breitbart News chairman, CEO of Trump's presidential campaign and the man responsible for Trump's most aggressive populist rhetoric, is an official executive member of the Presidential Transition Team.

Despite his scorched-earth approach to politics, Bannon is also tactical, and often acts as a check on Trump's more erratic tendencies: "Bannon really can take Trump’s phone away from him," CNN's Dana Bash tells us. "While he certainly at times feeds into Trumps worst instincts, Bannon can also successfully convince Trump not to do things that would hurt him -- because Bannon has credibility."

"There were several occasions during the end of the campaign when Trump wanted to go after people who criticized him and Bannon said don't do it," Bash says. "Trump's response was, 'Well if you're saying that – okay.'"
Next week's 'New Yorker'
About that Megyn Kelly book...
So the NYT gets its hands on Megyn Kelly's new book and gets everyone worked up over two allegations: 1. That Trump may have obtained advance warning of her question to him at the first Republican debate. 2. That her driver to the debate may have poisoned her coffee, which would explain why she fell violently ill right before the debate.

Then Megyn Kelly goes on Twitter and shoots both insinuations down: 1. "For the record, my book 'Settle for More' does not suggest Trump had any debate Qs in advance, nor do I believe that he did." 2. "Also for the record, I believe the reason I got sick the day of the first debate was I contracted a stomach virus, just as Rand Paul did."

Sort of takes the air out of the balloon now, doesn't it?
Questions for MSNBC
Was MSNBC's pivot from liberal POV to hard news poorly timed? Brian Lowry considers the channel's future:

The network appeared to benefit as a voice for the party out of power during the Obama years... It has now tacked a bit to the center with a straight news approach in daytime, while continuing to showcase liberal commentators in primetime. But is there an enhanced opportunity for the channel to improve its competitive standing under a Trump administration? And would it gain from in essence strengthening its hand as a voice for the disenfranchised, a profile that defined the network during Keith Olbermann’s stint there?

One curb on any headlong rush in that direction: MSNBC is part of Comcast, a huge company with no small number of regulatory issues that impact its bottom line. Might that mean that making the network a more strident anti-Trump/Republican voice would be balanced against concerns those might come at a larger cost? If NBC brass haven’t already had some version of these conversations, I suspect they will....
Quote of the day
"In the end, Trump’s most satisfying victory might be his humiliation of a media establishment that thoroughly underestimated him at every turn."

--BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins writing about "Trump's Revenge..."
The New York Observer folds its print edition
The salmon-pink chronicle of New York City's political, media and business elite, will end its print edition effective immediately, editor-in-chief Ken Kurson said Friday.

Founded in 1987 and edited for 15 years by the late and widely beloved Peter Kaplan, it was bought in 2006 by Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. Since then, the Observer's influence in Manhattan social circles has diminished. Instead, it has mutated into a general-interest online site focusing on quick-hit national stories. The Observer will continue its online operation, which has seen significant traffic growth in recent months. 

This comes one day before The Wall Street Journal publishes its last edition of its Greater New York section, which had sought to chronicle the same world as the Observer and which was shuttered as part of the Journal's effort to cut costs amid revenue declines. The New York Daily News also announced staff cuts this week.

Here's my full report on the shuttering...
From 'fake news' to 'fake deaths'
Facebook has decided many of us are dead, CNNMoney's Selena Larson reports: The social network "notified some users on Friday that they are deceased, according to widespread reports across social media. Many people are seeing a banner on certain profiles that reads: 'We hope people who love [Mark] will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate his life.' At one point, even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was declared dead... It's unclear what's causing the mass obituaries, but it's likely a bug in Facebook's system...
Maybe Facebook should buy Snopes
Brian flags this story by Kaveh Waddell of The Atlantic: "A lot of what’s on Facebook isn’t true... Perhaps the algorithms that currently find disputed posts could flag them for human review by a Snopes-like fact-checking team—heck, it could even buy Snopes..."

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