"The mainstream media’s obsessive hatred for President Trump outruns his anti-media fixation by a country mile, argues this evenhanded and incisive study of press relations with the Trump administration."
"‘Defiance Disorder’: Another new book describes chaos in Trump’s White House"
–Ashley Parker, Washington Post
According to the media, Donald Trump could never become president. Now many are on a mission to prove he shouldn’t be president. The Trump administration and the press are at war—and as in any war, the first casualty has been truth. Bestselling author Howard Kurtz, host of Fox News’s Media Buzz and former Washington Post columnist, offers a stunning exposé of how supposedly objective journalists, alarmed by Trump’s success, have moved into the opposing camp.
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:
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.
Table of Contents
1 A Catastrophic Media Failure 1
2 Trump Works the Refs 9
3 Trump Trauma 19
4 A Question of Loyalty 29
5 A Leaky Ship of State 33
6 The Dossier Surfaces 41
7 Spicer Goes to War 53
8 Bannon as Darth Vader 63
9 Kellyanne Under Siege 71
10 Trump Targets Media "Enemies" 77
11 The War over Wiretapping 81
12 "The Knives Are Out" 91
13 Answering with Airstrikes 101
14 White House Game of Thrones 111
15 Jared and Ivanka Fight Back 121
16 The Comey Firestorm 131
17 The Media Go to DEFCON 1 141
18 Collusion Confusion 151
19 Climate Change Calamity 161
20 The Mueller Escalation 169
21 Investigative Overreach 183
22 The Secret Russia Meeting 197
23 The Mooch's Moment 209
24 Charlottesville Catastrophe 223
25 Tackling the Sports World 233
26 The Fight over "Fake News" 245
27 The Era of Harassment 253
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Just finished this book and believe it is a well balanced narration of the facts where both sides have had their problems and each fed on the other. I agree, it is now extremely difficult to tell the difference between journalists and commentators. A sad day trying to find factual news. We'll be discussing this for a generation to come. Too many people in both camps have their own agendas.
Always respected Howard Kurtz and he delivered.
Political fatigue...Trump/Media, tired of it.
This book is about the non partisan view of the medias coverage of President. Trump. I believe it shows how a large portion of media people hate President. Trump personally, and no matter the outcome of a situation, they lie about facts and skew actual results. Or sometimes, outright lie to get press coverage. I wish the media would just report the facts honestly, so I could get a differing view, but honest one.