Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth

Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth

by Howard Kurtz


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"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."

-Publishers Weekly

"‘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:
  • 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.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781621577263
    Publisher: Regnery Publishing
    Publication date: 01/29/2018
    Pages: 256
    Sales rank: 321,694
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

    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 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

    Afterword 269

    Acknowledgments 273

    Index 275

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