Author: Callum Borchers

Donald Trump keeps up media attacks with misleading tweets about New York Times

President-elect Donald Trump has had an up-and-down relationship with the media for a long time, but spent much of the campaign calling the press “crooked” and “rigged.” The Fix’s Peter Stevenson explains what his relationship with the press might look like going forward. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post) President-elect Donald Trump sounded very much like presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday morning in a pair of misleading tweets about the New York Times. Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the “Trump phenomena” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2016 The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me. I wonder if it will change – doubt it? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2016 According to the New York Times Co.’s latest earnings report, the number of print copies it sold in the third quarter was down from the same period in 2015, but the decline was more than offset by 116,000 new digital-only subscriptions. Overall, third-quarter circulation revenue rose 3 percent; through the first nine months of the year, circulation revenue was up 2.8 percent. Since Trump launched his White House campaign in June 2015, digital-only news subscriptions to the Times have increased 35 percent, to more than 1.3 million. Trump’s suggestion that the Times is bleeding readers because...

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Tim Kaine explains why Donald Trump’s birtherism was ‘painful’

Tim Kaine displayed books at a campaign event in Portsmouth, N.H., on Thursday to show the different views of America held by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. (Jim Cole/AP) The Hillary Clinton campaign on Sunday continued to hit Donald Trump for his recently renounced birtherism, with Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine suggesting that a conspiracy theory about President Obama is too “painful” to be erased in a single statement. From 2011 until Friday, Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, promoted the idea that Obama was not born in the United States and was not eligible to be president. Though he has often said during the 2016 campaign that he prefers not to talk about Obama’s place of birth anymore, Trump did not say until Friday that he believes the president is American-born. “President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period,” Trump said at a news conference in Washington. He did not apologize for his rumor mongering, which had continued even after Obama released his birth certificate in 2011. [Donald Trump’s surrogates try to explain his evolution on birtherism] “Donald Trump for five years was pushing the completely false notion that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States and wasn’t an American citizen,” Kaine told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And Chuck, it’s really important to know how painful that is to so many people because, as you know,...

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As Trump feuds with ‘Pocahontas,’ Sanders appeals to Native Americans in California

Bernie Sanders greeted supporters after speaking at a rally at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield, Calif., on Saturday. Sanders has been appealing to Native American voters on his tour of California. (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post) FRESNO, Calif. — When Donald Trump began his campaign by accusing Mexico of sending drug dealers, rapists and other criminals into the United States, the political conversation quickly focused on Latinos. Something similar happened when Trump called for closing U.S. borders to all foreign Muslims. One minority group that hasn’t received nearly as much attention — negative or otherwise — is Native Americans. But in California, Bernie Sanders is spotlighting indigenous peoples ahead of the Democratic presidential primary here on June 7. As usual, Trump might have something to do with it. Feuding lately with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the presumptive GOP nominee has been mocking her claim to Native American heritage, which became a major issue during her 2012 campaign against Republican incumbent Scott Brown (now a Trump backer). Trump has repeatedly referred to Warren as “Pocahontas” in stump speeches, though he has not directly disparaged Native Americans, in general. Addressing Native American concerns is one way for Sanders to draw a sharp contrast between himself and the real estate mogul, something he has done throughout his tour of California. [Donald Trump gets called out for calling Elizabeth Warren...

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