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Howard Kurtz “Radicalized” by Anti-Trump Media

Howard Kurtz, who has covered the press for decades for the Washington Post, CNN and now Fox News, says he is in shock about how biased the press has become against President Trump.

According to Politico, which obtained a copy of a new book by the author:

“The past two years have radicalized me,” Kurtz writes. “I am increasingly troubled by how many of my colleagues have decided to abandon any semblance of fairness out of a conviction that they must save the country from Trump . . .

“Donald Trump is staking his presidency, as he did his election, on nothing less than destroying the credibility of the news media; and the media are determined to do the same to him,” he writes. Kurtz argues that many news organizations are “no longer making much attempt to hide their contempt” for the president. And he takes issue with prominent journalists who have publicly characterized Trump as a “racist” based on his words and actions through the years.

It’s funny how people in Washington become creatures of the organizations they work for. Perhaps Kurtz’s shock at the media is genuine, but I wonder if he would be saying this were he still at the Washington Post.

New Book: Bannon Told Ivanka, “You’re Just Another Staffer”

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon sought to put Ivanka Trump in her place, telling her she’s “just another staffer” who, furthermore, doesn’t know what she’s doing.

The book, “Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press, And The War Over The Truth,” by Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz, is described in an article by Washington Post.

From the piece:

Kurtz writes that Stephen K. Bannon — Trump’s former chief strategist who was a key on-the-record source for Wolff’s book and seems likely to have talked to Kurtz — dresses down the president’s daughter early in the administration.

“My daughter loves me as a dad,” Bannon told Ivanka, according to Kurtz. “You love your dad. I get that. But you’re just another staffer who doesn’t know what you’re doing.”

Kurtz also recounts an Oval Office meeting in which Bannon blamed Ivanka for a leak — and Trump supported him over his daughter: “ ‘Baby, I think Steve’s right here,’ Trump told her.”

A White House official denied the account, and said, “The past three weeks have made very clear who the leakers are.” The White House did not respond to questions about other parts of the excerpts obtained by The Post.

Like another recently released insider tale, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” Kurtz’s book “offers a portrait of a White House riven by chaos,” according to the Post, though Kurtz offers a “more flattering portrayal of the West Wing staff than some other media accounts.”