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The broadcast networks have provided an "iron curtain" of Russia coverage for days, while ignoring major stories to the nation say analysts. (Media Research Center)

Broadcasters undermine Trump with an 'Iron Curtain' of hostile Russia news

- The Washington Times

Forget about providing fair, conscientious coverage of important topics. Even after all this time, it's still all-Russia all the time for the nation's biggest broadcasters. Significant news stories are being ignored in favor of a never-ending parade of speculative reports about President Trump's relationship with Russia, say Nicholas Fondacaro and Rich Noyes, both analysts for NewsBusters.org, a conservative press watchdog.

Weathering the storm, Trump style

- The Washington Times

"There is no denying that America elected an exceptional president in (Donald) Trump, a consummate outsider and the first president ever to have no government or military experience. But as it wraps up its first six months, Trump's presidency looks more conventional than exceptional," writes New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin. "Separating the substance from the noise shows him in a position familiar to all new presidents: struggling to turn his campaign promises into reality while juggling foreign-policy challenges and mastering the learning curve of the world's most powerful job."

The U.S. Senate is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

'Obamacare survives thanks to Republican moral narcissism'

- The Washington Times

"Obamacare survives thanks to Republican moral narcissism," writes Roger L. Simon, who appears vexed by the conservative lawmakers - specifically Sens. Jerry Moran, Mike Lee and Rand Paul -- who said publicly they'd vote "nay" on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

Despite continued turmoil in politics, the economy and the nation's productivity are thriving. The market is up 9 percent since Jan. 20. (Associated press)

Trump effect: Confidence in personal finances hits a four-year high

- The Washington Times

Political attacks on President Trump and his administration continue, amplified by media coverage that is often melodramatic, negative and manipulative — long on speculation and short on facts. Jittery voters are continually distracted and often confused by conflicting or shifting news accounts, along with anonymously sourced reporting and an emphasis on a select narratives that incorporate partisan opinion.

Hugh Hewitt is among the well-known talk radio hosts who will participate in daylong live broadcast from the White House. (Hugh Hewitt)

Expanding the press corps: White House to stage talk radio marathon

- The Washington Times

The White House is expanding the press corps to include those journalists who happily exist beyond the rarefied confines of the nation's capital or New York City. Consider that President Trump is featured in an exclusive interview with Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, set to air on the "700 Club" on Thursday. It looks like the White House is just getting started, however.

Reporters raise their hands to ask a question of Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during an off-camera press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Trump bombshell du jour: Media continues to obsess over possible 'smoking gun'

- The Washington Times

The news media has been on a never-ending quest to build a case for the impeachment of President Trump for many months. The current edition is centered on Donald Trump Jr. following a New York Times story published this week titled simply "Trump's son met with Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information on Clinton." The account, written by three reporters, is too detailed and baroque to go into here. Suffice it to say, the story launched a now-familiar press feeding frenzy.

FILE - In this June 30, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump pressed Congress on Monday, July 10, 2017, to get health care done before leaving for its long August recess, even as Republican senators say the GOP effort so far to repeal and replace the nation's health law is probably dead.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Just 23 percent have been confirmed: Obstruction of Trump nominees is unprecedented

- The Washington Times

Senate Democrats are now resorting to "petty" but historically unprecedented methods to obstruct President Trump's efforts to run the nation and take America forward. There are some annoying numbers to consider from studies compiled by the White House and the Republican National Committee, based on multiple sources from the press, pollsters and researchers.

First lady Melania Trump was commended for her diplomatic skills and grace on the global stage this week by members of the press. (Associated Press)

Melania Trump shines on global stage with her diplomatic skills, grace

- The Washington Times

The news media continues to snipe at the White House. But there's some Trump triumph as well. First lady Melania Trump is earning accolades for her grace on the global stage this week. Yes, an admiring press chronicles every fabulous ensemble she wears down to the last fashion detail. But they also are applauding Mrs. Trump's demeanor and diplomatic skills during her second overseas tour.

Sharyl Attkisson with President Trump on the set of "Full Measure." She has authored a book "The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote." (Sinclair Broadcasting)

New book: Sharyl Attkisson reveals the ghastly world of political smears, fake news

- The Washington Times

Though it often seems random and nonsensical, the world of negative politics and conniving news media is actually a strategic and calculating place. A new book explains much. On sale now, from investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson: "The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote," from Harper Collins Publishers.

President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and son Barron on the South Lawn of the White House as the Fourth of July long holiday weekend got underway. (Associated Press)

Trump wins the media war, battle by battle

- The Washington Times

There is a reason why the mainstream news media and the Democratic Party are in an uproar: They've been left out of the political equation by a player who understands the game better than they do. And that player is President Trump, who has conducted a masterful war against his media foes over the last 72 hours, launching a series of strategic tweets that deemed the hostile press not only "fake" but "fraudulent."

Polls and analyses were already reporting that there was media bias against the presidential hopeful, and the findings have continued. (Associated Press)

Numbers don't lie: Media bias against Trump is entrenched, vicious, persistent

- The Washington Times

Pollsters have confirmed for many months that there is a clear media bias against President Trump. They also reveal that the American public is growing weary of the endless negative coverage, which masks authentic progress the president and his administration have made. Citizens are ready for some good news. And the press? Not so much. Outrage and Trump bashing have been good for ratings and readership. But tirades also allow journalists to vent about a president who pushes back against their criticism, in what they deem an "unpresidential" way.

Analyst Mike Ciandella noted this week that Obamacare was presented as 'reform' by the media, but Trump's health care bill wasn't. (Associated Press)

Media Mission: Protect Obamacare, bash Trumpcare

- The Washington Times

It's not a bad idea to parse out strategic language deployed by news organizations intent on undermining President Trump. It is a helpful skill. Coverage these days is clever — skewing content in subtle ways, nudging along a negative narrative about the Trump administration which sounds viable to much of the public.

Talk radio host Lars Larson interviews then-Sen. Jeff Sessions during the 2016 "Hold Their Feet to the Fire" broadcast event organized by the Federation for Immigration Reform. (Lars Larson)

60 talk radio heavyweights take on illegal immigration

- The Washington Times

It could get noisy. Beginning Wednesday, more than 60 talk radio hosts from around the country will converge on the nation's capital for the 11th annual "Hold Their Feet to the Fire," a broadcast event sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform -- or FAIR for short.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (Associated Press)

Nancy alert: Democratic voters crave 'new leaders'

- The Washington Times

"Some Democrats are saying it's time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to go, arguing that losses in this year's special congressional elections show that their party needs new, younger leadership. Most Democrats agree," says a new Rasmussen Reports survey, which finds that 58 percent of all likely Democratic voters say the party needs new blood.

Top Democrats are campaigning hard against the American Healthcare Act and they're following a strategic and emotional script. (Associated Press)

The script is up and running: Democrats stage a health care drama

- The Washington Times

Democrats have been busy crafting a political epic, which is the fate of the American Health Care Act. The "Trumpcare" story may prove to be great family fare with a happy ending, or a heroic saga. No doubt, Democrats would prefer the Republican legislation to either end up as a murder mystery or screwball farce — and they are ramping up an intense production. Their language is emotional and follows a strategic script, amplified by a mostly sympathetic news media, which is eager to give the Democrats' performance a good review — and much coverage.