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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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Fox News has enjoyed record-breaking ratings, and now rules cable, with the help of viewers and the talents of hosts such as Sean Hannity. (Fox News)

Fox News has record-breaking ratings, thanks loyal viewers

Fox News has fierce, faithful viewers, and their affection has paid off. Despite personnel changes and assorted challenges, Fox News has enjoyed its highest-rated year since it was founded 21 years ago. The network is beating its news competition — along with everyone else in the competitive cable realm. Published December 12, 2017

President Trump during a recent encounter with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, surrounded by microphones and cameras. (Associated Press)

'We finally have a Republican leader with enough guts'

Tracking the ups, downs, stumbles and evasive maneuvers of the hostile news media as they cover President Trump and his administration has become a challenge, even for veteran observers. The Media Research Center already has revealed in an extensive six-month study that 91 percent of the coverage has been negative toward Mr. Trump during his short time in office. Astute analysts often explain the wily tricks behind negative Trump-related news stories that appear to be factual but aren't. The blare of biased coverage continues, however. Published December 11, 2017

President Trump greets enthusiastic fans at a rally in Pensacola, Florida on Friday. Mr. Trump continues to push back against the news media. (Associated Press)

The blundering news media gets worse

President Trump continues to push back at the hostile news media with great vigor, prompting his critics to squawk and chafe — but to no avail. The presidential tweet has become a strategic fixture in the war between White House and press corps, and an effective one at that. Published December 10, 2017

Libertarian National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark, seen with his wife, Valerie, and their children, is running for mayor of Phoenix. (Sarwark for Phoenix)

Millions of millennials want a third party, and Libertarians could be just the ticket

A recent NBC News poll revealed that 71 percent of millennials - now considered to be the nation's largest potential voting bloc - pine for a third political party. There are an estimated 75 million Americans aged 18-34; their beliefs, sentiments and motivations continue to fascinate and occasionally confound the demographic researchers - but not necessarily those who actually belong to a third party. Published December 7, 2017

For those who still haven't come to terms with the 2016 election, now there is the Hillary Clinton Tree Topper. (Women to Look Up To)

'Resistmas': the Hillary Christmas tree topper

And the legend goes on, or something like that. Now on sale, it's the Hillary Clinton Tree Topper, which features a very life-like plaster figurine of Mrs. Clinton with feathery angel wings and pristine white pantsuit, meant to go on the top of the Christmas tree. Actually, the Hillary Topper is ideal for the "Resistmas" tree. Yes, the Democratic holiday lexicon now includes the handy term "Resistmas" for those who still have not come to terms with the 2016 election. Published December 6, 2017

Ice cream moguls Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield hope to protest GOP tax reform by stamping political messages on paper money. (StampStampede.org)

Ben and Jerry strike: Ice cream moguls take on GOP tax reform

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield — founders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream — have long backed the progressive cause, most recently supporting Sen. Bernard Sanders' quest for the White House and creating "Bernie's Yearning," a special flavor that was heavy on mint and chocolate. Now the Vermont-based ice cream guys are taking on Republican tax reform, working in concert with Our Revolution, a nonprofit that emerged from Mr. Sanders' 2016 campaign for president. Published December 5, 2017

President Trump's tweets are winning accolades from those who have worked closely with him, including former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka. Mr. Trump's tweets get an average of 98,000 likes. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

'God bless Trump and his Twitter feed'

The news media continues to be irked and frustrated by President Trump's strategic tweets, which effectively bypass the press and take his terse, compelling messages directly to millions of loyal, fiercely engaged Twitter followers — who in turn blast the tweets to the world. Talkwalker.com, a global data research firm, analyzed every Trump tweet since Election Night 2016 to find that each one averages 98,000 likes or retweets. So no wonder the press is irate and critical. Published December 4, 2017

Despite the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, he's leading in the polls in Alabama. (Associated Press)

Loyalty: 96% of Roy Moore voters support Trump

The upcoming special election in Alabama yields intriguing insights. A meticulous new CBS News poll of voters in the state reveals that 71 percent of Alabama Republicans say the allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore are false. Of this group, 92 percent believe "Democrats are behind the charges" which surfaced in mid-November claiming Mr. Moore allegedly pursued underage girls during the 1970s. And 88 percent of GOP voters say that "newspapers and the media" are behind the allegations. Published December 3, 2017

A new documentary series on Ronald Reagan is planned at the USA Network, and it includes his daughter Patti Davis, as executive producer. (Associated Press)

New Ronald Reagan TV series names his daughter Patti Davis as executive producer

The 40th president of the United States is a popular subject. There have been 64 documentary film and biographical TV projects based on the life of Ronald Reagan in recent years according to a tally by TV Guide. Another one is in the planning stages, but this one has a defining characteristic. Its is the first to include authorized input from a family member. Published December 2, 2017

President Trump boards Air Force One on Wednesday, poised to travel to Missouri and speak to local citizens about the tax reform effort. (Associated Press)

Trump praised for his courage, named 'Man of the Year' by The American Spectator

Time magazine won't reveal the identity of it 2017 "Person of the Year" for another five days. Those who are currently up for the title include Pope Francis, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, Russian President Vladimir Putin, "The Dreamers," Colin Kaepernick, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, special counsel Robert Mueller, and the social media "Me Too" movement — just to name a few on the expansive list. There has been much back-and-forth in the media about President Trump and the magazine's honorary designation, which has been around since 1927 when the title was won by aviator Charles Lindbergh. Published November 30, 2017

Co-anchors Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb after revelations went public that NBC News had fired host Matt Lauer. (Associated Press)

Sexual misconduct and the media swamp

Accusations of sexual misconduct continue to rock the mighty realms of entertainment, media and politics — sparking blockbuster stories, melodrama, swift judgments and yes, some authentic introspection among Americans. Published November 29, 2017

Monica Lewinsky in 1998, at the height of media coverage following her involvement with President Clinton, which resulted in his impeachment. (Associated Press)

Monica mocks 'The Monica Lewinsky Scandal'

CNN's sister network HLN has produced a new special on former President Bill Clinton, and the title tells all: "The Monica Lewinsky Scandal." Those who recall the tumultuous events that went public on the Drudge Report on Jan. 19, 1998, will be familiar with the guests on the program. Monica Lewinsky herself has taken notice. Published November 28, 2017

President Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House on Tuesday for a Thanksgiving trip to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Public now wary of 'unhinged' liberal press

Relentless, hostile media coverage of President Trump and his administration could be reaching the saturation point. The public appears weary, wary and quite possibly ready to move on — hungry, perhaps, for credible news coverage over biased caterwaul. Published November 26, 2017