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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.

©2018 Howard Kurtz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • Miles Evalle
  • 01-02-2018

Great insight

This is a great look into the personality of President Trump's WH, his uncontrollable stream of consciousness, and the medias obsession with opposing him at every opportunity.

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  • JSR1972
  • 30-01-2018

The shameful state of "Journalism"

Sadly, this book is nonfiction. The book contains important, enlightening information albeit a bit depressing. The narrator is excellent.
I was pleased the author does all he can to keep his view that of observer of ALL aspects. Trump comes off as, well, Trump. His ill-advised comments aren't glossed. By the same standard the media comes off as unfair, vicious, and tribal.
For those who still put any trust in "our" mainstream media, this book presents much to consider. For those who don't, read/listen and be reaffirmed.

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  • Wayne
  • 02-02-2018

Factual and dry rehash of the Trump-media fight

Factual and dry are what is needed. The title of of Howard Kurtz's Media Madness is misleading in that he holds both Trump and the media for the current poor state of their relations. But he does attempt to hold the media more accountable because he believes that his profession is damaging itself unnecessarily by joining a fight to reverse the results of a presidential election. I'm reminded to a quote from a blogger who said that most of the mainstream media believe their job is to cover positive stories about President Trump with a pillow until they stops breathing. Meanwhile, they readily report anti-Trump stories that are thinly sourced from a single biased confidential source as if they are actually facts.

The rights afforded the free press by the First Amendment of the US Constitution are absolute; they are free to say/print (or refuse to say/print) anything they choose without consideration of facts. At the same time all Americans, including the US president, are free to respond as they see fit. The issue here is credibility. Kurtz argues that most of the mainstream media are damaging their credibility with their constant demonetization of Trump. The most recent polls indicate that only 32% of Americans believe that the mainstream media have any credibility at all. Meanwhile the president's approval rating is 10% higher at 42%. The mainstream media, more properly called Democrats with bylines, are not intelligent enough to understand they are losing the battle; and when it is over they will likely never recover. What they are doing will get them more Trump, not less.



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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-2018

Well Balanced

This books was surprisingly well Balanced & good book
. Journalism has changed the media is currpted.

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  • Mommywithsix
  • 08-02-2018

How do you speed up this reader?

If I can't speed up this reader I might pull my hair out! Seems interesting enough with behind the scenes WH stories.

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  • Shirley
  • 09-03-2018

A Fair Assessment of Trump’s Foibles

Thought Kurtz was on point about media rancor against Trump, & were surprised when he hit back.

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  • mhkp
  • 03-03-2018

good not great

felt like reading a 200 page article about last 12 months. got some color but not much meat of info.

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  • DTSmith
  • 26-02-2018

Expected nothing less than excellent from Howie

And excellent it was! Is there anyone else that can just report the news without bias like Howie??

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  • Jeff Kaplan
  • 25-02-2018

Fair & Balanced?

In an era best described as “unprecedented”, Kurtz offers a rebuke of media coverage and standards without full consideration of the context in which the media must now operate.

An examination of argument structure suggests more at play than a simple recounting of facts. For example, describing a political commentator as a former Republican White House staffer in one instance and an “MSNBC” contributor in another (in each instance the reference lending support for a media-gone-mad argument).

Taken in isolation, the media’s abandonment of traditional norms, boundaries and role is factual. Juxtaposed against the fully-colored reality of the political environment, the argument is maddening. Kurtz’s repeated framing of situational components (as essentially “nothing-burgers”) is the vehicle by he constructs is indictment of the media.

The rational framework follows the form:

Given (insert underplayed set of facts as context) the media’s response was inappropriate and overblown.

Relationships are complex. The longer the relationship the less our ability to address issues objectively and in isolation (what happened in the past matters, what was said and done yesterday impacts out view of today). In this regard, we shouldn’t mistake prior knowledge with bias.

As the issues continue to unfold, Kurtz’s “context setting facts” are being disproved and his arguments weakened.

Whether or not you agree with the structure and conclusions reached in the book, the bigger questions Kurtz seeks to address are both important and relevant.

What is the role of the media in a changing world?
Can and should we hold journalist to standards not held by those they cover?

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  • interested
  • 22-02-2018

A great viewpoint from a good vantage point.

An unbiased view of the last year in politics. Fill with facts from both sides.

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  • scott
  • 30-01-2018

'Try again later' unquote

Pre ordered on amazon. Eagerly awaited day of release. Multiple attempts at downloading failed. Met with 'verifying account, try again later'. Later came and went, as did the day of release. Optimistic about the contents, but still unable to download. This current events book may be in the political history section by the time I receive it. I'm giving 5 stars up front to Howard. But zero stars to provider.
Update... It is now March. Despite daily efforts to listen on audible. Despite amazon insisting it's 'in my library', unable to retrieve book. Unable to even re-order book. What a a farce

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