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August 3, 2018

WHITE HOUSE, MEDIA CLASH AGAIN OVER “ENEMY” CLAIM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Friend or foe? It’s a question that members of the White House press corps have been pressing the Trump administration to take a stand on. Reporters have been pressing Trump aides on whether they agree with their boss that the news media is an “enemy” of the American people, as Trump often says. Yesterday, the matter came to a head when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to distance herself from Trump’s view. She says Trump “has made his position known.” At one point, CNN’s Jim Acosta challenged Sanders to disavow the “enemy” talk. In response, Sanders, appearing to read from prepared notes, blasted the media for resorting “to personal attacks without any content other than to incite anger.” Acosta walked out of the briefing in protest.

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022292-a-82:56-(President Donald Trump, in campaign speech)-“fake, disgusting news (cheers fade)”-Trump trashes media as ‘fake, fake disgusting news’ at rally (3 Aug 2018)

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IVANKA TRUMP - MEDIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is there a split in the Trump family over how they see the news media? President Donald Trump says there isn’t — but one family member is disavowing the president’s description of the news media as “the enemy of the people.” Trump’s oldest daughter and adviser, Ivanka was asked about the subject at an event hosted by Axios. Her response was: “I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people.” She did say she believes some reporting about her has been inaccurate” — but doesn’t see journalists as enemies. On Twitter later, Trump tried to bridge the verbal gulf between father and daughter. Trump says when his daughter was asked if the news media was an enemy, “she correctly said no.” But the president added that — quoting here — “It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!”

OMAROSA’S BOOK

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House staffer claims that President Donald Trump has shown a “mental decline that could not be denied.” The claim is in a new book written by Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who served as an assistant to the president and was also on his TV show “The Apprentice.” An excerpt from her upcoming book cites as evidence the interview Trump gave to Lester Holt. In it, Trump talked about his rationale for firing FBI director James Comey. Omarosa says while watching the interview, she “realized that something real and serious was going on in Donald’s brain” — and it was “bad.” The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

CBS - MOONVES

NEW YORK (AP) — While he is being investigated for possible sexual misconduct, CBS chief Les Moonves continues to run the company as CEO. And he served in that role yesterday, presiding over a company meeting at which CBS announced several news tidbits. One is that the company’s streaming services are on track to reach 8 million subscribers by next year. The company’s goal was to hit that number in 2020.

“THE SIMPSONS” - APU

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Lately, creators of “The Simpsons” have come under fire for the way the Indian shop owner Apu is depicted. But the people at Fox say they will leave it up to the show’s creators to decide how to deal with the controversy. Apu, the Kwik-E-Mart clerk, is often depicted as selling expired food and ripping off customers. The Simpsons are now in their 30th year.

FOX - “24”

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Fox is developing two potential new series for its “24” drama franchise. One of the series will be a prequel to the original series — the other one set in the legal world. They didn’t share further details.

JFK ITEMS GOING UP FOR BIDS

BOSTON (AP) — What is believed to be last thing President John F. Kennedy put on paper before he died is among the items from the slain president being auctioned off today. Endred’s auction gallery on Cape Cod will begin taking bids on things like the rocking chair JFK used in the Oval Office. As for the written item, it’s one of Kennedy’s last pencil doodles before his death. It was written on stationery of the Texas Hotel in Fort Worth. After giving a speech, Kennedy left for Dallas, where he was struck down by an assassin’s bullets.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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