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Kurtz: Why Trump denigrated, NBC, Todd, Maggie Haberman
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz reacts to President Trump’s insults against NBC, Chuck Todd, the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman during his Pennsylvania rally.
The Pennsylvania audience loved it when President Trump took a slap on Chuck Todd.
But out swearing, the moderator of “Meet the Press” was under the President.
If Trump challenge Todd wants to about something that he said or reported, he has to do every right to be. I’ve just published a book, the argument that the coverage of the President has been predominantly negative in the way that fuels an erosion of trust in the mainstream media.
At the same time, calls the NBC Journalist’s “sleeping son of a bitch” that brings the presidency down to the level of Playground taunts. (From his long-standing Pseudonym for Todd “Sleepy eyes.”)
What does this mean for the President other than rouse his followers who don’t like him or respect the media? You already love him. Such nastiness is nothing to do to win over the moderates or independents who are lukewarm in the direction of Trump.
What is the crack makes it particularly amazing is that Trump and Todd actually an off-the-record relationship. As I had the report in my book “media madness”, the President him to the White house for private meetings. These usually start with a Trump yelled Chuck, what is he or NBC did, and Chuck yelled back, before you for a civil conversation.
Todd, the distracted of the rally attack with a sleepy joke, was hard on the President, to say once again, that the White house “is the war in the media” is nothing less than “a war against the truth.” But the media, the people gathered around him after the SOB-line. Tom Brokaw tweeted at Trump: “Right precious. You explain that to your children.”
Conservative radio host and MSNBC analyst Hugh Hewitt called Todd a “great reporter” Trump said “the only POPs that scare him. He should be w/ CT camera, not sling insults, sit down.”
Anthony Scaramucci, the short-lived communications director, offered his former boss a few words of advice in an interview with MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt: “If he don’t do tweets to journalists, as an example, I would tell him, ‘Hey, let’s watch that.’ I think that we have made a very big mistake early in the administration when Steve Bannon and the war of the media. I thought that was a very bad idea.”
In an interview with Politico, a day before the rally, Todd described as a business man Trump phone would him, if he will run for the first time in front of a White house:
“For a long time, he used to call me-and excited, because I was not the idea of him running for President in earnest in 2011. And we had this half-hour talk regularly, and I would sit there and I remember a time with Savannah Guthrie and I, we, literally, put him on mute to go, ‘he Has other things to do, but to call?'”
Since “The Apprentice” on NBC, Todd said, Trump called once at him and said: “Come on, we are colleagues. I make a lot of money.’ I’m like, ‘What?'”
In a conversation with Politico’s Susan Glasser, Todd, said Trump was “shooting from the hip,” ignore advisers, while he is “out of his belly” and bashing the media, while “begging for compliments”.
On Sunday morning, Trump unloaded on New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who covered him for years in New York and probably knows him better than any other political journalist.
Haberman co-author a story to tell Trump was to help in discussions with a lawyer about the recording in the White house, with Bob Mueller investigation.
Trump tweeted that the “failure” NYT “have deliberately a false story stating that I was unhappy with my legal team.” But the story does not say. She said that the chief Prosecutor Ty Cobb has been telling people that he expected soon to leave, and Trump “claim seesawed between an expression of confidence in Mr. Cobb, that the investigation will wrap up in a relatively short period of time, and that he be exempted from liability, and to sound frustrated with his team’s legal strategy.”
The President tweeted that “the writer of the story, Maggie Haberman, Hillary flunky that knows nothing about me, and that is not a given.”
Haberman responded with a Twitter “LOL”, but “no access” part is demonstrably untrue, since she has interviewed the President a number of times. In fact, he called to say a year ago, he moved his original ObamaCare exchange bill.
In a later interview, Trump Haberman said in a bright tone that she is accused of, “Hillary Clinton’s PR person.”
“Mostly by you,” shot back Haberman.
In yet another interview, the President caused a stir by he told Haberman and two colleagues, Jeff Sessions was “very unfair” by signing as attorney General and then recusing himself in the Russia of the probe.
The bottom line is that Trump is entitled to bitch about its largely negative reporting. But journalists, word, or other choice expletives, calling his reputation hurts more than theirs.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.