MSNBC Rises in Fake News Era

If you ask some close to President Trump what worries them most about 2018, it’s not Robert Mueller’s probe. It’s that establishment guardrails of 2017 come down — and Trump’s actual instincts take over. Next year will bring “full Trump,” said one person who recently talked to the president. – Mike Allen [Axios]

AD WEEK has details and it’s been a banner year for MSNBC.

For print journalists too, with an end of the year interview from the New York Times with the President, revealing what it’s like to cover the president in Trump’s fake news era. Michael Schmidt is getting push back on his interview style. Other journalists’ critical comments revolve around the lack of follow-up questions, as well as giving Trump control of the interview.

The reason my ending post is about the media is because it’s the only thing standing between our democratic republic and a world where fake news becomes gospel.

The free press and the First Amendment are the weapons of and for the American citizenry. We must protect both at all costs.

Looking beyond our country, President Trump has torched American foreign policy in one year. …and he’s just getting started.

TRUMP, THE INSURGENT, BREAKS WITH 70 YEARS OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY – President Trump has transformed the world’s view of the United States from an anchor of the international order into something more inward-looking and unpredictable. [New York Times]

From the Ad Week article, it looks like Sean Hannity will spend 2018 on the run.

Several MSNBC programs set network records. Brian Williams was No. 1 in cable news at 11 p.m. Morning Joe shattered records for the second consecutive year, both in total viewers and in the A25-54 demo, and defeated CNN in total viewers for the 8th straight year.

Rachel Maddow, which earned two News and Documentary Emmys in 2017, defeated CNN’s 9 p.m. hour for the 8th straight year.

[…] The newly-launched Deadline: White House, hosted by Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC Live with Velshi & Ruhle and The Beat with Ari Melber all defeated CNN in total viewers this year, and delivered the network’s largest yearly audience ever in their respective hours. MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson at 10 a.m.; Andrea Mitchell Reports at 12 p.m.; and AM Joy, hosted by Joy Reid at 10am on Saturdays also defeated CNN counterparts in total viewers.

In addition to the aforementioned shows, MTP Daily, hosted by Chuck Todd, Hardball with Chris Matthews, All In with Chris Hayes also delivered the network’s largest audiences ever in their respective timeslots.