UVA Center for Politics director Larry Sabato, who lives on the UVA campus, says Friday's protests by torch-bearing white nationalists were "the most disturbing, nauseating thing" he has "ever witnessed there." Sabato said the protesters attacked counter-protesters to get "a lot of media attention."
Is media sunlight really the best disinfectant for racism? NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik says that journalists have an obligation to cover protests like the one in Charlottesville, but he urges "subtle distinctions and smart choices" in the coverage.
UVA Center for Politics director Larry Sabato says Trump "missed his moment" as the country watched the Charlottesville protests unfold. Sabato says that "actions speak louder than words," and Trump should "fire all the white nationalists on his staff, starting with Steve Bannon."
Suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling is suing HuffPost writer Yashar Ali for defamation. Ali says the $50 million suit is a scare tactic. Bolling "is trying to intimidate me," Ali tells Brian Stelter, adding, "If he wants to wade into this pond, I'm happy to go in with him."
Disney paid at least $177 million to settle a lawsuit against ABC. The New York Times, HBO, and Fox are among the outlets facing defamation suits. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik explains what's going on with these lawsuits against journalists and media companies.
North Korea's rhetoric might sound "very frightening" to Americans, but officials in Pyongyang make blustery comments "all the time," says CNN international correspondent Will Ripley. He tells Brian Stelter what it's like to read between the lines of North Korea's state-controlled media.
Veteran White House correspondent Ann Compton asks: "Is it possible that we're still struggling with how to interpret President Trump's words?" Diplomacy, she says, "has a language of its own," and Trump's rhetoric puts "a special burden on reporters" to bring nuance to the news coverage.
Retired US Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby says a leak to the Washington Post "put in motion" President Trump's "fire and fury" rhetoric about North Korea. And Brian Stelter suggests the president sometimes takes his cues from cable news pundits. Plus, both Kirby and Ann Compton weigh in on leak investigations.
The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler says other politicians who get fact-checked "tend to stop saying those false facts," but President Trump instead repeats them "over and over." Angie Holan, editor of PolitiFact, says Trump could regain some of the public's trust "if he started speaking more accurately."
"Lie" has always been a "nitroglycerine type term," but it's being used more often now, Jeff Greenfield says. Kathleen Hall Jamieson says "I worry about the casual use of the word lie" when "we clearly don't know that it was deliberate."