CNN's Brian Stelter examines Donald Trump's latest racially charged tweets targeting progressive female Democrats, suggesting they "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
"To me," Trump says, "free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposely write bad. To me that's very dangerous speech, and you become angry at it. But that's not free speech." Yes, it actually is free speech, Robby Soave responds: "It goes to show you that Trump is a hypocrite on free speech, as unfortunately so many are." Jane Coaston adds her perspective as well.
Some of Florida's biggest news outlets are banding together to form the Florida Climate Reporting Network. Brian Stelter speaks with three of the participants: Miami Herald climate change reporter Alex Harris, Tampa Bay Times executive editor Mark Katches, and Julie Anderson, the EIC of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Orlando Sentinel.
Brian Stelter quotes Paul Ryan's new criticism of Trump: brings up Ryan's role on the Fox Corp board; and talks with Oliver Darcy about the links between Fox host Tucker Carlson's rhetoric and Trump's racist tweets.
Brian Stelter points out that Trump is promoting ICE deportation raids for political purposes. He says news outlets should take this "fear-mongering" into account while covering the raids. Samantha Vinograd, a former Obama national security aide, says the media "should be equitable" with immigration coverage, even though Trump "is not."
Outgoing Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is the latest in a long line of Trump officials whose departures have been linked to good old-fashioned investigative journalism. In Acosta's case, it was the Miami Herald's reporting about his role in a secret plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein that put Acosta in the spotlight and contributed to his resignation.
The president frequently claims that he's a victim of Google, Facebook and Twitter's anti-conservative bias. But is there any evidence of such a bias? Why does Trump think it's politically expedient to make this claim? Brian Stelter asks Renee DiResta and Oliver Darcy. DiResta says it's a "manufactured controversy," and that "this is a David and Goliath story" for Trump.
Brian Stelter notes that other leaders of Trump's political party did not rush to criticize his racist tweet telling congresswomen to "go back" to the "broken and crime infested" places where they're from. Katie Rogers, who