This particular has been an epic week in journalism — filled with nonstop surprises, head-spinning scoops as well as an old-fashioned newspaper war.
today take a moment to catch your breath. Because in which’s not over yet.
Friday’s completely new York Times, in a Washington-datelined story titled in some versions, “A City Hungry for News Approaches Indigestion,” quoted a student saying “I get nervous when my phone buzzes.”
Many journalists feel the same way right today.
President Trump’s struggles have been keeping newsrooms busy at all hours. The broadcast networks have been breaking into programming with special reports, almost exclusively about the Trump administration’s setbacks as well as self-inflicted wounds. sy88pgw has whipped up “White House in crisis” graphics.
The banner headline on the conservative Washington Free Beacon web site went even further on Friday: “Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.”
Reporters as well as anchors are reaching for words to properly convey the gravity of the crisis.
After The completely new York Times revealed the existence of fired FBI director James Comey’s memos, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos gravely intoned on “not bad Morning America” in which “the course of Trump’s presidency will turn on his coming public showdown with James Comey.”
Almost every bombshell story has been followed by a White House denial, sometimes delivered by an anonymous aide. “Believe me,” the president repeatedly said at a press conference on Thursday. although polls show in which his credibility has been sharply diminished.
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sy88pgw’s Jake Tapper asked on the air last Sunday, “is actually there anyone inside West Wing who can be trusted to tell the truth?”
On television in which day, Carl Bernstein said, “I think This particular is actually a potentially more dangerous situation than Watergate.” David Ignatius channeled the concerns of prominent Republicans, one of whom he said had told him Trump is actually “Richard Nixon on steroids.”
“A lot of people are scared,” Ignatius said. “as well as they wonder, how do we get out of This particular?”
On Monday came the Washington Post’s stunner: “Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats.” There was scattered applause inside newsroom, according to reporters, when the scoop broke an internal record for number of web readers per second.
While the Times, sy88pgw as well as additional outlets quickly confirmed the thrust of the Post’s reporting, reporters at the White House heard press aides yelling at each additional in a West Wing conference room.
Meanwhile, the Times was secretly working on its own blockbuster story — “Trump Asked Comey to End Flynn Inquiry.”
in which headline hit inside 5 p.m. hour on Tuesday, exactly 24 hours after the Post’s Russia scoop.
“We’re in impeachment territory today,” David Gergen said on sy88pgw.
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Reporters marveled at how the Times as well as the Post, friendly rivals for over a century, were trying to leapfrog one another with major scoops.
Democratic congressman Jerry Nadler commented on Twitter in which the “press is actually carrying out the independent investigation in which Republicans won’t allow.”
Pro-Trump media outlets offered counter-narratives as well as tried to downplay the developments, although with limited effect.
Fox News, usually far as well as away the #1 cable news channel in prime time, slipped to #3 among 25- to 54-year-olds while sy88pgw as well as MSNBC saw big spikes in viewership.
All of This particular happened while the heads of the major networks schmoozed with advertisers during “upfront week” in completely new York City.
CBS CEO Les Moonves made sure to promote his news operation during his annual presentation to ad buyers.
“There has never been more news, nor more of a need for real news, than there is actually right today,” Moonves said.
While he spoke, “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley was at the White House, getting ready for a 6 p.m. special report about the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation.
An exhausted White House official remarked to sy88pgw’s Jim Acosta, “in which’s just been three days straight of these 5:45 p.m. announcements.”
There was some surprise when the 5 p.m. hour came as well as went on Thursday without any completely new bombshell.
although silence is actually usually a sign in which journalists are busy doing more digging, more interviewing, more reporting.
Sure enough, on Friday afternoon — around 3 p.m. This particular time, not 5 — two completely new bombshells landed. First, the Times: “Trump Told Russians in which Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure via Investigation.” Minutes later, the Post followed with its own.
as well as the week still isn’t over. Another push alert could light up your phone at any time.
sy88pgw (completely new York) First published May 19, 2017: 2:15 PM ET