WATCH: Disaster Reporting; Spicer For Hire; Eavesdropping; Party Propaganda

September 22, 2017

Disaster Reporting: As the saying goes, it’s not news when an airplane lands, but what about the thousands of structures in Houston, Florida and the Caribbean that withstood hurricane force winds? Are they news? One journalist believes the media is entirely too focused on destruction as opposed to what survived.

Spicer For Hire: It’s a time-honored career path: work in the White House then jump to a job as a political commentator on TV. And that seems to be the route former White House press secretary Sean Spicer wants to take. But two months after Spicer left the Trump Administration, it’s not clear anyone wants him. Adam has more.

Eavesdropping: This week the New York Times got a big scoop about an internal White House dispute over giving up documents to special counsel Robert Mueller. The scoop itself was not such a surprise, but how reporter Kenneth Vogel got it was.

Party Propaganda: There’s nothing new about political parties trying to influence public debate, but a recent project by the Republican Governors Association is raising questions about just how far those influencing efforts should go.

Rants and Raves: A review of the week in media.

On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily Rooney is joined by Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University, Callie Crossley and Adam Reilly of WGBH News, and Dan Lothian, former White House Correspondent for CNN.


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