Recent show highlights 

  • Stelter: Newsmax TV is pressuring Fox from the right

    Brian Stelter reports on the "feelings," not facts, being aired on Fox and Newsmax, and explores why so many Trump supporters say Biden's victory was the result of voter fraud. He draws on sports communication research that suggests some voters identify with teams, like sports fans, and tend to blame losses on the refs. "But this is not a game," he says.
  • When Covid-19 invades the newsroom

    Sarah Seifert, David Bundy and Kent Bush discuss local news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic in Wisconsin, Nebraska and South Dakota. Bush says more than half of his staff members who covered Election Night tested positive for the virus within a week. "It really shows you how contagious" the virus is "and how difficult it is to stay safe," he says.
  • Axios CEO: I fear a 'decoupling' of America

    "I legitimately fear now that we're going to have a decoupling," Jim VandeHei says, with "not just like 'two Americas,' in quotation marks, but you're literally going to have two Americas where half the country gives up on a lot of the work that we do" in the media, "and even starts to create its own social media and communication ecosystem that is much more sort of safe and soothing because it's people who share their views. And that's dangerous."
  • How three heartland reporters are covering Covid-19's surge

    Local newspaper editors and reporters in South Dakota, Wisconsin and Nebraska join Brian Stelter to discuss the importance of on-the-ground news coverage amid an explosion in Covid-19 cases. Kent Bush of the Rapid City Journal says "yesterday we had five deaths reported in our county. If these people died for any other reason, it would be a major news event that would be talked about years from now. Yesterday? It was the third paragraph of a story. The magnitude of the pandemic makes it so difficult to maintain perspective."
  • Axios CEO Jim VandeHei on media in the Biden era

    Once Biden takes office, Jim VandeHei expects a "pretty big dip in cable ratings" and political web traffic, "just because politics has been so visceral and so hot the last four years." While Biden will be more "conventional" than Trump, he says, Trump will still loom large. And the media will still be operating "in an environment where half the country literally kind of hates the work that we do and doesn't even really believe in a common definition of truth."
  • Trump's string of legal losses includes First Amendment cases

    Brian Stelter highlights three legal defeats for President Trump and his campaign that were victories for editorial independence and press freedom. In one of the cases, a Trump appointee who oversees Voice of America was barred from any actions that would curb VOA's independence.
  • Trump's election-denying tweets are part of an ecosystem

    Jane Lytvynenko says Trump's falsehoods, which are being flagged by Twitter, "are part of an ecosystem environment. They're part of hyperpartisan news websites, of commentators and influencers who support the president who also are very actively engaged in spreading false information that social media networks might not always catch."
  • What election denialism and Covid skepticism have in common

    Brian Stelter says the throughline involves disdain for experts and distrust of science, and asks what this reveals about the Republican party. Brendan Nyhan says he is concerned about that right-wing media outlets are "turning these public health measures into a kind of 'own the libs' mentality." Errol Louis says Trump's rejection of the election results is "a power grab" and an attempt to "cripple and constrain the incoming Biden administration, to deny it some of its credibility."