News conferences raise issue of Trump seeking softballs
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump managed to avoid questions about hot-button issues facing the White House — such as the future of national security adviser Michael Flynn and a North Korean missile launch — in a news conference Monday where selected reporters asked non-challenging questions and other, shouted-out inquiries were ignored.
The new civics course in US schools: How to spot fake news
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Teachers from elementary school through college are telling students how to distinguish between factual and fictional news — and why they should care that there's a difference.
Fake news: Tips on how to distinguish it from the real thing
Teachers from elementary school through college are instructing students on how to decipher fact from fiction when it comes to online news, after an election season that saw made-up stories abound. Some of their lessons:
Host Alec Baldwin, ‘SNL’ cast skewer Trump White House
NEW YORK (AP) — In tune with the new administration of alternative facts, viewers are embracing a comic alternative president.
Alec Baldwin, who has scored in guest shots on "Saturday Night Live" with his mocking impersonation of Donald Trump since the campaign's final weeks, presided Saturday night as guest host of the NBC comedy show, serving up yet another Trump masquerade.
Rosie O’Donnell mirrors Steve Bannon in new Twitter pic
NEW YORK (AP) — After saying she'd like to play President Donald Trump's controversial adviser Steve Bannon on "Saturday Night Live," comedienne Rosie O'Donnell has apparently changed her Twitter profile picture to make herself look like him.
O'Donnell's offer to play the chief strategist came after actress Melissa McCarthy's caustic portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on "SNL" last weekend.
Trump backs aide who promoted his daughter’s fashion on TV
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kellyanne Conway, the high-profile White House counselor, has come under fire from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, fact checkers and the media. But she's so far maintained the support of her boss, President Donald Trump.
Late-night comedy rushes in to the Trump era
NEW YORK (AP) — HBO's ads promoting John Oliver on "Last Week Tonight" depict him cowering behind a desk, with the tag line, "Scary times call for a scared man."
Be not afraid. Between Oliver's return Sunday from a three-month hiatus and Donald Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin's stint hosting "Saturday Night Live," this is shaping up to be a big weekend in what has already been a promising start to the Trump era in late-night comedy.
Colbert reaches a ratings milestone at start of Trump era
NEW YORK (AP) — He may cringe at the thought, but is Stephen Colbert the late-night man for the Trump administration?
Colbert's "Late Show" won the late-night ratings competition last week over NBC's Jimmy Fallon for the first time since Colbert replaced David Letterman in September 2015, the Nielsen company said.
Twitter broadens its campaign against hate and abuse
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter announced Tuesday that it is expanding efforts to protect its users from abuse and harassment, the latest milestone in a broader, growing corporate campaign to crack down on online hate.
The social media giant said it has begun identifying people who have been banned for abusive behavior and it will stop them from creating new accounts. The company said its changes, which also include a new "safe search" feature, will be implemented in the coming weeks.
Rosie O’Donnell: ‘Available’ to play Steve Bannon on SNL
NEW YORK (AP) — On the heels of actress Melissa McCarthy's caustic portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on "Saturday Night Live," comedienne Rosie O'Donnell says she's available to play President Donald Trump's controversial adviser Steve Bannon.
On her Twitter feed Monday night, O'Donnell responded to suggestions that she play Bannon by saying "available — if called I will serve."
Fighting fake news isn’t just up to Facebook and Google
NEW YORK (AP) — The fight against fake news is not just being waged by Google, Facebook and big media companies.
They are joined in the battle by academics and data scientists who started work on the subject years before bogus news stories were suspected of helping sway the 2016 presidential election.
Their work has yielded tools that help track how "alternative facts" spread, and others that let you identify fake stories or block them altogether.
With McCarthy playing Spicer, ‘SNL’ cranks up Trump satire
NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa McCarthy lampooned White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a "Saturday Night Live" sketch where she taunted reporters as "losers," fired a water gun at the press corps and even used the lectern to ram a Wall Street Journal journalist.
White House daily press briefing goes high-tech using Skype
WASHINGTON (AP) — The daily White House press briefing went high-tech Wednesday. Press secretary Sean Spicer fielded questions from journalists around the country who participated via Skype, alongside their Washington-based colleagues in the room.
False news, absurd reality present challenges for satirists
NEW YORK (AP) — Between reality and the bubble of fantasy news stories, these are tough times for satirists.
The New Yorker magazine recently took steps to distinguish Andy Borowitz's humor columns from politically motivated false stories circulating online. His editor said the New Yorker was getting email asking if there was a difference between the two.
Reality show comparisons in Trump announcement inescapable
NEW YORK (AP) — President Trump's past life as a television showman proved a comparison irresistible covering his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump's announcement from the White House on Tuesday had a prime-time slot with broadcast and cable news networks all on hand, genuine suspense over the choice and, finally, the big reveal when Gorsuch and his wife Marie Louise emerged from a doorway at the host's — make that the president's — request.
Shepard Smith stands out in Fox’s sea of opinion
NEW YORK (AP) — The Twitter stream on a producer's computer a few feet from where Fox News Channel's Shepard Smith anchored his newscast several days ago steadily churned out invective. You're a liberal, Shep. You belong on MSNBC. President Trump doesn't watch your show.
Those are the printable messages, and illustrate the island he often finds himself upon.
Samantha Bee plans counter White House Correspondents Dinner
NEW YORK (AP) — Comic Samantha Bee is throwing an alternative party to the annual White House Correspondents Dinner this spring.
Bee, who hosts TBS' "Full Frontal" weekly show, said she will welcome journalists and "non-irritating celebrities" to the first annual Not the White House Correspondents Dinner. It will be held on the same April night as that annual event, a fundraiser that mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities.
Intentionally or not, big brands help fund fake news
NEW YORK (AP) — Wittingly or not, major global corporations are helping fund sites that traffic in fake news by advertising on them.
‘SNL’ writer suspended for tweet about Barron Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — A "Saturday Night Live" writer has been suspended indefinitely after tweeting a poorly received joke about Donald Trump's 10-year-old youngest son, Barron.
A person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly told The Associated Press that Katie Rich was suspended immediately after writing an offensive tweet about the child. An outcry on social media followed, with many calling for a boycott of the TV show.
White House press secretary: ‘Our intention is never to lie’
NEW YORK (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer told a roomful of reporters that "our intention is never to lie to you," although sometimes the Trump administration may "disagree with the facts."
‘Alternative facts’ quip from Trump adviser sparks mockery
NEW YORK (AP) — Down is up. The sky is red. Dogs are birthing kittens. Facts? Nope. Try "alternative facts."
The internet went wild after a top Trump adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said the administration was supplying the media with "alternative facts." The comment came after she was asked why Trump press secretary Sean Spicer mischaracterized the size of inauguration crowds.
Alec Baldwin to host ‘SNL’ for record-setting 17th time
NEW YORK (AP) — At the dawn of the Donald Trump administration, "Saturday Night Live's" own Trump — Alec Baldwin — will be back as the show's guest host for the 17th time.
The NBC show said Monday that Baldwin will host the Feb. 11 show. Baldwin, who has been portraying Trump on a semi-regular basis this season, has hosted the venerable comedy show more times than any other person.
SNL said that actress Kristen Stewart will debut as a host on the Feb. 4 show.
Trump’s ‘war with the media’ raises questions of trust
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's "running war" on the media is continuing into his presidency, with statements over the weekend calling into question the extent to which information from the White House can be trusted.
Alec Baldwin’s Trump wasn’t on ‘SNL,’ but mock-Putin was
NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe Alec Baldwin was busy. Maybe "Saturday Night Live" figured viewers had seen plenty of President Donald Trump for real this inauguration weekend.
In any case, Baldwin's piercing Trump impersonation was absent for Saturday's edition, making way for cast member Beck Bennett's shirtless portrayal of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
In the NBC show's cold opening, mock-Putin addressed the audience as if to assure them that Trump's ascent is his, too.
Inauguration coverage shows deep divisions remain
NEW YORK (AP) — The media brought a reverence for history and ceremony to its coverage of President Donald Trump's inaugural on Friday, yet deep divisions exposed in the campaign that brought him there weren't far from the surface.
Study illustrates Facebook’s growth as campaign news source
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton voters had different media diets, but a study finds common ground in Facebook as an important news source — even if their individual feeds bore little resemblance to each other's.
Alec Baldwin considering other venues for Trump impression
NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin may be taking his Donald Trump act on the road.
Baldwin tells ABC News (http://abcn.ws/2j72gXA ) that he is "in discussions" with other venues for his impression of the president-elect besides NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
The 58-year-old actor has played Trump on SNL since last year. He says he will continue to play Trump on the late-night comedy show while also looking for other opportunities to spoof the incoming Republican president.