High stakes for NBC News ahead of 2-night Democratic debate

NEW YORK (AP) — Don't envy NBC News executive Rashida Jones, who is behind this week's inaugural Democratic presidential debate and will have to juggle 20 candidates, five news personalities and, it's likely, one tweeting president.

Jun. 25, 2019 10:23 AM EDT
Fake news? Mueller isn't buying it

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump and his team love to deride unfavorable stories as "fake news," but it's clear from Robert Mueller's report that the special counsel isn't buying it.

Apr. 20, 2019 5:12 AM EDT
Media takes heat following Mueller conclusions

NEW YORK (AP) — Holding a copy of the New York Times to the camera on Monday, a giddy Steve Doocy of Fox News Channel said the headline about special counsel Robert Mueller's findings in the Russia investigation "probably killed whoever had to type this.

Mar. 25, 2019 6:01 PM EDT
ABC tries for a head start over rivals on midterm coverage

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News says that it is treating midterm election night coverage as if it were a presidential year, promising Wednesday to get a one-hour jump on its broadcast rivals by devoting the entire prime-time schedule on Nov.

Oct. 24, 2018 9:08 AM EDT
Was cable TV election poll coverage a waste of time?

NEW YORK (AP) — It's understandable if Bill Hemmer, John King and Steve Kornacki still see flashing maps of blue and red states in their mind's eye before drifting off to sleep.

Nov. 23, 2016 2:21 PM EST
Times reporters tweet news of Trump meeting as it happens

NEW YORK (AP) — Reporters at The New York Times tweeted details from a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump as it happened on Tuesday, contrasting it with an off-the-record session Trump held a day earlier with leaders at the top television networks.

Nov. 22, 2016 6:15 PM EST
Kelly says it's important people learn of Trump's actions

NEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly said Tuesday she didn't want to reveal much about President-elect Donald Trump's treatment of her the past year so as to not be accused of trying to tip the election, but now believes it's important for people to know the story in case the new administration is hostile to the press.

Nov. 15, 2016 11:58 PM EST
Election night narrowly misses a TV ratings record

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 71.4 million Americans watched returns electing Republican Donald Trump the next president on prime-time television Tuesday, narrowly missing a record set eight years ago on the night Democrat Barack Obama won his first term.

Nov. 9, 2016 6:47 PM EST
Election coverage an unexpected thrill ride on TV

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's stunning victory against Hillary Clinton in the presidential election Tuesday was a final twist in a made-for TV thrill ride — and a stern lesson to journalists to avoid leaping to conclusions.

Nov. 9, 2016 3:19 AM EST
WikiLeaks show CNN reaching out to Dems for Trump questions

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest WikiLeaks release shows CNN reaching out to Democratic officials to suggest questions for host Wolf Blitzer to ask Donald Trump in an interview, a practice the network defended Monday as "completely unremarkable" and sound journalism.

Nov. 7, 2016 4:44 PM EST
CNN: Not happy with Brazile's talk about debate questions

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN said Monday it is "completely uncomfortable" to learn through WikiLeaks that former commentator Donna Brazile had contacted the Clinton campaign ahead of time about a question that would be posed during a presidential primary town hall last March in Flint, Michigan.

Oct. 31, 2016 3:43 PM EDT
2 studies point to lack of campaign substance on newscasts

NEW YORK (AP) — Two studies of U.S. news coverage suggest that this is a presidential campaign with little substance — unless groping women, tax returns and email servers are your idea of major issues.

Oct. 26, 2016 6:36 PM EDT
Trump praises Gingrich for criticism of Kelly

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump praised Newt Gingrich Wednesday for an "amazing interview" with Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly, in which the former speaker told Kelly that she is "fascinated with sex.

Oct. 26, 2016 12:32 PM EDT
Trump: 'No interest' in Trump TV; campaign debuts show

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump said Tuesday he has no interest in a "Trump TV" media venture should he lose the election, a notion that has persisted this week after a television-like alternative to the network nightly news programs began streaming on his Facebook page.

Oct. 25, 2016 3:55 PM EDT
Fox's Wallace asks precise follow-up that makes news

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News' Chris Wallace worked hard to keep the final presidential debate substantive with tough questions to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but it was the simplest of queries that extracted the biggest headline.

Oct. 20, 2016 9:50 AM EDT
Fox's Wallace extracts headline with follow-up question

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News' Chris Wallace worked hard Wednesday to keep the final presidential debate substantive with tough questions to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but it was the simplest of queries that extracted the biggest headline.

Oct. 20, 2016 12:43 AM EDT
NBC News fires Billy Bush after lewd Donald Trump tape airs

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News on Monday fired "Today" show host Billy Bush, who was caught on tape in a vulgar conversation about women with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump before an "Access Hollywood" appearance.

Oct. 17, 2016 9:10 PM EDT
For 'SNL,' Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving

NEW YORK (AP) — Already enjoying its best ratings in eight years with politically charged comedy, "Saturday Night Live" got something even more beneficial with Donald Trump's potshots — validation.

Oct. 17, 2016 4:00 PM EDT
Cooper's debate question of Trump may prove pivotal

NEW YORK (AP) — Anderson Cooper asking Donald Trump if he had ever kissed or groped women without their consent — and Trump's response that he had not — may be remembered as one of the most impactful presidential debate questions ever.

Oct. 13, 2016 4:31 PM EDT
Brian Williams and Billy Bush: 2 scandals, 2 approaches

NEW YORK (AP) — Two scandals, two approaches. NBC News gave Brian Williams a second chance after he was caught lying about his role in stories, while Billy Bush apparently won't get the same opportunity following his profane conversation with Donald Trump.

Oct. 12, 2016 4:46 PM EDT
Unlike first, second debate doesn't set viewership record

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 66.5 million people watched the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, down from the record-setting audience who saw their first match but on par with the Obama-Romney contests four years ago.

Oct. 10, 2016 5:37 PM EDT
Second presidential debate featured tough moderators

NEW YORK (AP) — Moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz teamed to ask sharp questions of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and to keep them corralled during many contentious exchanges during the second presidential debate.

Oct. 10, 2016 6:33 AM EDT
Cooper, Raddatz tough during second presidential debate

NEW YORK (AP) — Moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz teamed to ask sharp questions of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Sunday night and to keep them corralled during many contentious exchanges during the second presidential debate.

Oct. 10, 2016 12:40 AM EDT
NBC suspends Billy Bush for role on Trump tape

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC on Sunday suspended "Today" show personality Billy Bush indefinitely after he was caught on a videotape from 2005 in a crude conversation about women with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Oct. 9, 2016 8:20 PM EDT
Moderator Lester Holt worked to keep control of debate

NEW YORK (AP) — After initially taking a hands-off approach to the two strong-willed presidential candidates before him, NBC's Lester Holt more aggressively challenged Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the general election's first debate wore on and he warmed to the often-thankless role of moderator.

Sep. 27, 2016 4:14 AM EDT
Moderator Lester Holt works to keep control of debate

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's Lester Holt struggled to keep control of the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, learning the dangers of fact-checking in the midst of a tense confrontation being viewed by tens of millions of people.

Sep. 27, 2016 12:13 AM EDT
Bee says she likes Fallon, but couldn't take Trump interview

NEW YORK (AP) — Comic Samantha Bee insists she's a Jimmy Fallon fan. But she said Wednesday that her caustic attack this week on Fallon's now-infamous hair mussing appearance with Donald Trump came because she'd had it with the "continued normalization of deplorable.

Sep. 21, 2016 5:21 PM EDT
Surprises, sure things and Trump joke at Emmys

The Emmy Awards had its share of surprises, sure things and Donald Trump jokes. One consistent theme was the continued creative erosion at the top broadcast networks, now merely an afterthought on television's biggest night.

Sep. 19, 2016 9:05 AM EDT
Presidential politics plays big role at Emmy Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Since it often seems like the most entertaining limited series on television, there was little surprise that the presidential campaign made its presence felt at the Emmy Awards.

Sep. 18, 2016 10:41 PM EDT
Kimmel blames producer Mark Burnett for Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics wasn't far from mind at the Emmy Awards.Former GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush had a cameo on host Jimmy Kimmel's opening comedy segment and Kimmel referenced Republican nominee Donald Trump in his monologue, pointing out the man in the audience who made him a television star.

Sep. 18, 2016 9:03 PM EDT
Lauer's rough night increases pressure on debate moderators

NEW YORK (AP) — Traffic cop or truth detector? The rough reception given Matt Lauer for his back-to-back interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump laid bare a disagreement over whether journalists who moderate presidential debates should call candidates out for telling lies.

Sep. 8, 2016 5:23 PM EDT