Was 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch's criticism of President Trump and contribution to the ADL just a PR move? Brian Stelter and Tanzina Vega discuss the disconnect between the CEO's action and Fox News Channel's coverage.
Carl Bernstein says concerns about President Trump's fitness for office -- privately expressed by prominent Republicans -- are "an important, crucial, dangerous story that reporters need to start making their business."
Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley says we are witnessing "the ramifications of what having a sick man in the White House means," which puts the government in the position of having to run "almost around the President."
AP White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire describes the "sense of surprise" as Trump took questions last Tuesday. A Trump aide's mouth "literally dropped," Lemire told Brian Stelter. He also notes there has been relative silence from the White House since then.
Brian Stelter asks about the potential for an overreaction from the news media. Carl Bernstein says reporting, not opining, should drive coverage, while calling the current political moment "unprecedented." He said Trump's conduct begs the question of whether it is "time for the President to be urged to leave office."
Race is too often treated "like a trend" rather than "something that people live," CNN's Tanzina Vega says. The NYT's Nikole Hannah-Jones describes some of the barriers to better, more thorough coverage of race issues, including framing by journalists and lack of understanding by newsroom leaders.
UVA Center for Politics director Larry Sabato, who lives on the UVA campus, says Friday's protests by torch-bearing white nationalists were "the most disturbing, nauseating thing" he has "ever witnessed there." Sabato said the protesters attacked counter-protesters to get "a lot of media attention."
Is media sunlight really the best disinfectant for racism? NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik says that journalists have an obligation to cover protests like the one in Charlottesville, but he urges "subtle distinctions and smart choices" in the coverage.