Sinclair's TV segments by former White House operative Boris Ephsteyn are "close to classic propaganda," Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik says. He highlights Sinclair's powerful connection through 173 stations across the U.S.
Ken Kurson asserts that "the press has assigned itself the chore of undoing the results of this election, which they simply don't accept." Brian Stelter and Tara Palmeri disagree. The role of a journalist is to be "critical, no matter who the president is," Palmeri says.
Non-answers are commonplace at the press briefings. But Jeff Mason, head of the White House Correspondents' Association, says the sessions are important both in principle and in practice. Ken Kurson disagrees, calling them "so canned."
Ken Kurson spent time with President Trump on Saturday. He says journalists don't appreciate the fact that Trump is a "normal" person who "connects" with people. Brian Stelter suggests improved media accessibility would help share this with the public.
White House Correspondents Association president Jeff Mason and Politico's Tara Palmeri discuss the Trump administration's efforts to push back on hard-hitting coverage. Mason says the White House wanted the association to issue a statement criticizing one of Palmeri's stories. He refused to do so.
Former New York Observer editor Ken Kurson, who worked closely with Jared Kushner, says the Russia controversies are being over-covered, while "actual news that's affecting real people's lives" is getting short shrift.
Fox News "has changed American politics" profoundly, Carl Bernstein says, by providing a pro-Trump counter-narrative. "A fact-based debate is becoming impossible in this culture, and that's part of the difficulty here," he says.
Carl Bernstein and Len Downie, who worked closely together covering Watergate, discuss the differences and similarities between that scandal and the Russia investigations. "In Watergate, we did more than 200 stories, not one of them had a named source," Bernstein recalls.
Carl Bernstein, who was one of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal, says that while we don't know if there is collusion or obstruction of justice committed by the Trump family, they seem to be open to subversion of the American electoral process.
John Avlon, Lynn Sweet and John Gizzi discuss the confusion about what exactly was said when Trump and Putin met in Hamburg. Sweet tells Brian Stelter there was even some confusion between Trump and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
John Gizzi comments on Trump's press conference drought and the sharp decrease in off-camera briefings. He predicts that within a month, the White House will revert to hosting daily televised briefings because "the president likes ratings."
Congressman Eric Swalwell talks with Brian Stelter about the Russia investigations, his concerns about hateful anti-media rhetoric against the press, and a report that White House have discussed using the Time Warner-AT&T deal as "leverage" against CNN.