Coy Wire, Christine Brennan, and Donté Stallworth discuss the president's battle with the NFL. "If there's one group of people in this country that might have more of a megaphone than Donald Trump, it's probably the NFL," Brennan says.
Christine Brennan says Trump's comments about the NFL have "presented the most amazing journalistic platter" to sports reporters, and that "there's no doubt this is one of the biggest sports stories and cultural stories" in years.
Bill Carter and Brian Stelter run through some of the week's biggest media stories -- from a NYT reporter "being fed a story" while dining in the same restaurant as Trump's lawyer, to Sean Spicer's controversial Emmys appearance, to Megyn Kelly's new show.
Former NFL wide receiver Donté Stallworth says that when it comes to the word "racist," "I don't sling [that] around lightly." Regarding Trump and the NFL, Stallworth says "I don't need to say whether he's a white supremacist or a racist because his own actions speak for themselves."
Jimmy Kimmel put "a face to the story" and drew national attention to the Graham-Cassidy bill debate, CNN media analyst Bill Carter says. Kimmel has a much larger platform "than most of us health policy reporters," Vox's Sarah Kliff adds. She says that Kimmel's criticism of the bill was generally correct.
Senator Mark Warner, who is pressing Facebook for more information about Russian ads, is proposing new legislation to ensure more transparency for political ads on the web. Warner tells Brian Stelter that Trump's "refusal to acknowledge what happened" in terms of Russian meddling in the 2016 election "does our country a disservice."
Carl Bernstein says Robert Mueller's investigation is not focused on "collusion" but rather on "cover up." He says it's "certain that Russians were "deadly effective" in "specifically helping Donald Trump" and he has advice for the journalists covering the story.
President Trump recently said he waits to "get the facts" before speaking. CNN's Brian Stelter says Trump's recent exaggerations and errors prove otherwise. Stelter asserts Trump's credibility problems aren't "old news," they're an ongoing story that should be covered.
Brian Stelter says Fox Sports and conservative media figures cynically fanned the flames after Jemele Hill tweeted that Trump is a "white supremacist." Former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry disagrees. She says "what really agitated people was the inconsistency of treatment" by the network.
Wesley Lowery says "sports are as political as they've ever been," so ESPN commentators like Jemele Hill are naturally part of the conversation. Hill's belief that President Trump is racist is "not a controversial stance to half of the nation," he said. "To the other half, it's a remarkably controversial stance."
Britt McHenry says there is a "blurred line" at ESPN about what is and is not acceptable on social media. USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan says ESPN is a "10,000 pound gorilla" facing business challenges in a changing media environment.