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howie: the president takes on the court as they take on his travel ban, and trump hits the coverage as distorted. >> he's not being disloyal to president trump by making this statement. he's being loyal to the document he's going to uphold as a supreme court justice. >> those are not exactly condemning words. howie: the president says the media isn't devoting enough
attention to terror attacks. >> you see what's happening in paris and nice. all over europe it's happening. it's gotten to the point where it's not even being reported and the very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. they have their reasons and you understand that. >> today president trump told a u.s. military audience that there have been terrorist attacks no one knows about because the media chooses not to report them. it's been a day for presidential statement divorced from reality. >> an administration official relesd a number of attacks that they say went unreported. >> not on do we cover them. we covered them heavily. i know because i was on the ground covering them.
howie: as trump slams the "new york times" on white house turmoil, is he too quick to use the charge fake news? nordstrom hits back at a presidential tweet. kellyanne conway on media complaints that melania trump should be doing more as first lady. this is "mediabuzz." the media is heavily focused on the president's on the so-called judge. democratic senator richard blumenthal reported on his private meeting with supreme court nominee neil gorsuch. >> he certainly expressed to me
that he is disheartened by the demoralizing comments made by president trump on the judiciary. howie: president trump responded first on twitter then with reporters. >> his comments were misrepresented. what you should do is ask senator blumenthal about his vietnam record that didn't exist after years of saying it did. howie: . meghan mccain and joe trippi. erin. trump says the media are mischaracterizing, misinterpreting his remarks. >> a day after these remarks came out, suddenly everything said maybe this helped gorsuch.
but it took a day for that to come through. that could have been good spin for the white house. i don't know why they didn't get on board with that earlier. howie: are the media making too much of gorsuch's private meeting with senator blumenthal. >> it was also senator sasse. this entire thing turned into one reality television show segment. one tweet away. we are all waiting to see how president trump reacts about senator blumenthal's record in vietnam. how do you keep up the momentum of every single minor criticism which guy benson reported earlier, was a minor criticism.
how do you have such an intense reaction on twitter and keep this up for the next four years. howie: trump attacked blumenthal for lying about serving in vietnam and that's true. but politico's account was confirmed by a gorsuch spokesman and people, republicans saying similar things then. also what is he supposed to do? >> we didn't -- we are going to go back to vietnam. what was the president's record in vietnam. that started to fly back and forth, too. howie: do you think this is overplay or under play by the president? >> the problem is the president says this stuff then it's news. >> during the press briefing there were a number of questions
for six minute about what demoralizing meant. there was one question in that briefing about earlier in the day the u.s. commander in afghanistan asked for thousands of troops to be deployed. they got one question and it wasn't answered. >> it's a supreme court nomination at stake. so one of those who interviewed blumenthal was chris cuomo on the cnn morning show. that prompted this tweet from the president of the united states. he never asked about his long-term lie about service in vote a number of. fake news. kokomo * reacted in real-time. -- cuomo reacted with this.
>> the first point i made in the interview, the president with all due respect is once again off on the facts. >> he was right to say he did bring this up. i think in general. howie: the senator didn't answer the question. >> when there is a war, there is a way for cnn to get ratings. right now the war is cnn versus trump. other news organizations are finding a way to say it's not accurate. but cnn is taking this on in a way that inserts them into the story. howie: earlier he said for a journalist to be called fake news, it's like being called the n-word. >> i was going to bring up the fact chris cuomo said fake news
is like using the n-word. when you are being pair did on "saturday night live" as being a baby in the cage. it seems like they are doubling down on this rivalry and this war that i think is ill advised. >> the president keeps calling them out specifically as fake news. that they are the fake news. they are going to keep pushing back and it keeps escalating. >> is the president getting what he wants? >> as long as it hooks like you are going after the liberal media, fake news, journalists at cnn aren't giving you have the good college try as president you should because you are a republican. and it rabble raws the group of people who help get him elected. >> the battle over this appellate ruling which is not clear what the white house will do about this.
major setback for his conception of the presidency. >> i'm not going to take anything he says that seriously. i love the neil gorsuch pick. i think he's what supporters of antonin scalia would have wanted and he's the rightful heir. howie: is it a major setback because of the 9 theth court ruling? >> i don't think it's a major setback. i think he should quit tweeting. all the political capital you have sort of goes out the window with these tweets. >> saying this helps trump with his base. some establishment figures in washington are saying it's a big setback. are you kidding me? he's trying to do his ban whether you want to call it a ban or not. the courts are stopping him.
he goats after the so-called judges, the elites in washington. and his base. howie: i want to move on to this other issue involving michael flynn. a controversial story after "the washington post" claimed the national security ask advisor discussed the question of u.s. sanctions with the russian ambassador before trump took office. let me play for you how some television anchors are playing this leaked story. >> if this is proven he did this, do you think he should be disciplined in any way? >> how do you read what's happening here with mike flynn? is it a large enough deal that he should be asked by the president to step aside? howie: every question is tagged with should he resign?
>> if you ask a leading question you will get a defensive answer. the question is what should repercussions be. what standards should be going forward. it only harms the interviewer by asking leading questions. howie: the coordinated leak here of so many different sources suggests there are people in this administration who would like to push michael flynn out. >> the white house has a leak problem from the top down starting from the last three weeks. if you care at all about russia and the administration's relationship with vladimir putin. these are serious allegations. very intense allegations. but if you make this part of it. should he step down, you look at the republican versus democrat issue, that's where the media gets it wrong.
i think when it looks like -- >> i think this is a trip trip trip in which flynn is adding to the fire. howie: initially flynn told "the washington post" the conversation never happened. then the next day he said he doesn't recall it. but he doesn't think it came up. vice president pence defended him on "fox news sunday" based on flynn's assurances. >> what i'm saying is the way they handled it, the way flynn handled this in terms of walking things back, i think it's flaming more questions. there are partisans inside the white house who want to get rid of him, partisans outside who will take advantage of this. these leading questions -- you are putting more pressure on him.
howie: you have had a leak to reuters and the new star treaty came up, he asked, what is that? but so many leaks from within the building oral other building within the state department. >> they have a leaking problem. if i were in the white house i would do as much as possible to find out who is doing this. everything has to do with russia it's spun by the white house as being part of the dnc conspiracy theory and there are legitimate questions that need to be konsd. howie: you can let us know what you think at "mediabuzz".com. all finished. umm... you wouldn't want your painter to quit part way, i think you missed a spot.
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howie: it's been a media revolt answer president trump over his charges that they aren't covering terrorist attacks or aren't covering enough. meghan mccain, we saw him push back hard on this. >> you need more evidence than sending out a list of terror attacks that were in my opinion covered well, especially on this network. i find it interesting that kellyanne conway was going on tv making. you massacres. but it's being used in memes and protest signs all over the country.
howie: i think many journalistsv from personally offended by this because they have gone the on planes to cover this stuff. >> that defense is work for trump again. they pushed back so hard. let us show you all the time we covered. i'm sitting at home thinking, man, that's a lot of attacks. if they back off and say we did. >> a kernel of a concept that was worthy of more discussion that maybe we don't cover foreign policy and national security enough. was he wrong in what he said? yes. did media organizations push back as they should have? yes. in 2014, there were tons of isis beheading. then there was a discussion that
maybe we shouldn't give isis that much publicity. howie: the debate was whether we give isis too much coverage. it's a hard dilemma to resolve. here is the president saying they are not covering some of these attacks adequately and they have their reasons. >> there are political reasons why the obama administration wasn't letting you know about terror attacks. we played it down. if we are taking reality and taking it two steps further. just because the obama administration will say everything is so amazing in iraq and afghanistan. he was trying to say they were covering in that way. all of this is clusmsy narrative. i wish they could keep it precise and tight instead of reading the tea leaves of the kernel of truth they are trying to say.
>> a discussion about how we cover this, but instead it was defensive and going on the attack on the president. howie: the white house list of 78 attacks. some with no casualties. we obviously cover attacks far more intensively when they are on foreign soil and not a place like britain and france. but they also include orlando and paris and nice which got saturation coverage. >> we just cover them so much and put so much fear out there, and that's the argument i think -- howie: president trump also talked about how the murder rate in our country is the highest it's been in 47 years. the next year he used a different statistic about the increase which is accurate. so at cnn they are saying he's
divorced from reality in the lead of their newscast. >> they need to get their facts straight. president trump should make a goal of that in 2017 for accurate statistics. on the terrorism thing, i would like to ask him what is it you think the american public is missing. what do you want to tell us about terrorism that you have learned since taking office. howie: now that you are at the white house you can ask him that question. how are the media treating elizabeth warren as opposed to sean spicer. a media if you aror over the president rapping nordstrom. [ distorted voice ] progressive claims to show people their competitors' rates alongside their direct rate to save you money. but what's really going on? when played backwards at 1/8th speed you can clearly hear...
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it was dropping the ivanka trump clothing line it launched a twitter storm. another one the president says ivanka has been accused and treated so badly by the media. i spoke about this with trish regan. welcome. nordstrom says ivanka trump's clothing line isn't selling that well. so we decided to drop it two weeks into the administration. are you buying that? trish: not entirely. i think there is a lot of politics in play. we are seeing it increasingly in businesses and it's disturbing. i think nordstrom didn't like getting the effect of all the people don't like trump going after them on twitter. so this their response. howie: the president and everyone knows, decides to put
up a tweet criticizing nordstrom's decision and the press pownss on this on the ground he's trying to help his daughter's business. trish: this man is a far it and his daughter has been slight. you have got daughters. i have got daughters. as a parent part of what you would always do is stick up for your child. i think there is a whole lot more at play here. howie: it's not just a dad being a dad because he's the president of the united states and he's targeting a specific corporation. trish: people have gone after hit for targeting a lot of different corporations like the f-35 program. he has done that and he has a bully pulpit if you would that makes it nerve-racking for businesses. nordstrom is seeing his wrath.
i hear you that perhaps he shouldn't have done this. this may have been an emotional response. if someone goes after your child, howie, you go back at them, even if you are president of the united states. howie: kellyanne conway got in hot water when she said this on fox and friends. >> i'm going to give a free commercial here, go buy it today, you can bite online. howie: the wait house said kellyanne conway had been counseled. did she make a mistake. trish: i think if she could she would take back those comments. but all the concerns about ethics. at least it's all out in the open. what donald trump what you see is what you get. and you know that this stuff is going on. so i think the real danger
perhaps in washington happens to be those back room deals that you don't hear about. that's what we need to be concerned about. she probably would take it back. but it's not like it's going to make or break anything. >> on this point about the concerns about ethics. is there a media mindset that the thing donald trump wants to do beyond sorted of running the world is to enrich himself by doing things that will help the family business? >> there is that mindset. here is the reality. he's the president of the united states. anybody who is president of the united states will just by being the president will enrich themselves. the value of all of his holdings and real estate, he's president, it just went up. that's the reality and the media needs to get over it. howie: is the press lionizing
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president trump's opponents go negative, he's probably doing something right. he's probably had more successful days than any first-term president has had. he campaigned on change and turning washington upside down and nobody can argue the first 21 days have been just that. howie: i'm sure you are not arguing the battle over the court baines not a legitimate story. the president is saying the press as a whole is downplaying or not covering terror attacks and he says they have their reasons. what does he mean? >> look at the number of attacks we have had. he's trying to demonstrate the seriousness of what's taking place in our country and around the world, and we cannot allow people to come into our country. he's trying to prove a point
where this travel executive order is so important. he said what did they mean? he seems to be insinuating there is a political agenda reason. that the presidentr press in his -- that the press in his view isn't giving enough covering to terrorist attacks. >> any terrorist attack, even one, is too many. we need to insure that doesn't happen again. howie: does that include a lot of coverage? does that help make the case? >> here is the problem. when we are covering the death of prince more than we are covering terrorist attacks, that's a problem. that's a big discrepancy. again it's not that we need to do wall-to-wall coverage, but we need to do wall to wall rsh -- o do wall-to-wall protection.
he's trying to fulfill the number one job of the president which is keeping america safe. >> all the sunday shows today except for cnn, one official who did go on jake tapper's weekday * show is kellyanne conway. let's take a look at that. >> it's difficult to hear those criticisms from a white house that has such little record day in and day out for facts. are we fake news? >> i don't think cnn is fake news. i think there are some report everywhere in tv, on radio, in conversations that are not well researched and are sometimes based on falsehoods. howie: is the white house boycotting cnn on sunday morning by not making top officials available. >> there was an offer tore for
someone to go on and they didn't take us up on that. i'm not sure what happened this week. i'm happy to go on jake's show any time. when are they going to show -- i watched that inter trying to think of a diplomatic way to say it. it wasn't journalism. until they want to start asking real questions and talk about real questions americans care about instead of getting in the back and forth. howie: why wasn't it journalism? that's a serious charge. >> there were parts of it like the accusations of boycotting their network when we clearly offered for people to be con. con -- to be on. that's a big deal. howie: there has been a lot of media chatter about sean spicer. the washingtonian magazine said
a form navy seal has been interviewed for press secretary. >> it's probably one of the most ridiculous stories out there. one of the reasons i find this story to be so absurd is one of the closing lines of the story was they reached out to the white house for comment and we didn't respond when i was the one who talked to that reporter an hour before her story posted and told her how untrue every part of that story was. the fact that she went ahead and published the story and also failed to mention that she talked to me is mind-boggling. i think a perfect example of why we are so frustrated with the amount of fake news out there. and reporters are not letting the facts get in the way of those fake news stories. howie: higby finally backed off.
"the washington post" story about michael flynn and the conversations he had with the russian ambassador before the inauguration. how concerned is the president about this flood of leaks all of which, or many of which seem aimed at undermining it. >> protecting americans, building a wall, make education better. he's focused on doing what he spent the last year and a half talking about. not talking about the stories the media wants to play up. when he's traveling around the country, when we are talking to people around the country. howie: you see the leaks as trying to get the president off his game to change the environment? >> absolutely. look at what we have done the last 21 days. why are we not talking about the number of jobs he created. how much the market improved. how we have a stronger, more
stable economy. howie: it's getting some attention. >> very little. compare how much attention that has gotten compared to the petty games people don't care about that don't affect americans. that's what we are focused on is how we can improve and make america great again. howie: thanks for coming in. senate republicans turn elizabeth warren into a media hero. is there too much speculative coverage of sean spicer who was spoofed again last night on "saturday night live." my insurance rates are probably gonna double. but dad, you've got... ...allstate. with accident forgiveness they guarantee your rates won't go up just because of an accident. smart kid. indeed. it's good to be in, good hands.
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howie: joining us to analyze the coverage, gayle trotter and mara liasson. there is no when mitch mcconnell made this into a large national story. was the media ready to embrace elizabeth warren? >> the controversial surrounding senator sessions nomination was an old story. the republicans in silencing elizabeth warren created a martyr out of her. when the male colleagues read the letter she had been silenced about, it really made her a martyr because they can focus on the sexismism reply cases. howie: lots of people in the media world are talking about whether she is running for president in 2020. >> there is no doubt she is the
heroine for the left. she does go to the press but doesn't give interviews. she has a tv or-ented press strategy. but i think -- porente orienteds strategy. howie: was it links to the fact she was fighting jeff sessions as opposed to ted cruz going up on the floor against obamacare. >> she was fighting jeff sessions. when mcconnell came out and gave that statement about she persisted, it made a rallying cry. so city the was made -- >> it wasn't because she was talking about jeff sessions. it was because he made her stop
talking and he -- that's why. howie: so sean spicer who last week melissa mccarthy did the funny skit on "saturday night live." >> 80% of the people in chicago have been murdered and are dead, and that's on you. you did that. >> i'm look at the real numbers here and they directly contradict everything you have said. howie: mara, you are in the briefing room every day. do you think these skits against sean spicer are fair? >> i think they are. he has the toughest job in the
white house. he has a boss hop watches the briefing almost in toto. i think these skits are funny. they only matter to sean spicer's 10 europe if the president doesn't like them. 4.3 million people are watching these briefings. he's a big hit. howie: late-night comedians are mocking trump in sometimes funny and sometimes serious ways. does it matter? >> to his job longevity, i don't think so. howie: but is it changing perceptions? we always talk about the impact of tina fay. change perceptions in a cultural way for this white house? >> certainly that's the effort. if you think about melissa mccarthy's schtick, it's to be
agrestlessive and trying too hard. that catches the spirit of the press corps. melissa mccarthy i think does represent what's going on. how very went to a briefing this week and it was tense. i wonder if you think there is more of an edge to the questions the reporters are asking. >> i think so because the administration said the press is the opposition. how * is the president living up to that label if they will be more aggressive? >> i think the press has to hold every administration accountable. whether they are going over the line, we can discuss each instance and look at that.
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howie: there have been a spate of stories about melania trump staying out of the spotlight. melania trump has chosen to stay in new york while their son finishes the school year. >> they have made a decision that i respect enormously. i wish i could stay with my children that much. howie: the separate slistles
questioning melania's role. >> that's none of their business. the woman is bifnl side and out, brilliant, she speaks five languages, i speak one. she is a successful entrepreneur in her own right and she is a loving and supportive wife and mother and a great role model to those of us who work with the president and the first family. she doesn't call attention to herself, and i think people can't stand that. they want to poke. they want to dissect. i admire the fact that melania trump is so comfortable in her own skin that she doesn't have to disprove anybody's negative storysor even -- negative storir even positive stories. she is starting to assemble her
staff. somebody who waited and went through the proper channels. i'm told she waited 10 years to get everything approved it's sow gratifying to me to see that in 2017. an immigrant first lady. who is covering that story? why isn't she out there? because she is not singing howie: kellyanne conway says media reports of why we don't have a public first lady is none much their business. >> i think the coverage of melania not being around is symptomatic of the entire trump administration that the press expects to follow along similar lines to what we have seen in the past. a tacit comparison to michelle obama.
we have enough to cover with the trump administration already. there are stories coming out left and right. there is no room for melania trump anyway. howie: stories about the first lady sells magazines. we did see her the first time since the inaugural weekend on the plane with president trump greeting reporters as they came on. i'm throwing a penalty flag on and super bowl headline that turned out to be totally wrong. um. something wrong? so when it comes to pain relievers, why put up with just part of a day? you want the whole thing? yes, yes! live whole. not part. aleve. at clorox 2 we've turned removing stains into a science. now pre-treat with clorox 2! watch stains disappear right before your eyes. remove 4 times more stains than detergent alone.
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as the times story was going to press, the paper asked for:comments. that's the only edition that made to it washington because of snowstorm in new york. so it wasn't fake at that particular moment. i didn't think the new england patriots had a chance either. even tom brady couldn't pull off a comeback like that. but the hometown boston globe seemed to lose faith. a birth end, for the falcons maybe. that is right up there with dewey beat truman. that's it for this edition of "mediabuzz." we hope you like our facebook page. we post a lot of original content there. you can email us at
mediabuzz.com. we enjoyed having you along for the right. back here next sunday with the latest buzz. [♪] arthel: after a weekend hosting japanese prime minister shinzo ababe at his mar-a-lago estate. eric: the president said friday he may sign a brand-new travel order as early as this coming week. what's the white house saying this morning about the president's immigration order an t