CNN’s Trump Problem

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Donald Trump’s improbable political rise has been fueled by the unprecedented free media he’s received, particularly from the cable news networks. “When you look at cable television, a lot of the programs are 100 percent Trump,” explained Trump.

Among cable networks, CNN has led the way. “Honestly, I think I get better press from CNN than I do Fox,” Trump told Fox. “I don’t know why.”

It doesn’t hurt that Trump and CNN president Jeff Zucker have been close, personally and professionally, for more than a decade.

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The Washington Post Has an Uber Problem

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In May of this year an Uber driver was charged with attempted murder of two Montgomery County police officers. After dramatically displaying the suspect’s 20-foot-long rap sheet, local ABC7-WJLA reporter Kevin Lewis, who broke the story, asked pointed questions in a segment that aired on May 25:

“Uber requires all driver-applicants submit to a background check. So how did [suspect Jonathan] Hemming get approved? How long had he been driving for? And what was his star rating? Today we emailed Uber with those questions but got no response.”

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“The Most Corrupt Politician in DC?” [VIDEO]

In other states officials go to jail for serious conflicts of interest. In D.C. Jack Evans is cruising unopposed to reelection.

This was the subject of TheFightBack‘s most recent story (also at Huffington Post). In response, RJ Eskow, host of The Zero Hour, interviewed TheFightBack‘s Pete Tucker. (Eskow also reached out to Evans but didn’t get a response.)

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Some Go to Jail – Not Jack Evans

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In New York, two top legislators will soon be reporting to prison. Virginia’s former governor is trying to avoid two years behind bars. Meanwhile in D.C., despite similar conflicts of interest, Jack Evans is cruising to reelection for a record-breaking seventh term on the D.C. Council.

Over the course of his 25 years on the Council, the last 18 of which he’s chaired the powerful finance committee, Evans has crossed bright ethical lines with impunity.

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Washington Post attacks Edwards with ‘identity politics’

Rep. Donna Edwards gives her concession speech. Photo courtesy of the Edwards campaign.

Donna Edwards gives her concession speech. Photo: Edwards campaign

The Washington Post worked hard to defeat Donna Edwards, then wasted no time crafting a narrative to explain her loss. “Lesson from Edwards’s loss: ‘It shouldn’t be about race,’” read a Post headline on election night. Edwards’ defeat shows “the limit of the power of identify politics,” Post reporter Bill Turque told WAMU the next day.

‘Identity politics’ refers to candidates highlighting personal attributes, such as gender or race, to convey their fitness for office.

In the Maryland Senate Democratic primary, Edwards, who is black, faced off against her House colleague, Chris Van Hollen, who is white. Both are progressive, Edwards a bit more so.

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The Post vs. Donna Edwards

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Photo courtesy of Baltimore Sun

If Donna Edwards ekes out a victory in Maryland’s Democratic primary Tuesday, she’ll be positioned to become just the second black woman to serve in the Senate. But winning her party’s nomination will be a heavy lift: she’s up against a tough opponent, and the Washington Post.

Recent polls show Edwards trailing her House colleague, Chris Van Hollen, who the Post’s endorsing editorial called “a gifted legislator…[and] the better candidate.”

The Post’s three subsequent editorials on the senate race have contained increasingly shrill attacks on Edwards, calling her: “A Democratic facsimile of Sen. Ted Cruz” who, like the Tea Party, thinks “bipartisan compromise… is apostasy.”

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Post Downplays Potential Pay-To-Play

photo-1A potential “pay-to-play” involving a city leader asking for a large donation from a contractor accused of stealing millions and serving kids spoiled food. That’s about as juicy a local story as they come, unless you’re the Washington Post.

The AP broke the story that DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson asked food service contractor Chartwells to donate $100,000 for a black-tie gala run by an organization that aligns with her agenda. Henderson asked for the donation shortly after a DCPS whistleblower filed a 2013 lawsuit accusing Chartwells of serious impropriety.

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Next Stop: Metro’s Ethics Committee

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Metro is facing challenges on multiple fronts, and a potential conflict of interest at the tri-state agency’s highest levels could fall through the cracks.

Until recently Metro’s board chairman, Mortimer Downey, was on the payroll of a firm paid $81 million by Metro. The firm, Parsons Brinckerhoff, was involved in the construction of the Silver Spring Transit Center, which finally opened last week, five years late and $50 million over budget. Both Metro and Montgomery County, Md. are suing the company.

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Nap Turner Way

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New street sign outside Twins Jazz, 1334 U St, NW

DC’s U Street is heavily gentrified, with lots of luxury condos and lots more on the way. But a few short decades ago, U Street – then known as Black Broadway – was the cultural soul of Chocolate City. It got a little of its luster back with a street naming for Napolean “Nap” Turner on Friday, which Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed “Nap Turner Day.”

Turner, who died in 2004, was a musician, singer, poet, actor and mentor to the young. He was also, despite coming to radio relatively late in life, a legendary host on WPFW 89.3 FM, where he was known as Nap “Don’t Forget the Blues” Turner.

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The “Rigged” Presidential Debates

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 7.54.03 AMElection season is here and presidential debates are taking center stage as millions tune in to watch candidates vie for the nation’s top spot. With all eyes on the candidates, little attention is paid to the behind-the-scenes jockeying that determines crucial details, like when the debates are held, how many there will be, and who gets to participate.

During the primary season, the two major parties craft their own guidelines.

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