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In Tampa, NBC’s Kerry Sanders talks about reporting in the age of fake news, Donald Trump and Twitter

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Veteran NBC News reporter Kerry Sanders says he’s concerned about the proliferation of talk about “fake news,” and says that the perception of partisanship in the media is hurting the credibility of mainstream reporters like himself. “People think that we all have an agenda, and it makes my job that much more difficult,” he said while speaking to an audience in downtown Tampa’s Floridan Palace Hotel in an event for the Tampa Tiger Bay Club on Tuesday night. Based in…

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Analysis: Rigged election claims may leave lasting damage

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Donald Trump keeps peddling the notion the vote may be rigged. It’s unclear whether he understands the potential damage of his words, or simply doesn’t care. Trump’s claim, made without evidence, undercuts the essence of American democracy, the idea that U.S. elections are free and fair, with the vanquished peacefully stepping aside for the victor. His repeated assertions are sowing suspicion among his most ardent supporters, raising the possibility that millions of people may not accept the results on Nov.…

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Mitch Perry Report 9.6.16 — Enough nonsense about how “now” the presidential election campaign season begins

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My biggest fear of an approaching major storm living here in Tampa is losing electricity, with Florida still in full summer mode here in early September. That’s exactly what happened beginning last Friday in Tallahassee, and there were still some residential homes in North Florida as of yesterday still without power. Back here in Tampa, Hillary Clinton will give a speech on national security this afternoon, where we’re officially nine weeks away from the General Election, and the first day of our…

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Donald Trump works to right campaign before Wisconsin votes

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Donald Trump worked to right his campaign on Sunday after a shaky week, brushing off verbal missteps about abortion, nuclear weapons, and GOP rival Ted Cruz as he cast forward to Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary in Wisconsin. Trump, acknowledging the possibility of a loss to Cruz in Wisconsin, said it would be better to win the state but was confident he would capture the nomination regardless. He acknowledged that the past few days had marked a difficult patch for his…

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Wrong number? Donald Trump’s TV telephone interviews in spotlight

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In television news, a telephone interview is typically frowned upon. Donald Trump‘s fondness for them is changing habits and causing consternation in newsrooms, while challenging political traditions. Two organizations are circulating petitions to encourage Sunday morning political shows to hang up on Trump. Some prominent holdouts, like Fox’s Chris Wallace, refuse to do on-air phoners. Others argue that a phone interview is better than no interview at all. Except in news emergencies, producers usually avoid phoners because television is a…

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Disorder at Donald Trump rallies: As American as cherry pie?

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Even before the presidential candidate arrived at the rally, the arena seethed. Fistfights broke out as the national anthem played. Supporters tore up demonstrators’ signs, beat them with sticks, pummeled them with folding chairs. The year was 1968; the candidate was Alabama Gov. George Wallace. If you’re struggling with feelings of deja vu, you’re not alone. The recent dark turn of the 2016 presidential campaign — the ugly scuffles and confrontations at Donald Trump‘s rallies — has brought back memories…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.1.16 – Will Clinton vs. Trump be a “hate and castrate” election?

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For political reporters and everyone else who wants to keep the excitement of the 2015-2016 presidential election cycle going strong, you’ve got to be pulling for Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to exceed expectations in the Super Tuesday contests. Otherwise, we’re staring at an eight-month slog of Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump in the general election. That matchup could likely be the most negative in U.S. history. Think otherwise? Then I suggest you dip into the reporting that The New…

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