These TV Newsers Are Seeking Truth in a ‘Fake News’ Era

By A.J. Katz 

If you haven’t seen it yet, this week’s Adweek has a list of 15 Political Power Players, a mix of TV, print and digital journalists who have stood out in their coverage of the Trump administration.

Among them, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, Fox News host Tucker Carlson, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, ABC News senior White House correspondent Cecila Vega, and CBN News chief political correspondent David Brody. Some highlights:

  • How does Acosta deal with being the face of the outlet the president loathes the most? “We can’t get rattled. Like the saying goes, ‘Never let ’em see you sweat.’”
  • CBN News’s Brody sees Trump’s combative stance with the news media as “a battle of wills.” When we asked him what one word best describes Trump’s approach with the media, he gave us three: “In your face.”
  • FNC’s Carlson, who debuted a new studio last night, continues to find the Trump phenomenon so compelling. “Trump sees himself not just as the subject of media coverage, but also as a player in it. He just has a total lack of interest in precedent, and that makes people in Washington uneasy.”
  • Maddow, who’s now won four straight weeks in the ad-friendly A25-54 demo, says she’s grateful for the recent success, adding, “One of the things that’s really rewarding for me about this surge in viewer interest is that we’re really doing the same work now that we’ve been doing all along.”
  • ABC’s Vega is relatively new to the White House beat, but she logged almost 240,000 miles in the past two years, covering Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. “It’s a challenging time to be a journalist, no doubt. But covering the administration is also among the most exciting and important stories in a generation.”