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President Donald Trump walks past police in Lafayette Park after visiting outside St. John's Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump as thug or hero? Depends on what network you watch

Jun. 1, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a split screen for the ages on MSNBC Monday: on the left side, President Donald Trump talking about restoring law and order. On the right, a tear-gassed young woman vomiting in a Washington street. For a nation rubbed raw following a traumatic weekend, cable television news did...

In this Tuesday, April 28, 2020, photo Zach Stafford, left, shows his mother, Debra Mize, a news alert on his phone as they watch a livestream of the daily coronavirus briefing by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on a television just out of view inside their home in Belleville, Ill. The pair say they are consuming hours of news each day in various formats about the coronavirus. Americans are grappling with an essential question as they try to get the information they need to stay safe during the coronavirus crisis: Whom do you trust? (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

AP-NORC poll: Seeking virus data, people struggle with trust

Apr. 30, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When John Manley tested positive for COVID-19, his sister urged him to get on the malaria drug that she'd heard Fox News hosts plugging and that President Donald Trump was heralding as a potential “game changer” for fighting the coronavirus. But Manley, 58, a civilian U.S....

With captive audience, cable news has big ratings in April

Apr. 28, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tucker Carlson, Joe Scarborough, Chris Cuomo, Bret Baier, Nicolle Wallace and Anderson Cooper have more in common than you think — at least this month. Each cable news host recorded their most-watched months ever in April, with coronavirus pandemic stay-at-home orders assuring a...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

To air or not air Trump briefings? Pressure on at networks

Apr. 17, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After CNN's John King described a video played at President Donald Trump’s coronavirus briefing this week as propaganda, the response was predictable. So why is CNN airing it? The moment intensified a debate over how much unfiltered airtime the president should get virtually every...

In this photo taken Tuesday April 7, 2020, a person wearing a face mask pedals down the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail in Monterey, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced, Tuesday, April 7, 2020 the state will spend nearly $1 billion to purchase up to 200 million masks per month to boost the state's stockpile of protective equipment during the COVID-19 outbreak and could act as a supplier to other Western states. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California to buy 200 million masks a month amid outbreak

Apr. 8, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California plans to spend nearly $1 billion to buy up to 200 million masks each month to boost its stockpile of protective gear during the coronavirus outbreak, an eye-popping figure meant to turn the state into a distributor of medical equipment for other Western states...