Bombshell Stories Spur News War With a Twist

The stream of bombshell stories about the Trump administration has created a mutually beneficial relationship between print outlets like The New York Times and Washington Post and cable television news. It’s a news war with a twist.

Prime-time lineups on CNN and MSNBC are repeatedly thrown into chaos by late-breaking stories. They may be nerve-wracking, but they provide the sort of compelling, can’t-turn-away programming that producers dream about.


Anderson Cooper producer Charles Moore on CNN said unpredictability has become the norm in the evening.


Newspapers don’t give a warning about when stories are coming out. But when they are, reporters are quickly made available to talk about their scoops on cable TV.




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