On the latest episode of The Kicker, Dave and Pete run through some of the week’s biggest media stories, including tech giants’ domination of the digital ad market, Breitbart’s Trump-era slump, and the lack of attention toward Scott Pelley’s departure from CBS Evening News. Then, we move on to Reality Winner and the first leak prosecution of the Trump administration. Finally, we talk with Brendan Fitzgerald, editor of CJR’s United States Project, about the way local newspapers around the country have—or haven’t—covered the Trump-Russia story.
- “The digital advertising doomsday clock” by David Uberti, CJR
- “Breitbart ads plummet nearly 90 percent in three months as Trump’s troubles mount” by Lucia Moses, Digiday
- “CBS makes one thing clear in yanking Scott Pelley: It’s all about the ratings” by Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post
- “Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election” by Matthew Cole, Richard Esposito, Sam Biddle, and Ryan Grim, The Intercept
- “Intelligence Contractor Is Charged in First Leak Case Under Trump” by Charlie Savage, The New York Times
- “Local news’s scattershot approach to covering the Russia allegations” by United States Project, CJR