Arab News to publish column by CNN’s John Defterios

John Defterios
Updated 07 March 2017

Arab News to publish column by CNN’s John Defterios

JEDDAH: Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language daily, is to start publishing insightful columns by CNN anchor John Defterios and previewing exclusive reports and interviews from CNN’s “Marketplace Middle East” show.
The announcement comes as part of a drive to bolster Arab News’ business content, at a time of great momentum in Arabian Gulf economies.
Defterios, CNNMoney emerging markets editor and anchor, is the host of “Marketplace Middle East.” The show, on CNN International, covers the economic trends and business developments impacting the region, and features interviews with numerous prominent individuals from the business community.
He welcomed the move for his column to be published in Arab News.
“I’m delighted to be published with Arab News, and that I will be contributing to the newspaper’s business pages,” said Defterios.
“Given the daily’s pan-Arab coverage, and base in Saudi Arabia, it is in a unique position to cover both the Gulf’s pressing economic challenges, and the wealth of opportunities in this part of the world.”
Becky Anderson, managing editor at CNN Abu Dhabi and anchor, added: “CNN is proud to produce ‘Marketplace Middle East’ and ‘Inside the Middle East,’ which are both important programs made for and about the region. We look forward to our journalism — from big-hitting interviews to analysis of regional trends — featuring in Arab News along with John’s regular column. This is another example of CNN’s journalism continuing to resonate across the Middle East.”Faisal J. Abbas, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, said that the contribution will be a valuable addition to the pages of Arab News — both in print and online.“Arab News is pleased to carry John’s column, which will bring new regional business insight, perspective and analysis to our readers,” said Abbas.
“As regional markets and businesses come under ever-closer scrutiny, such coverage becomes all the more important both in the Middle East and internationally.”
The cooperation starts this month, with the articles published in the newspaper and online at http://www.arabnews.com.Established in 1975, Arab News is the leading Middle East English language daily. The newspaper has been embarking on a more global and digital path in recent months. It has added high-caliber writers such as Yasar Yakis, former foreign minister of Turkey, and Frank Kane, the award-winning business journalist based in Dubai.


Is Trump’s love affair with Fox News fading?

Updated 19 August 2019

Is Trump’s love affair with Fox News fading?

  • Trump appears to be tilting his media gaze toward a more right-wing rival, cable outfit OANN
  • Since March Trump has tweeted links to OANN stories or shared his appreciation of the network 13 times

WASHINGTON: Last month after Donald Trump watched Fox News lob what he called “softball questions” at a Democratic lawmaker, the US president delivered a crisp smackdown of his favorite network: “Fox sure ain’t what it used to be.”
After years of often fawning coverage by Fox, particularly from its pro-Trump anchors like Sean Hannity, the commander in chief appears to be tilting his media gaze toward a younger, more right-wing rival, cable outfit One America News Network (OANN).
The small upstart broadcaster was launched only recently, in 2013, by technology millionaire Robert Herring, who sought a more conservative alternative to mainstream media behemoths like CNN.
Today it seeks to outfox Fox by drawing extra attention from Trump, who has been voicing his displeasure with the ratings leader over everything from presidential polling to its hosting of Democratic candidate town halls.
Last week in a tweet to his 63 million followers, the president managed to disparage Fox and his mainstream news foil CNN, while heaping praise on the new object of his media affection.
“Watching Fake News CNN is better than watching Shepard Smith, the lowest rated show on @FoxNews. Actually, whenever possible, I turn to @OANN!” Trump posted.
Since March he has tweeted links to OANN stories or shared his appreciation of the network 13 times.
The relationship has been years in the making. In 2015 Trump was interviewed by Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, when she guest-hosted OANN’s show “On Point.”
At his first press conference as president-elect, in January 2017, Trump took a question from an OANN reporter. OANN was then called on dozens of times at the daily briefings in Trump’s first 100 days in office.
During his June 2018 press conference in Singapore, following the summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Trump took a question from OANN White House correspondent Emerald Robinson, but not before gushing about her network.
“Thank you for the nice way you treat us. We appreciate it,” he said. “Really, it’s very good. It’s really beautiful what you do.”
The San Diego-based operation describes itself as “straight news, no opinion.” But the pro-Trump agenda is crystal clear, more than a dozen current and former employees told The Washington Post in 2017.
Herring himself, in his pinned tweet, describes OANN as “the president’s favorite new outlet.”
When Fox cut away from broadcasting a Trump rally in New Hampshire on Thursday, Herring tweeted, “We will never cut away!“

Purveyor of conspiracy theories
OANN has faced accusations of promoting conspiracy theories and peddling Kremlin propaganda.
“Yeah, we like Russia here,” a staffer assigned to brief new OANN producer Ernest Champell told him, according to The Daily Beast. Champell left, disillusioned, four months later.
“The network has a history of race-baiting and presenting anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-abortion reporting,” according to Media Matters, a progressive nonprofit group that says its mission is “analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation.”
While OANN’s influence in the White House may far outweigh its position in the news media landscape, Trump clearly retains an affinity for several people in the Fox organization.
The show “Fox & Friends” remains his go-to morning program; Trump has phoned in on numerous occasions as president.
Perhaps that is why Democratic longshot contender Julian Castro purchased ad time during “Fox & Friends” this week, airing a spot in which he directly addresses Trump and blames him for inspiring the El Paso shooter who massacred 22 people early this month.

Trump jealous
Sean Hannity, the network’s popular anchor, appeared alongside Trump at a campaign rally ahead of the 2018 mid-terms.
But friction emerged this week when Hannity expressed support for CNN anchor Chris Cuomo after a video of Cuomo in a heated argument at a New York bar went viral.
It was a sharp contrast to Trump, who tweeted that Cuomo — the brother of New York’s Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo — was “nuts” and showed a “total loss of control” in the incident.
The president expressed frustration when Fox aired multiple town halls in recent months featuring Democrats who are trying to unseat him in 2020, including South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, currently fifth in major polling.
“Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete,” Trump tweeted in May. “Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems.”
Fox News presidential polling is also a concern for Trump, whose job approval rating in the network’s mid-August poll dipped substantially, to 43 percent, while his disapproval rating spiked to 56 percent, its highest since October 2017.
In head-to-head matchups, the poll shows Trump losing to major Democratic candidates, including to frontrunner Joe Biden by 12 percentage points and to liberal Bernie Sanders by nine.
Fox polls “have always been terrible to me,” he tweeted in late July.