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Key Words: Gathering ‘scalps?’ Trump allies dig dirt against perceived enemies in media

August 26
06:52 2019

‘I’m sure there will be more scalps. Two can play at this game.’

That’s what Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide, told the New York Times when he was asked about a campaign being run by Trump allies to uncover dirt on journalists who have been hammering this administration with negative coverage.

“The media has long targeted Republicans with deep dives into their social media, looking to caricature all conservatives and Trump voters as racists,” he said.

Several sources familiar with the operation say that the group has gathered embarrassing and damaging information against hundreds of journalists who’ve been critical of Trump. CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times NYT, -1.62% have already been targeted.

The Times pointed to Arthur Schwartz, a conservative consultant and friend of Don Trump, Jr., as a key figure in the operation, referring to this tweet:

Schwartz has since said, in a Sunday tweet, that his “role in these efforts was profoundly overexaggerated in that NYT story.”

The Trump campaign denied any involvement in the operation but a spokesman said “it’s clear that the media has a lot of work to do to clean up its own house.”

Of course, Trump isn’t afraid to tangle with the media, and he didn’t let the G-7 get in the way of firing off more jabs in the ongoing battle:

Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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