12 Top D.C. Political Media Stars' Standout Moments

3:00 AM 4/13/2017

by Marisa Guthrie

The journalists closest to the White House — from CNN's Jim Acosta to NBC News' Chuck Todd — have capitalized on the Trump administration's churn of controversy.

NBC's Chuck Todd with Kellyanne Conway
NBC's Chuck Todd with Kellyanne Conway

  • Jim Acosta

    CNN senior White House correspondent

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    At President Trump's Feb. 16 press conference, Acosta, 45, buttonholed him on repeated assertions that reporting based on intelligence leaks is "fake news." Trump responded by slamming CNN's reporting — "The tone is such hatred" — adding, "I'm really not a bad person, by the way."

  • Bret Baier

    Fox News chief political anchor; host, 'Special Report'

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    Baier, 46, landed a one-on-one with Abdel Fattah el Sisi on April 3, after the Egyptian president's Oval Office meeting with Trump. Baier pressed Sisi to explain his country's jailing of dissidents. "There are … extremists living in our society," responded Sisi.

  • Tucker Carlson

    Host, Fox News' 'Tucker Carlson Tonight'

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    On March 15, Carlson, 47, landed one of the few sit-downs with Trump since he took office. Pressing him on accusations that then-President Obama wiretapped him during the campaign, Carlson asked why the president couldn't produce evidence when "every intelligence agency reports to you."

  • John Dickerson

    CBS News chief D.C. correspondent; host, 'Face the Nation'

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    In a February interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Dickerson, 48, offered a bracing bit of self-examination. "The press did all that good work ruining its reputation on its own. … [But] it most explicitly does not mean that the press just throws out the standards."

  • David Fahrenthold

    'The Washington Post' national political reporter

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    It was Fahrenthold, 39, who revealed the infamous Access Hollywood conversation between Trump and Billy Bush. The story was the Post's most concurrently viewed article ever online and also earned Fahrenthold a National Reporting Pulitzer on April 10.

  • Hallie Jackson

    NBC News White House correspondent

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    Jackson, 32, who with Katy Tur has taken on daytime anchoring for MSNBC, has a knack for trapping Sean Spicer with logic. Her question about Trump's accusations of Obama wiretapping extracted a word-salad answer from the White House press secretary that could be a master class in "Spicey" for Melissa McCarthy's SNL parody.

  • Jonathan Karl

    ABC News chief Washington and White House correspondent

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    When Spicer asserted March 20 that Russia hand Paul Manafort had played a "limited" role in the Trump campaign, Karl, 49, was incredulous. "But he was the chairman," he insisted, leaving Spicer sputtering.

  • Andrea Mitchell

    NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent; anchor, MSNBC's 'Andrea Mitchell Reports'

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    In an April 4 interview with Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, Mitchell seemingly got Rice to walk back a denial that she had been the source of the leak that briefly tenured Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn had spoken to the Russians.

  • Martha Raddatz

    ABC News chief global affairs correspondent

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    Grilled about where Trump got his proof for the wiretapping claim, Spicer deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she would "let the president speak for himself," to which Raddatz, 64, responded dryly, "You're his spokesperson."

  • Jake Tapper

    CNN chief Washington correspondent; anchor, 'The Lead'

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    After Trump's Feb. 6 claim that the "very, very dishonest press" had failed to cover 78 terrorist attacks, Tapper, 48, pressed presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, saying, "It's offensive given the fact that CNN and other media organizations have reporters in danger right now in war zones covering ISIS."

  • Chuck Todd

    NBC News political director; host, 'Meet the Press'

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    When Conway attempted to spin false White House claims about the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration, it was Todd, 45, who told her: "Alternative facts are not facts. They're falsehoods."

  • Chris Wallace

    Fox News Sunday anchor

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    After Trump's Feb. 17 tweet calling the media "the enemy of the American People!" Wallace, 69, challenged chief of staff Reince Priebus. "The president believes that a free and independent press is a threat to the country?" he asked. "You don't get to tell us what to do."