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Matters of Fact

As the year comes to a close, the reporters learn that the President’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, has pled guilty to lying to the FBI – bringing the Russia investigation closer to Trump’s inner circle. In the midst of the paper leading the reporting on workplace sexual harassment, allegations of past misconduct of one reporter in the bureau brings the story home. Investigative reporter Michael Schmidt heads south for the holidays to cover the President at the “Winter White House” in Palm Beach – and finds himself face to face with the Commander-in-Chief. Executive Editor Dean Baquet assembles the White House correspondents to assess how the paper’s coverage of a President as unorthodox as Donald J. Trump should change in the new
year.  As 2018 marches forward, media columnist Jim Rutenberg looks at Trump’s alleged payouts to women and the Russia investigative team digs deeper on the obstruction of justice case Robert Mueller might be building against the President. And for all the attacks on the free press over the course of Trump’s first year in office, the paper is rewarded for what it does best: good reporting.