A pro-media demonstration in front of The New York Times in February. Photo: Kathy Willens / AP

President Trump lashed out at the news media this morning on Twitter, calling "so much of our news" in the United States "just made up-FAKE!" But here are 3 stories that prove real news still matters:

  • The New York Times in a bombshell report exposed decades of sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood's most powerful producers. Eight women spoke on the record , including actress Ashley Judd. Weinstein issued an apology to the Times, promising "to do right by all of [the women he's hurt]" before later promising to sue the paper.
  • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published text messages between Rep. Tim Murphy and his mistress, in which he pushed her to have an abortion during a pregnancy scare despite his public pro-life stance. Murphy announced yesterday that he wouldn't be seeking reelection in 2018 before changing his mind today and abruptly resigning, effective later this month.
  • Politico tracked the taxpayer-funded private jet travel of HHS Secretary Tom Price, forcing his resignation. Yesterday, the two reporters behind the Price stories published details of the airport stakeouts and meticulous reporting that underpinned their stories.

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SurveyMonkey poll: Trump improves, but not enough

Trump and Biden during the final debate. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

President Trump's final debate performance exceeded Americans' expectations, but it wasn't enough to shift the dynamics that left him trailing Joe Biden across most measures, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."

Hunter Biden saga dominates online debate

Data: NewsWhip; Table: Axios Visuals

The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.
Bryan Walsh, author of Future
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America's poor health is jeopardizing its future

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

From high levels of obesity and opioid addiction to inequities in access to care, America's pre-existing conditions make the country an easy target for COVID-19, as well as future pandemics that could cripple the United States for decades to come.

Why it matters: One of the best ways the country could prepare for future threats — and boost its economy — is to improve Americans' overall health.

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