Reliable Sources: Omarosa’s book launch; Tribune’s decision day; Twitter CEO speaks

Reliable Sources: Omarosa’s book launch; Tribune’s decision day; Twitter CEO speaks

Omarosa's recap of her time in the administration, "Unhinged," comes out next week... And on Wednesday we found out what the press rollout will look like. A source who has read "Unhinged" confirmed to me that "she has tapes documenting what she details in the book." So, I asked, is Omarosa planning on sharing the tapes during her NBC interviews? The source said no... Here's my theory about the tapes The Beast said the tapes are just "anodyne, everyday chatter" between Manigault-Newman and Trump. As Hadas Gold and I reported here, the deal between the two companies allows either side to break up, as of 12:01am ET on Thursday. The Tribune's parent company, Tronc, is "weighing an offer to sell" all of its newspapers "to a private equity firm, sources close to the company said Wednesday." FLASHBACK: Politico reported on a similar bid last month... THURSDAY: Tronc will report Q2 earnings after the bell... Downloading Alex Jones "Just days after Google, Facebook and Apple purged videos and podcasts from the right-wing conspiracy site Infowars from their sites, the Infowars app has become one of the hottest in the country," the NYT's Jack Nicas reports. But hey, now it's public... Dorsey "is planning to speak with NBC's Lester Holt on Nightly News next week and CNN's Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources next Sunday," David McCabe of Axios reported Wednesday, citing "sources familiar with the sit-downs." McCabe: "The interviews, which sources say were in the works before Hannity's show, come as Dorsey defends his status as the last CEO of a major online platform company not to take down content associated with Jones and InfoWars..." Read more of Wednesday's Reliable Sources newsletter... And subscribe here to receive future editions in your inbox...

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Who’s “Unhinged?”

Is former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault-Newman a reliable source of info about the Trump White House? Buckle up for debates about that in the coming week. Because she’s about to betray Trump in a new tell-all book.

Omarosa’s recap of her time in the administration, “Unhinged,” comes out next week… And on Wednesday we found out what the press rollout will look like. Her first interview will be on “Meet the Press” this Sunday. Then she’ll be on “Today” Monday morning.

The Daily Beast reported on Wednesday that she “secretly recorded conversations with the president…” And she “leveraged” the tapes while shopping the book.

A source who has read “Unhinged” confirmed to me that “she has tapes documenting what she details in the book.” So, I asked, is Omarosa planning on sharing the tapes during her NBC interviews? The source said no…

Here’s my theory about the tapes

The Beast said the tapes are just “anodyne, everyday chatter” between Manigault-Newman and Trump. Nothing dramatic. But the tapes may prop up her tenuous credibility.

Think about it: The W.H. has already criticized her… Saying “she had limited contact with the president while here…” So if Trumpworld attacks her when the book comes out… perhaps by downplaying her relationship with Trump… she’ll be able to point to the tapes as proof that she WAS in the room with him…

>> REALITY CHECK: Above and beyond the NBC rollout, this book is going to get tons of attention from entertainment media outlets…

Tribune’s decision day

Is the Sinclair-Tribune deal about to die? It sure looks that way. As Hadas Gold and I reported here, the deal between the two companies allows either side to break up, as of 12:01am ET on Thursday. With Sinclair stuck in regulatory limbo, sources at both companies believe Tribune is likely to walk away.

Tribune has scheduled a conference call for 8am ET Thursday, so we’ll know more then…

Remember the context for this…

Until recently, it seemed like the FCC, chaired by Trump appointee Ajit Pai, was clearing the way for the merger….

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