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Real News Update
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GenreCampaign advertising Propaganda
StarringLara Trump
Kayleigh McEnany
Katrina Pierson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)Trump Tower
New York, New York
Original releaseJuly 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)

Real News Update is a weekly webcast that launched on July 30, 2017 to support Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign. The show is available on the campaign's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts and is hosted by Donald Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, wife of Eric Trump. It is presented in the form of a newscast and delivers updates on the accomplishments of the Presidency of Donald Trump.[1]


Lara Trump played an integral role in the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump and was regarded by many as a 'secret weapon' in securing a Republican Party victory in North Carolina that year, in support of her father-in-law.[1][2][3]

Following Donald Trump's inauguration in January 2017, she disparaged the mainstream news media for excessively negative coverage of Donald Trump's presidency.[2][4] She also criticised CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC for refusing to air a May 2017 advertisement that listed President Donald Trump's accomplishments during his first 100 days as president.[5]

Lara began work on Donald Trump's re-election effort shortly after his inauguration, working alongside Michael Glassner.[2] By March 2017 she was hired as a senior consultant by the digital vendor for Donald Trump's campaign and would quickly become a pivotal figure in his 2020 presidential campaign.[3][6]

Vox has speculated that Real News may be a partial fulfillment of Donald Trump's plan to launch his own news network, an idea that has been dubbed 'Trump TV'.[7]


Real News Update launched its first video via Facebook on July 30, 2017, featuring an introduction by Lara Trump in which she states, "I bet you haven't heard about all the accomplishments the president had this week because there's so much fake news out there. We wanted to give you a glimpse into his week."[8]

In an interview shortly after the show's launch, she explained that the show's objectives were to serve as an outlet for under-reported positive news of Donald Trump's presidency and to curtail the general public's dependence on mainstream media.[1][6]


The webcasts are funded by the Trump 2020 re-election campaign and filmed in a studio on the 15th floor of Trump Tower.[9] While Lara Trump is the primary anchor of the program, various other media and political figures have also hosted the show, including Joy Villa, Steve Rogers and Harlan Hill.[10][11][12]

Kayleigh McEnany also hosted the program on August 6, 2017, one day after leaving her position at CNN.[13]


Political analyst Jeff Greenfield has likened Real News Update to the "long and if not entirely noble tradition" of political campaigning,[14] though Dylan Byers at CNN has remarked that it differs from previous political campaign media in seeking to discredit mainstream media and to advertise itself as a reliable alternative.[15]

Buzzfeed and Snopes have reported that, despite the stated objectives of Real News, various news items on the program, such as Trump's donation of his second-quarter salary to the Department for Education and Foxconn's plans to build a factory in Wisconsin, did, in fact, receive coverage in mainstream media.[16][17]

Digital news website Salon have criticised the webcast as political propaganda.[18] Aaron Blake of the Washington Post described an episode of Real News Update as "real spin, at best" and that it "felt a lot like propaganda -- or state TV."[19]

Comedian and The Late Show host Stephen Colbert also likened the program to "state-sponsored propaganda", and compared it to his show's recurring sketch Real News Tonight—a newscast presented with an exaggerated bias towards Trump. He proceeded to present an edition of the sketch that was interspersed with clips from Real News Update, with the anchors referring to Lara as being its new "special correspondent".[20]

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  1. ^ a b c "Lara Trump becomes face of Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign". The Telegraph. October 19, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Katie Glueck (June 16, 2017). "The face of Donald Trump's 2020 campaign". McClatchy D.C. Bureau. Retrieved March 4, 2018. And by early 2017, Lara Trump was already working on the re-election effort alongside Michael Glassner, who is running the campaign committee
  3. ^ a b Julie Bykowicz (March 29, 2017). "Lara Trump Hired by Trump Campaign's Digital Vendor". U.S. News & World Report LLC. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Thomas E. Patterson (May 18, 2017). "News Coverage of Donald Trump's First 100 Days". Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  5. ^ David Bauder (May 5, 2017). "CBS, NBC also refuse to air Trump advertisement". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Jonathan Lemire (October 19, 2017). "Lara Trump Becomes Early Central Figure In President's Re-Election Bid". TPM Media LLC. AP. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  7. ^ Garet Williams (August 2, 2017). "Trump now has a "real news" program on his Facebook, hosted by his daughter-in-law". Vox. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "Morning News Brief: North Korea's Nuclear Threat, Trump TV". NPR. August 9, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  9. ^ Vitali, Al (August 7, 2017). "Fake News? Trump Launches 'Real News' Series". NBC News. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  10. ^ Joy Villa (September 21, 2017). Joy Villa - Weekly Update 9.21.17 (YouTube video). Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Lara Trump, Steve Rogers (April 30, 2019). Real News Insights w/ Steve Rogers (YouTube video). Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Harlan Hill (September 25, 2017). Harlan Hill - Bipartisanship (YouTube video). Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  13. ^ "Commentator Kayleigh McEnany Moves From CNN to Anchor Pro-Trump 'News of the Week' Segment". Variety Media. August 6, 2017. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Dylan Byers (August 6, 2017). "Kayleigh McEnany appears in pro-Trump 'news' video after leaving CNN". CNN. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  15. ^ Dylan Byers (August 2, 2017). "Trump launches 'real news' Facebook series to combat mainstream media". CNN. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  16. ^ Koerner, Claudia (August 2, 2017). "Trump Has Launched A "Real News" Program On His Facebook, Hosted By His Daughter-In-Law". BuzzFeed.
  17. ^ Arturo Garcia. "Trump Administration Launches 'Real News' Online Show". Snopes. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  18. ^ Sheffield, Matthew (November 22, 2017). "Lara Trump is building a propaganda empire on Facebook". Salon. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  19. ^ Blake, Aaron (August 7, 2017). "Trump TV's 'real news' sounds more like real propaganda". The Washington Post.
  20. ^ Delk, Josh (August 5, 2017). "Colbert parodies Lara Trump's 'Real News' program". The Hill. Retrieved June 20, 2019.

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