August 23, 2014
Updated 5:27 AM

Stories Journalists Are Talking About

Cover Story: Eric Drooker’s “Ferguson, Missouri”

newyorker.com — "The police shooting of Michael Brown resonates on a personal level with me," Eric Drooker says about next week's cover. "An artist friend of mine was killed by a cop in lower Manhattan, back in 1991. He happened to be black, and the police officer was never indicted."
Aug 22, 2014

RT @NewYorker: An early look at Eric Drooker’s cover for next week’s issue: nyr.kr/1v61Xfn #Ferguson

Aug 22, 2014

RT @NewYorker: An early look at next week's cover, "Ferguson, Missouri," by Eric Drooker: nyr.kr/1v5nfJX #Ferguson

Aug 22, 2014

Next week's @NewYorker cover, a striking Ferguson rendering, with shades of Munch's "The Scream": newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

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Mitt Romney | Facebook

facebook.com — Thanks to Meg Whitman, Rob Portman and Creighton Rider for nominating me to take the #IceBucketChallenge, which I've completed with a little help from an...
Aug 22, 2014

Romney accepts ALS challenge atop Romney Towers, global headquarters of Romney Corp. facebook.com/photo.php?v=10…

Aug 22, 2014

I'm guessing Paul Ryan has wanted to do this for a very long time. facebook.com/photo.php?v=10…

Aug 22, 2014

Mitt Romney's ice bucket moment is a bit 1% but welcome background change from decks and McMansion siding facebook.com/photo.php?v=10…

Aug 22, 2014

Mitt Romney does the ice bucket challenge as only Mitt can, in full suit and tie: facebook.com/photo.php?v=10…

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twitter.com — Well, the ice bucket challenge is now a Halloween costume pic.twitter.com/clCJR4q2qf
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twitter.com — WELL, WHICH HEADLINE IS CORRECT, BUZZFEED? pic.twitter.com/8yhbqCYGy6
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If White Characters Were Described Like People Of Color In Literature

buzzfeed.com — 1. He looked at her longingly, as he imagined her exotic, mashed potato skin laying gently against his. 2. She took off his shirt, his skin glistening in the sun like a glazed doughnut. The glaze part, not the doughnut part. 3. His eyes looked like eyes because they were eye-shaped, not almonds.
Aug 23, 2014

RT @meenakandasamy: Mozzarella undertones and mashed potato skin: If white characters were described like people of colour in... fb.me/37SJZRuGI

Aug 23, 2014

LOL. White ppl in books if white ppl were ppl of color buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/if-whi… "He traced his fingers along her supple, cauliflower skin."

Aug 23, 2014

I guess that's why whenever I write about caucasians, I describe their eyes as walnut or acorn-shaped. orsp.in/1v7MuLH

Aug 22, 2014

This is incredible: If White Characters Were Described Like People Of Color In Literature buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/if-whi… via @heavenrants

Aug 22, 2014

RT @Alannabean: "His eyes looked like eyes because they were eye-shaped, not almonds." // buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/if-whi… via @heavenrants

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Assad Policies Aided Rise of Islamic State Militant Group

online.wsj.com — The Islamic State, which metastasized from a group of militants seeking to overthrow the Syrian government into a marauding army gobbling up chunks of the Middle East, gained momentum early on from a calculated decision by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to go easy on it, according to people close to the regime.
Aug 23, 2014

RT @NYTBen: Nice work: @Abihabib digs into an Assad policy toward ISIS that many have suspected all along: let the fight the FSA. on.wsj.com/1zgXkN7

Aug 23, 2014

RT @Abihabib: Deep dive into how Damascus initially avoided ISIS to destroy FSA, forcing world to chose Assad or ISIS @WSJ on.wsj.com/1mw9RXu #Syria

Aug 23, 2014

RT @nohodge: @abihabib with an excellent piece on how the Islamic State metastasized (with a little help from Bashar al-Assad): online.wsj.com/articles/assad…

Aug 23, 2014

@abihabib with an excellent piece on how the Islamic State metastasized (with a little help from Bashar al-Assad): online.wsj.com/articles/assad…

Aug 23, 2014

Nice work: @Abihabib digs into an Assad policy toward ISIS that many have suspected all along: let the fight the FSA. on.wsj.com/1zgXkN7

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Gun Safety, Self Defense, and Road Marches - Finding an ISIS Training Camp

bellingcat.com — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go through training as an ISIS terrorist? Or better yet, where you would go to find such advanced training? All you have to do to find the answer to these questions is turn to the nearest ISIS media twitter account and click on that bright blue Justpaste.it link.
Aug 22, 2014

Fascinating --> RT @DionNissenbaum: ISIS tweets help sleuths pinpoint their training bases: bit.ly/1toNyc7

Aug 22, 2014

RT @heyfeifer: Holy crap amazing RT @julietlapidos: Whoops, ISIS tweeters give away training camp locations bellingcat.com/resources/case…

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Aug 23, 2014

Police failed to heed pleas as man died, new LAPD reports show fw.to/E0Zh8NL

Aug 23, 2014

RT @joelrubin: Last year we broke the story of a man who died in a #LAPD cell. Now, many of the chilling details have come to light. fw.to/E0Zh8NL

Aug 23, 2014

RT @joelrubin: Last year we broke the story of a man who died in a #LAPD cell. Now, many of the chilling details have come to light. fw.to/E0Zh8NL

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Harry Reid Makes Asian Jokes at Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce

time.com — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid drew laughter from an Asian audience Thursday with a pair of Asian-themed jokes. "I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are," Reid, a Nevada Democrat, told the guffawing crowd at the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce.
Aug 22, 2014

A stretch to say @SenatorReid was "mocking" Asians. Still, the takeaway here: Stop taking APAs for granted, Dems. orsp.in/1oi2cvs

Aug 22, 2014

Totally unscientific poll from my Asian wife on Harry Reid joke: “I thought it was funny.” time.com/3159750/harry-…

Aug 22, 2014

"One problem that I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV time.com/3159750/harry-…

Aug 22, 2014

RT @DanH_TIME: Harry Reid apologizes for Asian jokes in statement to TIME: “Sometimes I say the wrong thing.” time.com/3159750/harry-…

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Some sad owl news: The D.C. snowy owl has died

washingtonpost.com — The snowy owl that captivated Washington earlier this year, first through its presence in downtown D.C. and then after it survived being hit by a D.C. bus and evaded D.C. police for two hours, has died in Minnesota.
Aug 22, 2014

RT @themarkberman: Sad owl news: The D.C. snowy owl has died, apparently after getting hit by yet another vehicle wapo.st/1vrYdSV pic.twitter.com/Z1ls3ifcjO

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Inside The Washington Post’s makeshift Ferguson newsroom

poynter.org — Guests with cocktails and coffee sit in the dim lobby of the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel late on Thursday afternoon. A man tunes his guitar near the check-in desk. Men in khakis and polos roll their carry-on luggage out to the waiting shuttle.
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Dear Subway: Journalists don’t respond well to ‘EDIT NEEDED’ orders from PR people

jimromenesko.com — Shoutout to @SUBWAY, who just emailed me with a subject line "Edit Needed" because I didn't mention them in a story about Ryan Howard. OK! - Sarah Baicker (@sbaickerCSN) August 21, 2014 Philadelphia Phillies slugger and Subway pitchman Ryan Howard spent some time with Little League World Series players Thursday as part of a promotion arranged by the sandwich chain.
Aug 22, 2014

RT @romenesko: Note to Subway sandwiches: Reporters don't respond well to EDIT NEEDED emails from publicists. bit.ly/1p1U6Hf

Aug 22, 2014

More evidence flacks are out of control. Soon we'll be handcuffed to our desks, forced to rewrite press releases: bit.ly/1pmJ3Ob

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Harry Reid just told Asian Americans they’re not ‘smarter than anybody else.’ He does stuff like this a lot.

washingtonpost.com — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says things from time to time that are at best impolitic and at worst pretty offensive. The term for both of these things in today's political vernacular is "gaffe."
Aug 22, 2014

RT @washingtonpost: Harry Reid just told Asian Americans they're not "smarter than anybody else." He does stuff like that a lot. wapo.st/1sbKsp3

Aug 22, 2014

RT @RalstonReports: "He's like Joe Biden; he's almost built up a gaffe immunity by committing so many gaffes." -- @AaronBlakeWP on Reid. washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/…

Aug 22, 2014

RT @charlescwcooke: In all seriousness, I don’t think that what Reid said was offensive at all. He made a joke. Let’s all kill ourselves. ccwc.me/1sb1BPN

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Cities Need Traffic Laws Recognizing Cyclists As ...

clickhole.com — Every day in this country, cyclists are treated like second-class citizens, barely tolerated by careless motorists and lazy pedestrians who refuse to share the streets. It's time to confront reality and enact new traffic laws that reflect the inarguable truth: Cyclists are better than you in ever...
Aug 22, 2014

" Anyone with a basic modicum of courtesy knows cyclists should be allowed to do whatever we want, whenever we want." clickhole.com/blogpost/citie…

Aug 22, 2014

RT @laura_nelson: Cities Need Traffic Laws Recognizing Cyclists As The Most Important People On Earth clickhole.com/blogpost/citie…

Aug 22, 2014

Cities Need Traffic Laws Recognizing Cyclists As The Most Important People On Earth clickhole.com/blogpost/citie…

Aug 22, 2014

"Cyclists shouldn’t have to obey your rules. Cyclists should make the rules." clickhole.com/blogpost/citie…

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twitter.com — Ferguson, through four covers. New Yorker: @eric_drooker. @PDPJ atop @stltoday, Scott Olson-@GettyImages on TIME, BW pic.twitter.com/Sc6JVNRsMB
Aug 22, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: I just realized the New Yorker cover is the Time cover photo, but with more bodies added in. pic.twitter.com/xTN029irfi (montage via @katz)

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