Today in calamities and controversies
"Bravo, Indianapolis Star," praises Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Eugene Kane, as the Indy Star's editorial demanding that Gov. Mike Pence fix "religious freedom" law now hit subscribers' doorsteps this morning (and received upwards of 25,000 shares on the web, to boot). "Incredibly proud of our sister publication @indystar for their bold editorial about #ReligiousFreedomRestorationAct," chimes in Jacob Long from First Coast News. "Newspapers still got swat," hails TIME's Michael Scherer. "I may RT this all night," admits Tyler Green. At the Indy Star itself, visual journalist Robert Scheer shares, "In my 16+ years of working for @indystar, the most dramatic A1 I've seen yet." Although not absolutely everyone was impressed: "Not so hot on the @IndyStar editorial — all it does is bemoan the damage the RFRA does to Indiana's 'brand,'" argues Mic's Scott Bixby. Simultaneously, however, Indiana's governor took to the Wall Street Journal to pen an op ed on his efforts "ensuring religious freedom in Indiana" (which also received more than 25,000 shares as of this morning), in which he writes "I abhor discrimination" and "If I saw a restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple, I wouldn’t eat there anymore." The Indy Star editorial, of course, seems to respond, "Prove it."
So Trevor Noah's name has scarcely been on the lips of the public for about 24 hours, but some old tweets are getting him in trouble already (9,300+ shares). "I heard @Trevornoah was anti-Israel, and I was like 'OK, typical @TheDailyShow.' Turns out he's an anti-Semite, too," concludes Jerusalem Post's Lahav Harkov. "A search string across many news outlets today: 'from:Trevornoah jew OR jewish'," predicts Jules Mattsson with Newsflare.com (there were also some questionable remarks about women, particularly of a plus size). "I'll be running my #TFC15 campaign in tandem with my campaign to replace Trevor Noah. Because come on," reacts BuzzFeed's Hayes Brown. Although CJR's David Uberti comes to Noah's partial defense, pointing out, "That a standup comedian has said some offensive things in the past is about the least surprising thing I can think of." Houston Chronicle's Dwight Silverman makes the best point: "Due diligence when choosing a new @TheDailyShow host should include a deep dive into past social media posts." So one would think, but here we are, nonetheless. Let's just consider this Exhibit #5,295,295 in Don't Tweet Stupid, Unfunny Things.
In other unwelcome revelations, a minimum wage worker loses her job after speaking to a reporter about her pay (8,700+). In bad politics, Hillary Clinton also used her iPad for work and personal email (1,000+ shares) and Ted Cruz has a poor Armed Services Committee attendance record even while decrying the current administration's “fundamentally unserious” U.S. defense policy (1,700+). Chicago sitting mayor Rahm Emanuel opens with a big lead on his mayoral challenger Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia, surprising more than a few people (1,000+). And in Virginia, an accused bank robber who reportedly escaped custody at a hospital, stole a gun then led police on a nine-hour manhunt (!) has just been captured (3,200+).
News from abroad: in Turkey, armed militants hold a prosecutor hostage (1,200+). In Nigeria, an historic loss looks likely, but will Goodluck Jonathan go quietly? (130+) Meanwhile, China is building a navy more powerful than that of America's, and that makes the U.S. fairly nervous (2,600+). And even as the U.S. and Iran work on their nuclear deal, Saudi Arabia makes its own moves (3,100+).