Tuesday in trends
"This is the worst part of sports Twitter right here," concludes Jamie Long at CBC Ottawa, sharing the eye-opening Just Not Sports PSA under the hashtag #MoreThanMean, which shows men reading terrible tweets to female sportswriters (at 2,200+ shares right now). "Men read tweets to @JulieDiCaro & @SarahSpain are so terrible they struggle to say them aloud. A must watch," elaborates Catherine Thompson at Talking Points Memo. Sean Grande calls it, "The video today you need to watch. And if as a man, it doesn't fill you with rage. Then you're not one." Sports columnist Monte Poole similarly reacts, "Worth your time, if you're human." At the Oakland Tribune, Jerry McDonald shares, "Married to someone in sports media, and this stuff happens more than you realize. Ashamed for my gender ..."
The 96 fans who died as a result of a crush in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed, a jury has ruled. Here are the deadly mistakes and lies that made this case last decades. "Man alive, this Guardian report on the Hillborough inquest will have you gasping, then furious, then in bits," warns Caitlin Moran at The Times. Also c/o The Guardian, check out this live blog on the verdict return. "We've brought down the curtain on the Hillsborough live blog. Any typos due to my occasionally moist eyes," admits news reporter Peter Walker. Checking in on other legal skirmishes recently resolved, sources say the FBI plans to keep the Apple iPhone-hacking method a secret. "Hear no evil, see no evil. FBI doesn't know enough to tell Apple how the San Bernardino iPhone was hacked," explains analyst Tony Baer.
In world news, Pentagon claims the number of foreign fighters entering Iraq and Syria has dropped by 90 percent. "Remember when everyone was insisting that ISIS was winning? Good times," snarks Vox's Zack Beauchamp. In finance, Exxon Mobil lost the top credit rating it's held since the Great Depression. "And then there were two! Two US companies with AAA credit ratings, that is. $XOM just got downgraded," details Alexandra Scaggs at Bloomberg News. Then in politics, Trump has rejected his new adviser’s push to make him "more presidential," or as former LA Times columnist Patrick Goldstein puts it, "#DonaldTrump has misgivings about new political guru day after he sees him on all Sunday AM shows Trump used to do." And finally, on the tech beat, BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel introduces us to "Emojigeddon"-- the fight over the future of the Unicode Consortium. "Why is PUNCTUS FLEXUS MARK getting less attention than DUMPLING EMOJI? @cwarzel investigates," colleague Ariane Lange teases the story.