Memorial Day headlines and beyond
"For the 1.2 million who died for us and the Americans who are still on the front lines," tweets Michele McPhee with ABC News and Boston Herald, sharing ABC's Memorial Day tribute to when and where those Americans gave their lives. Meanwhile, for the Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle pens some powerful and timely prose reflecting that America is still a gift to the world, tweeting, "I would appreciate a moment of your time to read this." Toronto Star's Sean Fitz-Gerald reacts, "This is one heck of a good pep talk for the United States." At the same time, Eric Holder chose Memorial Day to declare Edward Snowden performed a "public service," which was interesting timing to say the least. "People so often become honest and candid only once they leave government," observes The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald. Simultaneously, The Guardian published an ode to Pete Souza's career photographing the real side of the president. "One picture. Thousand words. Etc. Etc.," tweets freelance journalist Charukesi Ramadurai.
By now you've likely noticed the outcry over the death of a rare gorilla put down at the Cincinnati Zoo after a small boy fell into his enclosure, but before you rail against the child's parents, Cindi Andrews wants to remind you that shaming is easy but mourning is hard: "A moment of terrible parenting that I'll never forget, and mourning #Harambe, the @CincinnatiZoo #gorilla," Andrews tweets. USA Today's Natalie DiBlasio calls it "The read I've been waiting for." Elsewhere in outrage, the image of a drowned infant served to capture a week of tragedy in the Mediterranean. "When will it stop? How many photos of drowned refugees will it take to open people's arms," demands Corrine Perkins at Reuters. And a Finnish journalist chronicles the abuse she has attracted after reporting on a Russian "troll factory." Jessikka Aro herself tweets, "<3 you for sharing my & @saara_ilo story in #NYTimes. Please report to Twitter if approached by troll @trollilauluja."
In politics, New York mayor Bill De Blasio's campaign is prepped to return $56,700 after a DNAinfo report found some "shady donations" (actual headline alert!). And speaking of shady donations, tomorrow Donald Trump will offer more details about his donations to vets but here’s what we still don’t know. "'Nasty guy' @Fahrenthold exposing Trump's many evasions about donating to vets is one of best stories out there," praises NYT's Trip Gabriel. Perhaps that's why even in victory Trump can’t stop airing his grievances. Is "this what makes Trump popular? ... like so many Americans no matter how good he has it all he does is complain," reflects freelancer Gregg Easterbrook. "If the GOP wins 2016 Presidential election, every day is Festivus. Particularly the Airing of Grievances," quips Karen Beninato. And among Dems, Jerry Brown's success in California may offer a lesson for the national party. "If Hillary and Bernie had a political love child, he might be Jerry Brown," muses Shelby Grad at the LA Times.