Urban legends, hoaxes and Trump
Some day, there will be a Muck Rack Daily that doesn't mention Donald Trump.
Today is not that day.
Trump tops all our Twitter and Facebook feeds this morning. In fact, more than 1,500 journalists so far have shared a New York Times story in which Megan Twohey and Michael Barbaro write about two women who say Trump touched them inappropriately. "He was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere." Trump was having none of this. According to the story, a highly agitated Trump denied every one of the claims in a phone interview Tuesday night. “None of this ever took place,” said Trump, who began shouting at the Times reporter who was questioning him. “You are a disgusting human being.” Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine tweeted: “Trump is exactly who we thought he was. Exactly." And Nick Confessore tweeted “Not just locker room talk.”
And that's not the only story today talking about Trump inappropriately touching women. People writer Natasha Stoynoff takes us back to December 2005, when she went to Mar-a-Largo to interview Donald and Melania Trump. Becket Adams at the Washington Examiner tweeted: “And another (this came out today, no?) How many is this now in 24 hours?” Reached for comment, a spokeswoman for Trump said, "This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story."
Meanwhile, The Washington Post is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. “In the gloom and ugliness of this political season, one encouraging truth is often overlooked: There is a well-qualified, well-prepared candidate on the ballot. Hillary Clinton has the potential to be an excellent president of the United States, and we endorse her without hesitation.” Philip Bump tweeted: “Area Newspaper Editorial Board Fails to Surprise.” Or as Jessica Stahl points out in this quote from the endorsement: "No, we are not making this endorsement simply because Ms. Clinton’s chief opponent is dreadful."
And while we have enough political news to send the longest Muck Rack Daily ever, we’ll switch gears right after this special note. Trump recently told a crowd in Florida to get out and vote on Election Day November 28. While we support you if you really want to vote on November 28, which is the Monday after Thanksgiving, we recommend you vote with everyone else in America on November 8. You know, for consistency and stuff.
Gears switching … gears switched.
• The answer my friend, is trending everywhere. The answer is trending everywhere. The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature goes to … Bob Dylan. Yep. He won for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” And yes, you should totally sing the first two sentences. Out loud. In your office. Right now.
• Caitlin Dewey at The Washington Post writes that Facebook has repeatedly trended fake news since firing its human editors. “During the work day, we'd check in with Facebook each hour, on the hour, and record which topics were trending for us on the platform. The resulting daily pop-up newsletter gave us some interesting insights into the world according to Facebook.” Laura Helmuth, Health, Science, and Environment Editor at The Washington Post, tweets it this way: “Facebook is amplifying urban legends and hoaxes in its trending stories. Kerry Eleveld put it this way: “Turns out humans *do* matter.”
• Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej dies after 70-year reign. He was 88 and spent 70 years on the throne. According to Oliver Holmes at The Guardian, King Bhumibol became a unifying father figure and rare source of stability since he came to power in 1946 aged just 18. And if you think his longevity is cool, Gabriel Gatehouse points out that King Bhumibol once had a jam session with Benny Goodman. And Keegan Hamilton says the king survived nearly 20 attempted or successful coups during those seven decades.
• They survived Boko Haram. Now, millions in Nigeria face a new threat: starvation. Story in The Washington Post by Kevin Sieff and photos by Jane Hahn. Hugh Naylor tweeted: “Powerful reporting and photography here.”