We hope you're all getting some much needed rest and relaxation this weekend as you drown your election-year malaise in turkey, tofurky, turducken, turkish delight, or whatever else you and yours choose to feast on today. But first, the news and what journalists are saying about it:
What. He. Said.
That's Katie Jacobs Stanton, CMO of Color, linking to a glorious, bombastic, yet methodically written and rigorously argued Thanksgiving column titled, "No, Trump, We Can't Just Get Along" by the New York Times' Charles Blow.
"Charles Blow to Donald Trump: 'as long as there are ink and pixels, you will be the focus of my withering gaze,'" tweets the New York Times' Amanda Hess.
Good sign or terrible sign?
.ProPublica's evil twin
That's how ProPublica's Scott Klein describes a series of fake news sites run by a man in the suburbs named Jestin Coler (he has a Muck Rack profile!) who was tracked down by NPR's Laura Sydell for a profile. And you'll never believe why he says he started it:
In other piping hot Thanksgiving news...
"WOW - Jill Stein made it to TWO MILLION. $2,030,154," says Rachel Sklar of The Li.st, referring to Stein's efforts to raise $2.5 million by tomorrow to pay for a recount. "This is bananas. 2016 is bananas."
According to the Huffington Post's Paul Blumenthal, "Trump Praised His Turkish Business Partner In A Call With President Erdogan." MSNBC's Chris Hayes saw Blumenthal's story "literally 5 seconds after I had a hypothetical about Trump's business partners in Turkey creating a conflict," he says.
"Drain the swamp?" asks the New York Times' Nicholas Fandos. "$ in politics experts say Trump's inaugural fundraising plans won't much help," he continues, linking to his latest story on Trump's acceptance on inauguration day of money from corporations and big donors.
Dana Priest and Timothy A. Clary have a must-read piece in the New Yorker called, "The Disruptive Career of Michael Flynn, Trump's National Security Adviser." "Trump’s incoming national security adviser," says the Atlantic's David Frum, "can’t manage, govern his temper, or distinguish truth from fantasy."
"You're no longer Reagan's party." That, according to The Hill's Jonathan Swan, is what Trump adviser Steve Moore has sai to House Republicans. The Washington Post's Robert Costa finds this quote from Moore just as telling: "Steve Moore to House GOP: "Trump has converted the GOP into a populist working-class party.'"
ProPublica's Eric Umansky and Masha Gessen host a podcast titled, "How Journalists Need to Begin Imagining the Unimaginable." As VICE Sports' Caitlin Kelly puts it, quoting the pocast, "'If you can't imagine it happening, that's your problem.' Masha Gessen knows what she's talking about so read up."
New York Magazine's Rebecca Traister has a must-read piece called, "Blaming Clinton's Base For Her Loss Is the Ultimate Insult." "Sizzling takedown of the 'shoulda-been-nicer-to-white-men' election blame game," tweets the New York Times' Nina Bernstein.
And finally, this piece is a couple days old, but it's essential Thanksgiving reading. In a magnificent and magnificently sad article called, "This Thanksgiving, a lot of Americans won’t want to - and can’t afford to - politely avoid politics," Jenee Desmond Harris writes:
"I don’t have many good answers for [my cousin] about how to endure the Trump-inspired teasing that she, like many American kids, is experiencing. But I know one thing: She needs to talk about it, and the last thing I plan to do when I see her is avoid the topic of politics to preserve the mood of the holiday meal."