The 20th century is now officially over

Nov 28, 2016

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FACT CHECK: Nah, and also wait lol what?

That's how the Washington Post's Mark Berman responded when his colleague Glenn Kessler fact checked Trump's "bogus claim that 'millions of people' voted illegally" for Hillary Clinton. "@realDonaldtrump falsely alleges widespread voter fraud in an election he WON," tweets a mystified David Farenthold of the Post.

"Trump's making it rain . . . . . Pinnochios," says Bloomberg's Steven Dennis. Others, however, felt compelled to fact check one of the claims made by Kessler himself. Regarding Kessler's line that “[Trump] will quickly find that such statements will undermine his authority,” the Washington Post's Barton Gellman tweets, "Fact check: unsubstantiated."

Meanwhile, there's another discussion surrounding how news outlets chose to report on Trump's claims that for many is embodied by the New York Times' and The Wall Street Journal's coverage of the matter. Regarding the Times' headline ("Trump Claims, With No Evidence, That 'Millions of People' Voted Illegally"), the Center for Economic and Policy Research's Dean Baker tweets, "NYT does what a newspaper is supposed to do: points out Donald Trump is making loon tune accusations about election." On the other hand, the Journal's frontpage headline reads, "Trump Takes Aim at 'Millions' of Votes," prompting the Huffington Post's Michael Calderone to write, "WSJ irresponsibly promotes Trump’s false “millions” claim across the front page," adding, "Media need to do better than 'Trump says' or 'Trump tweets' or 'Trump claims' headline if what he’s offering has no connection to reality."

The Los Angeles Times' Matt Pearce further rips into the Journal: "You have to get past the headline, the subhead, the lede and into the third paragraph to learn that what Trump is saying is probably a lie."


Remarkable. Extraordinary.

These are just a couple adjectives being used in response to Michael Shear's New York Times report that Trump's own team has been trying to poison the president-elect's efforts to install Mitt Romney as Secretary of State. "I have never, EVER, seen any aide to a POTUS or PEOTUS publicly try and box the boss in like this," tweets CNN's David Axelrod, who had served in Obama's cabinet.

"Now the part where the new administration attacks its own candidates for cabinet positions," says the Chicago Tribune's Dan Hinkel.

"Remarkable how hard it is for him to make decisions," tweets the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin regarding the story's allegation that "A Mar-a-Lago guest said Trump solicited advice during Thanksgiving dinner about his choice for secretary of state."

And finally, Politico's Julia Ioffe draws attention to how Kellyanne Conway, one of Romney's biggest opponents, justifies her efforts to—in the words of Axelrod—"box the boss in":

"I'm just a concerned citizen."

The 20th century is now officially over

Or at least that's how it feels to Politico's Susan Glasser upon hearing the news that Fidel Castro has passed away.

"There's having obituaries pre-written for significant deaths and then there's this," says the Burlington Hawk's Julia Shumway, linking to the New York Times' epic, sweeping death notice which characterizes Castro as a man who "continued to taunt US presidents for a 1/2 century, frustrating all of Washington’s attempts to contain him."

For just how long have some Americans been waiting for Castro to die? "The author of this obit left @nytimes in 2008," notes the Times' Marc Lacey.


In other news:

The Washington Post's Jenna Johnson lists 282 promises Donald Trump made on the campaign trail. "Looking forward to #277," tweets her colleague Philip Bump, referring to Trump's vow to "give you everything."

After an episode originally characterized as an "active shooter" incident on Ohio State's campus, the Columbus Dispatch reports that "Authorities have said one suspect is dead at #OhioState. Nine people have been transferred to hospitals."

US money is backing a bloody war on drugs in the Philippines, according to BuzzFeed's Megha Rajagopalan. "Ace reporting," tweets her colleague Anup Kaphle, "on how US trains & equips police stations that are killing thousands."

"Who is Steve Bannon?" That's the question posed by the New York Times' Michael Tackett as he links to a new piece by his colleague Scott Shane titled, "Combative, Populist Steve Bannon Found His Man In Donald Trump."

Speaking of who Bannon is, the following tweet from ex-Hillary Clinton staffer Tim Hogan is making the rounds and provides some insight into what defines Trump's Chief Strategist: "Steve Bannon on excluding African Americans from voting: 'Maybe that's not such a bad thing.'"

"CNN truly does not give a shit anymore," says New York Magazine's Brian Feldman as he links to a New York Times piece by Mike Isaac reporting that the network will bring in some social app called Beme to better "cultivate a millennial audience."

"What does "alt-right" mean and how should it be used?" asks John Raess of the AP, linking to his colleague John Daniszewski's piece which more or less advises that the term may be used but only if journalists also add the proper context, defining the movement as "a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism."

And finally we return to Trump, who according to Bloomberg's Kevin Cirilli is considering Gen. David Petraeus as a possible contender for Secretary of State. Here's The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky on why that would be ironic, to say the least: "So the man who just ran vs. 'Crooked' Hillary might make his sec'y of state a guy who pleaded guilty to mishandling classified material?"


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