My President Was Black
Coates has a lot of good things to say about the first black president but is also clear-eyed in his criticism: "In his optimism about America, Obama underestimated the hatred of those bent on destroying him," tweets the New York Times' Brent Staples, paraphrasing one of the central themes of the article.
And finally, Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch has a telling remark amid an insanely packed day of news (as we'll see in a moment): "Pretty remarkable that this @tanehisicoates piece can cut through everything and trend today."
A Complete Meltown of Humanity
That's how Nick Cumming-Bruce and Anne Barnard of the New York Times characterize the horrific conditions in the Syrian rebel stronghold of Aleppo as it falls to President Assad's forces. (35,000 shares).
And finally, one of the most shared social media posts today is a video uploaded by Channel 4 News featuring the U.S.'s Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, who had strong words for the international community the wake of the massacre:
"Is there literally nothing that can shame you?"
The perfect weapon
That's how the New York Times' Eric Lipton, David Sanger, and Scott Shane describe Russia's cyberpower efforts which, according to sources inside and outside the U.S. government, was utilized with the goal of tilting the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump. (20,000 shares).
"Only now with election over did all the key players targeted in Russian hack agree to tell their stories," tweets Lipton himself. "Here it is."
In other news:
"Something that seemed a little paranoid to me before all of a sudden seems potentially realistic," says one source in Brady Dennis' latest Washington Post piece that's alarming journalists and scientists alike on Twitter: "Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearingi it might vanish under Trump."
More from the New York Times' Shane and Lipton, the latter of whom calls it "The undercovered story of the 2016 election hacks": Democratic House candidates were also the targets of Russian hacks, the duo report.
"Mark Zuckerberg has nio backbone," tweets Kate Knibbs of The Ringer in response to Nitasha Tiku's Buzzfeed scoop that a Facebook spokesperson has called Trump's rumored Muslim registry—which many Silicon Valley engineers have vowed not to build—is merely a "straw man," implying that reporters' questions on the issue should not be answered.
According to the Washington Post's Joe Davidson, the U.S. Department of Energy will not be complying with Donald Trump's requests for the names of climate change workers, "who remain worried," writes Davidson.
According to the Los Angeles Times, "Growing Pains" star Alan Thicke has passed away at the age of 69. He suffered a fatal heart attack while playing hockey with his son. "2016 is just the worst," tweets Joe Solomon of CBS Sports.
Tonight there was an video AMA conversation between Reddit cofounders Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman, joined by Twitch cofounders Justin Kan and Emmett Shear. Watch it here on Twitch.