Don't get mad, get scoops
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That's essentially how the New York Times' Adam Liptak characterizes Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, writing that Gorsuch "not only admires the justice he would replace but also in many ways resembles him." But his resemblance to a bonafide conservative hero isn't the only reason Trump picked him, some argue. "Trump thought with his wallet when picking his #SCOTUS judge," tweets Randeep Ramesh of The Guardian, screengrabbing a passage from Liptak's piece referencing the challenges Gorsuch's nomination poses for "labor rights, consumer and financial protections, and environmental law." But the majority of the attention to the piece on Twitter is aimed at Liptak's kicker, which CNN's Eric Levenson calls "awesome":
Kevin Allison, a freelancer for the New York Times, Yahoo, and others, cites a set of guidelines on how to write about Trump, drafted by Reuters' editor-in-chief Stephen J. Adler. The conclusion, in Allison's words, has a depressing kind of logic to it: There's "no special trick to covering Trump," and that reporters "can always cover US like you'd cover Iran." Indeed, the moment we start likening the US to Iraq, Yemen, and Zimbabwe, "there may be trouble ahead," says Theo Leggett of the BBC. But it's Reuters' own Michael Williams who offers the best "tl;dr" version of the story: "Don't get mad, get scoops."
(Though FYI Michael, it might not be the smartest strategy to announce to the world that you don't read your boss' memos).
"Here is a transcript of President Trump's comments on Dr. Martin Luther King at his Black History Month gathering this morning," tweets Daniel Dale of the Toronto Sun, posting a screengrab where Trump pivots from praising MLK to pitying himself faster than you can say "All Lives Matter."
"Jerry Falwell Jr. will be leading Trump’s higher education task force," tweets Fusion's Kevin Roose. "Here’s a science textbook I was assigned at his school in 2007," posting a page from the book that includes "facts" about Noah's Ark and the Great Flood.
The Washington Post's David Farenthold goes "inside the mind of Steve Bannon," as his colleague Steven Ginsberg puts it. Teeming with anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant rhetoric, it doesn't sound like a very nice place to be.
Trump Sat: It's a ban
Spicer Sun: It's a ban
Conway Sun: It's a ban
Trump Mon: It's a ban
Spicer Mon: It's a ban
Spicer Tues: It's not a ban
And that wraps up your Doublethink Wednesday! It's no wonder 1984's sold out on Amazon...