In a tweet the Muck Rack journos loved, there’s this nugget from CNN: “Kellyanne Conway slams the media for failing to cover ‘the Bowling Green massacre,’ which actually isn't a thing…” They ended up covering it too right here. "We did not cover Bowling Green massacre because it didn't happen." Mehdi Hasan wrote of the whole thing, "Orwellian doesn't do justice to Conway's approach.”
There’s another tweet from Joe Sonka that was also popular: “@KellyannePolls says that 2 Iraqi refugees ‘were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre.’ (There was no such massacre.)”
For a full story on the matter, check Claire Phipps’s reporting in The Guardian: Kellyanne Conway blames refugees for 'Bowling Green massacre' that never happened.
A War of Words Erupted Between Trump and Iran After the latter conducted a Missile Test, Mark Landler at the New York Times reports.
Then Vera Maria Bergengruen tweeted that the “Former prime minister of Norway was detained at Dulles for an hour b/c he visited Iran in 2014.”
And she’d be right. A piece from Tom Roussey at WJLA confirms Former Norwegian Prime Minister held for questioning at Dulles Airport. Roben Farzad explained, “For context: no one has beefed with Norway since the year 793.” Craig Whitlock thinks the situation “Makes US look like a bunch of xenophobic morons.”
For a look at another country America has officially insulted of late, let’s turn to Philip Rucker at the Washington Post, who writes: No ‘G’day, mate’: On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags. Nick Bryant tweeted this bit from the article: “‘I love Australia as a country,’ President Trump said, according to a press pool report. ‘But…’” Andrew Cohen asked, “Mexico, Australia: Is he just calling other national leaders and berating them?”
Trump’s administration isn’t very diverse and Photo ops make it glaringly obvious, noticed Abby Phillip at the Washington Post. Rebecca Sinderbrand said of the piece: “A Trump photo op is definitely worth 1,278 (very smart) words.”
In other news, Trump Moves to Kill Off Obama’s Landmark Retirement Rule, according to Lisa Beilfuss and Michael Wursthorn at the Wall Street Journal. Michael added the “Obama-era retirement-savings rule intended to end broker conflicts.” Geoffrey Rogow explained: “It looks like your broker won't have to serve in your best interest.” While Richard Bradley put the news plainly, “This change will hurt average Americans.”
While a Republican-majority House rolled back the rule restricting gun sales to severely mentally ill, as reported by Ted Barrett at CNN. For reference, that vote was 235-180.
We tell you a lot about what Donald Trump is doing. But exactly who is the man in the president’s seat? Howard Stern says Trump is a man, standing in front of a country asking it to love him. Stern suspects that’s why Trump’s presidency will be “detrimental” to his mental health, Andrew Kaczynski writes at CNN. Hunter Schwarz quoted Stern in this tweet: “I remember him being for Hillary Clinton… he was pro-abortion… the new Donald Trump kind of surprised me.”
As for fellow celeb-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, he tweet to Trump: ‘Why Don’t We Switch Jobs?’, as reported by Michael M. Grynbaum in the New York Times. Patrick LaForge said, “It's hard to know what to make of this…” Sydney Ember tweeted: “‘To be clear, this is actually happening.’ excellent lede.”
Well, Nordstrom dropped Ivanka Trump-branded clothing and shoes from their stores, Sarah Halzack wrote at the Washington Post.
And Uber’s C.E.O. Decided to Leave the Trump Advisory Council After Criticism, said Mike Isaac at the New York Times. For the record that “criticism” is #DeleteUber trending on social platforms and an estimated 200,000 people who made good on that promise. Mike explained on Twitter: “After week of tumult, @travisk spoke to @realDonaldTrump this morning. He plans to leave the advisory council.”
Sean Craig, Adrian Humphreys at the National Post wrote up this investigative piece: How an editor allegedly used Vice Canada to recruit drug mules for a global smuggling ring. It is, I hope we’ll all agree, the most Vice story ever. Please enjoy it with some pancakes and maple syrup this weekend. Or however you like to treat yourself.
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In other media news, Mike Grynbaum and Katie Rogers at the New York Times reports that the New Yorker and Vanity Fair Pulled Out of Correspondents Dinner Parties.