Feb 21, 2017

“Well, here's hoping that literally none of the things in this story come to pass.” Just what is Jordan Runder of The Dallas Morning News so optimistic about? It’s the news that “Oof: New editor in chief takes Texas Monthly in a ‘lifestyle’ direction,” as Chase Hoffberger of the Austin Chronicle tweets it. Lyz Lenz reported yesterday in the Columbia Journalism Review that Tim Taliaferro “plans to pull back from the kind of longform and political coverage that gave the title a national profile to focus instead on lifestyle coverage, website enhancements, and a live-events business.” Since the “real bummer of a story” (as Kevin O’Keeffe of Mic puts it) was released, Taliaferro responded with a note to readers, particularly those who seemed alarmed/confused/dumbfounded by this point, tweeted by Ciara O’Rourke: “Of his plans to scale back local political coverage, he says, ‘Texans don’t care about politics.’” As he explains in the note, “Texans care about politics, yes, but they also want to know about barbecue. And energy. And music. And football.” Will that change minds? Siddhartha Mahanta of The Atlantic says, “This explains nothing.” But let’s end with the words of Evan Smith, former editor in chief of the Texas Monthly and now CEO of the Texas Tribune. As Joshua Benton of Neiman Lab tweets, here's how the original article concludes: "When asked for comment on Taliaferro’s vision, former Texas Monthly e-i-c Evan Smith...replied simply, 'Nah.'"

How many more patriots will quit?

“Lots to unpack here,” tweets Daniel Flitton of The Age. "'America First' orthodoxy that sees Russia as an ally and Australia as a punching bag." He’s referring to I didn’t think I’d ever leave the CIA. But because of Trump, I quit, the widely shared (32,000+ shares) piece by Edward Price in the Washington Post, which prompted Ron Fournier of Crain’s Detroit Business and The Atlantic to wonder, “How many more patriots will quit?” Says Kurt Eichenwald of Newsweek, “Anyone who cares about reality in the era of Trump must read this and watch this video.”

Essential reading this AM from @TimOBrien on Trump/Russia/Sater.

ThinkProgress’s Judd Legum is referring you to Tim O’Brien’s story for Bloomberg News, Trump Can't Seem to Shake Those Russia Problems. As O’Brien tweets, “Things you may want to know about Trump, Russia, Felix Sater, Putin and epically bad judgment,” and “That time my lawyers deposed Trump about Felix Sater and about organized crime.” If Legum hasn’t convinced you, then “Come for the Sater history,” says Maggie Haberman of The New York Times.

RIP, Steve Buttry

“You never stopped teaching us, even when it came to your own mortality,” Jim Brady of ESPN says, of the news that journalist Steve Buttry died of pancreatic cancer on February 19 at the age of 62. “Every journalist's dear friend @stevebuttry has died,” tweets Jeff Jarvis. “Sigh. RIP Steve Buttry, a model journalist and journalism thinker, teacher and communicator,” adds John McQuaid. “Such sad news,” tweets Abigail Edge, in a sentiment similar to many others shared on Twitter today. “I didn't know @stevebuttry, but his insightful blog and varied career were an inspiration.” Jerry Ceppos says, “If you haven't already, read the final Buttry Diary--Steve's obituary, written by Steve. Read it at: http://bit.ly/2lA7PyN.”

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