“Well-placed sources” say…
CNN’s Brian Stelter tweets that a “well-placed source says representatives (read: lawyers) for Fox and Bill O'Reilly have started talking about an exit,” linking to his story in CNNMoney (15,000+ shares), which also revealed that “an announcement about O'Reilly's fate was likely by the end of the week.” Stelter tweets more details: “Exclusive: 21st Century Fox's board of directors will meet on Thursday. Bill O'Reilly's future is on the agenda.” At New York Magazine Gabriel Sherman’s sources say The Murdochs Are Turning Against Bill O’Reilly (12,000+ shares). Sherman reports, “‘Morale is awful,’ one Fox female executive told me yesterday, adding that employees are wondering if budgets have been cut to pay for sexual-harassment settlements.” And at The New York Times, Emily Steel, Michael Schmidt and Jim Rutenberg write that Fox’s Leaders Are Starting to Sour on Bill O’Reilly, leading Becky Little to note, “Ol' Man Bill might really go down (although like Ailes, he'll likely take several million with him).”
But of all the reports, Stelter tweets, “WSJ's @JBFlint has the bluntest lead yet: ‘Fox News is preparing to cut ties with its biggest star, Bill O'Reilly.’” Joe Flint writes in the (Murdoch-owned) Wall Street Journal that Fox Is Preparing to Cut Ties with Bill O’Reilly. Says Joshua Benton, “I bet @WSJ has pretty good sourcing on Murdoch family decisions.” As Philip Gourevitch puts it, “Fox to Fire O’Reilly ‘according to people close to the situation’ says paper run by people close to the situation.”
In a USA Today exclusive, Alan Gomez and David Agren report that the first protected DREAMer, 23-year-old Juan Manuel Montes, has been deported under Trump (39,000+ shares). Gomez and Agren write that Montes, who has lived in the US since age nine, was waiting for a ride in Calexico, CA, when he was approached by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, noting “Montes had left his wallet in a friend's car, so he couldn't produce his ID or proof of his DACA status and was told by agents he couldn't retrieve them. Within three hours, he was back in Mexico.” Gomez also tweets, “DHS says Montes' DACA status expired in 2015. We have seen his ID that says it doesn’t expire until 2018.” “Broken promise,” tweets Oren Dorell. “First protected #DREAMer is deported under #Trump.” And Denis Storey says, “I feel so much safer now…”
We really need to work at that
A month after dismissing federal prosecutors, Justice Department does not have any U.S. attorneys in place, Sari Horwitz reveals in her new piece for the Washington Post (19,000 shares). ProPublica does some simple math for us: “Number of U.S. Attorneys who've joined DOJ since Trump fired all the old ones? Zero.” David Wright highlights this quote from the story: “Sessions asked about 93 vacant US attorney positions at DOJ: ‘We really need to work hard at that.’” As Glenn Thrush says, “Jeff Sessions: Great at firing, not so good at hiring.”
Dude, where's my carrier?
Ray Locker asks the only logical question, in response to the news reported by Mark Landler and Eric Schmitt at The New York Times, Aircraft Carrier Wasn’t Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested (26,000+ shares). As Julie Davis explains, “‘We are sending an armada,’ Trump said re N. Korean threat. But aircraft carrier was sailing in the other direction.” “Well, he did always emphasize the importance of the element of surprise,” offers Scott Bixby. But according to the report by Jonathan Cheng, Alastair Gale and Chun Han Wong in The Wall Street Journal, the false narrative on the U.S. aircraft carrier has elicited jeers in Asia. As Daniel Dale notes, “Extremely critical comments in South Korea over Trump's aircraft carrier deception.” Or as Bixby says, “South Korea's pissed.” John McQuaid provides “Observation: Lying about where your aircraft carriers are headed is not a good military/diplomatic tactic.”
Devin Nunes, call your office
At The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza writes of The Continuing Fallout from Trump and Nunes’s Fake Scandal, tweeting that the story explores “what was really in those classified documents that Trump touted as evidence of a crime.” Many tweeted this quote from the piece: “The bigger scandal is the coordinated effort to use the American intelligence services to manufacture an excuse for Trump’s original tweet.” And Daniel Drezner tweets, “Jeez, @RyanLizza, stop beating around the bush: ‘It was a series of lies to manufacture a fake scandal,’” Says Josh Kraushaar, “Devin Nunes, call your office.”
“Biggest news here,” says Gabriel Sherman, is that the “FBI has corroborated info in the Trump-Russia dossier and used it for FISA warrants.” At CNN, Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Manu Raju report that the FBI used dossier allegations to bolster Trump-Russia investigation. As CNN Politics tweets, “FBI used dossier of allegations of Russian ties to target Carter Page for monitoring, US officials say.” Guess we’ll never get tired of saying this: “So tired of winning,” tweets John Patrick Pullen.
Breaking news—a Democrat almost won
Also at CNN, Eric Bradner gives the latest update on the Georgia House 6th special election, in which Democrat Jon Ossoff fell just short of an outright win last night, taking 48.1% of the vote. He will face off against Republican candidate Karen Handel, who received 19.8% of the vote, in the June runoff election. Although Democrats face a “likely uphill climb...now that the Republican vote in a reliably GOP district will be consolidated behind one candidate,” writes Bradner, Ossoff’s strong showing serves as “a reminder to Republicans of President Donald Trump's unpopularity.” Jonathan Martin and Richard Fausset of The New York Times write, “the unrelenting Republican assault eventually paid off, raising Mr. Ossoff’s negative ratings and nudging conservative voters to show up for an unusual spring election.” Or as Paul LaRosa puts it, “Breaking news--a Democrat almost won.”
An unstoppable force meets an immovable object
Amy McCarthy wants you to know: “Y'ALL THIS @IjeomaOluo INTERVIEW WITH RACHEL DOLEZAL IS THE BEST THING YOU WILL READ ALL YEAR.” Referring to The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black, The Stranger's editor in chief Tricia Romano says, “I knew only 1 person could do the Dolezal story. @IjeomaOluo: An unstoppable force meets an immovable object.”
Breaking news this morning that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison. As reported by Aimee Ortiz, John Ellement and Mark Arsenault in the Boston Globe, Hernandez hanged himself inside his cell. Serving life without parole for killing Odin L. Lloyd, Hernandez had been acquitted of two additional murders last week. Tweeting in response to the ESPN report on Hernandez’s suicide, Brendan Byrne says, “Drafted at 20, multimillionaire at 22, convicted of murder at 25, dead at 27. The fall of Aaron Hernandez.” Adds Vern Glenn, “Sad end to a man who once had everything.”
A few more Wednesday reads:
Patrick Kingsley of The New York Times reports that a crackdown has begun on people protesting the legitimacy of Turkey's referendum, and dozens have been arrested.
Alex Roy calls it “Among @mat's best work.” In Climbing Out Of Facebook's Reality Hole, BuzzFeed's Mat Honan writes that, among other things, “The problem with connecting everyone on the planet is that a lot of people are assholes.”