Pearls of wisdom

Aug 15, 2017

Need a break? “This story is a treasure trove. Pearls of wisdom from Ben Smith, Corey Johnson, Rukmini Callimachi and more,” says Ben Mullin. He’s referring to Top journalists reveal the best reporting advice they have received, from Columbia Journalism Review’s Adeshina Emmanuel and Justin Ray. “Some fun — and good — journalism advice from the pros,” says Ashley Parker. “Good advice for reporters and anyone else, really,” tweets Roberto Rocha.

This is as real as it gets

“Terrifying, yet essential viewing,” says Toula Drimonis, of VICE News Tonight’s full episode “Charlottesville: Race and Terror” (20,000+ shares). Jamil Smith says, “This episode of @vicenews with @elspethreeve is the best reporting I’ve seen come out of the Charlottesville chaos.” Wayne Curtis warns, “Impressive reporting, chilling interviews. Watch this, but not if you want to sleep well tonite.” And Mike Hixenbaugh says, “Don't look away just yet. This @vicenews mini-doc is worth a watch.” “Kudos @Tyrangiel this @VICE coverage of the horror in Charlottesville is not to be missed,” says Stephanie Ruhle.

In a letter to the editor in the Inforum (Fargo, N.D.) opinion section, Pearce Tefft, the father of a white supremacist marcher in Charlottesville, publicly denounces his son (83,000+ shares). “This is as real as it gets,” tweets Jon Mooallem.

“Meanwhile, this was going on in Oklahoma,” tweets Katherine Reinhard: Oklahoma man charged in anti-government bomb plot, reports Devlin Barrett of The Washington Post. Tweets Daniel Dale, “Timothy McVeigh admirer arrested by FBI after allegedly trying to detonate what he thought was an 1,000-pound bomb.”

Follow the breadcrumbs

The FBI isn’t surprised. According to the exclusive from Foreign Policy’s Jana Winter, FBI and DHS Warned of Growing Threat From White Supremacists Months Ago. Tweets Alex Emmons, “Trump won't say it, but the FBI identified ‘white supremacist extremism’ as the most violent extremism in the US.”

Controversial Trump Aide Katharine Gorka Helped End Funding For Group That Fights White Supremacy, reports HuffPost’s Jessica Schulberg. She writes, “Life After Hate works to de-radicalize neo-Nazis. The Trump administration decided it wasn’t a priority.” Yes, “Sebastian Gorka's wife also works at White House. She's ending funding for a group that fights white supremacy,” tweets Noga Tarnopolsky. “Follow the breadcrumbs,” says Vanessa De Luca.

And when these jobs are left to the amateurs, things don’t always run smoothly. Here’s “What happens when doxxing goes wrong,” says Ryan Mac. Amateur Sleuths Aim to Identify Charlottesville Marchers, but Sometimes Misfire (17,000+ shares), reports The New York Times’ Daniel Victor. Alex Griswold tweets, “Antifa identified one of the Nazis, doxxed him, called his employer, and posted his address online. It wasn't him.”

But after Trump’s statement on Monday, Tom Scocca says, “Good to see the president won't tolerate violent racists after all, now I'll have a sip of coffee and see what else—” Oh this: Trump ‘seriously considering’ a pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as reported by Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett. Jesse Walker calls it: “Soft on crime.”

Also, early this morning, Trump Shares, Then Deletes, Twitter Post of CNN Cartoon Being Hit by Train, as Eileen Sullivan and Maggie Haberman report for The New York Times, and David Nakamura and Brian Murphy report in The Washington Post in After Charlottesville, Trump retweets - then deletes - image of train running over CNN reporter. “Well, today is fairly interesting,” says Allison Carter, referring to the story from IndyStar’s Justin Mack, Reports: President Donald Trump retweets fake IndyStar cartoon.

A tale from our broken times

“This is an amazing @mckaycoppins story, not least because @TuckerCarlson makes a cameo as a decent human being,” tweets Daniel Drezner. He’s referring to From Trump Aide to Single Mom, the piece by McKay Coppins in The Atlantic. Says Olivia Nuzzi, “I'm happy @mckaycoppins was the one to get this story. It's difficult and he handles it fairly and empathetically.” “A tale from our broken times,” tweets Michael Warren.

Last one out turn off the lights

Meanwhile, more executives are leaving Trump’s manufacturing council. The latest: Intel CEO exits President Trump's manufacturing council (24,000+ shares), as Axios’ Ina Fried reports. Intel’s Brian Krzanich is the third to leave the council since Charlottesville and the seventh to leave overall. Following yesterday’s announcement from Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank announced that he, too, is leaving the council, as Abigail Abrams reports for Fortune. “It's a trend,” says Trip Gabriel. “Last one out turn off the lights,” says Matthew Yglesias.

The Associated Press’s Jesse J. Holland is reporting the Deadly rally accelerates removal of Confederate statues. As Kyle Griffin tweets, “Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says she's ready to tear down all of her city's Confederate statues.” And Bryn Stole tweets, “After Charlottesville, towns speed removal of Confederate monuments, from Gainesville to Baltimore to Durham.”

Bannon Agonistes

“The @JoshuaGreen summer house just got a new wing,” tweets Josh Tyrangiel. In Bannon in Limbo as Trump Faces Growing Calls for the Strategist’s Ouster, The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush write, “Mr. Trump was equally put off by a recent book, ‘Devil’s Bargain,’ by the Bloomberg Businessweek writer Joshua Green, which lavished credit for Mr. Trump’s election on Mr. Bannon.” Tweets Haberman, “At recent dinner w Murdoch, Kushner and Kelly, Trump was told by Murdoch that Bannon has to go.” “Bannon Agonistes,” tweets Patrick LaForge.

Is this not sedition?

At The Washington Post, Tom Hamburger, Carol Leonnig and Rosalind Helderman have the scoop, Trump campaign emails show aide’s repeated efforts to set up Russia meetings (28,000+ shares). “Trump campaign e-mails show aide's repeated efforts to set up meetings with Russian officials. Is this not sedition?” asks Tommy Hough. Says Daniel Drezner, “I'm shocked, shocked, that Model U.N. guy turned out to be a complete f**king idiot.” Jeff Nesbit’s take: “GOP staff leak emails to show that Russia election efforts were ineffectual & handled by bumbling, junior aides.” Ben Jacobs says, “What's underappreciated in this story is that of Trump's 5 man FP team in early '16, two were Russian intermediaries.”

This one is truly scary

Mike Isaac is referring to Morgan Chalfant’s piece in The Hill, Justice demands 1.3M IP addresses related to Trump resistance site (176,000+ shares). Julia Wong and Olivia Solon have the story for The Guardian, US government demands details on all visitors to anti-Trump protest site. Tweets Wong, “This search warrant is a deeply disturbing attack on our privacy and right to association.

Pushing back: “Shoutout to @DreamHost coast to coast doing the most,” tweets George Kelly. He links to DreamHost’s statement, We Fight for the Users. Tweets DreamHost, “DreamHost supports #freespeech. That's why we're pushing back on this request from the DOJ.”

Oh, but the exposure

“*Gulp*” tweets Jonathan Snowden. Laura Wagner tweets, “I wrote about how SB Nation and Vox Media profit off an army of unpaid and underpaid workers.” She links to her piece in Deadspin, How SB Nation Profits Off An Army Of Exploited Workers. Tweets Tom Ley, “This industry is depressing.” Aaron Mehta says, “This is a strong, long and somewhat depressing piece on Vox media/ SBNation and how it makes its money.” “Ugh. Worked with some great people, but they paid me $50 a month for 10,000 hits a day,” tweets Dave Walsh. “Oh, but the exposure,” says Roben Farzad.

Taylor wins

Finally, some good news: Jury rules in favor of Taylor Swift in groping case (116,000+ shares), as CNN’s Sandra Gonzalez, Scott McLean and Sara Weisfeldt report. Tweets Morgan Wolfe, “This is about the message, not the money. It's not acceptable for men to act this way and the ruling proves that.” Radio DJ David Mueller will be required to pay Swift a symbolic $1 for her assault and battery countersuit claim.

Adios to “the Chief Justice of books”

“We haven’t heard the last of Michiko Kakutani,” says Elizabeth Lopatto. Boris Kachka tweets, “What I did on my summer vacation. Buried Lede: Michiko just sold a book titled ‘The Death of Truth,’ pubbing 2018.” He links to his piece in New York Magazine, What Michiko Kakutani’s Departure Means for Books Coverage. Jason Diamond tweets, “1. Let Kakutani write whatever she wants. 2. ‘Except food.’” “Much good goss in here,” says Rachel Syme. “Adios to ‘the Chief Justice of books.’ End of an era, indeed. Required reading for fellow critics, methinks,” says Will Hermes. After all, “Who else could unreservedly praise a novel not long after the author called her ‘the stupidest person in NYC’?” as Keziah Weir points out.

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Nashville-based writer, marketing communications consultant, and all-around word nerd. Usually covered in dog and/or cat hair.

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