The importance of local news

Aug 16, 2017

Before we dive into the national news coverage today, here’s a story that reminds us of the importance of local news. At Columbia Journalism Review, Anna Clark reports, With teamwork and hustle, Toledo Blade dominated after Charlottesville attack (13,000+ shares). Tweets Cory Schouten, “The Toledo Blade got a massive scoop covering the Charlottesville suspect. How? Credit a sharp-eyed copyeditor.” That’s the Blade’s Tommy Gallagher, who helps out at the photo desk. The piece also highlights the reporting work of Lauren Lindstrom, who says, “We’re the hometown paper, and we were the ones on the ground.” Jillian Sederholm calls it a “Great piece on how @toledonews discovered Charlottesville suspect was from their area and jumped into action,” and Madhavan Narayanan tweets, “Why desk matters in journalism more than you think.” “Copy editors over everything,” says Kari Williams

This is Racism 101 from a sitting U.S. president

Meanwhile, “Newspapers tonight are covering the president's statements about Charlottesville with stunning clarity,” tweets Brad Heath. Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost (82,000+ shares), Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman report for The New York Times. The Times tweets, “When Trump equated protesters w/ neo-Nazis, he legitimized white supremacists like no modern president.” “What a disgusting moment in American history,” says Cody Lyon. And The Washington Post Editorial Board writes, The nation can only weep (44,000+ shares). “Nixon: I am not a crook Trump: I am not a racist,” tweets David Beard

For additional coverage, there’s A Combative Trump Criticizes ‘Alt-Left’ Groups in Charlottesville, by The New York Times’ Haberman and Michael Shear. Somini Sengupta tweets, “Pls be sure to read all the way to the end of this story.” And The Times’ Michael M. Grynbaum has the story, ‘Wow’: Stunned TV Hosts Reacted in Real Time to Trump (26,000+ shares). Tweets @nytmedia, “For a few visceral minutes, television’s partisan lines dissolved as dumbfounded anchors reacted to Trump’s remarks.” Says Ryan Beckler, “This NYT piece on cable news reacting to Trump's comments in real time is incredible.”

The Washington Post’s David Nakamura reports, Trump again blames both sides in Charlottesville, says some counterprotesters were ‘very, very violent’ (59,000+ shares). “Unbelievable. Trump won't shut up. He can never admit he's wrong,” says Lawrence Martin. And Viet Thanh Nguyen notes, “We have a Confederate apologist & a Nazi sympathizer as President in the aptly named White House.”

At BuzzFeed, Brianna Sacks, Tom Namako and Adolfo Flores report on the story, Trump Defends His Slow Response Against White Nationalism, Saying He Wanted To “Know The Facts” (16,000+ shares). POLITICO has the Full text: Trump’s comments on white supremacists, ‘alt-left’ in Charlottesville.

Pulling it all together, “In my latest column, I put all of Trump's history of racism in one place. (You're welcome.),” tweets Mehdi Hasan, who links to her piece in The Intercept, Donald Trump Has Been a Racist All His Life - And He Isn’t Going to Change After Charlottesville (21,000+ shares). “This is Racism 101 from a sitting U.S. president,” she writes.

Take note if you’re reporting on the story: The Associated Press’s John Daniszewski offers up AP’s standards on How to describe extremists who rallied in Charlottesville. Russell Contreras tweets, “At AP, we have taken the position the term ‘alt-right’ should be avoided, meant as euphemism 2 disguise racist aims.”

Baltimore responds

“While you were sleeping, Baltimore quietly removed four Confederate statues,” tweets Laurie Goodstein. Sean Welsh has the story for The Baltimore Sun, Confederate monuments taken down in Baltimore overnight, and Russell Goldman reports in The New York Times, Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues in Overnight Operation. Tweets Jordyn Holman, “Trump asked what statue is it going to be next week? Baltimore responded, saying, ‘All of ours. Tonight.’”

Here’s someone who would applaud the move. “You know who thinks that confederate statues, including those of Robert E. Lee, shouldn't exist? Robert E. Lee,” tweets Steven Rich. He links to the piece from PBS Newshour’s Lisa Desjardins, Robert E. Lee opposed Confederate monuments.

“This is absolutely chilling from Charlottesville synagogue... the US in 2017. Read it,” says James Masters. “A navy veteran voluntarily stood guard alongside a single security guard at a synagogue in Charlottesville on Sat,” tweets Hadas Gold. They’re referring to In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On, by Alan Zimmerman for “Listen up, America,” says Jason Zweig

How-to video

“In January, Fox News posted an instructional video of cars mowing down protesters,” tweets John Stoehr, who links to Henry Grabar’s piece for Slate, January Daily Caller video demonstrates how to “Plow through protesters” with your car (41,000+ shares). Tweets Grabar, “Eight months ago, Fox News shared this video of protesters getting run over, urging drivers to ‘study the technique.’” “This is our world now, btw,” tweets Chau Tu. And now, CNN’s Tom Kludt reports, Fox News, Daily Caller delete posts encouraging people to drive through protests

From NBC Washington comes the report that the Lincoln Memorial Was Vandalized With Red Spray Paint. “Even for vandalism, ‘F--- Law’ is pretty vague and crappy,” says Devlin Barrett. And at the Charlotte Observer, Steve Crump reports, NC KKK leader says he glad a protestor died in Charlottesville, Virginia (52,000+ shares). Tweets Kumail Nanjiani, “This is who Trump defended today.”

So, “What happens when a white nationalist takes a DNA ancestry test? Heh heh . . . via @EricBoodman,” tweets Sharon Begley, who links to the piece by Eric Boodman in Stat News, White nationalists flock to genetic ancestry tests. Some don't like the result. “Bigots flock to DNA ancestry tests for affirmation. Find African instead. See them squirm here,” tweets Bob Tedeschi.

Business leaders run away

“When even the business leaders run away from a pro-business president,” tweets Sunny Bindra, who links to Rift Widens Between Trump and Business Leaders, by Rachel C. Abrams, Michael Corkery, David Gelles and Kate Kelly of The New York Times. “Why are CEOs abandoning Pres Trump's advisory councils? Here's a good summary,” says William George. “CEOs continue to resign over #Charlottesville remarks. More on $WMT and its impact from me and @dgelles,” tweets Kelly. “Uncomfortable reality for Trump: Executives no longer want to work with the businessman-president,” tweets Barbara Soderlin

How to rein in a president

Let’s close it out here today: “The timeliest thing we can do today is republish something old. Frederick Douglass on how to rein in a president,” tweets Yoni Appelbaum, who links to The Atlantic’s piece, Frederick Douglass on How Congress Can Fight a ‘Treacherous President’. Tweets Adrienne LaFrance, “‘Will slavery never come to an end?’ Frederick Douglass wrote this for @TheAtlantic in 1866. It leads our site now.”

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