Was he ever ravelled to begin with?

Oct 12, 2017

Well this one sure caught our attention: “I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling,” is Gabriel Sherman’s latest for Vanity Fair. “Sooo much in this, but here: When Bannon mentioned the 25th Amendment, Trump said, ‘What’s that?’” tweets Alana Abramson. “My only quibble with this fascinating piece is whether the ‘unravelling’ #Trump was ever ravelled to begin with,” tweets Steve Burgess. “Could things be even worse than they appear? Apparently yes,” observes Tom Petruno. “Fun thing to do here is count the euphemisms for senility,” tweets Tim Marchman. And Mark Harris says, “Would be fab if this cd be taken care of before a nuclear holocaust. Thx.”

And it seems like most people agree with him. According to a new AP-NORC Poll: Most say Trump making NKorea situation worse, as AP’s Matthew Pennington and Emily Swanson report.

Aaron Blake tweets, “Nixon '72: ‘The Post is going to have damnable, damnable problems out of this one. They have a television station,’” and “1973: Nixon allies challenge licenses of 2 WaPo-owned TV stations 1974: Nixon WH tapes show him discussing scheme.” Blake links to his analysis in The Washington Post, Trump’s threat to NBC license is exactly what Nixon did.

More from The Washington Post: “NEW: We found 17 pro sports teams that used to stay at @realDonaldTrump's hotels. Now, at least 16 have stopped,” tweets David Fahrenthold, adding that it gives “Context for @realDonaldTrump's recent turn against pro sports. Before he turned on them, they quietly turned on him.” He links to his piece with Tim Bontemps, Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump’s hotels. Not anymore.

Also, Did Trump Break the Law by Telling NFL Owners to Fire Players? That’s the question Shaun King looks into for The Intercept. “There’s a law against government officials trying to influence private employment decisions,” tweets The Intercept. In another piece for The Intercept, King reports on The Airport Bomber From Last Week You Never Heard About. He tweets, “Did you hear about the man who planted a bomb at an American airport LAST FRIDAY? Of course not. He was white.”

Walking it back

Yesterday we highlighted the story from Erin Mershon of Stat News, Pharmacy hand-delivers drugs to Congress, a perk for the powerful, which revealed that at least one member of Congress is receiving treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Well, the D.C. pharmacist has something to say about that Alzheimer’s remark. She tweets, “New, from Congress's pharmacist: I don't know any lawmakers with Alzheimer's. And I wouldn't tell you if I did.” “I find this unpersuasive,” says Alex Wayne.

Like a knife in the gut

Also yesterday, we shared Lloyd Grove’s piece in The Daily Beast, How NBC ‘Killed’ Ronan Farrow’s Weinstein Exposé. Today we have the story from HuffPost’s Yashar Ali and Lydia Polgreen, How Top NBC Executives Quashed The Bombshell Harvey Weinstein Story. “This is indefensible,” says Helena Evich. “Feeling bad for NBC's journalists tonight. Keep fighting the good fight -- and hope the suits learn a lesson here,” says Cory Schouten.

The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino takes a look at How Men Like Harvey Weinstein Implicate Their Victims in Their Acts and “nails it,” as Lauren Tara LaCapra tweets. Philip Bump agrees, tweeting, “This is the best thing I've read about Weinstein.” “Damn, this @jiatolentino piece is a like a knife in the gut,” says Meg Anderson. Laura Huss tweets, “Wow. This. Thank u 4 articulating the many complex feelings I'll never put in words but needed to read.” And at The Guardian, French actress Lea Seydoux writes, 'I had to defend myself': the night Harvey Weinstein jumped on me. “Oh my god. This. THIS,” says Donna Freydkin. Amy Kaufman says it’s “One of the most interesting perspectives I've read so far re: Harvey.”

For his podcast this week, Slate’s Isaac Chotiner spoke with Jodi Kantor about how she and her colleagues turned the “open secret” of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment into a blockbuster New York Times story: Jodi Kantor on how she broke the Harvey Weinstein story.

Hillary Clinton sat down with CNN's Fareed Zakaria as part of her ongoing book tour, and as, Dan Merica reports, said she was ‘sick,’ ‘shocked’ and ‘appalled’ by Weinstein allegations. Tweets Elizabeth Landers, “Here's the full digital story- she says she'll donate the contributions he made to her campaign.”

Meanwhile, as Rose McGowan’s Twitter Account Has Been Suspended, which Variety’s Erin Nyren reports, Megan Twohey of The New York Times finds that the Weinstein Company May Have Known of Settlements Since 2015. Tweets Connor Ennis, “David Boies tells @mega2e that Weinstein board was made aware in 2015 of ‘3 or 4’ settlements with women.”

Powerful stories

“Want to cry at your desk? Read about the girl in #8 jersey,” Niraj Chokshi suggests. That’s The Girl in the No. 8 Jersey, from John Branch at The New York Times. “This, from Times reporter @JohnBranchNYT, is a must-read,” tweets Jonah Bromwich. Johanna Barr says it’s “One of the most powerful stories you'll read about the Las Vegas shooting.”

In a new feature from The Marshall Project, The Weather Channel and Divided Films, Maurice Chammah describes ”Cooking Them To Death”: The Lethal Toll of Hot Prisons. Tweets The Marshall Project, “People incarcerated in TX often live without air-conditioning in areas where temps can exceed 100° for days.” “How the Texas heat kills inmates ... important work from @MarshallProj,” tweets Olga Khazan. “A powerful story about people in prisons and the consequences of #ClimateChange,” says David Steves.

After Hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico is still in the dark. That’s the analysis from The Washington Post. The paper’s Manuel Roig-Franzia and Arelis R. Hernandez report, Hurricane Maria: Three weeks after landfall, Puerto Rico is still dark, dry, frustrated. Tweets Hernandez, “‘We feel completely abandoned,’ says the mayor of the PR town where Hurricane Maria entered.” And yet this morning, Trump warns Puerto Rico: ‘We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders . . . forever!’ as WaPo’s Philip Rucker reports.

Horrors in Myanmar

“I've covered conflict for 20 yrs. During this story, I called my wife & said: I just had worst interview of my life,” tweets Jeffrey Gettleman of his piece in The New York Times, Rohingya Recount Atrocities: ‘They Threw My Baby Into a Fire’. Says Michael Barbaro, “Stop what you are doing and read this NYT account of the horrors in Myanmar. It's utterly shocking.” “After every outbreak of ‘ethnic cleansing,’ the world says ‘never again.’ But it always happens again…” tweets Liam O'Donoghue. “I rarely say this, but it is your responsibility as a citizen of the world to read this story,” says Max Fisher.

From the ‘Facebook is doing this but won't tell you why’ beat

Josephine Livingstone tweets, “man this is fascinating. FB, SW, and legal name security is an ongoing issue that takes many forms.” In a new piece for Gizmodo, Kashmir Hill explains How Facebook Outs Sex Workers. “Example 14131531513 of Facebook being creepy from @kashhill,” tweets Ryan Mac. Tweets Marina Koren, “.@kashhill keeps crushing it on the ‘Facebook is doing this but won't tell you why’ beat.” “Facebook won't reveal how the ‘People You May Know’ feature makes recommendations. And things like this happen,” tweets ProPublica.

Journalism, 2017

What To Do With “Shitty Media Men”? asks Doree Shafrir of BuzzFeed. As Tom Gara explains, “There's a Google Doc doing the rounds documenting gross behaviour by dozens of men in the media industry.” “i don’t get the ostensible journalistic value of this ‘there’s a list of bad media men, can’t say who tho’ approach,” tweets Tannara YellandAllison Benedikt tweets, “The existence of this document is fucked up and I’m glad @doree wrote about it." “Who'd have guess this would be an ill-fated idea to pass around to a bunch of professional snitches,” tweets Katie Notopoulos. Says Libby Watson, “this sums up my feelings about that spreadsheet pretty well. the best of intentions, but just not the way to do it.”

For more “Journalism, 2017,” Scott Nover refers you to BuzzFeed drops 'all the news too lit for print' slogan after New York Times lawyers step in, by Mashable’s Kerry Flynn. “Fun police strikes again,” tweets Laura McGann. “To be fair, I wanted @AM2DM’s slogan to be ‘Fuck it, we’ll do it live,’” tweets Saeed Jones. But BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith says, “Hey, just glad @deanbaquet is following #AM2DM so closely.” And Hamza Shaban tweets, “I'd watch an entire @AM2DM show where BuzzFeed spokesperson Matt Mittenthal subtly, politely embarrasses people.” 

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