Louder than tweets

Oct 18, 2017

“Man. The first four paragraphs here from @PhilipRucker and @DanLamothe: Brutal,” tweets Sopan Deb, of Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers, by Philip Rucker and Dan Lamothe of The Washington Post. Adds Dan Zak, “The first 5 paragraphs are like 5 swings of a bat to the head, and they contain nothing but the simplest of facts.” “Great reporting behind Trump’s long silence, angry response to soldiers’ sacrifice,” says Scott Wilson. “Actions speak louder than tweets,” says Daniel Haar

But “On 2nd thought... maybe POTUS shouldn't call families,” tweets Steve Irvin, who links to Trump to widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: ‘He knew what he signed up for’ (184,000+ shares), by Sanela Sabovic, Ross Palombo and Andrea Torres at Miami Local News 10. “So this will be a 3-day story at least now,” says Nicholas Riccardi. Katherine Rosman tweets, “Mrs. Johnson: a grateful nation sends its profound condolences.”

This morning, Trump tweeted that Dem congresswoman 'totally fabricated' his remarks to widow of fallen soldier, as CNN’s Steve Brusk and Leigh Munsil report. But Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on New Day, “I have no reason to lie (to) the President of the United States with a dead soldier in my community. I have no time, I have no motive.” And “Mom of military widow to WaPo: ‘President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,’” as Emily Ngo tweets, referring to The Washington Post story from Anne Gearan and Kristine Phillips, ‘Totally fabricated’: Trump disputes congresswoman’s depiction of his exchange with soldier’s widow.

Amna Nawaz reminds us, “A woman lost her husband. Children lost their father. The phone call matters, but not as much as this. Watch.” She links to the ABC News video: Fallen soldier's widow weeps as casket returns home. Tweets Karen Travers, “Step back from the noise-watch Sgt. La David Johnson’s grieving widow over his flag-draped casket.”

And, as Kelly Cohen notes, “sgt. la david t johnson, who was killed in niger, leaves behind 3 kids & a wife. here’s how you can donate to them.” She links to the GoFundMe site, Sgt. La David T Johnson Scholarship.

Deal or no deal?

So, healthcare. As Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear report for The New York Times, 2 Senators Reach Deal to Fund Subsidies to Health Insurers (34,000+ shares). Notes Alyson Klein, “Nearly 2 years after striking a deal on #ESSA, @SenAlexander and @PattyMurray have reached another (tentative) deal.” However. Lauren Fox advises, “Read @Phil_Mattingly on why striking the bipartisan health care deal was probably the easiest part.” She’s referring to the “Health care state-of-play,” from CNN’s Phil Mattingly, which reveals, Trump blasts bipartisan deal

Meanwhile, “Trump won’t take blame for premium increases. I talked to experts and actuaries. They all say he’s raising rates,” tweets Vox’s Dylan Scott, who links to his story, Obamacare premiums were stabilizing. Then Trump happened

A wild one

“This @levinecarrie story uncovering a secret pot of corporate $$ at the GOP convention is a wild one,” says Richard Rubin of the new piece by Carrie Levine for The Center for Public Integrity, Republican lawmakers’ posh hideaway bankrolled by secret corporate cash. She tweets, “Comcast, Microsoft, others secretly paid for plush hideaway for lawmakers at GOP convention.” “KPMG paid $50k for access to GOP cloakroom,” as Francine McKenna tweets. 

Tricked by trolls

These Americans Were Tricked Into Working For Russia. They Say They Had No Idea. That’s the new piece from BuzzFeed’s Hayes Brown and Rosalind Adams. Tweets @BuzzFeedNews, “American activists say they were tricked by Russian trolls into organizing events before and after the US election.” 

And new from Ari Melber, Meredith Mandell and Mirjam Lablans of NBC News, Putin Rival Ties Kushner Meeting to Kremlin Bankers. Tweets Eric Garland, “BREAKING: Russian oligarch tells NBC News that Kushner meeting with Russian banker was under Putin's direct order.” “Many dots floating around. But will they join up to make a picture?” asks Laura Trevelyan

Still dystopian

Well here’s a “terrifying read,” as Lee Fang says. In This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like, BuzzFeed’s Megha Rajagopalan writes that the police state of the future is already here: “Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing.” She tweets, “My story from Kashgar, in China's west, on what it's like to live in a ‘frontline laboratory’ for state surveillance.” Tweets Miriam Elder, “Man, @meghara is an incredible reporter. Stop and read.” It’s a “powerful reminder that, for all the praise China gets for its clean energy transformation, it's still dystopian,” says Alexander C. Kaufman

Remarkable women

“Wow...lot of Hollywood is just full of disgusting men…” tweets Dibya Sarkar. But “One happy side effect of this horrible Weinstein stuff is revealing what remarkable women some of these actors are,” says Nicholas Riccardi. They’re reacting to what Molly Ringwald calls “A (very) personal essay I wrote in The New Yorker”: All the Other Harvey Weinsteins (92,000+ shares). Samantha Storey tweets, “.@MollyRingwald. She was my teen inspiration; she’s been a parenthood inspiration. Now she’s my feminist inspiration.” 

But “What about Bob?” asks Joe Flint. Yes, let’s not forget The Other Brother: Bob Weinstein Was an Abusive Boss, as Alexandra Berzon reveals in The Wall Street Journal. She tweets, “Bob Weinstein was a volatile, abusive boss, say former employees and business associates.” “These brothers,” says Eric Umansky

The Wall Street Robot Takeover

“Artificial intelligence & robots are coming for these Wall Street jobs,” tweets Gillian Tan, who links to These are the Wall Street jobs being replaced by robots, by Bloomberg’s Saijel Kishan, Hugh Son and Mira Rojanasakul. Tweets Adam Blenford, “If I've read this right there are NO job functions on Wall St protected from the Robot Takeover.” “Yep, pretty much most of them,” observes Adam Rollason. The piece also includes “The best dataviz you'll see today,” as John Fraher points out.

Write all about it

Congrats to George Saunders, who Won the Man Booker Prize for ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’, as reported by The New York Times’s Alexandra Alter. “Had to stop looking for quotes in Lincoln In the Bardo this am because it was making me cry. Bravo, George Saunders,” tweets Sophie Gilbert, who links to her piece for The Atlantic, George Saunders's Striking Man Booker Win.

Also at The New York Times, Natalie Hopkinson takes a look at The Booker Prize’s Bad History. Jenny Schuessler calls it a “Powerful piece on the Booker fortune's roots in slavery, and the 'global erasure' of post-independence Guyana.” Tweets Laura Wides-Munoz, “how to repay the debt? Maybe the next prize winner will write about it.”

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