Sean Parker this morning…
Anthony De Rosa refers you to Parker’s interview with Axios’s Mike Allen, Sean Parker unloads on Facebook ‘exploiting’ human weakness. Tweets Jim VandeHei, “Wow: Sean Parker, former president of Facebook, tells @axios Mark Zuckerberg, others knowingly hooked/harmed minds.” And “For the people saying ‘but kids aren't on Facebook…’ note that Parker singles out Instagram too,” Justin Green points out.
My favorite story of the week
“Bloody hell there are some cracker stories and scoops on BuzzFeed dot com at the moment….” tweets Mark Di Stefano. BuzzFeed’s Jane Lytvynenko reports, Conspiracy Site InfoWars Has Been Copying RT Content For Years. Notes Natasha Bertrand, “InfoWars Has Republished More Than 1,000 Articles From RT Without Permission.” To which Andrew Beaujon says, “Infowars plagiarizing from RT is the scandal we deserve.” Tweets Louise Matsakis, “this is my favorite story of the week.”
And an AP Exclusive from Ryan Nakashima and Barbara Ortuta reveals Russia Twitter trolls deflected Trump bad news. They write, “AP’s analysis illuminates the obvious strategy behind the Russian cyber meddling: swiftly react, distort and distract attention from any negative Trump news.”
The kicker to this piece
“We’ve all read our share of Trump voter stories, but man this one is among the best. And the ending. Man,” says Sopan Deb, who links to Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help. They Still Love Him Anyway, Michael Kruse’s new piece in Politico Magazine. “Go read last 3 lines. It's why they love him,” tweets Bill Harnsberger. Adds Lisa Tolin, “Read to the end - I gasped.” “Jesus Christ, the kicker to this piece,” says Andrew Zaleski. To sum up, “Some folks just want to be able to tell racist jokes in public again,” tweets Mike Wereschagin. “Put this in a psych textbook and call it your entire chapter on Cognitive Dissonance,” says Chloe Angyal.
Steven Greenhouse is referring to Trump Is Ceding Global Leadership to China, the op-ed by Antony Blinken of The New York TImes. “Yeah, so becoming less relevant globally isn't exactly making us great,” tweets Eilene Zimmerman.
Ashley Parker tweets, “Trump in Beijing: ‘I don't blame China.’ Well, then. @DavidNakamura and I with the latest from Trump's Asia trip,” linking to her piece in The Washington Post with David Nakamura, In Beijing, Trump lavishes praise on Chinese leader, touts ‘great chemistry’ between them. As Rashmee Roshan Lall tweets, “Chinese state media pleased that Trump ‘respects our head of state & has repeatedly praised President Xi in public.’” Interesting, because “Trump said China was ‘raping’ the US. Now in Beijing, it’s other presidents’ fault,” notes Dan Eggen.
Meanwhile, “China’s $250 billion check is in the mail,” tweets David Marino, who links to Trump's $250 Billion China Haul Is Big Number, Little Substance, from Bloomberg’s Nick Wadhams and Peter Martin. “When is a deal not a deal? When it’s a bunch of strategic partnerships and MOUs,” tweets Emma O’Brien. “Flattery - in this case, tweetable deliverables - works,” says Brian Martucci.
In a bit of a bind
At The New York Times, Anna Dubenko has the round-up as the Right and Left React to the Democrats’ Election Victories. In his piece for The Times, Election Rattles Congressional Republicans, and Their Agenda, While Buoying Democrats, Carl Hulse writes, “Congressional Republicans are in a bit of a bind.”
“All your smart twitter friends are flagging @JohnJHarwood interview with Gary Cohn,” says Richard Auxier, referring to Gary Cohn: Trickle-down is good for the economy, by CNBC’s John Harwood. And for good reason: “This John Hardwood interview with Gary Cohn is exemplary,” says Peter Schroeder. “Wow, @JohnJHarwood took Gary Cohn out to the woodshed in this interview on tax reform,” tweets Tim Fernholz. “How was Gary Cohn not prepared for this line of questioning?” asks Ryan McCarthy. Chris Taylor’s take: “River of bullshit.” And Jeff Spross says, “Not sure how to respond to this interview other than, ‘Wow. Gary Cohn is such a tool.’”
Meanwhile, “Breaking: #MichaelFlynn concerned about potential legal exposure of his son, also under scrutiny by #SpecialCounsel,” tweets Jim Sciutto, who links to his CNN piece with Marshall Cohen, Flynn worries about son in special counsel probe. “Not enough to get @mflynnJR to stop tweeting,” observes Brian Dabbs. Tweets Garrett Graff, “The deep legal jeopardy of Flynn's son has been obvious since early on—and will be a key point of leverage.”
The final exam for democracy
Mike Allen of Axios has your First look: Bob Woodward's class on investigative reporting. Woodward himself tweets this advice to reporters: “This is a time we're being tested. Let's not be chickenshit about this. ...This is the final exam for democracy.”
As National Geographic video shows, Pollution Is So Bad in India, It's Causing Car Crashes. Joseph Hincks of TIME explains, Toxic Smog Is Shrouding the Indian Capital Again. Here’s Why.
Feminist attacks on Taylor Swift reveal something very ugly about the movement, writes The Washington Post’s Katie Yoder.
From Nick Miroff of The Washington Post, White House chief of staff tried to pressure acting DHS secretary to expel thousands of Hondurans, officials say.
Keri Blakinger of the Houston Chronicle has the story, Supreme Court allows Texas execution of Mexican national over international outcry.
In wake of Wine Country fires, state proposes new utility safety rules, reports David R. Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Shervin Pishevar, Arrested But Never Charged Over Alleged Rape, Says He's Victim Of ‘Smear Campaign.’ That’s the report by Alex Konrad, Parmy Olson, Biz Carson and Clare O’Connor in Forbes.
Jeff Gage at Rolling Stone has the recap from the CMA awards: 2017 CMA Awards Preach Unity, Crown Garth Brooks Entertainer of the Year.
“Cannot Wait,” tweets Joe Rhodes. He links to DOC NYC Film Review: ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years,’ Owen Gleiberman’s review in Variety of Francis Whately's follow-up to “David Bowie: Five Years.” Gleiberman calls it “an essential rockumentary that meditates, hauntingly, on Bowie's life, art, and death.”