Oh come on

Nov 14, 2017

“What do you even tweet about a story like this?” Josh Dawsey is referring to The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and Wikileaks, by Julia Ioffe of The Atlantic. How about this: “Wikileaks is so wack,” tweets Joshua Topolsky. As Ioffe explains of her scoop, “Turns out Donald Trump, Jr. corresponded with Wikileaks during the 2016 presidential campaign.” “Oh come on,” Sopan Deb tweets. “Now do the Flynns,” says Ben Collins.

Looking for more background? Look no further than Twitter. As Charles Johnson notes, Donald Trump Jr. Tweets Entire Secret Exchange With Wikileaks. Also, “NBC News counted Trump mentioning WikiLeaks 145 times during the last month of the 2016 race,” Mark Murray tweets, linking to the compilation from NBC News, Watch Trump's Mentions of WikiLeaks in Days Leading Up to Election. At Business Insider, Natasha Bertrand reports, Donald Trump Jr. made senior Trump campaign staff, including Kushner and Bannon, aware that he was in touch with WikiLeaks.

Meanwhile, “Trump wants a probe of Clintons. Trump has hinted at firing Sessions. Sessions wants to keep his job. Here we are,” tweets Maggie Haberman, of her piece in The New York Times with Michael Schmidt, Justice Department to Consider Special Counsel for Uranium One Deal. “Sure why not investigate the Clintons, again? Oy vey,” tweets Gersh Kuntzman.

Banned. from. a. mall.

“Bye-bye conspiracy theory,” Glenn Kessler tweets. As Tom McKay reports for Gizmodo, Suspicious Account Behind Viral Roy Moore Conspiracy Theory Deletes All of Its Tweets. But “Scratch the dirt a little bit and you'll be surprised what you'll turn up…” tweets Cody Lyon. At the New Yorker, Charles Bethea reports that Locals Were Troubled by Roy Moore’s Interactions with Teen Girls at the Gadsden Mall. Tweets Jonathan Chait, “Roy Moore was banned from a mall Banned. from. a. Mall.” “If you don’t believe these women, it’s because you don’t want to,” says Margaret Hoover.

Creep is the word

Josh Greenman points out, “It's not just The Washington Post and the New Yorker. Read the Alabama paper's detailed account of Moore's behavior.” Anna Claire Vollers has the story for Alabama.com, Gadsden locals say Moore's predatory behavior at mall, restaurants not a secret. Just “More evidence of Roy Moore’s sexual abuse from another coastal elite newspaper,” tweets Dave Pell. “Roy Moore, mall creeper. Good work @acvollers,” tweets Kyle Whitmire. “Boy is this beat familiar from so many similar stories this month,” says Benjy Sarlin.

Yes, speaking of, MJ Lee, Sunlen Serfaty, Sara Ganim and Juana Summers have this story for CNN: Congress has a sexual harassment problem, lawmakers and staffers say. Tweets Steven Dennis, “Sexual harassment & Capitol Hill. There's an informal ‘creep list.’” “Gawker would solve this and I bet a Gawker alum will,” tweets David Klion.

And from Michael Rosenwald of The Washington Post, Hollywood's sexual harassment history: How Judy Garland was groped by Louis B. Mayer and other men. Tweets Lynda Robinson, “Harvey Weinstein option the biography that details Garland’s abuse by Louis B. Mayer and others.”

News from the Hill

USA Today has the Live stream as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. Nicholas Fandos of The New York Times overviews What to Watch as Jeff Sessions Testifies About Russia Contacts.

Lawmakers, US allies seek assurance that Trump won't rashly launch nuclear strike. That’s from CNN’s Jim Acosta and Barbara Starr. They write, “Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker will hold a hearing Tuesday on the authority of the President to maintain sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.” Tweets Vera Maria Bergengruen, “A key NATO ally raised concerns about Trump's ability to rashly launch a nuclear strike.”

Congress is also continuing to investigate the Whitefish Energy contract. “Here's my story on the records released by Congress regarding the Whitefish deal,” tweets Frances Robles, who links to her piece in The New York Times, Puerto Rico Ignored Lawyers’ Advice Over Whitefish Energy Contract.

Fraternity hazing death

18 drinks in 82 minutes: Prosecutor outlines new charges in Penn State frat hazing death. That’s the latest from Jeremy Roebuck of the Philadelphia Inquirer as 12 more Pennsylvania State University fraternity members have been charged in connection with fraternity pledge Tim Piazza’s hazing death. The Atlantic’s Caitlin Flanagan detailed the story in Death at a Penn State Fraternity. If you haven’t read it, “Make time for this @CaitlinPacific piece today,” tweets Priscilla Alvarez. Adds Alex Pena, “This story by @CaitlinPacific shows the power of journalism. Horrific story about Greek life at Penn State.”

Media news

And now for some “Wonderful news,” as Robert Costa tweets. From the Associated Press, Simmons College to name school for late journalist Gwen Ifill. The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts and Humanities will honor Ifill, who graduated from the college with a communications degree in 1977. Ifill died last year.

Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo invites you to Meet Radhika Jones, Vanity Fair’s Next Editor-in-Chief.

“This @kristenhare lede is heartbreaking,” tweets Ben Mullin, who links to These editors left their newsrooms instead of laying off more journalists, by Poynter’s Kristen Hare. Tweets Meghan Kelly, “This, from @kristenhare about editors quitting instead of laying off more people, is a must-read.” “Heroes,” says Ren LaForme. But Charlie Meyerson says, “I know this is an incredibly tough thing to do—I've been there—but it's an abdication of responsibility.”

Also from Poynter, “Does your social media team fact check misinformation? If not, you need to up your game, says a new @AmPress report.” The story, by Daniel Funke, U.S. newsrooms are 'largely unprepared' to address misinformation online.

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