What a mess
“Big SCOOP from @politico's tech team,” tweets Carrie Budoff Brown of FCC to seek total repeal of net neutrality rules, sources say, reported by Margaret Harding McGill of Politico. “End of equal internet for all?” asks Eve Tahmincioglu. Cecilia Kang reports on the story for The New York Times in F.C.C. Is Said to Plan Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules. What does it mean for you? Let Michael Ogden explain: “This is bad...like, really, really bad. You're going to see your streaming prices go WAY THE HELL UP,” he tweets. Tweets Karlin Lillington, “Announcement expected today. What a mess.”
Also messy: State Dept. revolt: Tillerson accused of violating U.S. law on child soldiers. That’s the exclusive from Reuters’ Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick. They write, “A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents reviewed by Reuters.” In other words, “Rex Tillerson: Soft on countries that use child soldiers,” tweets Lisa Hymas. “america, moral sinkhole,” tweets Oliver Willis.
Meanwhile, “An off-the-cuff remark by Trump has come back to haunt one of his executive orders,” tweets Eli Rosenberg, who links to his piece in The Washington Post, Federal judge blocks Trump’s executive order on denying funding to sanctuary cities.
Et tu, Charlie?
Neha Shastry is referring to the report from Irin Carmon and Amy Brittain of The Washington Post that Eight women say Charlie Rose sexually harassed them - with nudity, groping and lewd calls. “Dammit Charlie!” says Luke Morris. “I'll just be over here being sad,” says Les Perreaux. Of Rose’s statement to the Post, Chris McDaniel tweets, “What a terrible passive voice statement.” “The crusty paw says it all,” tweets Kara Swisher.
Congress’s sexual harassment cover-up slush fund
“In case you thought the sexual misconduct allegations were done for the day,” Philip Bump directs you to this piece from Paul McLeod and Lissandra Villa of BuzzFeed News: She Complained That A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here’s Why You Didn’t Hear Her Story, which is “a look behind the curtain at Congress' sexual harassment cover-up slush fund, feat. John Conyers,” as Ryan Cooper tweets. Tweets Matt Ford, “Congress basically has a star chamber for staffers who try to report sexual harassment from legislators.” “Plot twist,” says Natasha Bertrand, of the fact that Mike Cernovich provided the documents to BuzzFeed News. Tweets Elana Schor, “Kudos to Buzzfeed for getting this Conyers settlement and disclosing Cernovich as the original source.”
So now seems like a good opportunity for a “good refresher on reporting on sexual misconduct without sacrificing journalistic standards,” as Manisha Krishnan tweets. She links to Which sexual harassment and assault stories should you cover? — helpful guidelines from Poynter’s staff.
Should be interesting
Brian Stelter of CNN Money reports, Justice Department set to sue to block AT&T-Time Warner deal. He tweets, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. AT&T INC. et al.” “Alright let's do this,” says Brendan Bordelon.
Sara Gay Forden and David McLaughlin have the story for Bloomberg, AT&T to Face U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit Over Time Warner. Notes Alistair Barr, “If net neutrality was preserved, maybe uniting a supplier of content with a distributor wouldn't be so worrying.” “Our first big antitrust fight under Trump. Should be interesting,” says Christie Smythe.
The human toll of technology
The Apple iPhone X may have been named one of TIME’s 25 best inventions of 2017, but as Yuan Yang of the Financial Times reports, Apple’s iPhone X was assembled by illegal student labour. “When working overtime to assemble the latest iPhone is a high school graduation requirement…” tweets Shawn Donnan. “This is a heart breaking reminder of the human toll of technology,” says Shira Ovide.
Who owns the fiasco
It’s The beginning of the end of Angela Merkel, Josef Joffe writes for Politico. Tweets @POLITICOEurope: “OPINION: Merkel may not think so, but in the end it is always No. 1 who owns the fiasco, not some lesser player.” “Angela the Eternal no more. By the incomparable Joe Joffe,” tweets Matthew Kaminski.
BUMPER STICKER LADY 2020
Edwin Rios of Mother Jones reports, A Texas Sheriff Threatened This Woman for Having a “F**K TRUMP” Bumper Sticker. Her New Sticker Says F**k the Sheriff. Tweets Joy Reid, “This woman is the First Amendment in human form.” “BUMPER STICKER LADY 2020,” tweets Lauren Duca.
In case you’ve lost track, Ashley Rodriguez of Quartz has the list so far: Hollywood's sexual-harassment crisis has killed all of these shows.
From Vidhi Doshi of The Washington Post, Indian ruling-party member offers bounty for beheading of Bollywood’s biggest female star, and later, an update: Bollywood star drops event with Ivanka Trump amid death threats over film.
“A blip in the bitcoin,” tweets Tracy Alloway, who links to Bitcoin Recovers to Set Record After Hack of Crypto Peer Tether, by Justina Lee of Bloomberg Technology.
With technology, these researchers are figuring out North Korea’s nuclear secrets. That’s from Anna Fifield of The Washington Post.
“Moon landing conspiracy theories are dumb to begin with, but this one is dumb on a whole new level, tweets Matthew Trevithick. He’s referring to ‘Fake’ Apollo Moon Landing Photo Claims To Show Proof The Mission Was A Hoax, by Newsweek’s Harriet Sinclair.
“This just made my day,” says Laurel Wamsley. She links to Weather Channel tried to film Georgia Dome implosion. But along came a bus, by The Washington Post’s Travis Andrews.
And finally today, People are very confused about Starbucks’ new holiday cups. That’s from Fortune’s Sarah Gray.