Never in a million years
“I never in a million years thought I would be up here on stage appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home.” That was CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, speaking at the International Press Freedom Awards on Tuesday. She added, “I feel that we face an existential crisis, a threat to the very relevance and usefulness of our profession.” Poynter has republished her full remarks on press freedom, fake news and the state of journalism under Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, at The Atlantic, NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly shares her thoughts on Ending Open Secrets, Inside and Outside the Newsroom. Tweets Howard Berkes, “From my colleague @nprkelly. Her own encounter with a harasser and the developments @NPR.”
And in her new piece for AP News, Credibility at risk, media cuts stars loose over sex claims, Jennifer Peltz writes, “While the journalists’ apologies or acknowledgements surely made it easier for their employers to cut them loose, a journalism expert [Indira Lakshmanan, a journalism ethics scholar at the Poynter Institute] said news organizations in particular can’t afford to hesitate and come off looking hypocritical.”
Nassar pleads guilty
As Kim Kozlowski of The Detroit News reports, Larry Nassar, the disgraced Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor, pleads guilty to raping underage gymnasts. He admitted he sexually assaulted girls under the guise of medical treatment, pleading guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Kozlowski notes that “many of his other alleged victims stood in the courtroom and watched.”
Stunningly, inexplicably dumb
“WELP. This is explosive,” says Sridhar Natarajan, of the breaking news from Eric Newcomer of Bloomberg Technology: Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data. Tweets Kara Wetzel, “I thought the HQ thing was the jaw-dropping startup story of the day but I was wrong.” “This is stunningly, inexplicably dumb of Uber,” says Shira Ovide. “Because Uber is shadier than the forest..” Cody Lyon explains. Tweets Candice Norwood, “I give up...just going to assume that my data is out there everywhere.” Dominic Fracassa and Carolyn Said have the story for the San Francisco Chronicle, Uber hid massive data breach for over a year.
Train wreck interview of the day
OK, so about that HQ story. Taylor Lorenz of The Daily Beast writes, “The trivia app has become a sensation on the app store and a darling for media prognosticators. Its CEO threatened to fire its star host for talking to us about salad.” Here’s the story: CEO of HQ, the Hottest App Going: If You Run This Profile, We’ll Fire Our Host. Tweets Cooper Fleishman, “This @TaylorLorenz scoop gets more bonkers by the minute.” “Wow, should we consider renaming the Streisand Effect?” tweets Taylor Kate Brown. Doug MacMillan calls it a “Sweetgreen Disclosure Agreement (SDA) violation.” “This may be the worst media relations disaster since the invention of the wheel,” says John Ibbitson. Tweets Jay Rosen, “As a connoisseur of train wreck interviews, I only wish this one was taped. Even as text, world class entertainment.” And Daniel Victor tweets, “This is wild. As a reminder: Journalists are not extensions of your PR department.” Anyway, to sum up: “Everything about App Culture is dumb and superfluous,” tweets Andrew Zaleski.
Tell us how you really feel
“It’s about time @BillPlaschke tells us how he really feels about @Lavarbigballer,” tweets Mike Hiserman. At The Los Angeles Times, Bill Plaschke says it’s The big con: LaVar Ball has made a living off the backs of his children. Tweets Nathaniel Friedman, “When so many talented writers and reporters can't get a job it's a crime that people like Bill Plaschke get bloated paychecks to write shit that many of us could fake in our sleep.”
54 years later
It’s the 54th anniversary of the JFK assassination, and As JFK theories linger, assassination buffs dig for gold in new files, writes Charles Scudder of the Dallas Morning News. Axios shares The AP report of the JFK assassination, 54 years later. Fernando Ramirez of the Houston Chronicle shares Rare photos showing the hours leading up to and following the assassination of JFK. And TIME’s Olivia B. Waxman looks at What Experts Have Learned So Far From the JFK Records Releases.
Mugabe's fall and what’s at stake
For “Amazing details in the behind-the-scenes story of Mugabe's fall,” as Stu Woo tweets, read the new piece from Gabriele Steinhauser, Joe Parkinson and Bernard Mpofu in The Wall Street Journal, Waking Up Alone: How Elite Plotters Toppled Mugabe’s 37-Year Reign. Tweets Alastair Gale, “Cracking detailed account of Mugabe's last days by @gksteinhauser @JoeWSJ & @mpofu_ben.”
And for a look at “What’s at stake for China in #Zimbabwe now that Mugabe’s gone,” Krista Mahr links to her story in the Nikkei Asian Review, China hopes for stable partner in Zimbabwe after Mugabe.
In the category “Old whine, new bottle,” as Randeep Ramesh puts it, “From May this year ‘Theresa May today pledges to halve rough sleeping over the course of the parliament, eliminating it altogether by 2027.’” He links to Joe Murphy’s piece for The Evening Standard, I'm Mr Bright Side - Hammond ahead of Budget: Chancellor pledges to eliminate homelessness by 2027, in which Murphy notes that the Chancellor “shrugs off his Eeyore image.” Tweets Mark Di Stefano, “Hell yeah The Evening Standard with budget briefings 47 minutes before Hammond even starts speaking.”
“Thank you & bravo,” tweets Michael Short, of the news, Historic euthanasia laws pass Victorian upper house, as reported by Benjamin Preiss of The Age. Gay Alcorn has the story for The Guardian, Victoria poised to become first Australian state to legalise euthanasia after historic vote.
But things are a little less certain on the bird front. Australian bird of the year survey: new poll ruffles feathers in Canberra, reports The Guardian’s Naaman Zhou. Tweets Calla Wahlquist, “.@naamanzhou beautifully weaving together the big issues of the week.” “This is brilliant,” says Michael Slezak.
In other animal naming news, “Demand to know why these dogs don't have Wu-Tang names. Old Dirty St. Bernard for starters,” tweets Rob Davies. He’s referring to Wu-Tang Clan sue dog-walking outfit Woof-Tang Clan for copyright breach, as reported by The Guardian’s Ben Beaumont-Thomas.
RIP David Cassidy
Farewell, Keith Partridge. David Cassidy, Singer and 'Partridge Family' Teen Idol, Dead at 67. Daniel Kreps has the obit for Rolling Stone. The magazine also explains Why David Cassidy Bared All for Annie Leibovitz's Cover Photo Shoot. NBC News shares David Cassidy’s life in pictures. And Zach Miller says, “This is the best story you'll read all day. Thanks for sharing @JimBeckerman.” He’s referring to I'm sorry, David Cassidy: You became the obsession of my seventh-grade English class, by Jim Beckerman of The Record (Bergen County).
Thanksgiving, plus one:
Gillian Brockell of The Washington Post explains Thanksgiving’s hidden past: Plymouth in 1621 wasn’t close to being the first celebration.