What a year
Financial Times has named Susan Fowler, the software engineer who lifted the lid on sexual harassment at Uber and inspired women to speak out, its Person of the Year. Tweets Alice Fishburn, “A really deserving FT person of the year. The fascinating Susan Fowler is brilliantly profiled here by @lesliehook.”
Mary Bowerman of USA Today reports that Merriam-Webster names ‘feminism’ as its word of the year.
At Politifact, Angie Holan reveals the 2017 Lie of the Year: Russian election interference is a ‘made-up story.’ Notes Amy Hollyfield, “First two-time winner of @PolitiFact Lie of the Year is @realDonaldTrump.”
And now we have the “QUOTE OF THE YEAR!!!” as Joseph Barracato tweets: Roy Moore’s Wife: We’re Not Anti-Semitic, Our Lawyer’s a Jew. Margaret Hartmann has the story for New York Magazine. “The quote is awful, and the video is worse,” says Jamil Smith. Also, “This was in her prepared remarks,” tweets Tommy Vietor. The Daily Beast files the story under the heading Sure. Tweets Jonathan Kay, “remember when George Costanza took his black exterminator out for dinner to prove he wasn't racist?” “L' Chaim!” says Scott Simon.
Yes, it’s finally here: Voters head to the polls in contentious Senate race in Alabama, as The Washington Post team of Sean Sullivan, David Weigel, Michael Scherer and Elise Viebeck report. Politifact’s Jon Greenberg notes that Fake news in the Alabama Senate race surges before Election Day. At NPR, Brakkton Booker has your Timeline Of Plot Twists And Bombshells: How We Got To Election Day In Alabama. AL.com will have continuous updates throughout the day: Alabama Senate election 2017 live updates on Roy Moore vs. Doug Jones: Who will win?
The latest from New York
The latest from NBC News New York on yesterday’s attempted attack, Port Authority Bomb Suspect Says He Was Angry About Muslim Killings, Meant Blast as Suicide Attack: Officials. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, is a 27-year-old man of Bangladeshi descent with a Brooklyn address. Jonathan Wolfe of The New York Times highlights What We Know About the Subway Bombing.
Another one (or four)
Next up: Ryan Lizza Fired by The New Yorker Over Sexual Misconduct Allegation, as Liam Stack reports for The New York Times, and “Somewhere the Mooch is smiling,” tweets Kevin R. Kosar. Andrew Kirell and Asawin Suebsaeng have the story for The Daily Beast, The New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over ‘Improper Sexual Conduct.’ Justin Miller notes, “Lizza disappeared from Twitter and CNN in recent weeks, leading to speculation about his demise.”
And then next up: Jordyn Holman and Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg report, NFL Harassment Suit Alleges Groping by Top Executive, Ex-Players. They write, “The NFL Network suspended a trio of analysts, including Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk, after allegations of sexual harassment by a former co-worker. The former football players, including Heath Evans and Ike Taylor, allegedly groped and made sexually explicit comments to female colleague Jami Cantor, according to a lawsuit filed against NFL Enterprises by Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist at the NFL Network.”
In an exclusive for The Hollywood Reporter, Rebecca Sun reports CAA Cancels Golden Globes Party, Will Start Legal Defense Fund for Sex Harassment Cases, writing, “The financial resources that normally would be committed to the Friday night bash...will be redirected to a legal defense fund to assist victims of workplace harassment cases from all industries, not just entertainment, a source tells THR.” “Correct call,” says Erin Strecker.
Gillibrand v Trump
And now, “#MeToo knocks on the White House door,” tweets Lauren Smiley. As Mick Krever reports for CNN, Exclusive: Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign. And in the ongoing saga of “Gillibrand v Trump,” as Jon Campbell puts it, David Jackson of USA Today reports, After Trump Twitter attack, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says: ‘You cannot silence me.’
Meanwhile, Willa Frej of HuffPost reports, Trump Lawyers Want A Second Special Counsel. Yes, “Trump's legal team calls for a special counsel to investigate the special counsel…” tweets Jennifer Kho. Tweets Al Johnson, “This is what desperation looks like.”
That cat story
“Ha, @Jonesieman talked to the author of that cat story in @NewYorker,” tweets Sopan Deb, and if you don’t know about that cat story, well, you’re about to get sucked into it along with everyone else. (Note: It’s not really about cats.) As Jonah Bromwich of The New York Times writes in ‘Cat Person’ in The New Yorker: A Discussion With the Author, “When a short story makes a splash these days, you can see the ripples in real time.” Also, “This is, as @gpveis just pointed out, the most New York Times photo caption ever,” tweets Lydia Polgreen, referring to “The writer Kristen Roupenian’s recent fiction piece in The New Yorker, ‘Cat Person,’ drew widespread interest online.” So, ICYsomehowMI, here’s Cat Person, Kristen Roupenian’s short story in The New Yorker.
Will @Gawker squawk again?
Good question, Peter Kadzis. He links to Former Gawker employees are crowdfunding to relaunch a Gawker.com that’s owned by a nonprofit and funded by readers, by Shan Wang of Nieman Journalism Lab.
RIP SF Mayor Ed Lee
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65, reports Demian Bulwa of the SFGATE. He writes, “Mayor Ed Lee, the city’s first Asian American mayor and the man who presided over San Francisco’s rise to the top of the tech world, died early Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 65.” Debra J. Saunders tweets, “Sad news. A good man and the rare adult in City Hall.” Tweets Dan Runcie, “Damn... RIP.”
“Eventually @PressSec will be looking for a job from the same ppl she calls ‘fake news,’” tweets Mario Boone, but in the meantime, Sarah Sanders just made a hugely offensive allegation against the media, says CNN’s Chris Cillizza.
Trump to start process of sending Americans back to moon. Steve Holland and Alden Bentley report on the story for Reuters.
“This is brilliant,” tweets Dana Roc. As Richard Gonzales of NPR reports, Macron Awards U.S. Climate Scientists Grants To ‘Make Our Planet Great Again.’ And at France 24, Louise Nordstrom has the story as US researchers flock to join Macron’s climate change project.
Katherine Burton of Bloomberg takes a look at the future of investing, in What Hedge Funds Will Do After the Hedge Fund Model Dies.
Read John Boyne’s piece in The Guardian to learn why ‘Women are better writers than men’: novelist John Boyne sets the record straight. “Brilliantly argued and provocative,” says Kira Cochran.
Matthew Lynch “Talked to @itslizhannah and @jsinger10 about writing The Post,” as he tweets. His new piece for Vanity Fair explains How The Post Became the Hottest Screenplay in Hollywood.