Isn’t it ironic
Lots to catch you up on today. First, Jeremy Peters of The New York Times reported Steve Bannon to Step Down From Breitbart Post, which was later confirmed by Breitbart, prompting Chris Condon to wonder, “Did the ‘fake news’ NYTimes scoop Breitbart on their own internal news?” At any rate, queue up the Alanis Morissette: “Isn't it ironic,” tweets Asaf Ronel. Not to mention, “By losing two jobs in one year, Steve Bannon is trying to personally fuck up Trump's unemployment numbers,” as Thornton McEnery points out.
Philip Rucker says “Bannon's collapse is downright Shakespearean,” linking to The Washington Post’s coverage, Steve Bannon leaves Breitbart after blow-up over comments in Trump book, by Paul Farhi, Josh Dawsey and Robert Costa. Carlos Lozada has Bannon as Mugatu: “I INVENTED THE PIANO KEY NECKTIE! I INVENTED IT!” What have you done?
Anyway, “Life, fast, etc.” tweets Lily Herman, and she’s not kidding. Another big story yesterday: Senator Dianne Feinstein releases testimony of Glenn Simpson, whose research firm Fusion GPS was behind Trump dossier, as Devlin Barrett and Tom Hamburger report for The Washington Post. Nicholas Fandos, Matthew Rosenberg and Sharon LaFraniere cover the story for The New York Times, Democratic Senator Releases Transcript of Interview with Dossier Firm, and Thom Dunn tempts us with “The pee tape is so close I can smell it (and it definitely smells like pee).”
And right on cue, Trump jabs 'Sneaky Dianne Feinstein' for releasing Fusion GPS transcript, as POLITICO’s Cristiano Lima reports.
Meanwhile, Spencer Ackerman of The Daily Beast has this scoop: White House Official Floated Withdrawing U.S. Forces to Please Putin, and in case you didn’t hear that, Noah Shachtman helpfully tweetshouts it for you: “EXCLUSIVE: White House official proposed ***WITHDRAWING SOME AMERICAN TROOPS FROM EUROPE*** to please Putin.” Sarah Rose thinks “Maybe firing everyone who knows your secrets wasn’t such a good idea.”
In an op-ed for The New York Times, BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith writes, I’m Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier, noting that “a year of government inquiries and blockbuster journalism has made clear that the dossier is unquestionably real news.” “Nobody puts @BuzzFeedBen in the corner,” says Kara Swisher. Adds Laura Davis, “Transparency FTW. I wear my ‘failing pile of garbage’ shirt proudly.”
And then there’s this: “Because there aren't enough disgraced lawmen in government already,” as Andrew Cohen tweets, Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he is running for the Senate in Arizona. That’s the report from Dan Nowicki and Megan Cassidy of the Arizona Republic. David Drucker has the story and the interview with Arpaio for the Washington Examiner, Joe Arpaio running for Senate in Arizona. “Pardon me?” tweets Patrick Ward (get it?). Jack Dickey notes, “The description of Joe Arpaio as ‘iconic’ is the best evidence yet that this word has no meaning.” Jason Pye’s verdict: “Hard pass.”
This is gonna be fun
The scoop from Maggie Haberman and Michael Shear of The New York Times is that Trump Plans to Attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, and Rosanne Roobeek is looking forward to it: “This is gonna be fun,” she tweets. “Trump is the ultimate Davos Man,” says Matt Berman. Sopan Deb’s take: “Trump going to Davos! Boy, Bannon's quotes *really* irritated him.”
Slippery, slippery slope
POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein reports, Judge blocks Trump wind-down of Dreamers program. Tweets Gus Bova, “Woah. Cali judge says Trump has to accept DACA renewals until litigation resolves. I'm sure appeal is on the way.”
But Tina Vasquez is calling your attention to this: “Hi, hello. THE DOJ IS REVOKING PEOPLE'S CITIZENSHIP.” She links to her piece for Rewire, Justice Department Revokes Naturalized Citizenship, Citing Fingerprint Issue. “Slippery, slippery slope,” says Atossa Araxia Abrahamian.
Alanna Bennett is referring to the New York Times op-ed by Frank Bruni, Greta Gerwig and Aaron Sorkin, Hollywood Must Change. “Greta Gerwig now on the record against Woody Allen,” tweets Meg Watson, and Hunter Harris gushes, “we love an accountable queen!”
Here’s another statement: Mark Wahlberg paid $1.5M for ‘All the Money’ reshoot, Michelle Williams got less than $1,000. That’s the exclusive from USA Today’s Andrea Mandell. “Holy cow, that is a big delta,” says Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. Putting it another way is E. Alex Jung, who tweets, “holy shit this is shitty.” Oh, and also, “Bonus news: Mark Wahlberg is terrible in this movie!” tweets Alissa Wilkinson.
What a profile, and what a subject
Taffy Brodesser-Akner wants you to know that “Tonya Harding did not enjoy your recent feminist think piece about her,” and, as she writes in her new profile of Harding for The New York Times, Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now. “Same,” says John Patrick Pullen. The profile itself? “Goddamnit, this is good” says Matthew Kassel. “What a profile, and what a subject,” tweets David Klion. And Jessica Goldstein caught this: “even the dateline is perfect in the @taffyakner Tonya Harding profile.” Tweets Mike Vorkunov, “I'll read @taffyakner on anything and certainly on a Tonya Harding profile I didn't know I wanted but really enjoyed.” Need more convincing? “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now: @taffyakner is THE BEST journalist working today. Hands down,” says Scott Neumyer.
Please give ashley the pee tape
A “FEINBERG PROFILE ALERT” from Mike Isaac. You can find Matthew Kassel’s new profile of HuffPost’s Ashley Feinberg in the Columbia Journalism Review: Ashley Feinberg trolls for all the right reasons. Kassel calls her “the Andy Kaufman of digital journalism,” while Dayna Evans is “Crying at every word of this profile of my dear idiot friend @ashleyfeinberg.” Also, “please give ashley the pee tape it would make her so happy and she deserves it,” pleads Brendan O'Connor. And this isn’t weird at all: “i'm printing out this article and taping it up like a wanted poster all over my neighborhood,” tweets Andy Cush.
RIP James Dolan, a good man who did his cause proud
Trevor Timm of the Freedom of the Press Foundation has A tribute to James Dolan, co-creator of SecureDrop, who has tragically passed away at age 36. Tweets John Cook, “Awful news. James Dolan was a very nice and very impressive guy whose work has made many important stories possible.” “RIP James Dolan, a good man who did his cause proud. We lost him far too young,” tweets Barton Gellman.
Lisa Friedman of The New York Times takes a look at How a Coal Baron’s Wish List Became President Trump’s To-Do List. John Cushman calls it a “Smoking gun.”
At The Washington Post, Ruth Marcus has a message for Ivanka: Ivanka Trump, stop the ‘you go, girl’ Oprah cheerleading. You’re complicit.
US to loosen nuclear weapons policy and develop more ‘usable’ warheads, reports Julian Borger of The Guardian.
AP’s Linda Johnson reports that an IV bag shortage has hospitals scrambling to treat flu.
From Mark Leibovich of The New York Times, Tom Brady Gave a Filmmaker Unusual Access to His Private Life.