Words that speak volumes

Jan 11, 2018

“On Tuesday, it was a high school in small-town Kentucky. On Monday, a school cafeteria outside Dallas and a charter school parking lot in New Orleans. And before that, a school bus in Iowa, a college campus in Southern California, a high school in Seattle.” As Alan Blinder and Daniel Victor write in The New York Times, yesterday’s School Shooting in Kentucky Is Nation’s 11th of Year. It’s Jan. 23. Becca Rotenberg recommends, “If you take in one thing today, make it this headline,” while Katherine Mcintire Peters calls them “12 words that speak volumes.” Two 15-year-old students were killed in Benton, Ky., and 18 more people were injured. As Blinder says, “Gunfire ringing out in American schools used to be rare, and shocking. Now it seems to happen all the time.”

A transcript for the ages

Where to begin with this one? Because as Willie Geist puts it, there’s “TONS in this @NBCNews exclusive on Flynn, the White House, and the Russia investigation from @CaroleLee.” He’s referring to the exclusive from Carol Lee of NBC News, Flynn kept FBI interview concealed from White House, Trump. The gist, as Geoff Bennett tweets, “The entire intel and law enforcement leadership around Trump in the early days are all in some form cooperating with Mueller’s special counsel team: Comey, Yates, Flynn, Sessions, Pompeo, Coates & Rogers.”

The latest from Ellen Nakashima, Josh Dawsey and Devlin Barrett of The Washington Post is that Trump asked the acting FBI director whom he voted for during Oval Office meeting. Dawsey tweets, “Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe left Oval ‘disturbed’ after Trump asked him whom he voted for and criticized his wife for taking money from a Democratic PAC tied to Clinton.” In case you’re wondering, “This is stomach-churningly inappropriate,” notes Ruth Marcus.

Also at The Washington Post, Dawsey and Carol Leonnig break the story that Mueller seeks to question Trump about Flynn and Comey departures. And “This will be a transcript for the ages,” tweets Gady Epstein.

For a little something different, Tim Ross and Margaret Talev of Bloomberg Politics go Inside the Dysfunctional Relationship of Donald Trump and Theresa May, and Andrew Barden calls it a “Great read on the Trump & May relationship: A little more strained, and a little less special.” “EXCLUSIVE and well worth a read,” says Rosalind Mathieson.

Hey, City dinosaurs: #timesup

“360 of Britain's top male businessmen, politicians and financiers. 130 female hostesses hired to entertain them. What could go wrong?” asks Emma Carew Grovum. In an undercover investigation for Financial Times, Men Only: Inside the charity fundraiser where hostesses are put on show, journalist Madison Marriage found out. As Richard Adams says, “This is extraordinary and shocking... it just gets worse the further you read.” Susan Krashinsky noticed this: “Also a policy of the gentlemen's club in The Handmaid’s Tale. ‘Outside the women’s toilets a monitoring system was in place: women who spent too long were called out and led back to the ballroom. A security guard at the door was on hand, keeping time.’” Speaking of time, Kate Allen tweets, “Hey, City dinosaurs: #timesup.”

Much, much more to the story

So this is “Awk,” tweets Nicholas Riccardi. Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, Pat Meehan says he saw younger aide as ‘a soul mate’ but denies harassment. “Imagine being this clueless,” says Terrence McDonald. To be fair, says Ray Locker, “Who doesn't blame the Obamacare repeal tensions for harassing a younger female aide?” For Katie Hinman, “The best part of the Meehan intv is when he insists there's no hierarchy because his staff is all on ‘Team Meehan.’”

In yet more sexual harassment news, For some who lived in it, Keillor's world wasn't funny. Laura Yuen, Matt Sepic and Euan Kerr have details from the new MPR News investigation, which reveals “There is much much more to the Garrison Keillor story than you might realize,” as John Moe points out.

And Emily Friedlander Peck of HuffPost has the exclusive as 5 Women Sue Monster Energy Over Abusive, Discriminatory Culture. She tweets, “Read their stories, an in-depth look at what workplace harassment does to women's lives and careers.”

A fascinating look at someone who is ruining journalism

LA journalism’s ‘Prince of Darkness’ is the profile of Los Angeles Times editor in chief Lewis D’Vorkin, by Lyz Lenz for the Columbia Journalism Review. “What a fascinating look at someone who is ruining journalism,” says Brandy Jensen. Worth noting, “This @CJR profile of LA Times editor in chief Lewis D’Vorkin quotes an unidentified writer who ‘actually likes him’ as saying he is ‘without journalistic ethic,’” as Connor Ennis tweets. Siddhartha Mitter offers “Prayers up for the Los Angeles Times and the many good people thereof. This is a sinister situation.”

Continuing the theme, the Pope Says Fake News Is Devil’s Work, which is “My favorite headline of all time,” tweets Damon Beres. The story is by Francis X. Rocca of The Wall Street Journal.

Not to worry, though, because BuzzFeed’s Alex Kantrowitz has Facebook’s News Survey for you, and Scott Thurm feels pretty confident about it: “Yup, this is going to fix everything. Two questions. We're done here.”

Also at BuzzFeed, Craig Silverman tweets, “NEW: @jsvine and I built & analyzed the most comprehensive list of country-censored Twitter accounts to date. We found that an unprecedented number of accounts have been banned in Germany and France thanks to a recent surge in removal requests.” He links to his piece with Jeremy Singer-Vine, An Inside Look At The Accounts Twitter Has Censored In Countries Around The World.

We’ll go with Traxionc

And now, the scoop from Benjamin Mullin of The Wall Street Journal is that Tronc and Axios Are In Talks For a News Partnership. Joshua Benton’s take: “(a) cost cutting is sad (b) I wonder how/if @axios content would translate to print (c) this looks like a partnership in the same way I had a partnership with @sweetgreen the other day, fee for service.” But will it be “Tronxios,” as Taylor Lorenz suggests, or Mark Bergen’s choice: “Axionc”? Or maybe Dan Zak’s suggestion, “Axitroncos,” or Damon Beres’s “TRONCXIOS.” The real question, though, is this: “In wake of @latimes vote to unionize comes news that @tronc is talking with @axios about syndicating DC-based content in its papers, including @chicagotribune. Whither @tronc's own DC bureau of 16 journos?” asks Steve Daniels.

RIP Ursula Le Guin

In a tweet that captures the sentiment for many, Xan Brooks shares, “RIP Ursula K. Le Guin, magnificent creature. Sudden, desperate urge to re-read the Earthsea books, but then I feel that most days.” He links to the obit by Gerald Jonas of The New York Times, Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88. “The literary world mourns the loss of a titan of science fiction and fantasy,” tweets Writer’s Digest. Particularly worth reading today on Letters of Note, Gentlemen, I just don’t belong here, in which Le Guin turns down an offer to blurb an all-male sci-fi anthology. As Leah McElrath says, “#UrsulaLeGuin is dead. Damn it. May she rest in peace and power.”

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Nashville-based writer, marketing communications consultant, and all-around word nerd. Usually covered in dog and/or cat hair.

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