Trumpling our press freedoms

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Trumpling our press freedoms
June 15th, 2016
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Is the tide turning on Trump?


The Washington Post strikes back! After watching their credentials to cover Donald Trump get revoked, the Post's Alexandra Petri is at it again, this time penning a style guide for "how to cover Trump fairly." Petri offers up such gems as "Remember the transitive property of Trump: Whenever Donald Trump loves something, it loves him back" and even answers the age-old question "Can I just print a transcript of what Donald Trump actually said?" Spoiler alert: the answer is "No. This is very mean and bad." Petri also manages to squeeze in quaint phrases you shouldn't use when describing Trump, i.e. "cocktail shrimp in a toupee" or "what results if you accidentally leave Guy Fieri in a microwave." WaPo colleage Ben Terris laments, "Wish we had this style guide from @petridishes a few weeks ago, then maybe we wouldn't have gotten banned." At the Alabama Media GroupKyle Whitmire concludes, "The Washington Post is not sorry." Petri's parody of a piece appears to resonate with several journalists. "Think of facts 'as a garnish, not an entree' when reporting on @realdonaldtrump. This guide is pure #gold," praises NPR's Elise Hu. Remember, Petri cautions: "Donald Trump is infallible — like the pope but with more raw sexual charisma."


But a President Trump won't ban news outlets from the White House, he promises, while also warning the New York Times they could be next: "You're marginal, you're marginal." In a post called "Beat the press," the Associated Press contends that in reality, Trump's contempt for the media is calculated. "Trump trashes the press and taken to banning them. But he also, more than most candidates, needs them," reports AP's Jonathan Lemire. And while all that's happening, Peter Thiel's lawyer is trying to silence Gawker's reporting on Trump's hair, too. "Hair suit," quips freelancer Glenn FleishmanFiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver is not amused: "Reminder: this asshole, who's bankrolling lawsuits against journalists reporting on Trump, is on Facebook's board."

None of this has deterred the Post, where they've also recently reported anti-Trump sentiment just hit a new campaign high: 7 in 10 Americans have an unfavorable view of Trump, including a 56 percent majority who feel this way "strongly" (to be fair, Hillary Clinton reached a new high for unfavorability as well, at 55 percent!). CBS News similarly indicates that the Trump position on Orlando, a Muslim ban, Obama, and assault weapons is losing ground. "New CBS poll is just damning for Trump: only 50% of REPUBLICANS approved of his response to Orlando," realizes Jason Goldberg. It probably won't help that the real estate magnate appears to have just taken a shot at some Iraq veterans, implying during a Greensboro, North Carolina rally that some soldiers may have stolen the reconstruction money. "A presidential candidate just accused me and thousands of other troops of embezzlement while in a combat zone," decides Wall Street Journal's Ben Kesling. Or perhaps Trump meant to malign Iraqi soldiers? It's hard to tell, because it sounds like the Greensboro rally was borderline chaos, but in all fairness, that was just one man's perspective. "This could be titled 'How Not To Cover A Trump Rally.' Sneering, condescending, showily judgmental, mean-spirited," criticizes Vice's Michael Tracey.

One thing we can all agree on: it's been a tumultuous week in Orlando. On top of Saturday night's unthinkable massacre, now deputies are searching for a child allegedly dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney's Grand Floridian. "Holy shit. This poor city. Someone send the @orlandosentinel staff some pizzas," advises Liz Sawyer with the Star Tribune (as previously reported, some have already done so). Meanwhile, things look a bit crazy across the pond, where the Brexit fight spilled over into the River Thames. Literally. "Hi America, British Politics Went Completely Mad Today," writes BuzzFeed's Hannah Jewell. Even that fun can be spoiled, however, as apparently one of two large boats involved in that river protest was involved in £63 million fishing fraud. Liam Denning at Bloomberg News calls it "The spinnish armada."

Question of the day


Our last question asked: At BuzzFeedKatie Notopoulos is predicting the end of what tech industry phenomenon? That would be the end of the Apple man, i.e., marketing to the stereotypical "fortysomething dad who just wants to FaceTime his adorable children while he’s on a business trip, and also find a local pourover coffee shop while he’s in town." Sounds oddly specific, yet Apple seems to think that's their entire audience.

Congratulations to beauty blogger Charlotte LoBuono for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to fantastic folks for also answering correctly: Jackie Hague (who suggests Steve Jobs was the quintessential Apple Man), Mark Gibbs (who calls those generalized optics "rotten to the core"), Jake Wengroff (who points out "Though, as she notes, he's 'in retreat'") and Ron Casalotti (who applauds Apple for "finally acknowledging there's more than 1 type of customer for Apple, man, w/ new features aimed @ women").

As for today's question, here it is: According to The Guardian, a recent crime wave in New Zealand appears to be fueled by what?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)!

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Booth Moore joins The Hollywood Reporter


The Hollywood Reporter welcomes Booth Moore as fashion senior editor covering the intersection of fashion, luxury and entertainment. Moore will serve in that role for THR as well as, THR’s digital style vertical. Most recently a freelance journalist focusing on a book for Regan Arts about where the most stylish people in the world shop, Moore famously served as the LA Times' longtime (and first!) fashion critic.

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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