Stop this week, we want off

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Stop this week, we want off
July 15th, 2016
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When news isn't good news


"Coup d'etat attempt in Turkey to finish just another regular week of a totally regular summer," tweets Bloomberg's J.P. Spinetto before adding the hashtag #not, and his was not the only response of that kind. Robin Garr at felt similarly: "Well, this is sure an 'interesting' week. Can we make it stop?" NYT's Tom Jolly sarcastically declares, "Because nothing else is going on." But former Al Jazeera journalist Amina Waheed may as well have spoken for everyone in reacting, "!!! what... ?" 

Blocking bridges crossing the Bosphorus in Istanbul as jets flew low in Ankara, Turkey's military grappled to take control of the country Friday night. Martial law was declared, however President Recep Tayyp Erdoğan -- his whereabouts unknown -- still reportedly is in power. "A 'peace council' says it now runs Turkey. Tayyep Erdogan still has a mobile phone," details Mark MacKinnon. "Using iPhone FaceTime app, #Turkey President Erdoğan broadcasts messages beseeching public to resist coup attempt," reports Hailey Branson-Potts at the LA Times."Erdogan ending?" wonders Roger Cohen at the New York Times, while his colleague Steven Greenhouse asks, "Question: Is coup seeking to make Turkey more democratic in light of Erdogan's increasing authoritarianism? Or less?" President Erdoğan insists, "We will overcome this" as the U.S. offers support -- but regardless of the outcome, this coup attempt could destabilize the region, according to experts interviewed by The Guardian.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What two (perhaps unexpected) penpals are the focus of a recent T Magazine feature? The magazine printed some of the email correspondence between actress Natalie Portman and author Jonathan Safran Foer. We say "some," because a lot of their old correspondence mysteriously disappeared -- which perhaps is a godsend, because what we did get to read was pretty insufferable, TBH. Also, can anyone find Portman's pants? She seems to have lost them on the way to the photoshoot that accompanied that post.

Cheers to Lori Friedman for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Charlotte LoBuonoThomas Feyer (who notes "only one is fully clothed"), Mark Gibbs (who points out that "Foer lost his email archive by being one of last Hotmail users"), Ron Casalotti (who admits "I'd make a cynical comment but am overcome by their level of pretentious"), and M_Heschmeyer (who nevertheless wishes he could trade places with Foer).

As for today's question, here it is: Police are investigating a Playboy model for doing what at the gym?

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

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Friday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • Reid Wilson (at right) returns today to The Hill to cover state politics. Most recently a chief political correspondent for The Morning Consult, Reid has served as an editor and lead author of The Washington Post's morning political tipsheet "Read In" and editor-in-chief of National Journal's "Hotline" tipsheet.
  • Dean Stattmann has been named deputy editor, digital projects, at Men's Health. He had been commissioning editor at Men's Health UK
  • Amanda Heckert is the next deputy editor at Garden & Gun. Heckert joins from Indianapolis Monthly, where she was editor-in-chief.
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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