A cavalcade of derp

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A cavalcade of derp
July 19th, 2016
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Day two of convention controversies


"Astute hot take from @davidfrum on the Melania mess. I’m plagiarizing 'Cavalcade of Derp' for my next album title," resolves E.W. ScrippsAaron Weiss of the 10 reasons Melania Trump's speech shows problems with Donald Trump's campaign (at 8,000+ shares). In that piece for The Atlantic, David Frum makes the case that Melania's seeming plagiarization of Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech certainly wasn't welcome after a "quarrel with Ohio's governor," missing senators and governors, "no-show donors," convention financial problems and the fight over rules on the floor. "Good summary of why this isn't just a one-day scandal. It's so bizarre you wonder about insider sabotage," argues Toronto Star's Judith Timson, although AFP's Dmitry Zaks suggests that's just "Wishful @HillaryClinton thinking."


Let's just agree that Melania's speech did bear some striking similarities to Michelle Obama's -- and one RNC official did make a very convincing defense of her misstep by citing a "My Little Pony" quote. But no matter who was responsible -- a ghost writer or Melania herself -- what's clear is that no one has been fired. "I guess @realDonaldTrump can't fire his wife. Oh, wait, he has," realizes Foon Rhee at The Sacramento Bee. Maybe it's because the entire speech was one giant Rickrolling? Melania’s Fan Club will surely have her back, but kudos all the same to the laid-off journalist sitting in a Starbucks who scooped everyone. "Get this guy a job, STAT! This is what good journalism looks like," announces Annalee Grant at SNL Energy.


But did President Obama do the same thing in 2008 to Deval Patrick's speeches? For what it's worth, Boston Magazine argues not. Also, check out The Guardian's “A short history of political plagiarism” and CNN’s “Politicians called out for copying" for further pontifications on political plagiarism. As for tonight's headlining speeches, so far Chris Christie shook crowds awake with a litany on Hillary Clinton's legal sins, daughter Tiffany called her father "a natural-born encourager," and oldest son Donald, Jr. stated, "For my father, impossible is just the starting point." Never miss a moment from the convention floor by checking in on CNN's live updates.

And elsewhere in radical shakedowns, while Megyn Kelly has remained publicly mum about the Roger Ailes controversy, reports indicate she told investigators that Ailes sexually harassed her, and that's why the powerful Fox News CEO is "all but out the door."

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Who are some of the speakers lined up to speak at the Republican National Convention? To name just a few, a member of the Duck Dynasty, Scott Baio a.k.a. the star of Charles In Charge and Joanie Loves Chachi, a soap opera celeb, Rudy Giuliani, Rick Perry, venture capitalist Peter Thiel, and of course, a gaggle of Trump children. Here's a more elaborate list!

Congrats to Charlotte LoBuono for being the very first to answer that correctly (and for commenting she enjoyed the Scott Baio reference in one paper's headline: "Donnie Loves Chachi!"), Mark Edwards (whose answer was "I only have 140 characters so I have to stick with Scott Baio. He will always be Chachi"), Martin Berliner (who jokes "the entire cast of The Jeffersons declined"), Mark Gibbs (who notes there are "As many billionaires and Trumps speaking @ GOP convention as governors & senators"), and Lori Friedman for all offering valid answers. Shout out to Margo Howard for joking "no one" and Robert Fortner for suggesting "anyone."

As for today's question, here it is: What are some of the weirdest/most interesting things delegates bragged about their states during the official casting of votes at the RNC?

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
Journo job moves for Tuesday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • Jessica Moore (at right) joins CBS New York as a weekend anchor. Moore previously was an evening anchor at KSNV in Las Vegas.
  • Telemundo 40 in Río Grande Valley welcomes Carlos Sánchez as Video Journalist for its 10 p.m. newscast with an on-air debut set for August. Sánchez joins from KTDO Telemundo in El Paso.
  • The Washington Post's general assignment desk has annexed Cleve Wootson as a reporter. Now charged with covering breaking news and enterprise, Wootson hails from the Charlotte Observer, where he most recently covered crime and public safety.
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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