Huma, tell him, boy, bye (and she did)

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Huma, tell him, boy, bye (and she did)
August 29th, 2016
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Unbelievable, and yet not


By now you already know that serial texter Anthony Weiner has done it again. After an epic takedown by New York Post describing how his latest bout of unfaithfulness took place even while his son slept curled up next to him -- in which the coin was termed "stay-at-home cad" -- the doubly (and now triply) disgraced former congressman has officially obliterated his a second chance at a second chance. "Again. AGAIN. Unbelievable," tweets CNN's Brandon Griggs, speaking for most of us. "Jesus, why doesn't he at least use Snapchat?" demands The Street's Nelson Wang, which is a good question; at least there his embarrassing posts would have been ephemeral. "It's a lot of things, but mainly sad," observes John Schwartz with the New York Times.

And faster than you could finish asking "Why does she put up with this," his wife Huma Abedin decided three strikes means you're out, and announced she would be leaving Weiner. "Good for you, Huma. 'Tell him, boy, bye,'" concludes Niv Elis at Jerusalem Post. "No one knows what goes on in anyone else's marriage etc etc but um yeah this seems like the right call," harmonizes Texas Monthly's Erica Grieder. There is also evidence Abedin and Weiner have been "essentially" separated for months, but that Huma was "hoping to end her marriage outside the glare of the mid-campaign cameras."

Perhaps one of the best takes, however, comes from Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, who argues that now that the young son has been involved, Weiner isn’t funny or entertaining anymore: "Maybe that's because I am, as a dad of two young children, acutely aware of how much even the smallest things you do influence them and that the best thing about kids is their innocence. I am pretty sure you do not need to be a parent to get that."

Considering Huma is Hillary Clinton's right-hand woman, this could not have been a fun development for that campaign, especially with this latest update: Weiner's newest paramour is voting for the opponent of his wife's boss. "Given how lurid campaign 2016 has been, Carlos Danger caught sexting w/a Trump supporter was probably inevitable," shrugs Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi. "How not psyched is the Clinton campaign tonight," New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman. "If I get off Twitter, will 2016 go away?" wails USA Today's Jill Lawrence.

Speaking of Trump, you know he had to weigh in on this. "“Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him," the wealthy mogul commented, and probably should have stopped there. But he didn't. NYT's Dave Itzkoff summarizes what we all pretty much went through: "'oh, he's taking the high road this time.' [reads next paragraph] 'never mind'." Also at the Times, Clyde Haberman asks for a "Show of hands: How many of u think, a la Trump, that Weiner sexted nat'l security stuff? Yeah, thought so." Is now a good time to mention Trump donated to some of Weiner's past campaigns?

Now scooped by their competitor, The New York Daily News dropped Weiner’s column. "In case you forgot, Anthony Weiner was a columnist. Was," points out Chicago Tribune's Kurt Gessler. Not too long after, NY1 put him on indefinite leave.

Our favorite Willy Wonka Gene Wilder has just passed away at 83, and our childhoods will never be the same. "The Waco Kid and Sheriff Bart are together again. RIP, Gene Wilder. Damn, you gave us all a LOT of laughs," realizes AP's Paul Newberry, while Craig Pittman with the Tampa Bay Times reacts, "#RIP Gene Wilder, age 83. If only we could really do this."

Also, this is not a drill: SETI is investigating a possible extraterrestrial signal from deep space. "Holy Hanna-Barbera," reacts The Observer's Brady Dale.

Monday media mash-up


Weighing in on the weekend's favorite controversy, The Intercept's Jon Schwarz makes the case that Colin Kaepernick is righter than you know. "Damn. Did not know this. The third verse of the U.S. national anthem literally celebrates the deaths of slaves," reacts WaPo's Radley Balko. "Still not sure I support Kap's choice, but I think this is a point worth noting," concedes PCWorld's Mark Hachman. Meanwhile, Smithsonian magazine revealed their historic September issue entitled "Black in America" in honor of the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. on September 24. Check out their first article from that series here.

Over at The Guardian, they're mourning European editor Ian Traynor, who has died at age 60. "RIP Ian Traynor. Great correspondent, lovely man, privilege to have covered Bosnian war with him," reflects NYT's Roger Cohen.

And after a noteworthy 22 years at CBS News, Charles Osgood announced his retirement as anchor of Sunday Morning. "Sunday morning will never be the same. My heart a little broken, #CharlesOsgood has been part of my Sunday for years," shares KNTV's Peggy Bunker.

Days after Facebook announced humans would no longer write descriptions for its Trending topics list, a fake headline about Megyn Kelly started trending at the top of everyone's feeds. So that's working.

Meanwhile, news organizations continue to embarrass themselves with terrible tropical weather reporting. Or as Washington Post's Mark Berman puts it, "@capitalweather says your bad weather takes are bad and you should feel bad."

Question of the day


Our last question asked: According to the Wall Street Journalwho is Twitter’s new favorite financial analyst? That'd be Jose Canseco, the former baseball outfielder who suddenly has become a font of pithy predictions on everything from Brexit to Japanese monetary policy.

Congrats to Carrie Gray with Columbia Business School for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Becky YerakMatt Nagel (who adds this excellent Full House gif), Jason HenselCraig PittmanCindi LashKen Walker (who also has a relevant gif to add), Martin BerlinerCharlotte LoBuonoLucia A. Walinchus (who notes, "He's been lucky a few times but I dunno if I would listen 2 someone who went from an MLB salary 2 bankruptcy"), Claudine LaforceMark Gibbs (who quips "Thought steroids only gives u muscles, apparently also gives u crystal balls") and Natalie Tindal (who was inspired to include the very same gif as Nagel).

As for today's question, here it is: What strange phenomenon was caused by lightning over the weekend in central Norway?

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

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Monday


Today's career highlight:

  • Billboard names Rebecca Milzoff senior editor, features, focusing on longform storytelling across all platforms, including investigative features, profiles of top music stars, and special editorial packages. Milzoff joins from New York Magazine, where she has spent the past 11 years, recently served as a senior editor working with the culture critics in print, editing for Vulture and managing travel coverage for New York’s digital platforms.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry:

  • Jacqui Maher has just finished her first week as Head of Interactive Journalism for CNI Digital, working under Wolfgang Blau on a new team responsible for digital growth, strategy and innovation. Maher previously was a digital journalist with BBC News.
  • Alan Scher Zagier departs the Associated Press for the marketing and communications team at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he is also pursuing a graduate business degree. Zagier was the AP's correspondent in St. Louis.
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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