On board the only airborne plane on 9/11

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On board the only airborne plane on 9/11
September 10th, 2016
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Last takes of the week


At 16,000+ shares and counting, today's arguably most popular read is Politico's new oral history of Sept. 11, consisting of interviews with passengers, crew and press aboard Air Force One--"the only plane in the sky" hours after those fateful attacks. Relying on more than 40 hours of original interviews with more than two dozen people, this latest installment reveals a new side of then-president George W. Bush as well as the way events around him unfolded that day. "Didn't know I needed to read another 9/11 Oral History, but this one is absolutely compelling," admits Aaron Oster at ESPN980. "Gov has 'ranks' and 'filters' to make sure only proven info reaches the president. 'All of that broke down on 9/11,'" details Tom Shoop at Atlantic Media. One witness privy to the proceedings revealed "Putin was fantastic that day," prompting BuzzFeed's Ben Smith to call these new details "really interesting." 

In addition to riveting quotes like this, we also learned this plane carrying 65 people also housed 70 box lunches and 25 pounds of bananas. "That's so many bananas," realizes Deadspin's Drew Magary.


In trending skirmishes, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was accused of "abusing power" by Norway's largest newspaper in a front-page open letter "lambasting the company's decision to censor a historic photograph of the Vietnam war" in a troubling display of an inability to "distinguish between child pornography" and iconic (if discomfiting) photojournalism capturing a victim's very real suffering. "Facebook may be global in usership and ownership but its mores remain American in the most prudish, pursed-up way," concludes journalist Chase Madar. The social media platform also deleted a post by Norway's prime minister protesting the move. "Facebook deletes post criticizing its censorship of Nick Ut’s photograph, lol perfect delete the internet forever," summarizes freelancer Elmo Keep. "Facebook still needs an EIC. It does no good to stick its fingers in its ears and pretend it's not a media company," observes Matthew Panzarino at TechCrunch.

But the best response of all belongs to Mattermark editor-in-chief Alex Wilhelm, who concedes, "I'm tired and don't have a take." Wise decision, as Facebook apparently changed its mind, making it ok to publish an iconic war photo, after all.

In politics today:

  • Wikileaks left out quite a bit from a chunk of hacked emails they dumped in 2012--like evidence of a €2 billion transfer from Syria to Russia, The Daily Dot reports. "Is this proof that Wikileaks withheld releasing stuff that tarnished Russia?" asks Miriam Elder for BuzzFeed. "Wikileaks responds, with a tacit threat, of course," notices colleague Chris Geidner.
  • Speaking of emails, the Washington Post thinks the Hillary Clinton email story is out of control. "To quote Bernie Sanders (11 months ago): 'The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!'" muses Jesse Ashlock at Travel + Leisure. Unconvinced, Townhall.com's Guy Benson remarks, "Paper that ran dozens of stories on GOP candidate's grad school thesis tells media to lay off Hillary's emails."

  • In other leaks, the Clinton Presidential Library conveniently released old photos of Bill yukking it up with Donald Trump, Melania, and some woman in a Playboy shirt. "Kylie Bax, pictured here with Trump/Clinton in 2000, may get a few media calls this wknd," predicts Jason McIntyre at Fox Sports. Here's the buried lede: "Bax, who once dated Trump, said she tried to “fix” Trump’s combover — to no avail," notes Politico's Blake Hounshell.

  • And going back to the whole Russia thing, Trump went on Russia's state-owned television network to attack U.S. foreign policy and its press. At the Tampa Bay TimesCraig Pittman offers an alternative headline: "Part-Time #Florida Man @realDonaldTrump Goes On Russian Propaganda Organ To Complain That U.S. Press Is Dishonest."

  • Continuing his tour de TV, Trump has decided to unveil his "personal health regimen" to Dr. Oz. "I joke, but Trump disclosing more details about his health on DR. OZ is literally perfect," argues STAT's Dylan Scott.

  • Also not a good look: it seems that Trump's charity gave $100,000 to a conservative activist group that helped fund a lawsuit against one of his foes. NYT's Niraj Chokshi boils it down thusly: "1. NY AG sues Trump. 2. Trump gives $100K to Citizens United. 3. CU sues AG and CU head becomes top Trump aide."

  • We won't leave out this embarrassment to the Obama administration, either: the Post reports a top Obama trade official traveled in luxury on taxpayers’ dime. "Also infuriating? That Stefan [Selig] was allowed to leave @CommerceGov quietly before this report was released," fumes WaPo's Ed O'Keefe.

In other news you oughta know:

  • Murder rates rose in a quarter of the nation’s 100 largest cities. "One of the epic stories is how a force-of-nature pol (Rahm) failed to halt ultimate force of human nature (murder)," points out Politico's Glenn Thrush.
  • Wells Fargo fired more than 5,300 employees for creating millions of phony accounts and charging real accounts the fees. "Not even a customer & 3 accounts were opened using my info," shares Will Martin.
  • An Ohio police department posted to Facebook photographs of a young boy in the backseat of a car while his parents sat overdosed in front, to show heroin’s toll on the region. But was it the right thing to do? "This is disgusting. Public shaming won't encourage users to seek help + massive privacy violation of child. Awful," criticizes author Seth Mnookin.
Question of the day


Our last question asked: Depending on whether you're reading it in English or Spanish, Sen. John McCain​'s campaign web site portrays his stance on what issue differently? That would be immigration, of course: "McCain’s English-language site puts a heavy emphasis on the Arizona lawmaker’s stance on border security and his history of working to 'reform our broken immigration system,' while the Spanish-language site focuses on McCain’s bipartisan 'work on a humane migratory reform that is sensitive to the needs of the immigrant community.'"

Congrats to Craig Pittman (pictured here) with the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these fantastic folks for also answering correctly: Stefanie Schwalb (who adds the hashtag #translatetoyouradvantage), VP_Divya (who theorizes McCain is "Trying to be all things to different groups of people... #Dodgy or #Genius?"), Dan Rosenbaum (who jokingly theorizes this happened because "no one's paying attention to that this issue this year"), Ron Casalotti (who muses "I guess 'John/Juan' wants to play both sides of the fence... err.. wall"), Lucia A. Walinchus (who calls it "Muy brillante realidad"), Jake WengroffMelissa Neumann (who snarks "And no one's bilingual, right?"), Mark Gibbs (who accuses McCain of "still flip-flopping after all these years") and Maurizio Morabito (who points out "let's face it, inmigración sounds much better in Spanish...").

As for today's question, here it is: According to Bloomberg News, at the worst possible time the Caribbean is running out of 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
Journo job moves for Friday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • Kat Lucero (pictured here) boards The Hill as a finance reporter for its Extra vertical. Lucero is no stranger to that beat, having most recently covered  the Senate Finance Committee as well as the House Ways and Means Committee for Tax Analysts, where she covered and other congressional matters impacting federal tax policy.
  • Telemundo 39 Dallas welcomes Analía Fiestas as a reporter. Fiestas joins from Telemundo News Service, relocating from where she reported in Miami
  • Andrea Aguirre also joins Telemundo 39 Dallas as a video journalist. Aguirre hails from rival station Univision Dallas, where she was a video journalist.
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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