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ProPublica's evil twin
November 24th, 2016
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Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you're all getting some much needed rest and relaxation this weekend as you drown your election-year malaise in turkey, tofurky, turducken, turkish delight, or whatever else you and yours choose to feast on today. But first, the news and what journalists are saying about it:

Scorching.

So says Kotaku's Stephen Totilo describing a Thanksgiving column titled, "No, Trump, We Can't Just Get Along" by the New York Times' Charles Blow.

As the Newark Star-Ledger's Amy Kuperinsky notes, Blow "wouldn't attend the meeting" between Trump an the Times earlier this week, and his column makes it clear why:

"Charles Blow to Donald Trump: 'as long as there are ink and pixels, you will be the focus of my withering gaze,'" tweets the New York Times' Amanda Hess.

Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch tweets, "Not sure I've ever seen an NYT columnist go this hard on a President or President Elect."

"I wish for once Charles Blow would really tell us what he thinks," jokes Haaretz's Chemi Shalev.

And finally, screenwriter Lucy Alibar has a fun Thanksgiving Day family activity, tweeting, "This is best read aloud, to a loved one. Thankful for Charles Blow & NYTimes."

Good sign or terrible sign?

That's what Lawfare's Susan Hennessey wonders upon reading Greg Miller's Washington Post piece reporting that "Trump has refused all but two intel briefings since win, while Pence is briefed daily."

"Most inexperienced president in US history turning away intelligence briefers since election win," is how Inter Press Service's Jasmin Ramsey puts it.

Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere reminds us that Trump said "he knew more than the generals," which makes his refusal to read security briefings all the more frustrating for Dovere.

Miller's Washington Post colleague Philip Bump, master of understatement, said, "This seems like a questionable decision."

ProPublica's evil twin

That's how ProPublica's Scott Klein describes a series of fake news sites run by a man in the suburbs named Jestin Coler who was tracked down by NPR's Laura Sydell for a profile. And you'll never believe why he says he started it:

"WOW. NPR tracked down guy behind fake election news sites, he says he started it to discredit alt-right!" says a shocked Louis Anslow of Timeline.

Derek Newton of Entrepreneur Magazine highlighted this passage: "#Fakenews writer: we, 'have tried to write fake news for liberals — but they just never take the bait.'"

But Nieman Lab's Joshua Benton warns against taking everything Coler says at face value: "Guy Who Makes Fake News For A Living May Not Be Reliable Narrator."

In other piping hot Thanksgiving news...

"WOW - Jill Stein made it to TWO MILLION. $2,030,154," says Rachel Sklar of The Li.st, referring to Stein's efforts to raise $2.5 million by tomorrow to pay for a recount. "This is bananas. 2016 is bananas."

According to the Huffington Post's Paul Blumenthal, "Trump Praised His Turkish Business Partner In A Call With President Erdogan." MSNBC's Chris Hayes saw Blumenthal's story "literally 5 seconds after I had a hypothetical about Trump's business partners in Turkey creating a conflict," he says.

"Drain the swamp?" asks the New York Times' Nicholas Fandos. "$ in politics experts say Trump's inaugural fundraising plans won't much help," he continues, linking to his latest story on Trump's acceptance on inauguration day of money from corporations and big donors.

Dana Priest and Timothy A. Clary have a must-read piece in the New Yorker called, "The Disruptive Career of Michael Flynn, Trump's National Security Adviser." "Trump’s incoming national security adviser," says the Atlantic's David Frum, "can’t manage, govern his temper, or distinguish truth from fantasy."

"You're no longer Reagan's party." That, according to The Hill's Jonathan Swan, is what Trump adviser Steve Moore has said to House Republicans. The Washington Post's Robert Costa finds this quote from Moore just as telling: "Steve Moore to House GOP: "Trump has converted the GOP into a populist working-class party.'"

On YouTube, "Donald Trump wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to Americans," says BuzzFeed's Claudia Koerner, "giving a special shout-out to 'the inner cities.'"

ProPublica's Eric Umansky and Masha Gessen host a podcast titled, "How Journalists Need to Begin Imagining the Unimaginable." As VICE Sports' Caitlin Kelly puts it, quoting the pocast, "'If you can't imagine it happening, that's your problem.' Masha Gessen knows what she's talking about so read up."

New York Magazine's Rebecca Traister has a must-read piece called, "Blaming Clinton's Base For Her Loss Is the Ultimate Insult." "Sizzling takedown of the 'shoulda-been-nicer-to-white-men' election blame game," tweets the New York Times' Nina Bernstein.

And finally, this piece is a couple days old, but it's essential Thanksgiving reading. In a Vox article called, "This Thanksgiving, a lot of Americans won’t want to - and can’t afford to - politely avoid politics," Jenee Desmond Harris writes:

"I don’t have many good answers for [my cousin] about how to endure the Trump-inspired teasing that she, like many American kids, is experiencing. But I know one thing: She needs to talk about it, and the last thing I plan to do when I see her is avoid the topic of politics to preserve the mood of the holiday meal."

Watercooler
Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: In Vox's "Meats, Ranked" post above, "Duck" took the number one spot. In their blurb the writers referenced the famous French dish "Duck a l'Orange," but there's some contention about where the citrus fowl recipe truly originated. What country frequently takes credit for "Duck a l'Orange," claiming that it merely migrated to France years after its inception?

Answer: Italy. Congrats to Claudine Laforce for answering first. Honorable mention goes to Craig Pittman for answering second.

Today's question of the day: One of the best depictions of the first Thanksgiving in any medium comes from the 2005 misunderstood masterpiece, The New World. Who directed it?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners tomorrow!

Career Updates
Congrats Anna, Goodbye Don

Anna Dubenko, Editorial Director at Digg, will join the New York Times to help curate content for its NYT Now app.

And after 23 years covering the tech beat for The Wall Street Journal, Don Clark is departing next month, accepting a buyout offer.

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