We’re nearly a month away from Election Day but it seems the 2016 election is the gift that keeps on giving (or is it the girl in The Ring that keeps coming back when you play the tape? And are we in the media responsible for making the evil tape? It’s been a long week, you guys...) - at least where nutty headlines are concerned. So here’s another one: Shouting match erupts between Clinton and Trump aides, writes Philip Rucker at the Wall Street Journal. Philip also tweeted: “In emotionally raw session, Clinton advisers told Trump team they fueled & legitimized racism to elect Donald Trump.” Dan Eggen added this quote: “Palmieri: ‘If providing a platform for white supremacists makes me a brilliant tactician, I am proud to have lost.’”
For another headline that is somehow all too real: Trump’s Breezy Calls to World Leaders Leave Diplomats Aghast. Thanks to Mark Landler at the New York Times for that. Blake Hounshell tweeted, “@MarkLandler analyzes Trump’s latest diplomatic gaffes.” Michelle Dozois quoted this bit from the article: "The breezy tone of the readout left diplomats in Washington slack-jawed, w/some initially assuming it was a parody.” While Caitlin Kelly added his part from the piece: “He’s made himself not only a bull in a china shop, but a bull in a nuclear china shop.”
From the AP, Josh Boak and Jeff Horwtiz report on a Trump voter who lost her home to the new Treasury secretary. Peter Leonard called it a “Metaphor Alert.”
Ok so what happened with that Carrier deal?
Yesterday, Wall Street Journal’s Ted Mann had the story that Indiana will Give $7 Million in Tax Breaks to Keep Carrier Jobs. Rebecca Ballhaus wrote, “Sitting Indiana gov/vice president-elect Mike Pence gave Carrier $7M in tax breaks to keep 1,000 jobs in the state.”
Also at that event, PJ O'Keefe at The Indy Channel writes that Call 6 Investigates reporter Rafael Sanchez denied press credential to Carrier event. Eric Weddle reacted with, “Ridiculous. @rtv6 reporter @RafaelOnTV was denied access to #Carrier / Trump / Pence announcement this afternoon.” Marcus Green pointed out that the “Indianapolis reporter [had] investigated [the] Carrier Mexican plant.” Hmmmm.
The Wall Street Journal explains what they call Trump’s Carrier Shakedown. Eliana Johnson put it all together, tweeting, “Well, count both National Review [here] and the @WSJ critics of the Carrier deal.” Jennifer Rubin added, “Workers don’t prosper when pols force companies to make noneconomic decisions.”
Tweeting about the press conference, Caroline O. said: “#Trump tells Cincinnati rally that violent crime is at a 45-year high. It's actually at a 51-year low, according to latest FBI data."
And another critic on the deal is none other than former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders who wrote this op-ed for the Washington Post: Carrier just showed corporations how to beat Donald Trump. Ryan Cooper said, “Bernie's offer to ‘work with’ Trump was, no surprise, calling his bluff.”
What else are Trump & co. up to?
And today, Dan Lamothe in the Washington Post reports that our President-Elect has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense.
In still more ways Trump might be problematic, we hear that his complex stock portfolio could create yet more conflicts from Drew Harwell at the Washington Post. Matthew Yglesias tweeted there’s “A whole other set of Trump conflicts of interest related to his stock portfolio.”
But wait, there’s more: Specifically from Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish at the New York Times, who also report on The Array of Conflicts of Interest Facing the Trump Presidency.
This morning, we woke up to news that the U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November; unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent. That report from Ana Swanson at the Washington Post. Michelangelo Signorile tweeted this great call back: “Thanks Obama.” While Maggie Haberman called this the “Economy Trump is inheriting.”
And to sing you into the weekend, from Madeline R. Conway at Politico, news that Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's first campaign manager, thinks Times editor Dean Baquet 'should be in jail' for publishing Trump tax docs. So there’s that. Alexander C. Kaufman tweeted, “I have to believe Corey Lewandowski will have his day of reckoning.”
And in other news...
Over in New Orleans, former NFL player Joe McKnight was killed yesterday and suspect Ronald Gasser was released from custody today.
Your weekend long read should absolutely be this piece about The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda which Adrian Chen wrote for The New Yorker. Nicholas Thompson explained, “The big story about Russian propaganda and the election was itself propaganda. @AdrianChen goes deep.” Miriam Elder suggested: “Read @AdrianChen on the shady Russian propaganda report that landed at WashPo.” And Adrian himself tweeted: “I looked into the incredibly shoddy @propornot report on Russian propaganda. It's scary this thing got any play.”
Oh yeah, and as if everything wasn’t already terrible, there’s news that the Inventor of General Tso's Chicken died in Taipei.
My suggestion? Go home, pour yourself a cocktail (or earthy vintage), order some General Tso’s, and watch this documentary. You deserve it.