Trump's new witch hunt?
In the wake of a similar request for information and names associated with climate change research, Donald Trump has raised eyebrows thanks to a report from the Washington Post's Josh Rogin detailing the president-elect's State Department request of all information related to “gender-related staffing, programming, and funding.”
"Bodes poorly for women," tweets Rogin who quotes one State Department official as having referred to the demand as a potential "witch hunt," but the source can't say for sure.
“The Trump team could be looking to advance gender issues and make it a priority — or you could look at it as a witch hunt,” the official said.
"Yup, totally 50-50 on this," jokes Jesse Spector of FanRag.
Wall Street Journal contributor John McQuaid says the move is "signaling likely U.S. retreat from global development/environment/public health issues."
Elsewhere, New York Magazine's Rebecca Traister invokes everyone's favorite hat-wearing meme-dog just trying to stay chill while his house burns down with him in it: "This is fine."
"There's no way we're going to take a chance after the pizza incident."
So say the parents of a Jewish family in Lancaster County, PA who pulled their child out of school and fled the area after Fox News and Breitbart spread a false news article wrongly blaming them for the cancellation of a fifth grade production of A Christmas Carol. (Read the whole story by Mari Schaefer at the Philadelphia Inquirer).
New York Times columnist Mona Eltahawy calls the situation "disgraceful" while WIRED contributor Steve Silberman tweets, "America 2016."
In other news:
"How easy is it to get a meeting with Trump?" asks POLITICO's Paul Volpe. According to a new piece by his colleague, Josh Dawsey, it's easier than you might think—though "Trump's 'willingness to meet with seemingly anyone and everyone' has some worried," tweets Mara Gay of The Wall Street Journal, quoting from the story.
According to J. David Goodman and Ron Nixon of the New York Times, President Obama will dismantle what the ACLU's Joanne Lin calls a "discriminatory, anti-Muslim" visitor registry before Trump can revive it—though the article itself calls the move "largely symbolic."
Accountability journalism in action: The Washington Post's tireless David Farenthold reports that Trump's son Eric will suspend his foundation's operations, which drew scrutiny after the Center for Public Integrity's Carrie Levine revealed this week that donors might receive "special access" to the president-elect and his family.
And finally: "This is my favorite Trump related thing I've read in weeks," tweets CBS News' Sopan Deb, referring to another story at the Washington Post in which Karen Tumulty reports that the president-elect will hold what amounts to a "government casting call" as he searches for people with "the look" to fill certain positions. As BuzzFeed's Mat Honan points out, quoting from the piece, “I can’t think of anyone that’s really close to Donald that has a beard that he likes.”