Valentine’s Day must be in the air, because Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus Want You to Know They Are Friends. Olivia Nuzzi interviewed Bannon and Priebus for New York Magazine and learned “They love each other! No really!” as Maggie Haberman of the New York Times tweets. Or do they? “Whenever two people insist to a reporter that they're getting along, that's a good sign they're not getting along,” observes The Hill’s Will Sommer. Katie Glueck of McClatchy News, Sabrina Siddiqui of The Guardian and several others tweeted compliments to Nuzzi on a great read. But maybe the opening lines about Bannon getting his “daily back massage” from Priebus should have come with a warning. “Nearly lost my breakfast over the lede to this,” tweets Scott Tobias.
“Big @FT scoop,” tweets Henry Foy of the report from his Financial Times colleagues Jim Pickard and Matthew Garrahan that “@rupertmurdoch was in the room during THAT @michaelgove interview with @realDonaldTrump.” While it nabbed the first British interview with a post-victory Trump, The Times of London failed to mention “its proprietor Rupert Murdoch was sitting in on the conversation.” Ben Judah breaks it down for us this way: “Oligarch Murdoch sat in on politician (posing as a journalist) interviewing President Trump for his UK publication.” Deadpans David Gilbert: “I’m sure there’s nothing creepy about this.”
In other media news out of the UK, “Well duh...” tweets David Mastio of USA Today, referring to the move by Wikipedia’s editors to ban the Daily Mail as an “unreliable” source. Occurring, as POLITICO’s Scott Waldman notes, just “Days after Daily Mail inspired GOP calls for investigation into climate science,” The Atlantic’s Ed Yong says it was a “long time coming.” With 12,000 links to the Daily Mail now needing to be replaced with other sources, Samuel Gibbs of The Guardian points out, “Blimey. That's got to be a lot of work.”
Tonight in American Shame
“Can she do that? Experts say, likely not,” tweets Allison Michaels of the Washington Post, referring to Kellyanne Conway telling viewers of Fox & Friends to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.” As Michaels’ colleague Tom Hamburger explains, “Kellyanne hawks Ivanka's goods from the WH, a breach of basic ethics canon, experts say.” Adds WaPo’s Peter Wallsten: “Clinton Cash author says WH touting Ivanka products ‘crossed a very, very important bright line and it’s not good.’”
“Tonight in American shame,” tweets Joshua Topolsky of The Outline, referring to Fernanda Santos’ unfolding story in the New York Times about a working mother of two who Showed Up Yearly to Meet Immigration Agents. Now They’re Deporting Her. “Is this America?” Gregg Levine asks of the story that “could play out over and over again with Trump's greatly broadened deportation priorities,” tweets POLITICO’s Ted Hesson. “This is some incredible on-the-ground reporting from @fernandaNYT, who's still there,” says her colleague Jack Healy.
“Only coastal elites know that Orlando and Atlanta are different places,” explains Vox’s Matthew Yglesias, referring to Sean Spicer’s claim that he ‘clearly meant Orlando’ after citing mystery Atlanta terror attack three times, which was reported by Katie Mettler in the Washington Post. Bobby Ghosh of the Hindustan Times is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, tweeting, “An honest mistake by the White House's toilet cleaner. (I ‘clearly meant’ press secretary.)” Adds Ned Resnikoff of ThinkProgress: “Shame on the fake news media for reporting what Spicer said instead of translating it into what he intended to say.” Or as Isabelle Hachey of La Presse puts it, “Après Bowling Green, Atlanta.”
Here’s the story. This is rock n roll.
That’s Paul Wells of the Toronto Star referring to the report by Robert Barnes in the Washington Post that, according to Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s account of their private meeting on Wednesday, Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch says Trump’s attacks on judiciary are ‘demoralizing.’ Or as Ed Bott of ZDNet tweets, “So-called judge questions Dear Leader. Sad!” “Wow. Just wow,” tweets Nicole Charky. Mike Isaac of the New York Times expands on that commentary with “holy sh*t, kitty likes to scratch,” while Travis Reilly won’t go quite that far just yet: “I'll believe it when he makes a public statement.” But as Daniela Altimari of the Hartford Courant notes, “one of the people guiding Gorsuch though the confirmation process confirmed Blumenthal's account.”
Making the Twitter rounds: “‘She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.’ So must we all.” Hillary Clinton’s tweet turned Mitch McConnell’s comments about Elizabeth Warren attempting to read Coretta Scott King’s letter into something of a feminist battle cry. Along with the link to the YouTube video of Warren reading the letter outside the Senate, it’s been retweeted by numerous journalists over the past couple of days.