Cabinet pays homage to dear leader

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Cabinet pays homage to dear leader
June 13th, 2017
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Since President Donald Trump uttered the words “fake news” to CNN’s Jim Acosta in January, we have been operating in a time when trust in the media is low. But the media isn’t the only entity suffering from a lack of trust by the public. The credibility of leaders in business is also dangerously low. What can public relations professionals do to combat the belief that their clients or bosses aren't trustworthy? In his new post on the Muck Rack blog, Jason Mollica reveals The #1 way PR pros can build trust in a time of “fake news.”

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Way-y-y too reminiscent of King Lear

In case you somehow missed it, Julie Davis of The New York Times has the report on how Trump’s Cabinet, With a Prod, Extols the ‘Blessing’ of Serving Him (100,000+ shares). Tweets Nick Coleman, “Grovel, grovel, cringe, bow, stoop, fall.” “This feels awfully familiar,” says Erica Orden.” Take your pick: “Cabinet pays homage to dear leader,” tweets Michiko Kakutani. “So much of this admin reminds me of an Arab dictatorship: nepotism, demands of loyalty, expressions of fealty…” says Matt Bradley. Or “This is way-y-y too reminiscent of King Lear,” as Steven Greenhouse says. Dan Gentile compliments Davis for the “Amazing shade” delivered in debunking Trump’s self-proclaimed “record-setting pace” of accomplishments, and Jonathan Weisman tweets, “Understated @juliehdavis on Trump's cabinet meeting: ‘The tableau struck many as extraordinary.’ Read. Every. Word.”

Davis writes, “The tableau in the Cabinet Room drew instant derision from critics. And within hours, Democrats had pounced,” linking to the parody video posted by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Max Slater-Robins puts a truly horrifying thought in our heads, tweeting, “trump is at 59% disapproval rate and this happens. what's he gonna do when he hits 70+.”

So, are you wondering who did it best? At CNN, Chris Cillizza offers up Donald Trump's Cabinet members, ranked by their over-the-top praise of Trump.

This is crazy pants on fire alarming

Also making waves yesterday was an interview with friend of Trump Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of the conservative news site and TV network Newsmax, in which he told PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff, “I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel.” “This is crazy pants on fire alarming,” says Cody Lyon. But “The bigger news, says @aaronblake, is that Trump apparently has to be talked out of this,” tweets Amber Phillips, linking to Aaron Blake’s piece in the Washington Post, Trump’s biggest problem: He can’t be saved from himself.

BREAKING: Russia is not our friend

Also alarming, as Michael A. Riley and Jordan Robertson report in Bloomberg Politics, Russian Breach of 39 States Threatens Future U.S. Elections, (55,000+ shares). Tweets Joe Nocera, “The hits (in every sense) just keep on coming. Explosive hacking story from @bloombergpolitics.” Chris Cillizza explains: “BREAKING: Russia is not our friend.”

And then there’s this: Hjung-Jin Kim is reporting in the Washington Post, Suspected NKorea drone photographed US missile-defense site, but we have also learned from WaPo’s Anna Fifield that Dennis Rodman is on his way to North Korea. Was he sent by Trump? As Fifield tweets, “Today: a 6'7" former NBA star went to North Korea wearing a marijuana money shirt on what may be a mission for Trump.” Says Rupert Myers, “Would watch one, possibly several documentaries about this.”

Trump traps Trump

Yet another federal appeals court has ruled against President Trump’s revised travel ban (81,000+ shares), as reported by Adam Liptak in The New York Times. This time, the Fourth Circuit said it violated the First Amendment’s prohibition of government establishment of religion. The previous ruling, by the Ninth Circuit, was based on statutory grounds. As Dell Cameron puts it, “Muslim ban blocked again by court citing Trump's own statements.” Says Josh Wolfe, “Trump LOSES. Again To be fair when he loses he is a way bigger loser than all other losers. Huge, historic loser.”

Sessions in session

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, and The Los Angeles Times editorial board says It's truth or consequences time for Jeff Sessions. The Hill’s Jordain Carney gives us Five things to watch in Sessions hearing, and CNN’s Tom LoBianco has 6 questions for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In the meantime, the latest from Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post reveals Jeff Sessions personally asked Congress to let him prosecute medical marijuana providers.

Walking the walk

“Only two shows in and controversy has already hit Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, the anchor's news magazine on her new network, NBC,” writes Forbes’ Madeline Berg in J.P. Morgan Chase Pulls Ads From NBC News Due To Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones Interview. And in her piece for The Wall Street Journal, J.P. Morgan Removes NBC News Ads Over Megyn Kelly Interview with Alex Jones (40,000+ shares), Suzanne Vranica writes that, with that one notable exception, so far advertisers have “remained quiet as Sandy Hook families criticize the NBC host for her sit-down with the Infowars founder.” “@KLemkau Walking the walk,” tweets Aparna Mukherjee, of JP Morgan Chase’s Chief Marketing Officer Kristin Lemkau.

Check out these sizzlin’ beans

“Bodacious Broccoli anyone? How about some Sexy Squash? Or is a Cuddly Carrot more ur thing?” Just what is Christina Fiumefreddo tweeting about? She links to the new piece from Michelle Roberts of BBC News, 'Seductive names' make vegetables more appealing. Writes Roberts, “A team at Stanford tried it out on students in the university cafeteria and found veggie sales went up by 25% when indulgent labels were used.” So go ahead. Indulge in some dynamite beets today.

More Tuesday reads:

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: Dutch King Willem-Alexander enjoys a “hobby” that he says allows him leave his royal duties and fully focus on something else. What is it?

Answer: For the past 21 years, he’s had a part-time job as a co-pilot of KLM Cityhopper—the airline’s short-haul carrier.

Congrats to Mitch Cohen, first to tweet in the correct answer. As N. Clement Weather (who wins for best Twitter handle) notes, it’s a “Helluva ‘hobby.’”

Your question of the day for today is…A 12-year-old girl made news for creating a tourniquet with a pair of shorts to stop the bleeding after her friend slipped and cut her leg open while they were playing. Where did she learn how to do that?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack.

Career Updates
Pace named AP Washington chief of bureau; Promotions at Wall Street Journal Asia

The Associated Press has named Julie Pace Washington Chief of Bureau, with responsibility for directing coverage of the presidency, politics and the U.S. government. She joined AP in 2007 as a multimedia reporter.

At The Wall Street Journal, Serena Ng has been named finance editor for Asia, where she will oversee a team responsible for covering banking, M&A and markets from Japan to India. She began her career at the Journal with an internship in 2005 and is currently a senior reporter on the Journal’s financial enterprise team. David Crawshaw is the paper’s new world editor for Asia, responsible for political, economic and general news from the region. He’s been with the Journal since 2009, during which time he’s worked in New York, London and Hong Kong (twice). And Phred Dvorak is taking on a new role as senior reporter, Asia. She joined the paper in 1999 and has overseen its coverage of markets and finance in Asia since the beginning of last year, and before that, coverage of Asian companies and business trends. She was previously deputy bureau chief in Japan.

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