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This is great/horrible
June 26th, 2017
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Should you get a graduate degree for a career in journalism? Maybe. Kate Elizabeth Queram, who covers Greensboro and Guilford County for the Greensboro News and Record, did, but she acknowledges that most journalists don’t have an advanced degree. In her new post for the Muck Rack blog, she talks to some reporters who do and some who don’t. Read her post, Grad school for journalism? Your mileage may vary, to find out what they said.

All The President's Lies

“‘In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act’ Happy birthday, George Orwell, born 1903,” tweets Jake Tapper, quoting Orwell, whose birthday was yesterday. Tapper links to Garrison Keillor’s tribute in The Writer's Almanac.

And from there we go here: “This is great/horrible.” Joshua Topolsky directs you to President Trump’s Lies, the Definitive List (a whopping 578,000+ shares), as compiled by The New York Times. Tweets Mark Harris, “All The President's Lies: A definitive list. Settle in. It's good. And guess what? It's long.” “There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths,” tweets @nytopinion. Says Urvaksh Karkaria, “this is a truly remarkable piece of journalism. perhaps, there is still a sliver of hope for this business.” And Eric Savitz tweets, “This is amazing. If he was Pinocchio, his nose would now reach Alpha Centauri.” “The fine art of fact checking, much needed for every story about officials. Sharing with my #journalism students,” says Samantha Dunn.

According to Maggie Haberman’s new piece in The New York Times, Trump’s Deflections and Denials on Russia Frustrate Even His Allies. She calls the piece “My take on Trump's keep-options-open approach to conceding the fact of Russian election aggression.”

Also, “Lied over and over: ‘no cuts’, coverage for ‘everybody’,” tweets Michelangelo Signorile, linking to Trump likely to break many of his health-care promises - no matter what happens, from John Wagner, Abby Phillip and Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post. No need to worry about Medicaid cuts, though. Kellyanne Conway Defends Medicaid Cuts, Says Adults Can Always Find Jobs (171,000+ shares), writes HuffPost’s Jonathan Cohn, recapping her comments from her appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” Or as Chloe Angyal says, “Duh, poor people, why didn't you think of that?”

Meanwhile, Susan Davis says, “This op-ed from @SenRonJohnson doesn't read like it's by a senator who can ultimately get to ‘yes’ on BCRA.” She’s referring to Where the Senate Health Care Bill Fails, the New York Times op-ed by Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson. Also in The New York Times, Campbell Robertson writes Senate Health Bill Gets a Wary Reception, From Coast to Coast. And at Vox, Sarah Kliff and Javier Zarracina explain, This chart shows the stunning trade-off at the heart of the GOP health plan.

Travel ban saga continues

Breaking news this morning, as reported by Ariane de Vogue for CNN, Supreme Court allows parts of travel ban to go into effect. Tweets Ed O'Keefe, “Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch dissent signaling at least 3 votes to uphold in the Fall.” But Steve Kastenbaum says, “It’s not entirely clear what the SCOTUS ruling on Pres. Trump’s travel ban means in practical terms.”

How bad does this look?

“In October, shortly before settling charges of Russian money laundering, Deutsche Bank lent Kushner's company $285M.” William Saletan is referring to Michael Kranish’s piece for The Washington Post, Kushner firm’s $285 million Deutsche Bank loan came just before Election Day, a fact Kushner didn’t happen to disclose. “How bad does this look? (And how much is Steve Bannon smiling at bad news for his rival, Kushner?),” asks  Frida Ghitis. As Frank Rich tweets, “Kushner will stop at little to follow his father into prison #Freud.” “This is what you call, ‘An orgy of evidence.’” says Doug Elfman.

In other Russia news, “@John_Hudson scoops: we won't have Kislyak to kick around any more,” tweets Ben Smith, linking to Moscow Is Finally Recalling Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, by BuzzFeed’s John Hudson, who tweets, “End of an era: Russian ambassador Kislyak's goodbye party is July 11. DC's most radioactive man is going home.”

And Eric Geller says, “This headline is perfection”: Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary. In her piece for The Associated Press, Vivian Salama reports, “Trump and some others within his administration have been pressing for a full bilateral meeting,” while “Many administration officials believe the U.S. needs to maintain its distance from Russia at such a sensitive time — and interact only with great caution.”

Interview gold!

So let’s switch gears: In T.J. Miller Says Leaving ‘Silicon Valley’ “Felt Like a Breakup”, The Hollywood Reporter’s Bryn Sandberg brings us “a wide-ranging and, at times, eccentric interview” with the actor. “Good god this #SilliconValley post-exit interview with T.J. Miller is... something,” says Andrew Husband. Or “Holy smokes this T.J. Miller exit interview,” as Greg Wyshynski puts it. Tweets Andy Lewis, “When subject says ‘This is where the publicist is supposed to step in and go, ‘Next question.’ Its Interview gold!” “This is pretty entertaining, although I'm not sure I believe it was ‘edited for clarity,’” says Clark Collis. Owen Phillips calls it “the only good q and a i've ever read.”

Meanwhile, “Facebook to Hollywood: Let’s do lunch,” tweets Joe Flint. Facebook Is Going Hollywood, Seeking Scripted TV Programming, as he reports with Deepa Seetharaman in The Wall Street Journal. Or as Anjali Khosla says, “Facebook wants your wholesome, uncontroversial art.”

The politics of City Hall

Grace Segers calls Jack Shafer’s new piece for POLITICO Magazine, America’s Mayor: The 45th president is trying to run the White House like it’s city hall, an “Interesting long-read take by Jack Shafer, although not sure NYC mayors would love the comparisons.” Says Bill Duryea, “The politics Trump knows best is City Hall. That's why he runs White House like a mayor.”

And speaking of mayors, Alexander Burns tweets, “News: BLOOMBERG throwing $200 million behind mayors, backing cities against DC & hostile governors,” referring to his new piece in The New York Times, Bloomberg’s Next Anti-Washington Move: $200 Million Program for Mayors.

Peak surrealism

OK, it’s official. We’ve reached, “Peak surrealism,” as Louise Lucas notes. BBC News is reporting that painter Salvador Dali's body to be exhumed for paternity suit. And Nora Kelly says, “Tips welcome on how I can sell my bosses on covering this from Figueres.”

Monday reads

Question of the Day

Friday we asked: On Wednesday, the warning “Do not use this kind of utensil in your home!” was posted on a French Instagram celebrity’s feed underneath a photo of the cooking device that caused her death. What was the device?

Answer: It was a whipped cream dispenser.

Congrats to Dan Rosenbaum, who was first to tweet the correct answer and added, “I mean, if whipped cream kills, it's a miracle I'm still here to tweet.”

Your question of the day for today is…People lie about all kinds of things. What is the number one movie people say they’ve seen but haven’t actually seen?

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

Featured Journalist: Arin Greenwood


Today’s featured journalist is Arin Greenwood, a freelance writer and consultant for BarkBox based in St Petersburg, FL. An animal writer and a former animal welfare editor for HuffPost, her novel “Your Robot Dog Will Die” will be published by Soho Teen in 2018. You might have seen Arin’s work in places like The Washington PostSlateKING-TV (Seattle, WA), Washington City PaperPortland Press Herald, and elsewhere. Want to get in touch with Arin? Here’s a hot tip: She says she’s on Facebook more than Twitter. Get all the scoop and read some of her work right over here.

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