“Trump is tweeting about fake news this morning. Speaking of fake news, Time is asking Trump to remove phony covers,” says Philip Rucker.
About that. “New & weird,” tweets David Fahrenthold, referring to his latest in The Washington Post, A Time Magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It’s fake (221,000+ shares). The cover contains “several small but telling mistakes,” including, “it has two exclamation points. Time headlines don’t yell.” Hours later, Fahrenthold tweeted, “UPDATE: @time has asked the @realdonaldtrump's businesses to remove the phony magazine covers from their walls.”
Oh, so now you want your own fake Time cover to hang in your golf clubs? No problem. Fahrenthold directs you to the 2010 Photoshop tutorial It’s TIME…for another Photoshop tutorial, which “includes a sample barcode. Same code on Trump's fake.”
And about those fake news claims coming from the White House. If you hadn’t heard of Brian Karem before, Tim Molloy of The Wrap invites you to Meet Brian J. Karem, the Reporter Who Just Scolded Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Tweets Bradd Jaffy, “Wow. This entire exchange at the WH briefing. Must watch. https://t.co/ZxEEe6e31P." And Playboy tweets, “Yes, that’s Playboy’s White House Correspondent @briankarem, having his 'Network’ moment—and giving 'em hell.” Of the exchange, Vox’s Jeff Guo writes, A heroic Playboy reporter defended CNN’s honor at the White House press briefing, which Johanna Barr calls “The most 2017 headline ever.” Says Michael Hafford, “shoutout @Playboy writer @BrianKarem for saying what everyone is thinking.” For Karem’s own take on being a member of the White House press corps, read his piece in Playboy, How the Alt Right Intimidates Even the White House. He tweets, “Today CNN, tomorrow - what? What is behind the push against real reporting at the White House?”
Anything but that!
No vote on the health care bill just yet. As POLITICO’s Jennifer Haberkorn and Burgess Everett report, Lacking support, GOP puts off key repeal vote (18,500+ shares). Along with colleague Josh Dawsey, they also report, McConnell warns Trump over health bill failure, saying that if the repeal fails, the GOP might be forced to compromise with Democrats. As Phil Williams says, “GASP!!! Republicans might be forced to work with Democrats! What is happening to this country!”
At The Washington Post, Amy Goldstein writes that Senate Republicans scramble to keep alive plans to overhaul Obamacare (34,000+ shares), while Alexander Burns of The New York Times reports on How Governors From Both Parties Plotted to Derail the Senate Health Plan (13,000+ shares). Tweets Alec MacGillis, “Republican senators are surely overjoyed they’ll get to hear voters’ thoughts on Trumpcare at 4th of July parades.” And they’re likely to get an earful. As NPR’s Jessica Taylor reports, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill (15,000 shares).
Meanwhile, in As Trump’s Tactics Fall Short, Pence Takes Lead on Health Care Bill (12,000+ shares), Jonathan Martin and Glenn Thrush of The New York Times write, “A senator who supports the bill left the meeting at the White House with a sense that the president did not have a grasp of some basic elements of the Senate plan — and seemed especially confused when a moderate Republican complained that opponents of the bill would cast it as a massive tax break for the wealthy.”
For a personal view, read the op-ed by CNBC’s Ari Levy, While my son battles leukemia, the health care system is under assault. Says Matt Rosoff, “Main takeaway here: The Senate's health care bill will not only affect the uninsured.”
Massive cyberattack hits Europe
A Widespread Cyberattack, More Sophisticated Than WannaCry, Hits Major European Companies, with ransom demands, as NBC News’ Erik Ortiz reports. NPR is reporting the Cyber Attacks Spread Across Europe Using Stolen NSA Tool. Of his early reporting for The Washington Post, Ukraine’s government, key infrastructure hit in massive cyberattack, Andrew Roth tweets, “New attacks coming in across Europe makes this look global, still interesting: why did attacks start in Ukraine?”
In the U.S., Mike Levine of ABC News is reporting that At least 1 US nuclear plant's computer system was hacked, according to E&E News, which covers the energy and environment sectors. Levine tweets, “Feds won't comment on this. Seems @EENewsUpdates is onto something--cyber attack affecting nuke power-related sites.” E&E News’ Blake Sobczak and Peter Behr write, Nuclear breach opens new chapter in cyber struggle. Says Benjamin Hulac, “I don't fully understand this story by @BlakeSobczak and @PeteBehrEENews, but it's clearly important.”
In the unfolding #TrumpRussia saga, Tom Hamburger and Rosalind Helderman of The Washington Post report, Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort files as foreign agent for Ukraine work. Nicholas Confessore, Mike McIntire and Barry Meier cover the story for The New York Times in Trump Campaign Chief’s Firm Got $17 Million From Pro-Russia Party. Tweets Jonathan Weisman, “If you're wondering what Mueller is up to, Manafort's retroactive filing as a foreign agent didn't happen by itself.
Wowowow the headline is literally not exaggerating
In a new piece for ProPublica, Julia Angwin writes about her investigation into how Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children. Says Katie Notopoulos, “The way Facebook moderates political speech is wild,” and Alex Hern tweets, “At the absolute minimum, this seems like an absolutely atrocious way to train your staff.” “Wowowow the headline is literally not exaggerating,” says Taylor Kate Brown.
Another headline that says it all: Google and Facebook Now Make More From Ads Than Every Newspaper, Magazine, and Radio Network In the World Combined, which is the new piece by Bill Murphy Jr. for Inc. As Murphy notes, Google will make $80.8 billion from ads this year. “That's a number that will impact your life a lot more than what Google pays for allegedly gaming search results across the Atlantic.”
In other media news, some digging by Judd Legum of ThinkProgress reveals The inside story of how TMZ quietly became America’s most potent pro-Trump media outlet (14,600+ shares). Tweets Marc Schneider, “This is quite an exposé on garbage person @HarveyLevinTMZ and his unbreakable love for Trump.”