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Newsy nuggets
June 29th, 2017
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A true hero

“Stop what you're doing and read how ump John Tumpane saved a woman today," says Jason Wilde, who's referring to With words and a strong grip, MLB umpire John Tumpane pulls a woman back from the brink in Pittsburgh (43,000 shares), by Stephen J. Nesbitt and Steph Chambers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Says Sean Gentille, “This is amazing: A woman was ready to jump off a bridge near PNC Park. The guy who saved her -- tonight's ump.” And Ellen McNamara tweets, “Worth reading. A woman was about to jump off a bridge near PNC park. An ump for the @Pirates game helped save her.” Says Chris Long, “We use 'hero' a lot in sports. This time, it's actually true.”

Undervalued, indispensable

“This just in from the New York Times copy desk. Wow.” Jack Detsch links to New York Times copy desk to top editors: ‘You have turned your backs on us’ (13,700+ shares). The piece, from Poynter’s Benjamin Mullin, shares the full text of the letter that New York Times copy editors sent to the newspaper's two top editors Wednesday protesting the announced reorganization of the copy desk and the reduction in headcount. Tweets Geoff Calkins, “Copy editors are a paper's offensive linemen. Undervalued, indispensable and often smarter than those they block for.” Ann Weiler calls it a “Brutal, well-written & -edited letter from NYTimes copy desk to top eds. Copy desk IS the immune system.” Take Jordan Fraade’s advice: “(If you haven't read the Copy Desk's open letter to management, read it now.” There’s even a covfefe reference.


Katie Drummond is reacting to the exclusive from Variety’s Daniel Holloway, MTV News Shifts Toward Video, Targets Younger Audience. Sam Thielman says, “Quick, name one digital news outlet that heavily invests in video and turns a profit. Go on. I'll wait.” And Joshua Rivera notes, “Again: For every headline about a media site pivoting to video, you get 0 headlines about how that saved them.” Tweets Ken Yeung, “Ugh @MTVNews laying off staff in transition to video. Good reporters now available.” Abby Johnston’s take? “Booooooooooooo.” We’ll give the last word on it to Tyler Coates: “Video killed the Internet writer star.”

Shocking assault

CNNMoney’s Brian Stelter tweets, “MSNBC just issued a statement about the president's shocking personal attack against @Morning_Joe co-hosts…” linking to his piece, Trump tweets shocking assault on Brzezinski, Scarborough. In addition to highlighting this morning’s behavior, Stelter summarizes Trump’s anti-media activity this week: “On Tuesday his main target was CNN...On Wednesday Trump went after two of the nation's biggest newspapers, The New York Times and the Washington Post. He mangled the facts several times, but his overall message came through loud and clear: Do not trust the people who are trying to hold my administration accountable.” Mark Kornblau, the head of PR for NBC News and MSNBC, tweeted, “Never imagined a day when I would think to myself, ‘it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States.’”

Meanwhile, Axios’s Mike Allen has an idea: Stop going to the White House press briefings. “What would you miss by blowing it off?” he writes. “There are transcripts and this thing called Twitter, where the rare newsy nugget will quickly appear.”

No biggie

He may be mad at the media, but there’s one thing Trump’s not worried about: Russian threats. For a “Good read from @DanaBashCNN and @SaraMurray,” Zachary Cohen refers you to Officials struggle to convince Trump that Russia remains a threat, by CNN’s Sara Murray and Dana Bash. Tweets Philip Bump, “CNN says Trump won't focus on meddling bc 1) he doesn’t differentiate from collusion issue, 2) it taints his win.” Adam Green says, “Such a credulous article, positing that Trump is merely unconcerned. He welcomes, counts on Russian hacking.”

Thrilla in Vanilla

Remember yesterday when we told you only 17% of Americans support the Senate health care bill? Well, maybe that poll was a little optimistic. As USA Today’s Susan Page and Emma Kinery report, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds only 12% of Americans support the Senate health care plan. So it’s no surprise then that some of the Senators are a little...on edge. POLITICO’s Seung Min Kim and John Bresnahan report on the “Thrilla in Vanilla,” as Justin Miller puts it, referring to Portman and McConnell clash over health bill, which notes, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rob Portman, close allies and typically mild-mannered men, got into a heated exchange over Medicaid at a meeting earlier this week.”

Ironic...don’t you think

Also a little touchy? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who “unleashed his anger in front of Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner and others,” according to the report by POLITICO’s Josh Dawsey, Eliana Johnson and Alex Isenstadt, Tillerson blows up at top White House aide (11,500 shares). The encounter was “described by four people familiar with what happened.” Among Tillerson’s grievances? “Tillerson also complained that the White House was leaking damaging information about him to the news media.” Max Fisher notes, “America's top diplomat is struggling to manage diplomacy with a handful of people 0.9 miles from his office.”


“Hot damn! @DPD_’s wonderful cover story on Game of Thrones is here. Plus @milesaldridge’s eye-popping portraits,” tweets Sam Jacobs of the new TIME cover from Daniel D’Addario and Miles Aldridge, ‘Game of Thrones’: Inside the World's Most Popular Show. Says Abigail Abrams, “This week’s @TIME cover by @DPD_ on Game of Thrones is so cool, and the photos are A++”

Making the rounds:

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: A television crew gathering footage for a story about crime in downtown Albuquerque became crime victims themselves. What did the thief make off with?

Answer: The thief drove off in the station’s SUV. As KOB News Director Michelle Donaldson says, “I have a rule that you can never be the lead of your own newscast. So this violates that rule.”

Congrats to Mark Poepsel, first to tweet the correct answer. Honorable mention goes to Margo Howard, who may have been thinking about what was in the truck with her answer, “The cameras, and a couple pieces of turquoise jewelry.”

Your question of the day for today is…On June 29, 1974, Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with the Kirov Ballet. What journalist, who at the time was a ballet critic for The Globe and Mail, played a pivotal role in Mischa’s escape?

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

Career Updates
JTrust newsletter launches; new hires at WGN, CNNMoney, The New Yorker,

Sara Catania has just launched JTrust, a weekly newsletter on the latest in the ongoing, disparate efforts the restore the public trust in journalism. You can learn more about it here, sign up to receive it here, and follow JTrust on Twitter @JournoTrust.

In career news and updates, Lauren Jiggetts is joining WGN Morning News as an anchor, beginning in July. Most recently, she served as a weekend evening anchor and reporter at Chicago’s NBC affiliate, WMAQ-TV. Julia Carpenter has been hired by CNNMoney to cover the intersection of gender and money. She has been a social media editor for The Washington Post and also runs The Post’s Tumblr.

Jessica Winter will be leaving her role as features editor at Slate to join The New Yorker as’s new executive editor. The brand has also hired Soo-Jeong Kang, previously with The New York Times, as the executive producer of New Yorker Video. And Nate Erickson, a contributor for GQ, Yahoo and others, is taking on the newly created role of senior lifestyle editor for

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