Political reporting that's not cynical (rare)

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Political reporting that's not cynical (rare)
July 7th, 2017
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Francesco Marconi, strategy manager at the Associated Press is publishing Live Like Fiction, a new book on storytelling and creativity. The author is using a raft of strategies, including an augmented reality app and AI-powered video series to engage his readers online.

The book presentation is scheduled for July 18 at General Assembly in New York City featuring an introduction by serial entrepreneur Matthew Brimer. You can register to attend here.

'Is he a traitor or'

As G-20 Begins, hundreds of people are protesting in Hamburg.

McClatchy’s Anita Kumar reports that President Donald Trump earns millions of dollars in fees from his club's new members.

The New York Times says Trump Misleads on Russian Meddling: Why 17 Intelligence Agencies Don’t Need to Agree. Kurt Andersen wonders: “Is he a traitor or just the most impossibly perverse freak ever? Could be both, but seems like one or the other.”

Meanwhile, at the same paper, Nicole Perlroth writes that Hackers are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, according to both the Homeland Security Dept. and the F.B.I. "BREAKING: Nuclear plant operators, including Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. in Kansas, hit with cyberattacks.” Perlroth tweeted. And that’s officially the most terrifying thing today.

The health care mess

Axios calls it the most unpopular bill in three decades and thanks to David Nather, Lazaro Gamio, Jonathan Swan, there’s pretty data to back it up. Derek Thompson points out it’s an “Amazing chart: The Republican health care bill is so unpopular right now, it's historic.”

Dan Frosch and Christopher Weaver cover how Federal Hospitals Fail Native Americans in the Wall Street Journal with the headline ‘People Are Dying Here.’ Frosch added on Twitter: “Dangerous health care, criminal doctors and unnecessary deaths…”

For another human element to the health care bill, read about One Woman’s Slide From the Upper Middle Class to Medicaid from Ron Lieber in the New York Times. Nina Bernstein wrote: “Terrifying, necessary read. Savings, good children, insurance; in the end, only Medicaid could pay.”

Politico takes us on Rand and Donald’s wild health care ride, courtesy of Burgess Everett and Josh Dawsey. Everett explains: “Rand + Trump turned from rivals to buddies. That's made the Obamacare repeal effort far more difficult.”

The Intercept’s Lee Fang says Republican Lawmakers Are Buying Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward. Alexander C. Kaufman explains, “Republican lawmakers bought stock in health insurers literally the day efforts to repeal Obamacare moved forward.”

Interesting follow-up: the Federal ethics chief who clashed with White House will step down, Matea Gold reports in the Washington Post.

News about other politicians

Andrew Cuomo Could Apparently Beat Trump in 2020, David Freedlander writes in Politico. But Blake Hounshell clarifies, “...if only the left didn't despise him.”

If you’re wondering what else lawmakers do when they’re not in D.C., Jennifer Steinhauer has an answer for you in the New York Times: Beekeeper, Baker, Photographer … Senator? Steinhauer tweeted: “Check out Sen. Heitkamp giving me a Pilates lesson, Sen Toomey keeping bees and other lawmaker hobbies.” Frank Bruni says, “I love @jestei on senators' hobbies for many reasons, including: It's political reporting that's not cynical. Rare.”

On a state level, the AP writes that Maine’s Republican governor Paul LePage suggests he makes up stories to mislead press. "The sooner the print press goes away, the better society will be,” he’s reported as saying. Cool.

‘What is this, 1890?’

People are still talking about Congress thinking sleeveless dresses are not "appropriate attire." Rebecca Shabad called it: “Capitol Hill's fashion police.” Emily De Vito shares: “While reporting in Washington I always carried a blazer with me.” And Emily Cahn added, “Women can't bare their shoulders near the entrance to the House floor. What is this, 1890?”

The biggest story around

Joe Pompeo takes on today’s CNN issues in Politico where “Buzzfeed's Ben Smith says CNN is failing to defend a reporter getting death threats for something an editor did,” according to Jay Rosen.

Lloyd Grove at the Daily Beast wrote about the High Anxiety at CNN Amid Attacks From Trump and His Trolls. “The parents and wife of Andrew Kaczynski received around 50 harassing phone calls each by Wednesday,” the site explained. Colin Jones there called it “horrific and disgusting.”

Meanwhile, J. K. Trotter writes in Gizmodo that CNN Made Its Own Reporting Sound Like Blackmail. Justin Miller tweeted this quote from the story: "Throughout the editing and review, nobody flagged Davis's proposed language as troublesome."

Rachel Maddow is telling news organizations to watch out for hoaxes. Peter Jukes called it an “Amazing bit of forensic journalism here in the biggest story around.”

You can read all about how Networks Try to Dissguys Bad Newz from Nielsen and win the TV ratings game in this piece from Joe Flint at the Wall Street Journal. Flint called it “How to misspell your way to higher ratings!” on Twitter. Sarah Rabil liked “NBC Nitely News.” And Steven Perlberg wroted: “The TV industry is going to be just fine guys.”

And to take you into the weekend, catch up on the drama surrounding Lena Dunham’s adopted dog. The shelter where she got the pup in 2013 gave a scorched earth interview to Yahoo Celebrity’s Suzy Byrne and we cannot stop talking about it. Erin Gloria Ryan tweeted: “Jesus take the fucking wheel.” Aleksander Chan gave it a “HELL YES.” Leslie Horn is “LIVING for Lena Dunham's dog scandal.” And Niraj Chokshi wondered: “Why am I reading this? Why am I sharing it?” Great questions, all.

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Beginning in August, Taco Bell’s Las Vegas flagship restaurant will have a new menu item available, which you can purchase for $600. What is it?

Answer: That would be a full wedding, complete with a private reception for the 15 closest Taco Bell lovers in your life, custom merch (think sauce-packet garter, bow tie, and bouquet, "Just Married" t-shirts, champagne flutes, a Taco 12 Pack filled, and a Cinnabon Delights wedding cake for dessert. As E! News points out: “Stomach ache not included.”

Congrats Craig Pittman for being the first to tweet in correctly.

Your question of the day for today is…Lena Dunham is in the news this week for giving up her adopted dog. And yes, we did post the story about it above. As of 2017, she also has two new dogs. What are their names?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners Monday!

Have a good weekend, everybody!

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