Yes, it’s transcript time again. Or as Frida Ghitis puts it, “Another bonkers Trump interview transcript.” Last week, The Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief Gerard Baker interviewed the President in the Oval Office. The Journal only published excerpts, but POLITICO got a hold of the whole thing, as Josh Dawsey and Hadas Gold write, so you now you can read the Full transcript: Trump’s Wall Street Journal interview (20,000 shares). Their piece notes, “Matt Murray, the Journal's deputy editor-in-chief, warned staffers in a conference call in recent days about leaking the transcript, saying it would be a breach of trust, according to several sources familiar with the call.” Tweets Charles Arthur, “*Nelson Muntz HA-HA noise*” And Peter Gleick tweets, “What's worse than the @WSJ getting a bizarre Trump interview packed with distortions and lies? Not publishing it.”
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“One of the odder effects of the Trump era is that golf publications now regularly break national news,” says Kevin Roose, who links to First Golfer: Donald Trump's relationship with golf has never been more complicated, by Golf’s Alan Shipnuck, in which “Trump explains to Bedminster members why he spends so much time at his golf club: ‘That White House is a real dump,’” as Lachlan Markay tweets. “Blah blah blah ... ‘That White House is a real dump.’ ... blah blah blah ... Wait. What?” tweets J.D. Prose. But Jeff Nesbit says, “Trump's team should let his love of golf out for a drive more often. It humanizes him.”
Meanwhile, Trump is “Working through the checklist,” as Philip Bump tweets. Charlie Savage of The New York Times has the story, Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions (170,000+ shares). The Times tweets, “Trump administration wants to investigate colleges for discriminating against white applicants, document suggests.” “Sweet Baby Jesus take the wheel,” says Jonathan Capehart. Francis Wilkinson headlines it, “The cabal of crooks, collusionists and incompetents takes aim at affirmative action in higher ed.” And Jennifer Epstein reminds us, “This kind of work is why Sessions isn't quitting.”
It’s a different story over at State. For example, Tillerson spurns $80 million to counter ISIS, Russian propaganda, reports POLITICO’s Nahal Toosi, leading Noah Rothman to ask the secretary, “What is it you'd say you do around here?” “Rex Tillerson living up to that Order of Friendship medal that Putin pinned on his chest,” says Marc Caputo. And Daniel Drezner says, “You couldn't reverse-engineer a story highlighting Rex Tillerson's managerial incompetence if you tried,” adding, “Condoleezza Rice and Bob Gates have some explaining to do.”
“Because it happened one hundred years ago, here's a comprehensive oral history of last week,” Ben Terris tweets, of his piece in The Washington Post with Monica Hesse and Dan Zak, ‘The moment when it really started to feel insane’: An oral history of the Scaramucci Era. “No, but really. last week was nuts,” says Amanda Wills. “If anyone was doubting Einstein or anything, here’s pretty good alternative evidence that time dilation is real,” Megan Garber says. Emily Yahr calls the piece “A triple byline you don’t want to miss,” and David A. Graham tweets, “This is worth a read for @EliStokols’ account of being at the Trump Jamboree alone.” Dino Grandoni’s prediction: “My guess: The best movies about the Trump administration will be Ferris Bueller-style, all taking place in one day.”
HuffPost’s Vicky Ward caught up with the Mooch and found out Why The Mooch Lost His Cool. Of his comment, “The Lizzas and Scaramuccis have been friends for over 50 years. My dad knew his dad from construction...Most of what I said was humorous and joking. Legally, it may have been on the record, but the spirit of it was off,” Melissa Ryan says, “This is perhaps the most New York quote ever given.” And Rupert Allman says, “Pur-leaze.” Tweets Paul Owen, “Scaramucci: ‘I am now going to go dark.’ And then? ‘Then I will reemerge.’ He paused. ‘As me.’” “o....k,” says Megan Hess.
This sounds bad
Matt Ford is referring to HBO Hack: Insiders Fear Leaked Emails as FBI Joins Investigation, by Tatiana Siegel for The Hollywood Reporter. “Welp. The HBO hack resulted in potentially seven times the amount of data stolen in the Sony hack,” tweets Dylan Martin. Adds Matthew Belloni, “The HBO hack is far worse than first reported, insiders fear emails could leak next. FBI involved.” “interesting that the hacker isn't asking for ransom, wonder what their motive is here,” tweets Selena Larson.
“Why are the leaders of the Women’s March fawning over anti-Semites and cop killers?” tweets Bari Weiss. In her column in The New York Times, When Progressives Embrace Hate (28,000+ shares), she delivers what Lahav Harkov calls a “Powerful oped by @bariweiss on repugnant views tainting the women's movement for those who are otherwise sympathetic.” Tweets Bret Stephens, “The most essential piece you’ll read in today’s Times -- especially if you’re progressive -- is from @bariweiss.” And Ilan Berman says, “A must read from the incomparable @bariweiss. Stuff like this makes me hopeful that reasoned discourse isn’t dead.” “Interesting read. Read it,” says Yannis Pappas.
“My last Venezuela story for AP. I arrived in 2014, just in time to see the meltdown. I hope better days lie ahead,” tweets Hannah Dreier, who links to her Associated Press piece, Departing AP reporter looks back at Venezuela's slide. Tweets Kate Davidson, “Read this incredible first-person account by @hannahdreier on Venezuela's economic collapse.” Josh Lederman calls it a “Harrowing must-read by the incredible @hannahdreier.”
“This is such brilliant passionate and kind writing,” says Judith Timson. She’s referring to Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner for The New York Times Magazine. Brodesser-Akner tweets, “Here's my @NYTmag story on being fat in a society where it’s now totally okay to be fat unless of course you’re fat.” Tweets Paul LaRosa, “Fascinating: How body acceptance is affecting Weight Watchers, not in a good way.” Elle Hunt says, “I drop everything to read what @taffyakner writes.” “Thank you, @taffyakner for writing this story, which spoke to me on a deeper level than I can express,” tweets Anne Cohen.
“How many writers can disentangle complicated, conflicted research findings as skillfully as @olgakhazan?” asks Yoni Appelbaum. He directs you to Why Women Bully Each Other at Work, Olga Khazan’s new feature in The Atlantic. Jessica Leigh Hester calls it an “Excellent long-read by @olgakhazan about the perils, traumas, and expectations of being a female employee (or boss).” But Elizabeth Chang tweets, “Sigh. Has there ever even been a study of how men treat each other at work?”
A beautiful tribute
“Yesterday I wondered: Was SS really a cool dude? Got my answer,” tweets Mary Catherine O'Connor, who links to My Buddy, Sam Shepard, Patti Smith’s tribute in The New Yorker. Says Gady Epstein, “Patti Smith on Sam Shepard is all you need to get from the internet today.” Jeanne Sahadi calls it, “A beautiful tribute to a relationship for the ages.” Just read it.