The year the news became satire-proof

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The year the news became satire-proof
August 3rd, 2017
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This is my crack

First up, “The story you didn't think you needed, but do. On those 2 guys (@BraddJaffy + @kylegriffin1) who tweet everything,” tweets Samuel Howard. He’s referring to This Is Probably The Only Story You Didn't Hear About First From Bradd Jaffy And Kyle Griffin, by BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg. “This is so true. @BraddJaff & @kylegriffin1 ‘are the AP and Reuters of Twitter,’” tweets Alicia Cohn. “the shade of it all,” says Jeff Guo. “quit gankin' my shit buzzfeed,” says Miles Klee. “this is my crack.” says Kevin O'Keeffe.

Morning scoop alert

Proving once and for all, “2017 is the year the news became satire-proof,” as James David Dickson puts it, here’s the “Morning scoop alert from @gregpmiller with the full rundown on Trump’s calls with the Mexican prez and Australian PM,” tweets Mark Berman. He links to ‘You cannot say that to the press’: Trump urged Mexican president to end his public defiance on border wall, transcript reveals, by The Washington Post’s Greg Miller. What did we learn? “Trump apparently told Pena Nieto to stop saying Mexico wouldn't pay for the wall,” as Philip Bump tweets, and, “Trump all but invokes Moynihan in convo w Mex president: the Wall is boob bait for bubbas,” notes Jonathan Martin. Aaron Blake highlights, “Trump: ‘I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.’” Oh, and “Trump told Australia’s prime minister that it was more ‘pleasant’ talking to Putin than talking to him,” tweets Daniel Dale.

Yesterday, David Crary of The Associated Press reported, Boy Scouts: Top leaders didn't call Trump to praise speech. And now, Julie Davis of The New York Times reports, Those Calls to Trump? White House Admits They Didn’t Happen (134,000+ shares). Tweets Davis, “Trump said he got attaboy calls from Boy Scouts head & Mexican prez. Only when both denied did WH concede not so.” “What the hell man,” says William Bender.

And so, CNBC’s John Harwood writes, As the lies and contradictions mount, federal officials are deciding to simply ignore Trump (13,700+ shares). Catherine Rampell tweets, “.@JohnJHarwood: Evidence every day of government treating man elected to lead as someone talking mostly to himself.” “Scaramucci was right: ‘There are people inside administration who think it's their job to save America from POTUS,’” tweets Harwood.

More scoops and scooplets

“Great scoop via @eorden and crew: Kushner Companies subpoenaed over investment-for-visa program,” tweets Josh Dawsey. That’s U.S. Attorney Subpoenas Kushner Cos. Over Investment-For-Visa Program, by Byron Tau, Erica Orden and Aruna Viswanatha of The Wall Street Journal. Says Andrew Giambrone, this is “why you should care about the US’ EB-5 visa program.”

At The Daily Beast, Betsy Woodruff is reporting Border Patrol Ordered To Block Congressmen During Travel Ban. She tweets, "FOIA’d docs show DHS officials directed subordinates not to talk to members of Congress,” adding, “Docs also show CBP HQ directed airport officials to treat lawyers at airports with high levels of suspicion.”

NBC News’ Carol Lee has the exclusive, Trump Says U.S. ‘Losing’ Afghan War in Tense Meeting With Generals. “In which the president of the U.S. compares Afghanistan war strategy to renovating the 21 Club. THE 21 CLUB!” tweets Erica Orden. “This is nuts,” says Ken Yeung. “Must read. All of it,” says James Pindell.

Also, “This is a cracker of a story from @RosieGray. Read it,” tweets Krishnadev Calamur. That’s An NSC Staffer Is Forced Out Over a Controversial Memo, from The Atlantic’s Rosie Gray. Says Matt Ford, “This @RosieGray scoop is wild.” And Robinson Meyer tweets, “Read @RosieGray on the WH staffer who claimed to find a vast Maoist conspiracy of Islamists, Marxists, ‘globalists.’” “Gonna put this down as one time McMaster definitely earned his paycheck defending the US republic,” says Josh Marshall.

Some scoops aren’t about the (current) administration, though. POLITICO’s Annie Karni has what she calls a “scooplet”: Zuckerberg hires former Clinton pollster Joel Benenson. “So Zuckerberg has been touring around Real America and now he has hired a pollster,” says Blake Hounshell. “But Zuck's not running,” says Daniel M. Jimenez. “OK. Zuck’s running,” says Jeff Nesbit.

This is quite a headline

Mike Wereschagin is referring to White House Distances Itself From The Poem On The Statue Of Liberty (36,800+ shares), which is the story from HuffPost’s Paige Lavender. Tweets Nick Baumann, “White House: Poem is Tired, Poor.” Lavender writes, “While being questioned about President Donald Trump’s immigration efforts, White House aide Stephen Miller on Wednesday denied that ‘The New Colossus,’ the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, had any meaning because it was added after the statue was erected.”

Meanwhile, in her new piece in The Washington Post, He went to ICE to tell agents he had gotten into college. Now he and his brother have been deported (21,000+ shares), Rachel Chason tells the story of brothers from Gaithersburg, who were deported to their native El Salvador “in what their lawyer says was the fastest deportation process he has ever seen.” Tweets Kirsten Powers, “No criminal record, good kids separated from parents/siblings + sent to dangerous country. @ICEgov is out of control.”

Highs and lows

“It's tough to pack up and move for a job when nobody treats a job as any sort of even medium-term promise,” tweets Tom Scocca, who links to the new piece from Janet Adamy and Paul Overberg of The Wall Street Journal, Struggling Americans Once Sought Greener Pastures-Now They’re Stuck. Tweets Overberg, “One Nation, Divisible: Subtle, rising barriers make moving harder, widening urban-rural gulf.”

In more delightful news, the Journal’s Ryan Knutson reports, Millennials Unearth an Amazing Hack to Get Free TV: the Antenna (26,000 shares). “Shoot me now: Some delighted millennials can’t believe ‘rabbit ears’ provide free TV,” tweets Justine Griffin. Says Amanda Katz, “This story about millennials finding out that broadcast TV is free AND legal w/ an antenna is a delight.”

Also, hey, bud, it’s a nice day for a weed wedding. The Wedding-Industrial Complex Has a New Moneymaker: Marijuana, writes Bloomberg’s Polly Mosendz. “Omg the $420 elopement plan,” says Danielle Burger. Tweets Aaron Rutkoff, “A marijuana wedding planner has booked 2020 nuptials: ‘A lot of foresight coming from these so-called lazy stoners.’”

At The Atlantic, Jean Twenge asks Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? “Horrible headline, but interesting story,” says Mark Fahey. Tweets Conor Sen, “This is the most compelling thing I've read on how post-Millennial teen behavior is changing.” “Our grandchildren will look at 21st century social media the way we look at Victorian cough syrup with heroin in it,” Alex Hern predicts.

And “This is a bigger deal than anything happening in politics right now, and will get 1/10,000th of the attention,” tweets Kevin Roose, referring to the story from Pam Belluck at The New York Times, In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos (36,500+ shares). “Here come the #DesignerBabies,” tweets Eric Olsen. “If you think millennials are entitled, you’re going to love the generation where rich kids have superpowers,” says Benjy Sarlin.

Finally today, “HOLYFUCKINGSHIT,” says Kerensa Cadenas. She’s talking about The Mystery of L.A. Billboard Diva Angelyne's Real Identity Is Finally Solved (71,000+ shares), by The Hollywood Reporter’s Gary Baum. Tweets Baum, “A year in the making: I tracked down the true ID of only-in-L.A. enigma Angelyne. She was forged by the Holocaust.” Says Matt Hickman, “My favorite denizen of LaLa Land (and weirdly relevant considering today’s horrific news cycle.)” “This is the best story,” tweets Kate Aurthur. “Leave it to @garymbaum to take an enigma like Angelyne, reveal her identity, and make her even more fascinating,” says Kevin Ferguson.

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: We’re moving into back-to-school season, so sharpen your pencils for this one. Before the invention of the pencil eraser, what food product was used to erase graphite?

Answer: Moist bread

Congrats to…David Daniel, first to tweet the correct answer, with “before erasers, we used bread. (But we soon learned you cannot erase with bread alone.)” Honorable mention to Lex, who wasn’t quite as quick on the draw but was specific: “Bread or wet bread?” We also have to mention Lorraine Berry‏, for her guess “cheese,” and Margo Howard, who answered “Mayonnaise,” because now we’ve got the workings of a sandwich.

So, we have to revisit Tuesday’s question. Beau Dure tweets, “Are you sure about yesterday's answer? Didn't The Young Ones air in 1985?” And he’s absolutely right, MTV did air episodes of “The Young Ones” in 1985 after the sitcom finished its run on BBC2. And suddenly, we’ve found ourselves down the rabbit hole of MTV history. MTV’s annual Spring Break coverage began in 1986 (shout-out to Robin Soslow, who answered, “Spring Break! I was there.”), and MTV News—which was Chris Lombardi’s answer—launched with “The Week In Rock” in 1987, the same year as “Remote Control.” And all of it happened before seven strangers were picked to live in a house.

Your question of the day for today is…After negotiations with Sarah Palin fell through for her to play the U.S. president on “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” who was offered the part—and accepted—but ultimately backed out due to another commitment?

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Career Updates
Changes at KING 5, CNBC, The Washington Examiner

Seattle’s KING 5 News has a new dayside Executive Producer. Ruben Villaescusa retired from KTTV-11 in Los Angeles, where he had been Assistant News Director since December 2014, at the end in January. But, he says, “I just couldn’t stay retired.” Villaescusa spent 23 years at KTTV-11. Prior to that, we worked for KTLA Los Angeles and KCOP Los Angeles.

Contessa Brewer has been named as a general assignment reporter for CNBC, where she has worked since September 2016. She previously anchored dayside newscasts for MSNBC, worked as a correspondent for NBC News and an anchor for WNBC, and has filed stories for the CBS Evening News and ABC News.

Steven Nelson, who has been a reporter and producer for US News & World Report for the last five years, is joining the Washington Examiner as a White House reporter. And Gabby Morrongiello, who previously worked as a political reporter for the Washington Examiner before moving to the New York Post, is back at the publication, this time as a White House reporter.

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email us (hello [at] muckrack [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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