Only medium-sized terrifying

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Only medium-sized terrifying
August 11th, 2017
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Here I go Guamsplaining again

You have Guam questions. Michelle Ye Hee Lee has answers. “Some Guamsplaining by @myhlee,” tweets Mike Madden, who links to her piece in The Washington Post, North Korea threats to Guam: Questions and answers about Guam. “Here I go Guamsplaining again. >> These are the answers to all the questions you suddenly have about Guam,” she tweets. Says David Weigel, “Good stuff from WaPo’s senior Guam scholar @myhlee. (Sorry, @GenePark.)”

Ben Mullin at Poynter takes a look at How Guam’s biggest daily newspaper is covering the standoff with North Korea. Tweets Deepak Adhikari, “Calm (Guam) before the storm. Worth a read by @BenMullin for @Poynter.”

Garrett Graff asks, “Is it time to reform our nuclear launch system? The odd story of Donald Trump, the Madman, & the nuclear button.” He links to his new cover for POLITICO Magazine, The Madman and the Bomb. “Reassuring stuff from @vermontgmg,” tweets Ben Terris. As Frederick Deknatel tweets, “warning about ‘the need for keeping a berserk president from plunging us into a holocaust.’” Says James Cowan, “This is fascinating and only medium-sized terrifying.”

First things first. #capitalism

How Do You Price a Problem Like Korea? asks The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bird. He tweets, “Analysts are trying to guess how an all-out nuclear war affects their markets.” Says Ben White, “This is a real sentence in a real article. ‘German bunds ... would be good to own during a nuclear conflict.’” “First things first. #capitalism,” tweets Okke Ornstein. Laura Helmuth says, “This is the most Wall Street Journal story ever.”

Bugnuts insane

From Foreign Policy comes the “EXCLUSIVE: Read the full text of the anti-‘deep state’ memo that is tearing the Trump NSC apart,” as reported by Jana Winter and Elias Groll in Here’s the Memo That Blew Up the NSC. Says Chris Hayes, “I am just now getting around to reading this and HOLY CRAP IT IS NUTS.” Or as Simon Maloy puts it, “this is some bugnuts insane stuff.” “Your tax dollars at work,” tweets Harry Cheadle.

Meanwhile, “All the ‘Why John Kelly will bring discipline’ thinkpieces go into the dustbin of history,” tweets Gabriel Snyder. He links to Philip Rucker’s Debrief in The Washington Post, ‘When you put this guy in a cage and think you’re controlling him, things like this happen’. The full quote, from a Trump confidant: “This is what General Kelly will learn very quickly, which is when you put this guy in a cage and think you’re controlling him, things like this happen.” Tweets Rucker, “I'm told Trump loved the give-and-take with reporters yesterday, that he had a lot on his mind & was itching to talk.” Says Jay Rosen, “Every credulous thank-god-for-a-shift-in-narrative reporter who wrote about Kelly taking command needs to read this.”

Back in #TrumpRussia news, Benjamin Siegel of ABC News has the scoop, Trump's longtime secretary scrutinized by Russia investigators. “Rhona!” tweets David Wright, of Rhona Graff, the secretary in question.

In the meantime, Trump thanks Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats, reports POLITICO’s Nahal Toosi and Madeline R. Conway. “Wait... these quotes only make sense if Trump thinks Putin has hiring/firing power over US diplomats in Russia,” says Gabriel Snyder. “This is, quite possibly, the dumbest thing Trump has said while in office. Which is saying something,” says Daniel Drezner. Tweets Toosi, “‘THANK Putin?’ one @StateDept official said. ‘I don't have words that are printable to describe my reaction.’” 

Also, Trump’s baffling attacks on McConnell could be costly to the president, says The Washington Post’s Dan Balz. Tweets Juliet Eilperin, “Most folks try not to provoke McConnell's wrath. @danbalz on the risks Trump is courting by doing just that.” 

Curious about what’s been happening over the long August recess? The Washington Post’s David Weigel tweets, “I went to congressional town halls, where 1) everyone is still talking health care and 2) no one talks tax reform.” He links to his piece, At raucous town halls, Republicans have faced another round of anger over health care. “Good,” says Deborah Blum.

Oh the irony

So how about this one: “Anti-refugee ship run by far-right YouTubers got into trouble and was rescued by ... wait for it ... a refugee boat,” tweets Lisa Tozzi. That’s the story from BuzzFeed’s Francis Whittaker. Jon Henley, who tweets “Oh the irony,” has the story for The Guardian, Migrant rescue ship sails to aid of stranded far-right activists. And Lizzie Dearden reports for The Independent, Refugee rescue boat send to help far-right anti-immigrant ship stranded in Mediterranean 'with mechanical failure'. “This is absolutely perfect,” says Henry Langston, and Parker Molloy “[kisses fingers like a chef].”

So, “Guess who's taking advantage of the chaos in Venezuela?” asks Zachary Davies Boren. Reuters’ Marianna Parraga and Alexandra Ulmer have the Special Report: Vladimir's Venezuela - Leveraging loans to Caracas, Moscow snaps up oil assets. As Gareth Gore tweets, “Rosneft gave Venezuelan state-owned firm more than $1bn in April alone.”

Anatomy of a journalistic disaster

In media news, “Breaking: CNN has severed ties with Jeffrey Lord in the wake of his ‘Sieg Heil!’ tweet. Here's my full story,” tweets CNN’s Brian Stelter, who links to CNN severs ties with Jeffrey Lord. He adds, “CNN statement: ‘Nazi salutes are indefensible. Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.’” 

Also at CNN, “CNN's @OliverDarcy offers his tick-tock on how Fox's Seth Rich story got posted & broadcast,” tweets David Folkenflik, who links to the exclusive from Oliver Darcy on The chaos behind the scenes of Fox News' now-retracted Seth Rich story. “Anatomy of a journalistic disaster,” tweets Nina Burleigh. “This is wild from start to finish,” says Gideon Resnick. And Matthew Nussbaum tweets, “Read this story, and consider the reaction if CNN, NBC, NYT or WaPo had acted as recklessly as Fox did.” 

The gloves are off

“It's fun to wake up early and see the blowback to an innocuous David Brooks column slowly take root,” says Matthew Kassel. In The New York Times, David Brooks writes, Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google’s C.E.O. Opinions on this opinion piece vary. “Well said,” says Marc Gunther. “David Brooks is bad and dumb, but this is another strata of idiotic,” says Neel V. Patel. “David Brooks remains as clueless about the tech scene & the nasty dog whistle Damore blew at Google as ever,” tweets Kara Swisher. “Interesting,” says Bojan Pancevski. “this is a singularly bad column,” says Mike Isaac. “Give me a fucking break,” says Joshua Topolsky.

“Now the gloves are really off - Scoop by @danprimack Uber-founder Kalanick sued by his most important VC,” tweets Matthias Hohensee. He links to the breaking news from Dan Primack at Axios, Benchmark Capital sues Travis Kalanick for fraud. Tweets Kate Clark, “lol uber trying to distract us with free ice cream, nice try.”

Post-truth cuisine

And finally, today, put down your coconut oil and spiralizer and read Why we fell for clean eating, by The Guardian’s Bee Wilson, who dissects the rise of post-truth cuisine. “On the obsession with clean eating and how it began. Manic food bloggers + desperate cases,” tweets Heather Mallick. The inconvenient truth: “There are no magic diets. There are no universal diets. There's only self-control, balance, and time,” tweets Zach Geballe.

Question of the Day

On Wednesday, we asked: Tuesday was International Cat Day, but it’s always a good time for a cat trivia question. According to what is quite possibly an urban legend, who invented the cat door?

Answer: Isaac Newton, allegedly.

Congrats to…Maureen MacGregor, first to tweet the correct (as far as we know) answer. Dan Tynan gets a coveted honorable mention for his answer, “Cat Stevens. Thus also answering tomorrow's question, ‘how did Cat Stevens get his name?’”

Your question of the day for today is…not about Cat Stevens. Of all the European countries fighting in World War II, only three European national capitals were never occupied. Which ones were they?  

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

Career Updates
CNN, BuzzFeed, Wall Street Journal add reporters; UN selects Smale for top PIO post

Hadas Gold, who has spent the last 15 years at POLITICO, is joining CNN’s DC bureau as a reporter focused on European politics, media and business.

Davey Alba, who has been a staff writer at WIRED since 2014, is joining BuzzFeed, where she will be a senior technology reporter. Also joining Buzzfeed is Kevin Collier, who will be covering cybersecurity, privacy and national security as a cybersecurity correspondent. He was most recently a senior privacy and security reporter with Vocativ.

Natasha Khan has joined The Wall Street Journal’s corporate team in Asia as a reporter in Hong Kong. She comes to the WSJ from Bloomberg News, where she was part of the team that produced the George Polk award-winning investigation in 2012 that revealed the hidden wealth of China’s ruling elite.

And congratulations to veteran New York Times journalist Alison Smale, who has been named the United Nations' next under secretary general for global communications, the most senior official in charge of shaping the 193-member organization’s global public image. "Great news for my former colleague and friend @asmalenyt moving to top UN PIO. Journalism's loss = world's gain," tweets Maud Beelman.


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