Pivot to claps 

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Pivot to claps 
August 23rd, 2017
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Phoenix isn't that green, folks

First up, your roundup of coverage from the Trump rally in Phoenix last night. “If you didn't watch the rally (or even if you did watch it!) last night, read this,” Haley Byrd says, linking to the piece from Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post, As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned. Tweets Ric Sanchez, “@wpjenna always manages to catch the details.”

Politifact’s Aaron Sharockman and Miriam Valverde were busy Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Phoenix. Also, Fake news? Trump supporters circulate photo of Phoenix rally crowds ... but it's not (20,000+ shares), reports Kellie Hwang of AZCentral.com. The photo was actually an aerial shot from the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers parade. Tweets Ginger Rough, “Hint: Phoenix isn't that green, folks.”

CNN’s Brian Stelter reports on how Trump berates ‘sick’ news media in fresh tirade. As Brian Ries notes, “CNN aired Trump's speech in its entirety, including chants of ‘CNN sucks,’ despite his bogus claims to the contrary.”

And Katie Mettler of The Washington Post has The strange story of that ‘Blacks for Trump’ guy standing behind POTUS at his Phoenix rally (17,000+ shares), about which Gary R’nel says, “you have to read this,” and Stephanie Ebbert says, “Crazy interesting.”

You won’t believe what happened next

“Man there's a ton in this @alexburnsNYT @jmartNYT joint,” says Nicholas Riccardi. Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin of The New York Times have the scoop, McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency (69,000+ shares), writing “The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks.” Or “This Senator Found a Monkey's Paw and Wished for GOP Judicial Nominees. You Won't Believe What Happened Next,” as Dave Weigel puts it. “Never stop fighting, you crusty evil turds!” says Joe Berkowitz.

Meanwhile, Glen McGregor says, “I joked in the past about possibility of a Trump presidency ending in a military coup. Uh…” He links to Military leaders consolidate power in Trump administration, by The Washington Post’s Robert Costa and Philip Rucker. Tweets Costa, “Some people see scope of generals' influence on Trump/policy as reassuring. Others wary. Most agree it's unusual.” 

Tweets Alexander Goot, “I seriously don't know what we would do, in these uncertain times, without @david_j_roth.” He links to The President of Blank Sucking Nullity, by David Roth for The Baffler. Alison Herman notes, “Somehow this gets *better* after the phrase ‘kamikaze junk ablutions’ makes an appearance.” Roth tweets, “I know that the last thing anyone wants right now is more Trump in the monitors, and yet I wrote this anyway,” but Bruce Arthur says, “This, by @david_j_roth, is the best explanation of Donald Trump I've ever read.” 

Awkward but hilarious

Dartunorro Clark is referring to Arizona GOP uses Margaret Cho sitcom pic to represent Asian Americans, reported by Vice’s Keegan Hamilton and Tess A. Owen. “Nice try, Arizona GOP,” says Roberto FerdmanRebecca Sun tweets, “I think what offends me the most is that @AZGOP thinks Asian-Americans are a quarter-century behind in fashion.”

And new from CNN’s Oliver Darcy and Jake Tapper, Emails: Breitbart editor pledges to do 'dirty work' for Bannon, smears Ivanka, after being duped by the "lazy anarchist” email prankster who tweets under the name @SINON_REBORN. 

The new Dark Age cont'd

Jon Talton is referring to the news that After more than half a century, The Village Voice is closing its print edition, as Poynter’s Benjamin Mullin reports. “I understand why, but it doesn't make it easier,” says Chris Sieroty. The Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr has more in “End of an Era”: Village Voice Will No Longer Be in Print

And then there’s this: After the Mass Exodus at Mic.com as Dozens Fired in ‘Pivot to Video,’ as reported by Mediaite’s Aidan McLaughlin, we have “Good shit about the death of Mic from @adrjeffries.” That’s Bryan Menegus, tweeting about Mic’s drop, from Adrianne Jeffries of The Outline. “New media is supremely cynical and rewards some of our worst instincts,” says Joshua Topolsky.


So, how about a “Pivot to claps,” as Taylor Lorenz puts it? Medium will now pay writers based on how many claps they get, reports The Verge’s Jacob Kastrenakes. He tweets, “i will be quitting the verge to focus on the clap economy full time.” “What the damn hell,” says Vincent Bevins. “not to repeat myself, but: kill me,” says Libby Watson.

But “May we all someday be blessed to find the stories we were born to write. @ForecasterEnten has found one of his,” tweets Chadwick Matlin, of Fake Polls Are A Real Problem, by FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten. “The line between legitimate and illegitimate pollsters is blurring. (Exhibit A: Kid Rock.)” says Ben Casselman.

And now, “One of the best pieces of writing on writing,” as David Grann tweets. He’s  referring to The Secret Life of a Book Manuscript, by Thomas Ricks for The Atlantic, “In which the great @tomricks1 gets edited by the great Scott Moyers,” tweets Warren Bass. Says Patton Dodd, “Every writer should be so lucky to have a Scott Moyers-like editor in life,” and John Podhoretz tweets, “I'm not kidding when I say @tomricks1 's essay here on the role of the editor brought a tear to this editor's eye.”

A good piece on an incredibly dumb story

In other media news, at Outkick the Coverage, Clay Travis explains that MSESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee Off UVa Game To Avoid Offending Idiots. As Travis tweets, “So just to clarify, Robert Lee, Asian play by play man, & Robert E. Lee, Confederate General, are different people.” Put another way, Welp, ESPN Shot Itself In The Dick, writes Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky. Tweets Pete Vernon, “This, by @barry, is a good piece on an incredibly dumb story.”

Probs the best Louise Linton takedown

So listen, Louise Linton Isn’t Mad, You’re Mad. As Jia Tolentino tweets, “I wrote about Louise Linton's classic case of getting mad online,” linking to her new piece in the New Yorker. Says Catherine Traywick, “Probs the best Louise Linton takedown I've read #lintongate,” and Ryan Cooper is “frankly green with envy at how well @jiatolentino can write.” “this is so brutal it's beautiful,” says Karen Cheung. Widely shared quote: "...a type of strained, hierarchical female fury that I have not witnessed in person since cheerleading camp, in 2005.”

Karma ghost


Julia Reinstein tells us, “this @AskAManager post just made my skeleton exit my body.” She’s referring to I ghosted my ex, and she's about to be my new boss, from Alison Green’s Ask a Manager column. “Now this is a story,” says Max Read. “In which a letter-writer does not like it when they discover actions sometimes have delayed consequences,” Lisa Schmeiser says. Gillian Brockell tweets, “This headline undersells the story. Holy mackerel!” “I audibly gasped twice while reading this,” tweets Sara Patterson. And Hayes Brown says, “I think we can all agree that after three years it's less ‘ghosting’ and more ‘absolute psychopathy.’” Casey Johnston sums up the general reaction: “i am screaming my actual head off.”

More Wednesday reads: 

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: On Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album, the demented laughter you hear on “Speak to Me” and “Brain Damage” came from the band’s road manager and sound engineer. Name him—and his famous daughter.

Answer: The laugh belonged to Naomi Watts’ father, Peter.

Congrats to…David Daniel, quick on the draw with the right answer.

Your question of the day for today is…Conservators recently collected 1,500 artifacts from two huts at Cape Adare in Antarctica, including what 106-year-old “well-preserved” treat?

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Career Updates
Scott, Krieger on the move; Cifuentes promoted

Eugene Scott, a member of CNN Politics Digital’s breaking news team and a frequent on-air cable TV contributor on CNN and HLN, is joining The Washington Post’s “The Fix,” where he’ll be reporting on the “politics of identity.” He’s previously worked for Cape Argus (Cape Town, South Africa), the Kansas City Star, Charlotte Observer, Arizona Republic and Time

Hilary Krieger has left CNN online, where she’s been enterprise editor since 2015, to become Washington Editor at FiveThirtyEight. She previously worked at POLITICO and The Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Gianncarlo Cifuentes, who has been with Univision for 15 years, is being promoted from News Director at Univision’s WUVG 34 to Regional News Director, overseeing news departments in Atlanta, Raleigh and Philadelphia. Prior to Univision, he worked for CNN en Español.

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