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 Ferdman. Rebecca 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.”
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:
U.S. Navy to Relieve Admiral of Command After Collisions, according to the scoop from Gordon Lubold of The Wall Street Journal. Lubold tweets, “My exclusive: navy will soon relieve the head of 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Aucoin, after a series of accidents in Asia.”
For “a powerful look at 16 years of war in Afghanistan, told through the lens of @nytimes photographers,” Megan Specia directs you to 16 Years of War in Afghanistan, in Pictures, by The New York Times’ Rod Nordland.
In a new interactive piece for The New York Times, Henry Fountain explains how Alaska’s Permafrost Is Thawing. Fountain tweets, “I like our country so much I feel compelled to tell people about what climate change is doing to it.” “Vivid and disturbing corner of our climate's path into the unknown,” says Kirk Johnson.
According to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, Trump hits new low after Charlottesville, reports POLITICO’s Steven Shepard.
Kim Wall Is Confirmed Dead as Danish Inventor Is Investigated, reports The New York Times’ Martin Selsoe Sorensen. Tweets The Times, “Kim Wall, the Swedish journalist who disappeared after boarding a Danish inventor's submarine, is confirmed dead.”
Apple Scales Back Its Ambitions for a Self-Driving Car. The New York Times’ Daisuke Wakabayashi has the story.
Jack Nicas of The Wall Street Journal reports, Wal-Mart and Google Partner to Challenge Amazon.