“Anyone with an interest in history knows that the founders viewed an independent press as essential to democracy,” tweets Michael Slackman. And yet, Trump Takes Aim at the Press, With a Flamethrower, as Jim Rutenberg writes for The New York Times. Tweets @nytmedia, “Trump’s speech in Phoenix raises a question spawned by his rallies: How long before someone is hurt, or worse?” Rutenberg notes, “Execs at @ProPublica tell me electronic attacks over extremism story stopped all incoming email for 5-6 hrs Mediato.” ProPublica tweets, “Yep, we got attacked for doing our jobs. Nope, it's not stopping us.”
In his new opinion piece for The New York Times, We’re Journalists, Mr. Trump, Not the Enemy (10,000+ shares), Nicholas Kristof writes, "If only President Trump denounced neo-Nazis as passionately and sincerely as he castigates journalists.” Tweets Dylan Farella, “The importance of journalists today cannot be overstated. Great read.”
And “Mirrors don't lie,” says Jim Litke, who links to AP FACT CHECK: Trump does what he accuses media of doing—selectively quoting from his remarks about the race-fueled violence in Charlottesville—by AP’s Jonathan Lemire.
Also at The New York Times, Michael M. Grynbaum reveals, Wall Street Journal Editor Admonishes Reporters Over Trump Coverage. Tweets Michael Barbaro, “For those who don't cover WSJ closely, volume of leaks reveal how much faith has been lost with the boss.” Stefan Becket says, “Publish the draft!”
At The Washington Post, Paul Farhi writes about What we’re losing when we say goodbye to alt weeklies, the rebels of journalism. “Twilight of the alt weeklies (starring @MarkLeibovich, @jackshafer,@ErikWemple, @susanorlean and a cast of millions),” he tweets. Tweets Kim Lyons, “fyi @farhip the @PGHCityPaper still fighting the good fight.”
“This is a truly moving tribute to journalist Kim Wall by people who saw her grow in the industry,” says Tom Namako. He links to Journalist Kim Wall Remembered As A "Bad Ass" By Her Friends, by BuzzFeed’s Amber Jamieson, who tweets “Kim Wall's friends were gracious enough to tell me hilarious and moving stories about her and her great journalism.” Tweets Liana Aghajanian, “Absolutely tragic story and the scariest part is, it could have happened to any of my journalism colleagues, even me.”
Before we move on, let’s take a moment to Meet the Man Tricking Pro-Trump Media Into Confusing Every Trump Rally for 2016's Cavs Championship Parade. That’s courtesy of The Daily Beast’s Ben Collins.
All roads lead to Russia
But “The dossier appears to be true,” tweets Cody Lyon, who links to Trump ‘Pee Tape’ Dossier Researcher Tells Investigators He ‘Stands By’ Explosive Allegations About Russia Links, by Newsweek’s Jason Le Miere. Chuck Grassley will order committee vote on releasing testimony on Trump dossier, reports the Washington Examiner’s Anna Giaritelli.
And now the exclusive from CNN’s Manu Raju and Marshall Cohen, Top Trump aide's email draws new scrutiny in Russia inquiry (60,000+ shares). According to their reporting, “The aide, Rick Dearborn, who is now President Donald Trump's deputy chief of staff, sent a brief email to campaign officials last year relaying information about an individual who was seeking to connect top Trump officials with Putin, the sources said.”
At POLITICO, Josh Dawsey and Elana Schor report Trump clashed with multiple GOP senators over Russia (14,000+ shares). Tweets Dawsey, “Trump called two other senators-- Tillis and Corker -- to express frustration over Russia-related issues.” “All roads lead to Russia,” says Paul Begala. And Marcy Wheeler tweets, “Anyway, Robert Mueller is going to have to hire more staff to keep collection of evidence of Trump's obstruction.”
It’s going to get ugly
“POTUS held backstage huddle w/potential FLAKE primary rivals before PHX rally - and we have the pic to prove it,” tweets Alex Isenstadt, referring to his piece in POLITICO, Trump stokes primary challenge against Flake. He adds, “Prior to savaging Flake onstage, POTUS trashed Arizona senator backstage as ‘the flake.’” “It's going to get ugly,” says Van Meguerditchian. (Get?)
And yet, at least when it comes to Charlottesville, The Republican Establishment Stands Behind Trump, report The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins and Elaine Godfrey. Tweets Coppins, “We asked 146 GOP officials about Trump's Charlottesville response. Just 7 were critical.”
However: “This is at least a start....” says John Lorinc. Tweets Binyamin Appelbaum, “1. Announce that some Nazis are very fine people. 2:” he links to Rabbis Protest Trump’s Comments by Boycotting Conference Call, by The New York Times’ Alexander Burns. Burns writes, “Four coalitions of rabbis, hailing from different strains of American Judaism, publicly spurned Mr. Trump, denouncing him in unusually pointed language, and pre-emptively announcing that they would not participate in any conference call before the Jewish holidays next month.” To which Eilene Zimmerman says, “Right on.”
Meanwhile, get ready for “Lawless presidency, part 3,693,” as John Stoehr puts it. He links to White House prepares for Joe Arpaio pardon (55,000 shares), by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.
At The Wall Street Journal, Gordon Lubold reports, White House Sets Rules for Military Transgender Ban (38,000+ shares). As Norah O'Donnell tweets, “WH directs Pentagon to deny admittance to transgender individuals and stop spending on treatment.”
So in case you’re wondering, Margaret Talev and Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg Politics write, General Kelly Commands White House, But He Can’t Control Trump. They quote a Senate Republican aide as saying, “Kelly is the only thing saving America right now.”
How a mighty (and insecure) power behaves
Here’s “How a mighty (and insecure) power behaves. The #Xinjiang story is important. What does #China have to fear?” tweets Affan Chowdhry, who links to Globe and Mail journalist detained by Chinese police in Xinjiang region, by The Globe and Mail’s Ann Hui.
And Eva Dou tweets, “Nice piece from @michaelvmartina on the conflicts btwn foreign companies and their China Communist Party units,” linking to the exclusive from Michael Martina of Reuters, In China, the Party’s push for influence inside foreign firms stirs fears.
“‘We’re just waiting for doom or for a breakthrough from heaven.’* *Not my quote, please read story,” Patrick LaForge tweets, linking to the piece from Shuaib Almosawa, Ben Hubbard and Troy Griggs of The New York Times about the massive humanitarian crisis in Yemen, ‘It’s a Slow Death’: The World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis.
Zachary Tracer spoiler-tweets, “You'll never guess why CEOs are no longer worried about Fixing The Debt (you will probs guess why, it is tax cuts).” Joe Weisenthal calls this piece a “Must read from @maxabelson about how people on Wall Street no longer care about ‘fixing the debt.’” In How Wall Street Learned to Stop Worrying About the Debt and Love Tax Cuts, Bloomberg’s Max Abelson reveals that, “Surprise! Execs aren't so worried about US debt. They want tax cuts. And, of course, cuts to SS, Medicare,” as Dan Beucke tweets. Says Paul Krugman, “I'm shocked, shocked to learn that wealthy people don't care about deficits when Republicans are cutting their taxes.”
At The Seattle Times, Mike Rosenberg and Angel Gonzalez write that Thanks to Amazon, Seattle is now America’s biggest company town. Tweets Kirk Johnson, “Good @seattletimes take on the Amazon juggernaut.” “Damn damn damn,” says Kate Clark, who highlights, “It takes 43 companies to match Amazon's 8.1 million square feet of office space in Seattle.”
In other news, a Powerball ticket worth $758.7 million was sold in Massachusetts Wednesday night, and for the record, Lottery gets it wrong; jackpot was won in Chicopee, not Watertown, as Emily Sweeney, Travis Andersen and John Ellement report in The Boston Globe.
Axios’ Dan Primack and Shane Savitsky take an exclusive look Inside Uber's financials.
And finally today, a Philadelphia Eagles fan gets last laugh with obituary. As Hallie Jackson tweets, “In his obit, Jersey man asks for 8 @Eagles players as pallbearers - ‘so the Eagles can let him down one last time.’”