The backstory and the blowback

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The backstory and the blowback
September 18th, 2017
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Emmys rewind

First things first on this Monday. Variety has your 2017 Emmy Winners List. Lorraine Ali of The Los Angeles Times observes, This year's Emmys didn't even pretend not to be politicalMike Hale’s assessment for The New York Times: The Emmys Figured Out How to Handle Trump. BuzzFeed’s Jarett Wieselman highlights, Lena Waithe Is The First Black Woman To Win An Emmy For Comedy Writing (“Let's not wait another fucking 69 years,” tweets Alanna Bennett). Of Emmys Night: How to Get Away With the Bare Minimum of Diversity, The Daily Beast’s Ira Madison III tweets, “I wrote about how the Emmys are more diverse, yes, but we should be long past ‘firsts’ for actors of color.” Aaron Blake of The Washington Post refers to Sean Spicer’s yucky cameo at the Emmys, and CNN’s Brian Stelter asks, Why did the Emmys help Sean Spicer rebrand? (“The backstory and the blowback,” tweets An Phung). ABC News’s Joi-Marie McKenzie has A full recap of what you saw and what you missed.

The End of Magazines

Another big magazine change to report. “Jann Wenner is ending his half-century reign over Rolling Stone — the magazine is going up for sale,” tweets Sydney Ember, who links to his piece in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Once a Counterculture Bible, Will Be Put Up for Sale. “RS up for sale. I'm a bit sad but mostly hopeful they'll finally stop writing about the Grateful Dead every 2 months,” tweets Tracey Lindeman. “The End of Magazines coming a little faster than I'd like,” says Michelle Dean. Terrance Pryor’s prediction: “Expect a shit ton of clickbait articles and think pieces about Beyonce's hair from Rolling Stone in the future.”

The importance of covering reporters’ bar tabs

“SCOOP: Don McGahn scolded Ty Cobb for discussing Russia investigation at DC steakhouse, where @nytimes overheard it,” Kenneth Vogel tweets, linking to his piece in The New York Times with Peter Baker, Trump Lawyers Clash Over How Much to Cooperate With Russia Inquiry. Trump lawyer Ty Cobb “was overheard by a reporter for The New York Times discussing the dispute during a lunchtime conversation at a popular Washington steakhouse,” leading Chris McDaniel to offer, “Happy to volunteer to go report from fancy steakhouses on the company dime, @BuzzFeedBen.”

About that fancy steakhouse. The Washington Post’s Fred Barbash puts it this way: Trump lawyers spill beans after terrible restaurant choice - next to NYT. Tweets Carlos Lozada, “‘Who needs leaks when lunch reservations will suffice?’ On the risks of eating next door to NYT's Washington bureau.” As David Chen notes, “.@KenVogel traveled 171 feet to arrive ‘just in time.’” “Why it's vital for media bosses to cover reporter bar tabs,” says Doug Schmidt.

American Power 101

For a “Good piece on Trump's aides taking him to the ‘tank’ to school him on America's world role,” as Mark Landler tweets, check out the story from AP’s Matthew Lee and Jonathan Lemire, How Trump's advisers schooled him on globalism. They write, “The session was, in effect, American Power 101 and the student was the man working the levers.”

Also, “What the heck is happening with North Korea? I asked two people who actually know, and they are as scared of Trump as of Kim Jong Un,” writes Susan Glasser in her piece in POLITICO Magazine, Twitter Man vs. Rocket Man. She highlights, “Chris Hill was last senior US diplomat to negotiate face to face with North Korea. ‘I'm still in therapy,’ he says.” Tweets Peter Baker, “McMaster talk of ‘military option’ vs N. Korea isn't just for public consumption; he’s saying so privately too.”

In other Trump news, at The Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin reports that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is advising Trump, Shrink at least 4 national monuments and modify a half-dozen others. As a leaked report shows, “Trump's interior secretary is seeking to open protected national monuments to hunting, logging, & coal mining,” tweets Dell Cameron.

And on the Trump business front, “It's not just Mar-a-Lago. Across @realdonaldtrump's biz, he is losing longtime event clients wary of his politics,” tweets David Fahrenthold, who links to his piece with Amy Brittain and Matea Gold in The Washington Post, Trump’s divisive presidency reshapes a key part of his private business.

The Bojangles interview

“I spent a few days in NC, where many conservative voters consider themselves Trump supporters, not Republicans,” tweets Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post, who links to her story, For those in the Party of Trump, the Republicans - not the president - are to blame. But Tom Acitelli points out, “article goes looking for ‘real’ North Carolinians & looks no further than a bojangles and a rural baptist church.” And Matt Spence tweets, “Nice from @wpjenna. But if Bojangles interview takes over for taxicab interview, we're all going to get very fat.”

We’ll always have Paris?

“Ah the sweet sound of breaking news at 5:00 on a Saturday,” tweets Addy Baird. The big scoop from The Wall Street Journal was the report from Emre Peker that the Trump Administration Won’t Withdraw from Paris Climate Deal. This was later updated to note, “Trump Administration Seeks to Avoid Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord: Tillerson says the president is opening to finding ‘right conditions’ to stay in agreement.” Tweets Alessandro Vitelli, “Huh?” “We'll always have Paris?” tweets Tim Hanrahan. Says Ben Collins, “I'm starting to believe in Alex Jones' ‘There's Mind Control Drugs in the Diet Coke’ Theory.”

Important story

AP’s Ryan Foley reports on a new secrecy tactic: Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters. He and AP’s Andrew DeMillo have more with Request denied: States try to block access to public records, noting that across the US, lawmakers are chipping away at the public’s access to records. Tweets AP, “Sunshine project by @AP @APME @NewsEditors reveals state attempts to limit access to public records.” “Important story,” tweets Maggie Haberman. “Your government, pulling down the shades,” says Nina Burleigh.

Here’s another important story: “A deep dive inside the Equifax hack, by @aandriotis, @bobmcmillan and me,” as Michael Rapoport tweets of his piece with AnnaMaria Andriotis and Robert McMillan in The Wall Street Journal, ‘We’ve Been Breached’: Inside the Equifax Hack. Says Matt Murray, “This is a blockbuster.” One revelation? “Equifax employees were using the username/password combination ‘admin/admin,’” tweets Drew Hinshaw.

Governor Mooch, ladies and gentlemen

Miriam Elder links to Scaramucci Is Thinking About Running For Governor - Or President! from BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg. “Delicious: Scaramucci says Buzzfeed story on his ambitions is fake news, so @perlberg gets emails showing it's not,” tweets Josh Dawsey. Related: Big announcement from Charlie Gasparino, “I'm thinking about running for UN Secretary General.”

Who did this

Josh Petri is referring to the report from Bloomberg’s Mara Bernath, Geneva Police Confiscate Euro Bills Clogging Up Toilets. “This is amazing: Somebody is cutting up 500-euro banknotes and flushing them down Geneva toilets,” tweets Felix Salmon. Says John Stepek, “This takes ‘feeling flush’ to a whole new level.”

There for you

At The New York Times, James Wagner reveals, ‘Friends,’ the Sitcom That’s Still a Hit in Major League Baseball, where it’s helping Latino baseball players learn English. “Watching the same reruns of Friends every day for years sounds like hell on earth but to each their own,” tweets Andrew Keh. Says Jon Tayler, “Wilmer Flores' love of ‘Friends’ is the most pure thing in this world.”

More Monday reads:

Question of the Day

On Friday, we asked: Of all the cameos Lifetime series “Drop Dead Diva” had in its 6-season run, which sports star appeared as a custody lawyer in 2012?

Answer: The multi-talented Serena Williams played attorney Kelly Stevens.

Congrats to…Craig Pittman, first to tweet the correct answer, just edging out Jason Hensel.

Your question of the day for today is…Who is the only actor to be nominated for an Emmy for playing the same role on three different TV shows?

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

Career Updates
Time names new EIC, Atkinson moves to NBC News

Time magazine announced that Edward Felsenthal has been named its new editor-in-chief, replacing Nancy Gibbs, who is stepping down from the editor-in-chief role she took over in 2013. Felsenthal previously served as the magazine’s digital editor. Gibbs is ending a 32-year run at Time, but will remain at the magazine until the end of the year.

Claire Atkinson is leaving the New York Post for NBC News, where she’ll continue to cover the media business beat. She has previously reported for Variety, Broadcasting & Cable and The Hollywood Reporter. Earlier in her career, she was a freelance writer for the British edition of Entertainment Weekly, The Express, The Independent and the Observer, among others, and was an associate editor for Mediaweek in the UK.

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