We’re all still processing the horror in Las Vegas. “Just look at all these darkened squares & think about all these shortened lives & tell me we haven't lost our way,” tweets Frank Bruni. He links to the graphic from The New York Times Editorial Board: 477 Days. 521 Mass Shootings. Zero Action from Congress. And for “A forensic (and frightening) analysis of the rate of fire of the Las Vegas gunman,” Robert Moore directs you to The Times piece from Larry Buchanan, Jon Huang and Adam Pearce, Nine Rounds a Second: Why the Las Vegas Shooting Was Different. Teri Langford calls it a “Terrifying and brilliant interactive via @nytimes.”
At The Washington Post, Lisa Romero and Sandy Casey are continuing to profile The lives lost in the Las Vegas shooting. Tweets Holly Zachariah, “They could be you. They could be me. Could be our sons or our daughters. These are the lives lost in Las Vegas.” CBC Radio’s Carol Off and Jeff Douglas have the story of a Las Vegas bartender, Heather Gooze, who held Canadian Jordan McIldoon’s hand as he died. “This interview may bring you to tears,” says Colin D'Mello. Fred Lum calls it “an incredible act of humanity.”
Dave Itzkoff links to video as “A saddened, shaken-up Jimmy Kimmel talks about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, his hometown”: Jimmy Kimmel on Mass Shooting in Las Vegas. And many are sharing the link to the LAS VEGAS VICTIMS’ FUND set up by Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak.
At Splinter News, Rafi Schwartz lists Every Member of Congress Who Took Money From the NRA and Tweeted ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to Las Vegas, and POLITICO’s Josh Meyer reports, NRA goes dark after Vegas massacre. Tweets Michael Crowley, “The NRA tweeted 11 times on Friday, including a story about Obama’s ‘war on the Second Amendment.’ Silence today.” Meanwhile, “Quotables here are whoa,” tweets Justin Green, referring to Bannon warns: “end of everything” if Trump supports gun controls, by Axios’s Jonathan Swan.
RIP Tom Petty
More sad news: Tom Petty, Staple of Rock Radio With the Heartbreakers, Dies at 66. Jon Pareles has The New York Times obituary. Kory Grow has the tribute at Rolling Stone, Tom Petty, Rock Iconoclast Who Led the Heartbreakers, Dead at 66. “Heartbroken,” tweets Katie Couric. And Randy Lewis has the obit for The Los Angeles Times, Tom Petty, Heartbreakers frontman who sang ‘Breakdown,’ ‘Free Fallin’ and other hits, dies at 66. As the paper noted, “Tom Petty had just finished a tour last week to mark the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary before he died at age 66.” BBC News’s Ian Youngs takes a look at How Tom Petty influenced Sam Smith, Foo Fighters... and Spinal Tap.
Confusion set in yesterday after CBS reported Petty’s death earlier in the day, and then AP’s Sandy Cohen reported Los Angeles police deny confirming Tom Petty's death to CBS. “No he won't back down; he will stand his ground,” Affan Chowdhry tweeted hopefully. Unfortunately, Cohen writes, “The reports, as it turned out, were merely premature. Petty’s publicist confirmed late Monday that the rocker died at 8:40 p.m. after having suffered cardiac arrest.”
In other news, “The ‘most inept, unorganized organization.’ Texas officials are seething at @RedCross’ anemic response to Harvey,” tweets ProPublica, of Texas Official After Harvey: The ‘Red Cross Was Not There’, by ProPublica’s Howard Berkes, Michael Grabell, Justin Elliott and Jessica Huseman. Tweets Jesse Eisinger, “How well did the @RedCross do in Harvey? We made public records requests all over Texas. Results: Not good.”
As Trump heads to Puerto Rico to survey hurricane damage, which AP’s Jill Colvin reports, “The nonprofit Oxfam will take rare step of intervening in an American disaster, citing poor response to Puerto Rico,” tweets Jonathan Lemire.
New from The Washington Post’s Tom Hamburger, Rosalind Helderman and Adam Entous, Trump’s company had more contact with Russia during campaign, according to documents turned over to investigators. The paper tweets, “Documents given to federal investigators from Trump associates reveal 2 previously unreported contacts from Russia.” Notes Helderman, “Trump Org got another previously undisclosed proposal for a residential project in Moscow in Oct. 2015.” Says Aaron Blake, “Takeaway here: Russia wanted to do business with Trump in 2016. In 2 cases, Trump's atty didn't seem to play ball.”
Also, “Really? Really,” tweets Neela Banerjee. Yes, “Third, previously undisclosed email account on Kushner domain has much traffic w/White House server. Our story,” tweets Josh Dawsey. Andrea Peterson of POLITICO reports on Hundreds of White House emails sent to third Kushner family account. Tweets Seth Abramson, “They were ORDERED not to do this by White House counsel and did it anyway. Congress asked about it, and they lied.”
Then there’s this: “Scott Pruitt's calendar shows fine dining with officials from companies he regulates,” tweets @nytimes. Eric Lipton and Lisa Friedman of The New York Times have the story, E.P.A. Chief’s Calendar: A Stream of Industry Meetings and Trips Home. “Illuminating deep dive into how EPA chief Scott Pruitt spends his days,” tweets Coral Davenport, and Diana Henriques says, “great reporting here.”
And Daniel Rivero of Splinter News has the scoop, This Is What It Looks Like When the President Asks People to Snitch on Their Neighbors. Tweets Tom Scocca, “ICE encouraged people to snitch on their neighbors and families, and then left both sides’ personal data exposed.”
Meanwhile, Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur is reporting, White House Accused of ‘Softness’ as Tax Plan Hits Early Bumps. Tweets Jennifer Jacobs. “White House showing ‘softness’ on ending $1.3T federal tax deduction for state and local taxes, Sen Bob Corker says.” Getting lots of retweets: “Trump budget director on tax plan: ‘We need new deficits. If deficit-neutral, you’re never going to get 3% growth,’” from John Harwood.
Need more humans
After Las Vegas Shooting, Fake News Regains Its Megaphone, writes The New York Times’s Kevin Roose. He tweets, “Facebook and Google have to get better at this. They have to.” “Failures of algorithm, or responsibility? #FakeNews gets top billing on #Google, #Facebook after #LasVegas massacre,” tweets Andrew Chung, who links to Google and Facebook Have Failed Us, from The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal. Tweets Madrigal, “Machines are not good at rare events. The current solutions did not ‘scale.’ They need more humans making decisions.” “Please read this. Crucially important,” tweets Adrienne LaFrance. “The new information gatekeepers are giving us bad information,” says Nicholas Riccardi. James Moore’s advice: “Hire editors. It's real easy. In the current media climate they're not even that expensive.”
Recode’s Tony Romm reports, Twitter and Facebook haven’t stopped Russia-backed RT from advertising on their websites. “Twitter still lets RT advertise after calling it out to congress last week,” tweets Steve Kovach. Julia Alexander explains, “Controversy leads to communication. Communication leads to people. People lead to advertisements. That's why this ->”
Trust in the “enemy”
According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, The press, branded the ‘enemy’ by Trump, increasingly trusted by the public, report Reuters’ Chris Kahn and Peter Cooney. They write, “Americans are increasingly confident in the news media and less so in President Donald Trump’s administration after a tumultuous year in U.S. politics that tested the public’s trust in both institutions.”
Savage and I love it
Let’s close it out here today: Which is the definitive version of Blade Runner? The Verge’s Megan Farokhmanesh, Bryan Bishop, T. C. Sottek and Creighton Desimone offer “A thorough and absolute examination.” Nilay Patel pleads, “Verge staffers have been arguing about this in a single email thread for five years send help.” “Savage and I love it,” says Elena Nicolaou.