The swarm of the news media

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The swarm of the news media
November 1st, 2017
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Terror attack in lower Manhattan

“A man drove 20 blocks down a bike path, crashed, jumped out with fake guns and was shot by police, authorities said.” That’s The New York Times, describing the deadliest terror attack on New York City since 9/11. Benjamin Mueller, William Rashbaum and Al Baker of The New York Times have the details with Manhattan Terror Attack Kills 8 and Injures 11. They write, “The rampage ended when the motorist — whom the police identified as Sayfullo Saipov, 29 — smashed into a school bus, jumped out of his truck and ran up and down the highway waving a pellet gun and paintball gun and shouting ‘Allahu akbar,’ Arabic for ‘God is great,’ before he was shot in the abdomen by the officer. He remained in critical condition on Tuesday evening.” The suspect is from Uzbekistan but had been living in the US since 2010.

Among the victims: five Argentinians celebrating the 30th anniversary of high school graduation, as ABC News’s Emily Shapiro reports. Shimon Prokupecz, Eric Levenson and Brynn Gingras of CNN report that a note found near the truck claims Manhattan attack done for ISIS. And CNN’s Nicole Chavez and Holly Yan are reporting, New York terror suspect was radicalized domestically, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. From AP News, The Latest: Uber confirms terror suspect was a driver.

How did New Yorkers respond? “Out in the crowds last night, I saw New York doing what it does: dancing, laughing, and of course, a little arguing,” tweets Eli Rosenberg, who links to his piece in The Washington Post, ‘Just keep living’: New York's flippant resilience on display for Halloween after terrorist attack.

And then there was “The swarm of the news media,” as Sonia Paul tweets. At The New Yorker, Nathan Heller takes a look at How The News Media Descended On One Eyewitness To The New York City Attack. “Eyewitness to an eyewitness,” tweets Brian Ries.

The alternate, upside-down universe

Speaking of the news media, ‘I want to quit’: Fox News employees say their network's Russia coverage was ‘an embarrassment.’ That’s from CNN’s Oliver Darcy. Tweets Jeff Greenfield, “I feel bad for the real journos at FOX--Shep Smith, Chris Wallace, Bret Baier--whose work is tainted by association.” But David Simon has some advice: “SO QUIT. That is what journalists with a ounce of fucking integrity would have done long ago. Instead, you whine.”

“I call this alternate, upside-down universe... our present universe,” tweets Jesse Singal, who links to That Crazy Talk About Robert Mueller, by The New York Times Editorial Board, which begins, “And then they came for Robert Mueller.”

Meanwhile, “There’s nothing at all shady about this,” says Steve Simpson, who links to Josh Delk’s piece in The Hill, Manafort traveled to several countries with phone listed under fake name: report. At Esquire, Charles P. Pierce explores What George Papadopoulos' Plea Deal Means for Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump. And Politico’s Catherine Boudreau and Josh Dawsey take a look at “What we know of Sam Clovis, the Trump aide who brought in the adviser who lied to the FBI about Russian contacts,” in Roberts: Clovis ‘cooperative witness’ in Senate Russia probe.

Oh Jesus

And now, “The intersection of white Christian Brotherhood and business,” tweets Mona Eltahawy, who links to Citing The Bible, The EPA Just Changed Its Rules For Science Advisors, by BuzzFeed’s Zahra Hirji. Sheril Kirshenbaum calls it the “Scariest thing I’ve seen this #Halloween.” “Oh, Jesus,” says Mat Honan.

Oh, that little detail!

As The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler posts the latest Fact Checker report, President Trump’s tax cut: Not ‘the biggest’ in U.S. history, GOP scrambles to finalize tax bill hours before rollout, report Rachael Bade, Bernie Becker, Brian Faler and Aaron Lorenzo of Politico. Soon after, Bade tweeted, “3+ hours after @POLITICO reported on a potential tax rollout delay, GOP leaders have postponed.” “Oh, that little detail!” tweets Josh Barro, referring to, “At the center of the problem were questions about how to pay for the proposed $5.5 trillion in tax cuts.” 

Getting weirder

“So, that weird story of the sailors adrift for months in the Pacific? It is getting weirder,” tweets Laurel Wamsley, who links to her story for NPR, After Navy Rescue Of Sailors Adrift At Sea, The Story Gets Stranger. Tweets NPR, “One of the strange turns in this tale of survival: The sailors had an emergency beacon, but they never turned it on.” “I need to know more about this story,” tweets Lindsay Goldwert

Wow. Just wow

“Less than two weeks after @glennwhipp expose into James Toback....” tweets Shelby Grad, who links to the report from Richard Winton at The Los Angeles Times, Beverly Hills police launch sexual assault investigations involving Harvey Weinstein and James Toback. And now Paul Farhi of The Washington Post reports, NPR’s top editor accused of sexual harassment by two women. “Deeply dispiriting,” says Candace Taylor. “Wow, this graf,” tweets Sara Simon, referring to “Both said they were motivated to come forward by NPR’s coverage of recent sexual harassment episodes, especially those involving Harvey Weinstein.”

But that’s not all. “Wow. Just wow,” tweets Ria Renouf, who links to the latest from Amy Kaufman and Daniel Miller of The Los Angeles Times: Six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct. Tweets Kara Swisher, “It’s good to see the LA Times doing its job. Keep it up @rosslevinsohn.”

And “Dustin Hoffman too, geez,” tweets Marlow Stern, of Dustin Hoffman Sexually Harassed Me When I Was 17, Anna Hunter’s guest column in The Hollywood Reporter. “Hate to say this but we can expect more of these stories,” says Shreya Sen.

Taking a hard stance on sneakers, immigrants

In case you were wondering, Yes, Breitbart News Has a Fashion Critic, reports The New York Times’s Ruth La Ferla, and “Breitbart's fashion critic takes a hard stance on sneakers, immigrants,” as Will Sommer tweets. Cameron Wolf offers this quick recap: “breitbart fashion critic's dislikes: sneakers, immigrants, leftists. likes: ‘bitch-goddess ultra-femininity,’ olsens.” Noah Johnson advises, “you really gotta start this one with the caption.”

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: Alfred Hitchcock once said, ““I’m frightened...worse than frightened” of this, adding “Blood is jolly, red,” but this is “revolting.” What was he so scared of?

Answer: Hitchcock did not care for eggs, particularly those revolting yellow yolks.

Congrats to Craig Pittman, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…Who is said to haunt the White House rose garden?

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

Career Updates
Updates at Democrat-Gazette, El Paso Times, Barron’s

A couple of updates at Little Rock’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Rachel O’Neal has been named editor of the paper’s Sunday High Profile section, and Jim Kordsmeier, who’s been with the paper since 1994, has replaced her as business editor. 

Zahira Torres is the new editor and news director of the El Paso Times, making her the second woman and first Latina to lead the 136-year-old newspaper. She previously worked at The Los Angeles Times and, before that, the Denver Post.

Jeffrey Cane has joined Barron’s as its news and features editor. He was most recently the editor overseeing finance, banking, hedge funds and the markets at The New York Times. He has also worked for Dow Jones, Reuters and the website of Condé Nast Portfolio.

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