This is so messy

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This is so messy
December 5th, 2017
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Trust in media

“The creeping authoritarianism is coming from inside the house,” tweets Matt Pearce, referring to the new study from Poynter examining trust in the media. Overall, “Public trust and confidence in the media is at its highest level since 9/11,” as Rachel Bachman notes. However. The study also found that “Almost half of Americans — 44 percent — indicate that they believe the news media fabricates stories about President Trump more than once in awhile, and a substantial minority also indicate that they agree with a claim that President Trump made that the media are an ‘enemy of the people.’” 

ProPublica’s Ken Schwencke explains Why America Fails at Gathering Hate Crime Statistics. The piece quotes Roy Austin, former deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, who says, “The current statistics are a complete and utter joke.” Tweets Darla Cameron, “This piece on hate crimes by @schwanksta reads like a master course in looking for holes in your data.”

Paul Manafort should have pivoted to video

Andrew Bucholtz is referring to the news that Manafort worked on op-ed with Russian while out on bail, prosecutors say. That’s from Katelyn Polantz at CNN. “What in the actual fuck,” tweets Brian Beutler. “This can’t be real life,” says Aaron E. Carroll. And speaking for all of us, Charles Johnson tweets, “I NEED TO KNOW WHERE THIS WAS GONNA RUN.” Rosalind Helderman and Spencer Hsu have the story for The Washington Post, Prosecutors say longtime Manafort colleague has ‘ties’ to Russian intelligence.

Steven Arons of Bloomberg reports, Deutsche Bank Received Subpoena on Client Trump. Meanwhile, Director Defends F.B.I. After Trump Says Bureau Is in ‘Tatters.’ That’s the scoop from Adam Goldman of The New York Times. He tweets, “After Trump trashes FBI, bureau director Chris Wray tells work force to ‘Keep calm and tackle hard.’”

And now, the Trump White House is Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies. That’s from Matthew Cole and Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept.

That is a quote

Stephanie McCrummen of The Washington Post reports, Woman shares new evidence of relationship with Roy Moore when she was 17. “hoooooooooo boy, that is a quote,” says Matt Pearce, referring to her reflecting on a photo of herself as a high school senior, “That’s the age I was when I dated Roy Moore, because my braces were off.”

Also, first we learned, in an exclusive from The New York Post’s Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein, that Legendary Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine molested teen for years. Now, Robin Pogrebin of The New York Times reports, New York City Ballet Investigates Sexual Harassment Claim Against Peter Martins

Rethink your life choices

“This story is insane and makes MSNBC look idiotic,” says Will Bunch, and Libby Watson tweets, “hey look it's another bad faith right-wing pressure campaign to get someone fired, and it worked!” They’re referring to the exclusive from Jon Levine of The Wrap, MSNBC to Cut Ties With Sam Seder After Roman Polanski Rape Joke. “everything is gamergate,” says Max Read. Tweets Will Pollock, “when @Cernovich dictates staffing decisions it's time to rethink your life choices.”

About that bill you wrote over lunch

FYI, Senate Republicans: “Turns out passing a bill that you wrote over lunch -- and never actually read -- comes with downsides,” tweets Eric Levitz, who links to his article in New York Magazine, Senate GOP Accidentally Killed All Corporate Tax Deductions. And Sam Thielman “[laughs until dead].”

Here’s a “fun one from @politicoalex,” tweets Mike Zapler. He’s referring to the piece in Politico by Alex Isenstadt, Trump moves to block Romney from the Senate. “Few 2018 election outcomes would irritate Trump more than Senator Mitt Romney of Utah. Good @politicoalex piece,” tweets Philip Rucker.

Or maybe this: “The future of politics is female,” says Kirk Johnson, who links to Women Line Up to Run for Office, Aiming a ‘Primal Scream’ at Trump, by Michael Tackett of The New York Times.

Another reaction to Trump is The President Stole Your Land, Patagonia’s response to the reduction in size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Tweets Patagonia, “This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history. Take Action.”

Extremely grim quotes

“Note to self: read this,” says Jake Bleiberg. At The Wall Street Journal, Sarah Nassauer takes a look at How Dollar General Became Rural America’s Store of Choice. “My mom in northern New York could have served as the anecdotal lede subject for this story,” says Don Seiffert. Eliot Brown notes, “This story is an excellent window into the growing economic plight in rural america,” with “Extremely grim quotes from the Dollar General CEO,” as Tom Gara points out.

“This a truly sad, but also inspiring story right here. It shouldn't have to be this way,” tweets Erika Smith, of High housing prices are forcing hundreds of Sacramento State students into homelessness, by Diana Lambert of the Sacramento Bee. Fom Denise Smith Amos of the Florida Times-Union, Five-hundred Irma families still living in Northeast Florida hotels. And Tracy Bloom of KTLA reports on the Fast-Moving Brush Fire in California that has burned 50 acres amid red flag conditions.

Says a lot

“Caught in a landslide. No escape from reality,” tweets James Poulos, and you know where this is going. In an exclusive for The Hollywood Reporter, Borys Kit and Kim Masters reveal, Bryan Singer Fired From Directing Queen Biopic After On-Set Chaos. “Rami Malek is one of the nicest guys in town. For him to complain to Fox says a lot about that set....” says Matt Belloni. Tweets Ira Madison III, “This is so messy.”

So we’ll close it out today with, “YES. The hero we needed all along,” as Jane Bradley tweets: House of Cards to resume production with Robin Wright as lead, reports Benjamin Lee of The Guardian. AKA “The better Underwood,” tweets Ayee Macaraig. “Sign me up,” says Brian Rosenthal.

OK, one last thing: The most popular GIF of 2017 actually perfectly sums up 2017, as AJ Willingham of CNN reports.

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: What guest star appeared in the first episode of every season of “The Carol Burnett Show”?

Answer: That was Jim Nabors, who died last week. Burnett said she considered him to be her good luck charm.

Congrats to David Daniel, first to tweet the correct answer, just edging out Jude Isabella. And shout-out to Lorraine Berry, who was first to tweet, “GOLLEEEEEEE.”

Your question of the day for today is…Harvey Weinstein is the second person to be stripped of membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Who was the first?

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

Featured Journalist: Vanessa Holburn


Today’s featured journalist is Vanessa Holburn, a freelance journalist based in Reading, Berkshire. Her work has appeared in titles such as Dogs Today, Ask The Doctor, Woman's Own, Yours, The Independent On Sunday and Running Fitness. She has also consulted at high-end agencies such as Publicis Blueprint and River Publishing, worked extensively for medical communications agencies, and contributed to pharma trade press. Read more about Vanessa and check out her portfolio here.

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