“The @BostonGlobe just dropped a big story on ESPN, calling the company an ‘entrenched locker room culture,’” Richard Deitsch tweeted. He’s referring to Women who’ve worked at ESPN say its problems go far beyond Barstool Sports by Jenn Abelson in the Boston Globe. Deitsch added, “Regarding Sara Walsh in this @BostonGlobe story, something I reported about her May. They did Walsh, a decent person in all my dealings with her, very wrong.”
Paul Ryan Sees His Wild Washington Journey Coming to An End, according to Politico’s Tim Alberta and Rachael Bade. Kyle Cheney called their piece “mega-story on Ryan.” Blake Hounshell added, “NEWS: Paul Ryan eyes the exits.”
Over at The Daily Beast, another one-time Republican darling is getting raked over the coals. In his new column, Matt Lewis takes us Behind Rubio’s Irresponsible, 12th-Hour Tax Bill Monkey Wrench. “‘It’s worse than a crime, it’s a blunder’ — Conservative daggers coming out for Rubio,” Sam Stein tweeted.
Natasha Bertrand at Business Insider reports that the DOJ now says early release of FBI agents' private texts to reporters was “not authorized.” She points out that’s a shift from their earlier stance. To be clear, Bertrand writes these were copies of private text messages exchanged between two former special counsel investigators which had been disclosed to certain members of the media before they were given to Congress, even though those disclosures "were not authorized."
Mother Jones has a very in-depth story about The EPA Hiring a Major Republican Opposition Research Firm to Track Press Activity. It is the work of Rebecca Leber, Andy Kroll, and Russ Choma. Leber tweeted: Timothy Cama added, “Exclusive: EPA has inked a $120,000 contract with a Republican oppo research firm to track and shape press coverage.” “EPA hired a PR firm with an extensive GOP portfolio, but the contract is for media monitoring.”
Speaking of the environment, there’s also news at the Washington Post that Trump environmental officials are keeping tight rein over stampede of FOIA requests, according to Dino Grandoni and Juliet Eilperin.
The business section
“There will be no throne,” Joe Mayes tweeted. We heard news yesterday of Fox selling its entertainment division to Disney for $52 billion. In Bloomberg, Felix Gillette explains it as such: Murdoch Solves Empire Succession by Getting Rid of the Empire.
Reuters reports that Ryanair will finally recognise unions in what is a historic shift to stop the most recent strike. Conor Humphries and Jason Neely wrote that story from Dublin.
For a bit of inside baseball reading about the news publishing business, check out How Arthur Sulzberger Outwitted Don Graham by Daniel Okrent in Politico. Joe Nocera called it, “a terrific, contrarian read by my friend @okrent.”
One last thing
And for a bit of fun today, everyone is really enjoying this story from Krista M. Torralva in the Orlando Sentinel about a Man stranded at Lake Eola fountain after his stolen swan boat floated away. Gabrielle Russon tweeted: “Merry Christmas, @_FloridaMan!” Mary Shanklin brilliantly came up with “Oh-lando.”