“Hmmm,” says Josh Marshall. New from Kevin Hall at McClatchy DC, Jailed Russian says Russia's FSB ordered him to hack DNC in 2016. John Mone is “Amazed this person is safe enough to make this accusation,” and Brian Dabbs tweets, “Seems way more than suspect the Russian govt would allow an interview like this.” The piece quotes Leo Taddeo, chief information security officer for Cyxtera Technologies and a former head of cyber operations in the FBI’s New York office, who says, “What the defendant (in Russia) is describing would not be inconsistent with past Russian intelligence operations.” “No really, woah if true,” tweets Linette Lopez.
It’s certainly an argument
“Flynn: From ‘wonderful man’ to would-be ‘liar,’” tweets Paul Farhi. He links to Trump legal team readies attack on Flynn’s credibility, by The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig. “Well this will be interesting. And entertaining…” tweets Trita Parsi. “‘We appointed a deranged liar to serve as National Security Advisor’ is certainly an argument that one can offer,” notes Matthew Yglesias.
It just doesn’t end
“11th-hour drama in Alabama. Today should prove interesting,” tweets Keith Campbell. As Alan Blinder reports for The New York Times, Roy Moore Sues to Block Certification of Alabama Senate Election Results. “Of course he did,” tweets Alyssa Katz. Mara Gay calls it “Classic southern politics.” “Man, it just doesn't end,” tweets Chelsea Harvey. “Gotta let it go, friend,” says David Larter.
Sob stories about snitches
“So this is a little confusing. You mean that your community treated you differently after they found out you were a snitch and this is a surprise somehow? ‘Dear Abby, I wore a wire for the feds to a big mob meeting and now for some reason I can't understand gangsters want to kill me. WTF?’" tweets Ian Boudreau. He’s referring to What It’s Like to Betray Antifa to the Cops-and Get Caught, by Katie Shepherd of Willamette Week, in which “.@katemshepherd interviews an informant,” as Corey Pein tweets. “Let’s not make sympathetic sob stories about snitches a theme in 2018, k?” tweets Elizabeth King.
Sorry for all the sexism
A lot of people are linking to this tweet, by Dictionary.com: “The word for telling a woman with a law degree from Yale to take up knitting is ... Define Sexist at Dictionary.com.” The reference: A Vanity Fair video of “New Year's resolutions” for Hillary Clinton, or as Erik Wemple of The Washington Post describes it, Vanity Fair staffers provide snotty, condescending life tips for Hillary Clinton. And now, as Deadline’s Lisa de Moraes reports, Vanity Fair ‘Regrets’ Video Telling Hillary Clinton To Take Up Knitting, Drop Politics. Tweets Ted Rall, “Vanity Fair ‘Sorry’ For Sexism. How About Hiring Actual Humorists Instead?”
Meanwhile, “Don't tell POTUS,” as Dan Zak tweets, but Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Retain Most Admired Titles, according to the latest Gallup poll. Clinton has won the past 16 years; Obama the past 10. Tweets Kyle McCarthy, “@realDonaldTrump you emo about this?”
Just the worst
A new deep dive from Lauren Weber and Deepa Seetharaman of The Wall Street Journal looks at The Worst Job in Technology: Staring at Human Depravity to Keep It Off Facebook. “In her first two days reviewing posts for Facebook, Sarah Katz saw anti-Semitism, bestiality and child pornography,” tweets The Journal. “It’s an awful job, but also humans are just the worst,” tweets Heather Kelly. Adds David Cooperstein, “Reviewing the depravity of social media was my first start up job in 2005. Things cannot be unseen.” “The internet was a mistake. Burn it all down,” says Siraj Hashmi.
Also, “Twitter killed an anti-Nazi bot because it was bothering their valued customers, the Nazis,” tweets Adam Serwer, who links to Yair Rosenberg’s piece in The New York Times, Confessions of a Digital Nazi Hunter. Or, “How Twitter stopped a Jewish journalist from avoiding harassment by Twitter bots…” as Deborah Gage puts it. Tweets Nicholas Riccardi, “Let’s face it: Twitter needs the Nazis. Trolls are part of the business model of social media.” John Temple calls it, “An important article regarding the state of things on Twitter.”
Meanwhile, Facebook has stopped putting “Disputed Flags” on fake news because it doesn't work, reports Axios’s Sara Fischer. In fact, they made users want to click even more.
“We won't miss you when you're gone. A Gadfly toast to the corporate chiefs who departed in 2017,” tweets Shira Ovide, who links to Gadfly’s 2017 Toast to the Departed, by Liam Denning. Tweets Gadfly, “From Travis Kalanick to Jeff Immelt, 2017 had some unhappy endings.”
And finally today, “Lindy Lou Layman was very angry,” notes Amanda Guerra. As Tom Steele of the Dallas Morning News reports, Drunk Dallas woman tore paintings off the walls and threw sculptures at lawyer's mansion, Houston police say. Blake Montgomery reports on the story for BuzzFeed, Texas Woman Allegedly Gets Drunk On First Date And Destroys Man's Fine Art Collection. “So I guess there won't be a second date,” says Tina Susman.
“Fascinating report,” tweets Ankit Panda, who links to Documents shed light on North Korea’s startling gains in sea-based missile technology, by Joby Warrick of The Washington Post. Tweets Franz-Stefan Gady, “There is ‘solid evidence’ that North Korea acquired blueprints for the R-27 Zyb.”
Putin says St Petersburg supermarket bombing was terrorism, report Andrew Osborn and Denis Pinchuk of Reuters.
Every day, 20 Americans die waiting for organ transplants. In his new piece for The Wall Street Journal, Jason Bellini explains How Lab-Grown Organs Could Help Save Them.
Bitcoin Drops as South Korea Says Exchange Closures Are Possible. Kyungji Cho and Eric Lam have the story for Bloomberg.
Sad news as Atlanta’s CBS46 anchor Amanda Davis passes away. Tweets Cameron Ridle, “RIP to a legend. Amanda had some troubling moments in life, but her career was amazing and to be admired.”
BuzzFeed has fired its White House correspondent Adrian Carrasquillo following allegations of inappropriate comments to a colleague. Maxwell Tani reports on the story for Business Insider.
Poynter’s Al Tompkins has The 2018 drone journalism forecast. He tweets, “Drone journalism - what our experts say is ahead in 2018– and there is a reason to be optimistic.”