Truth. And consequences

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Truth. And consequences
January 8th, 2018
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Will she or won’t she?

Lots of awards were handed out at the Golden Globes last night, but here’s the speech everyone’s talking about: Oprah Winfrey Receives the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Or as Aimée Lutkin says, “If you haven't watched and sobbed your face off yet here you go.” Tweets Zach Johnson, “I’ll be replaying @oprah’s #GoldenGlobes speech every morning as I step out into the world.”

Giovanni Russonello of The New York Times has the full transcript of Oprah Winfrey’s Speech: ‘A New Day Is on the Horizon,’ which he called “a rousing acceptance speech that began as a personal reflection and ended as a call to arms.”

The big question, “Will she or won't she?” tweets Sam Rubin. “I asked Stedman if @oprah would run for President. ‘It's up to the people. She would absolutely do it,’” tweets Amy Kaufman, linking to Libby Hill’s piece in The Los Angeles Times, Oprah at the Golden Globes: Is she running for president? She should!

Or not! Tweets Ira Madison III, “I wrote about Oprah 2020 and how we force narratives on our heroes.” He links to his piece at The Daily Beast, Why Oprah Winfrey Shouldn’t Run For President.

But CNN’s Brian Stelter sure thinks Oprah's Golden Globes speech sounds like the start of a presidential campaign. And, as Oliver Darcy tweets, “Two sources tell @brianstelter that @Oprah is mulling a run for president.” “This is not a drill. Repeat, this is not a drill,” tweets Chris Megerian.

OK, but what about the rest of the show? Cara Buckley and Brooks Barnes of The New York Times have all the highlights in their piece, A Golden Globes Draped in Black Addresses #MeToo. At The Atlantic, Sophie Gilbert focuses on What the Men Didn't Say. Tweets Yasmeen Serhan, “A telling read by @sophieGG on what the male award winners at the Golden Globes didn't say.”

And of course, The Onion weighs in with Mandatory Unisex Golden Globes Uniforms Keep Focus On Stars’ Work.

Get to know Recy Taylor

In her speech, Oprah drew attention to Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old African-American woman who was abducted and raped by six white men while walking home from church in Abbeville, Ala., in 1944. Taylor died on December 28, just a few weeks after the release of a new documentary about the crime. At The Undefeated, Soraya N. McDonald writes about the film, which was directed by Nancy Buirski, who directed Loving as well as the documentary The Loving Story: ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ explores the little-known terror campaign against black women. Cynthia Gordy wrote about Taylor for The Root in 2011, Recy Taylor: A Symbol of Jim Crow's Forgotten Horror. Read it to “Get to know Recy Taylor,” tweets Jeff Labrecque.

Rachaell Davis has Taylor’s obit for Essence, Anti-Rape Activism Catalyst Recy Taylor Passes Away At The Age Of 97, and Sewell Chan has the obit for The New York Times, Recy Taylor, Who Fought for Justice After a 1944 Rape, Dies at 97. Tweets Chan, “I was moved by @Oprah's remarks about Recy Taylor — and honored to have written our @NYTObits obituary about her.” “Beautiful speech by Oprah, building to Recy Taylor’s story and the powerful words ‘but their time is up,’” tweets Emily Nussbaum.

Fists in the air

A Top BBC Journalist Has Quit As China Editor And Accused The Corporation Of Having A “Secretive And Illegal” Pay Culture, BuzzFeed’s Mark Di Stefano reports. “Christ alive. Carrie Gracie is one of the best reporters the BBC had,” tweets Zack Whittaker. Adds Matt Wells, “This is a sensational story.@BBCCarrie is one of the BBC's top names.” Jackie Long says it’s “An astonishingly brave and principled letter from @BBCCarrie, one of the BBC’s most experienced journalists.” Read Gracie’s letter here for a “Bold message on botched gender pay inequality at the Beeb from great broadcaster @BBCCarrie,” as Heather Stewart tweets. “Fists in the air for @BBCCarrie. In so many ways, she has no equal. But when it comes to pay, she should. Read this,” tweets Neal Razzell.

Executive time

Trump calls his presidency ‘consensual,’ Twitter responds, as CNN’s Susannah Cullinane points out. “Truth. And consequences,” tweets Joe Mandese. Trump was referencing (and misquoting) Michael Goodwin’s column in the New York Post, We’re still better off with Trump than Clinton. Tweets Kelly Jane Torrance, “Donald Trump, making quite a ‘consequential’ Freudian slip with ‘consensual.’”

Mike Allen of Axios has the exclusive as Steve Bannon says “I'm sorry.” But POLITICO’s Annie Karni reports that Bannon finds his regrets aren’t good enough for Trump. In other words, “Looks like it’s too little too late for #SloppySteve transition to #SorrySteve in the eyes of @realDonaldTrump,” tweets Kurt Bardella.

Also at Axios, Jonathan Swan has the Scoop on Trump’s secret, shrinking schedule. And Aaron Blake of The Washington Post explains Why ‘executive time’ is a particularly bleak scoop about President Trump. Tweets Charles Adler, “.@realDonaldTrump Part time President.”

An NBC News exclusive by Kristen Welker, Carol Lee, Julia Edwards Ainsley and Hallie Jackson reveals Initial talks underway about Trump interview in Mueller Russia probe. “Will be hard to schedule around Executive Time,” notes Joshua Benton.

“No surprise that Masha Gessen would have the best response to @MichaelWolffNYC's book,” says Aaron Hicklin, who links to Masha Gessen’s piece in the New Yorker, “Fire and Fury” Is a Book All Too Worthy of the President, “In which I read a sort of book,” she tweets.

Meanwhile, you may have seen CNN’s Jake Tapper cut off the interview with Trump adviser, Stephen Miller yesterday. Linette Lopez of Business Insider reports that Stephen Miller had to be escorted off CNN’s set after his interview with Jake Tapper went off the rails. “Please tell me they led him by the rear waistband of his underwear…” tweets Brian Beutler. Of the interview, Lainna Fader tweets, “This is so wild and props to @jaketapper for having way more patience than I will ever have.” Adds Jeffrey Feldman, “When they send nervous tic Miller onto CNN to yell at Jake Tapper--things are in the toilet…”

But “With all due respect to Oprah and Mueller, this is the big news of the morning,” tweets John Cassidy, who links to Trump Administration Rules That Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave, Officials Say, by Miriam Jordan of The New York Times. “Today in Trump, he continues to threaten the livelihood of thousands of Latinos,” tweets Alexis Tirado. At The Washington Post, Maria Sacchetti looks at What will happen to Salvadorans if the U.S. government rescinds their TPS.

And in “Today’s devastating must-read: @stillsarita’s investigation into immigrants deported to their deaths,” tweets Michael Luo, who links to Sarah Stillman’s piece in the New Yorker, When Deportation Is a Death Sentence.

Now they tell us

Ben Pershing is referring to iPhones and Children Are a Toxic Pair, Say Two Big Apple Investors, David Benoit’s piece in The Wall Street Journal. Tweets Erich Eichman, “Two big Apple investors worried about smartphone addiction are calling on the tech firm to do more about the problem.”

Here’s something else to worry about: ‘The problem child of seasonal flu’: Beware this winter’s virus, warns Helen Branswell of STAT News. Oh, and then there’s this: Texas woman dies from flesh-eating bacteria after eating raw oysters, reports the Houston Chronicle’s William Axford.

Monday round-up:

Question of the Day

On Friday, we asked: A museum in Stratford, Ontario is opening an exhibit dedicated to which unlikely hometown hero?

Answer: It’s the Biebs, Justin Bieber.

Congrats to Yael Grauer, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…Ten years ago, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association canceled the Golden Globes ceremony, instead announcing the winners at a press conference. Why?

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

Career Updates
Updates at CNBC Digital, Houston Chronicle, POLITICO

Kamelia Angelova has left Mashable to take on the new role of Executive Producer of Digital Video at CNBC Digital. Prior to Mashable, she worked at Business Insider, where she was instrumental in launching Tech Insider.

David Hunn, who joined the Houston Chronicle in 2016 as an enterprise energy reporter, is now joining the paper’s investigations team, focusing on investigations in the world of business and energy. He was previously a public projects reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he was on a team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer. 

And Mohana Ravindranath, who has been working at Nextgov since February 2015, is moving to POLITICO to cover ehealth. She has previously worked at The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Enquirer and Business Insider.

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