The word ‘grody’ is perfectly deployed

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The word ‘grody’ is perfectly deployed
February 5th, 2018
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Hi! Happy #SuperBowl52

It finally happened, and here’s “How the hometown newspaper told the story on deadline,” tweets Henry Goldman, linking to Eagles win first Super Bowl 41-33, stop Tom Brady, Patriots, by Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Says Ivan Levingston, “Every word of this is beautiful.”

In case you’re keeping track, Daniel Rapaport of Sports Illustrated has Every record that was set in Super Bowl LII.

Meanwhile, the New York Post tweets, “TODAY’S COVER: The Giants win! ...the best Super Bowl commercial, that is.” Super Bowl advertisers play it safe by avoiding politics, writes Max Jaeger, who points out, “before the game was even over, marketing gurus and social-media users crowned the Most Valuable Placement: the NFL’s spot featuring New York Giants Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. doing a touchdown dance in a sendup of ‘Dirty Dancing.’”

But viewers had thoughts on some other ads, too. For example, as James Rainey of NBC News reports, Use of Martin Luther King Jr. to sell trucks infuriates admirers during Super Bowl.

Speaking of politics, Some Philadelphia Eagles players are skipping White House visit over Trump, reports CNN’s Deena Zaru.

Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press invites you to Meet Ryan McKenna, the kid that took a selfie with Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl LII. But, “Like cigarettes on airplanes and lead paint, we can say goodbye to Justin Timberlake,” says Chris Richards. In his piece for The Washington Post, he explains how Justin Timberlake lost the Super Bowl. Tweets Gene Park, “So @Chris__Richards perfectly sums up in one line why Justin Timberlake from a decade ago sounded so good yet transient: He was merely a vehicle for the real stars and hitmakers, Pharrell and Timbaland.” Lauren Ober calls it, “An absolutely savage critique of Justin Timberlake’s #SuperBowl52 performance. Bonus: the word ‘grody’ is perfectly deployed.” 

Of course, The Onion has also weighed in. Some choice pieces, Super Bowl Confetti Made Entirely From Shredded Concussion Studies, and ‘Well That’s Nice,’ Say Calm, Pleased Eagles Fans After Super Bowl Victory.

Meanwhile, “Hi! Happy #SuperBowl52 — read this and get extremely emotional like I did,” suggests Neha Shastry. That’s The search for Jackie Wallace, by photographer Ted Jackson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He tweets, “In 1990, a homeless man looked me in the eye and said, ‘You ought to do a story about me.’ I asked him why. ‘Because I've played in three Super Bowls.’ Now, finally, here's the entire story, 28 years in the making.”

Extreme anxiety

Spencer Ackerman comments, “I daresay every reporter who has substantial experience possessing classified documents has had extreme anxiety about handling them responsibly. Meanwhile,” Super Bowl national security docs left on plane, report Scott Glover and Drew Griffin of CNN. Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security documents critiquing the response to a simulated anthrax attack on Super Bowl Sunday were found in the seat-back pocket of a commercial plane. Amanda Katz offers this “Pro tip: if you’re going to forget nat sec docs about the Super Bowl in a plane seat-back pocket, don’t pick a seat where a journalist’s about to sit.” Or maybe this is one of those times “In which having a reporter find your secret documents and personal info is your best outcome,” as Mi-Ai Parrish tweets. 

Fascinating and obsessive in the way great journalism is

“This is necessary reading for anyone trying to understand the conservative ecosystem in 2018,” says Astead Herndon. He links to How Twitter Bots and Trump Fans Made #ReleaseTheMemo Go Viral, by POLITICO’s Molly K. McKew. Melissa Ryan agrees, tweeting, “Want to know how #ReleaseTheMemo became a thing? Read this from @MollyMcKew. Then consider all the political coverage you read that didn't mention social media manipulation as a factor in their stories.” Adds Matt Fuller, “This story was fascinating and obsessive in the way great journalism is.”

Ah yes, The Memo. The Hill’s Mallory Shelbourne reports that Lawmakers dispute ‘vindication’ for Trump in Intel memo. In his piece, Republicans futilely try to contain the Nunes memo, James Downie of The Washington Post writes, “The discussion on the Sunday talk shows heightened one of the strangest aspects of the debate around the Nunes memo: Republicans actively playing down its impact.” For example, as Naomi Lim of the Washington Examiner reports, Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, says that the FISA memo doesn’t exonerate Trump and it's not ‘explosive.’ In The Daily 202 briefing at The Washington PostJames Hohmann reveals, More memos are coming. Here are six questions about ‘Phase Two’ of the Nunes investigation

Meanwhile, Benjamin Wittes got hold of more than 100 pages of internal FBI correspondence from the week of the Comey firing. Along with Nora Ellingsen, Quinta Jurecic, Sabrina McCubbin and Shannon Togawa Mercer, he brings us the scoop at the Lawfare Blog, ‘I Hope This Is an Instance of Fake News’: FBI Messages Show the Bureau’s Real Reaction to Trump Firing James Comey. Tweets Jim Roberts, “In response to FOIA request, FBI releases remarkable trove of documents showing the support James Comey had at the agency before Trump fired him.” “This is a great use of FOI laws,” says Alexander Quon. Ryan J. Reilly points out, “These aren’t just platitudes about a departing boss. Comey was legitimately revered within the bureau.” 

Unacceptable. 100%

Well, “Here's a WOW story,” as Erik Wemple puts it: Las Vegas Review-Journal killed story in 1998 about Steve Wynn sex misconduct claims, reports Arthur Kane of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Women keep the receipts!” tweets Francine McKenna.

Meanwhile, This Is Why Uma Thurman Is Angry (175,000+ shares). That’s the Maureen Dowd interview with Uma Thurman for The New York Times. Drew McWeeny says, “I expected to be this angry (again) at Weinstein. I did not expect to be this angry at Tarantino. Unacceptable. 100%.” And Brett White notes, “So this is the answer to that question I've been asking for a decade, why there haven't been more Uma Thurman action movies. #KillBill and Quentin Tarantino wrecked her body.”

You should be ashamed

Patrick Rucker of Reuters has the Exclusive: U.S. consumer protection official puts Equifax probe on ice, and Robert Ballecer says, “About time... I mean... Who among us HASN'T been criminally-negligent in their treatment of the sensitive financial information of over half of American adults? Seriously people, you should be ashamed for what you've done to Equifax!”

And then there’s this: Holocaust denier Arthur Jones poised to win Republican nomination in 3rd Congressional District. Lynn Sweet and Frank Main cover the story for the Chicago Sun-Times. That’s right — “An actual Nazi will get the GOP nomination by default in an Illinois congressional race,” as Catherine Thompson tweets.

“This is completely unacceptable. A media blacklist at @CMSGov??” Charles Ornstein’s incredulous reaction is in response to the exclusive story posted by Felice J. Freyer on the Health Journalism blog, CMS threatens to bar Modern Healthcare from press calls after reporter refuses to alter story.

Owen Gibson shares, “Death of a delivery driver: a shocking, sad tale from @Robert_Booth that ought to add to the momentum for reform of laws governing the gig economy.” The story, by Robert Booth of The Guardian: Courier who was fined for day off to see doctor dies from diabetes.

And an AP exclusive from Nicole Winfield and Eva Vergara reveals that a 2015 letter belies pope’s claim of ignorance.

A triumph of storytelling

On to some better news. “GOOD MORNING. @DAVIDGRANN HAS RETURNED TO THE NEW YORKER.” Thanks for the alert, Elon Green, about David Grann’s first new magazine piece in six years, The White Darkness: A Journey Across Antarctica, for the New Yorker. Tweets Grann, “I wrote a @newyorker story abt a remarkable modern-day explorer who set out to walk alone across Antarctic. The piece deals with obsession, Shackleton & courage, but is also a love story. I hope you'll take a look.” Michael Luo’s take: “Triumph of storytelling: David Grann has a riveting narrative on Henry Worsley, who set out to traverse Antarctica.” Saira Khan agrees: “.@DavidGrann has this phenomenal story in the @newyorker this week and i suggest you find some time this week to read it.”

Question of the Day

On Friday, we asked: Before she was a world-renowned interior decorator with her own special on Netflix, Ilsa Crawford got her start as the editor-in-chief of which publication?

Answer: Elle Decoration

Congrats to Dan Rosenbaum, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…The largest crowd for any NFL game was a preseason matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Oilers. Where did it take place?

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Career Updates
Lash, Thomas, Gelles take on new roles

Cindi Lash is the new editor of Missouri Lawyers Media. A former Patch Regional Editor and Sunday Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, she’s also been editor of Pittsburgh Magazine

Lauren Thomas has been named retail reporter for, where she will focus on building its coverage of department stores and specialty retailers. She joined CNBC in January 2017 as a news associate focused on breaking news coverage. While in school at UNC-Chapel Hill, Thomas was one of the founding journalists of the North Carolina Business News Wire.

David Gelles is taking over Corner Office at The New York Times for its relaunch in late February or early March. He’ll be adapting it for a new era, with the aim of making it digital first and more reader inclusive. Gelles has been a business reporter for The Times for four and a half years, writing for Sunday Business, DealBook and across the paper. He previously covered media for The Financial Times. He is the author of “Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business From the Inside Out.”

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