Trump teases big news; it arrives in the dark, on a driveway, Jill Colvin reports at the AP. She’s talking about the North Korea update which came from President Donald Trump himself.
Then at CNN, Jeremy Diamond confirms that Trump accepted the offer to meet Kim Jong Un. Diamond called it, “A stunning development.”
From Djibouti, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says to expect “talks,” but no “negotiations” with North Korea, according to Josh Lederman at the AP.
‘A very newsy op-ed’
But What Will Trump Give Up for Peace with North Korea? That’s what Victor Cha is trying to figure out via an opinion piece in the New York Times. Jane Perlez points out that Cha is “Trump's ex-candidate to be Ambassador to Seoul, [and she] predicts summit could end in tears - meaning war.” "That is Mr. Trump’s world — black is white, front is back, chaos is good,” Motoko Rich tweeted from the op-ed.
“A Russian oligarch at the center of the meddling investigation sent us an exclusive op-ed. In it, he claims his lawyer testified under oath that a member of Fusion GPS said George Soros was funding some of their effort to dig in on Trump,” Geoffrey Ingersoll tweeted. That op-ed is from Oleg Deripaska in the Daily Caller who writes: The Ever-Changing ‘Russia Narrative’ In American Politics Is Cynically False Public Manipulation. Chuck Ross called it “a very newsy op-ed.” While Aaron Blake tweeted, “Daily Caller now running op-eds from Putin-allied Russian oligarchs criticizing Mueller probe.”
In another op-ed from a former Trump ally, John Feeley–who until recently was the ambassador to Panama–explains in the Washington Post Why I could no longer serve this president.
Lisa Rein unpacks the Ugly power struggle that’s paralyzing Trump’s plan to fix veterans’ care in the Washington Post. One source insisted “It’s killing the agency.” “Things are going really well at Veterans Affairs, aside from a raging mutiny and a need for armed guards outside the secretary’s office. Wild story of Trumpland dysfunction at VA,” Nick Miroff tweeted, unable to hide his true feelings.
“Records show the Interior Department spent nearly $139,000 last year for construction at the agency that was labeled on a work order as ‘Secretary's Door,’” an AP story begins. But according to Michael Biesecker, Matthew Daly, the Interior is mum on whether Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent actually $139,000 on his office door. Emily Atkin had the only appropriate reaction: “Are you kidding me,” she tweeted. We just have one question: what the heck kind of door is it?
There’s an endangered GOP senator who thinks Justice Kennedy’s retirement could save him. Burgess Everett has the whole story about Dean Heller in Politico. But before you think that Trump will nominate another Supreme Court justice, Sam Baker insists, “Dean Heller does not have any more information than you or me about whether Anthony Kennedy will retire.”
‘You need to engage them’
If You Truly Care About Speech, You Will Invite Me to Your Office to Personally Call You a Dipshit Alex Pareene writes in Splinter. He added on Twitter, “It's time to address the crisis of no-platforming happening within the offices of the New York Times.” While Clio Chang insists, “👏 Give 👏 Pareene 👏 A 👏 Platform 👏”
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) shared their 2017 Best in Business Honorees. “‘Small’ but scrappy. Proud of the @statnews team for recognition by @SABEW,” Jason Ukman tweeted. “I'm so excited to announce that ‘In the Shadow of Wind Farms’ won SABEW's prize for Innovation! Yay @telkinsjr@_lucysherman @maracorbett @tysonbird,” Emily Le Coz shared. “Congrats to @MikeIsaac @fmanjoo for their winning work and honorable mention, and to all the other great journalists honored by SABEW!” Pui-Wing Tam added.
If you need more to be excited about, there’s news that Obama is in Talks to Provide Shows for Netflix, according to Michael Shear, Katie Benner, and John Koblin at the New York Times. Elizabeth E. Joh wasted no time dubbing it, “Obama streaming.”
Huge MIT Study of ‘Fake News’ Finds Falsehoods Almost Always Win on Twitter, Robinson Meyer concludes in a piece for The Atlantic. “Twitter users are 70 percent more likely to retweet a false tweet than an accurate one, even when you control for every difference (verification, follower count, etc.) between originating accounts,” Meyer explained. Keith Chrostowski followed that up with, “Falsehoods penetrate farther, faster, and deeper than accurate information on Twitter.”
Graham Vyse at the New Republic set out to understand Why (Almost) Everyone Likes Jake Tapper. “Why does @jaketapper succeed in bringing life to cable news? ‘He understands...that the host or the anchor or the star of the show is much closer to his audience now than he ever was, and you need to engage them,’” Nick Gillespie explains.
The Daily Beast got a secret tape of Newsweek Media Group Chief Content Officer Dayan Candappa saying We Gotta Turn the Business Around or We’re Dead. Maxwell Tani, who wrote the piece, explained on Twitter: “Newsweek's CCO said that although the D.A. raid had been an embarrassment, @CraigSilverman's BuzzFeed story revealing the company's ad fraud was the real reason Newsweek faced imminent demise (it scared off advertisers).”
Remarkable women who were overlooked
To celebrate International Women’s Day yesterday, the New York Times unveiled their Women We Overlooked in 167 Years of New York Times Obituaries project, spearheaded by Amisha Padnani and Jessica Bennett.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to peruse it yet, set aside some time to do so this weekend. “Sylvia Plath, Charlotte Brontë, and Ida B. Wells are just some of the remarkable people who didn't get obituaries in The New York Times. Amy Padnani and Jessica Bennett are leading an effort at @nytimes to tell the stories of those who were overlooked,” Anne-Sophie Bolon wrote. “Since 1851, obituaries in the NYT have been dominated by white men. Now, we are adding the untold stories of the remarkable women who were overlooked,” Amy Qin added.
- At Bloomberg, Paul Ford believes that Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. But Blockchain Is Dangerous. "Most things that the blockchain promises to do can be done more easily with other technologies, including good ol’ fiat currency," Jeremy Olshan quoted from the article.
- There’s a “Heart-breaking, jaw-dropping and essential read” (according to Jan Hoffman) in the New York Times. It’s this Suicides, Drug Addiction and High School Football piece from Juliet Macur. “In a town riddled with drug abuse and a suicide rate triple the national average, a high school football coach can be a kid’s last, best hope. Here’s what it’s like to coach in Madison, Indiana — a community on fire,” Macur tweeted.
- I Got a Story to Tell, Steve Francis writes in The Players Journal. It begins, “My man Sam Cassell took me out the night before my very first NBA game.” Dan McQuade shared this quote from the story: “America, man. They’re never gonna forget. They’ll find you. I was paying off credit card bills from when I was eight years old.” While Sean Conboy lauded, “No one goes harder than @SteveFranchise3 🔥”
- Campbell Robertson at the New York Times filed A Quiet Exodus: Why Blacks are Leaving White Evangelical Churches.