President non grata
It looks like President Trump has turned John McCain’s death into another political firestorm about himself. At least according to Felicia Sonmez, Josh Dawsey, and John Wagner at the Washington Post.
The Onion wasted no time roasting the situation with this headline: White House Releases Moving Statement Honoring Woman Who Called Obama An Arab In 2008.
Over at the Washington Post, Isaac Stanley-Becker writes about how Trump wakes up, Googles himself and doesn’t like what he sees. “Illegal?” “Trump wakes up complaining about ‘RIGGED’ Google ‘search results’ which he suggests are ‘illegal,’” Meagan Flynn tweeted. “Bwahahahaha,” Scott Michaux reacted.
What’s more, the Washington Post’s Ashley Parker called him President Non Grata in a story that details how Trump is often unwelcome and also unwilling to perform the basic rituals of the office.
A three-judge panel ruled that North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to aide Republicans over Democrats, Robert Barnes reports at the Washington Post. “New districts may be required before November,” Janet Shan added.
Craig Silverman at BuzzFeed News revealed that the notorious pro-Trump misinformation site True Pundit Is Run By An Ex-Journalist With A Grudge Against The FBI. “Earlier today I contacted ‘Thomas Paine’ of True Pundit to say I knew his real identity and ask for comment. He decided to get this spin out ahead of time. But here's the real story of him and his misinformation-peddling website,” Silverman shared on Twitter. Brandon Hardin called it, “When you spook someone into publishing their ‘In case of ID, break glass’ post: ‘After being contacted for comment, Moore did not respond and instead published a story on his website confirming BuzzFeed News' reporting.’”
Aruna Viswanatha at the Wall Street Journal tells us that Paul Manafort Sought a Deal in his Next Trial, but Talks Broke Down. “Manafort's defense team met with prosecutors to discuss a plea deal ahead of his DC trial. But the talks stalled over issues raised by Mueller,” Natasha Bertrand shared.
Apparently, Devin Nunes was in London looking for intel on Christopher Steele, Natasha Bertrand writes at The Atlantic. Vernon Loeb adds that Nunes “came up largely empty.” Bertrand followed-up with: “Devin Nunes flew to the U.K. this month to gather intel on Chris Steele from MI5, MI6, & GCHQ. But the agencies—wary that he was ‘trying to stir up a controversy,’ per a source—didn't meet with him.”
Lanny Davis Says He Was A Source For CNN’s Trump Tower Story, BuzzFeed News’ Steven Perlberg revealed. Perlberg tweeted that Davis now disputes that story, adding, “He also regrets lying about his involvement, on CNN's own air, in an interview with Anderson Cooper last week.”
News about news
BuzzFeed News Asked its Readers to Chip In With Donations, Ben Mullin reports at the Wall Street Journal. Amol Sharma pointed out the popular website is “now allowing readers to donate between $5 and $100 to help pay for the cost of the newsroom.”
One LA Weekly owner is suing the rest, alleging that they've pillaged the company, according to Lauren Raab at the LA Times. “...and he wants to dissolve the company,” Raab added on Twitter. “@boycottlaweekly is working,” Jennifer Swann rejoiced.
A Bloomberg News reporter who covered Wells Fargo was reassigned earlier this year after the bank's CEO called the news organization's editor in chief and complained about the reporter, Oliver Darcy published at CNN. "Bloomberg publishes 5,000 stories a day and, like every news organization, we get pushback from the companies we cover. We make decisions about how we cover those companies based purely on what is best for our readers,” a spokesperson told Darcy.
With what Jordan Rau called “Another great Taffy Brodesser-Akner @taffyakner profile,” the New York Times published Ethan Hawke Is Still Taking Ethan Hawke Extremely Seriously. The writer herself tweeted: “You can get so counted out that getting counted out becomes your thing. My profile of Ethan Hawke is up, and today is the day/this thread is the repository for all your Ethan Hawke emotions.”
Then over at Vogue, Amy Chozick has a profile of the woman who might just bring down the Trump administration. It’s aptly titled Stormy Daniels Isn’t Backing Down. Yashar Ali pointed out, “Last month I reported that Stormy Daniels had been photographed for Vogue by @annieleibovitz...well here is one of the photographs along with a profile written by @amychozick.” Alessandra Codinha tweeted a taste of the interview: “I ask her for more details on her alleged 2006 affair with Trump. ‘How many details can you really give about two minutes?’ she says. Two minutes? I ask. ‘Maybe. I’m being generous.’”
NPR published The School Shootings That Weren't via Anya Kamenetz, Alexis Arnold, and Emily Cardinali. Staci D. Kramer explained, “@NPR reached out to every school listed in a @usedgov report; more than two-thirds of 240 reported shooting incidents never happened. Solid work by @anya1anya and team.”
“Today The Verge is publishing an updated edition of THE INTERNET OF GARBAGE, by @sarahjeong. First published in 2015, it stands as one of the most rigorous looks at how online harassment works. Excerpt on the site here with links to the book,” Nilay Patel advertised. You can find The Internet of Garbage here. “This is amazing,” Michael Zelenko tweeted.