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September 4th, 2018 View in browser
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It takes guts & vision

At The Atlantic, Chuck Todd is issuing a call to action to fellow journalists: It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining—And to Start Fighting Back (16,000+ shares). Rui Kaneya notes, “There’s a lot to chew on here,” but as Jon-Christopher Bua puts it, “Ask yourself why someone is so determined to convince you not to believe your lying eyes. Read This! By Chuck Todd.” Adds Howard Fineman, “GREAT piece by my friend & colleague ⁦@chucktodd⁩ about the 50-yr campaign culminating in #Trump to attack the legitimacy of the press in America. It takes guts & vision for a TV network host to do this, but he’s right & the Founders are with him.” One other takeaway from the piece, says Paul Kane, “This is a good @chucktodd read -- most actionable agenda item for the media is explaining to our readers how we do our jobs. We have been TERRIBLE at this. We must explain this to our readers, for so many reasons.” 

Reporters locked up

The aftershocks from the convictions of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo continue as Dozens of Myanmar civil society groups condemn conviction of Reuters reporters, report Robert Birsel and Raju Gopalakrishnan of Reuters. And yet, tweets Timothy McLaughlin, “Predictable yet disheartening silence from all the former journalists and poets and political prisoners who fill the ranks of the NLD. #FreeWaLoneKyawSoeOo.”

Meanwhile, here in the U.S., “Today @cjr is honored to publish a devastating piece by Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, a Mexican journalist based in the US who has twice been detained by ICE. You can read his account of his experience in Spanish and English,” tweets Betsy Morais. The piece, published by the Columbia Journalism Review, is Emilio Gutiérrez Soto’s account of being A reporter detained: On life inside ICE camps. He writes, “I need to spell out some of my recent experiences, so that others will not go through these extremely degrading hardships in a foreign place where universal liberties are proclaimed and then inhumanely denied to those who would seek protection.”

Well this is terrible

Maybe you heard yesterday that Steve Bannon was slated to headline the New Yorker Festival, which Gabe Cohn wrote about for The New York Times. And that was obviously a great idea, because, well, actually, now that you mention it, “Can’t fathom a justification for this. He isn’t in government. He isn’t leading a fringe website anymore. He isn’t interesting. He’s a crank who’s trying (and since Trump, largely failing) to get majority white countries to elect bigots,” as Radley Balko points out. Sean Collins notes, “Hi, this is no good.” In fact, as Chrissa Hardy tweets, “Well this is terrible.” Maybe you’re like Philip Ellis, wondering, “Why am I still looking at Steve Bannon's face in September of 2018? Why are organisations like the @NewYorker still booking fascists for their events?” Or maybe you’re like Maris Kreizman, who wishes, “Gee, if only there was a way to see Haruki Murakami in conversation at a festival where an anti-intellectual Nazi wasn't the headliner!”

New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick apparently heard the buzz, and the buzz was not good. As Sopan Deb of The New York Times is now reporting, New Yorker Festival Pulls Steve Bannon as Headliner Following High-Profile Dropouts. Deb notes that, “Within 30 minutes of one another, John Mulaney, Judd Apatow, Jack Antonoff and Jim Carrey said on social media that they would be pulling out of scheduled events at the festival.”

Meanwhile, “Steve Bannon, who always talks about being dismissive of media elites, talks to the New York Times about how upset he is about being disinvited from the New Yorker festival,” observes Edward-Isaac Dovere. Also, “Bannon is a racist and an accused domestic abuser, so it is almost funny to hear him speak of someone else being cowardly. He was disinvited not thanks to a ‘howling online mob,’ but because employees complained and actually famous people were backing out,” tweets Jamil Smith. Bottom line, this whole thing could have been avoided if we’d just heeded Aparna Nancherla’s widely retweeted rule: NO WHITE NATIONALISTS AFTER LABOR DAY. 

Where we are 64 days out

Michael Kruse links to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, which finds Democrats regain clear advantage in midterms shaping up as referendum on President Trump. Scott Clement and Daniel J. Balz break down the numbers for The Washington Post, while Gary Langer of ABC News takes a look with his piece, Energized against Donald Trump, Democrats reach +14 in the midterms.

Langer also looks at some of the other numbers and finds the public split on Kavanaugh, views on abortion access shift. Daniel Drezner says, “What’s odd about this is that the polling numbers for Kavanaugh are terrible.” In fact, they’re among the lowest levels of support for a Supreme Court nominee in polling going all the way back to 1987. The poll also shows that fewer people say the Supreme Court should make it harder to get an abortion, more say it should make it easier.

John Wagner of The Washington Post is following the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing. The latest, Democrats inside and protesters outside the hearing room push for delays.

Coming in hot

As you may have noticed, the “Long holiday weekend and summer are over. Get ready for Tuesday. President Trump is coming in hot.” Carol Leonnig links to the latest from Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post, ‘Two easy wins now in doubt’: Trump renews attack on Sessions, citing indictments of two GOP congressmen ahead of midterms. Tweets Jamil Smith, “The president is mad at @TheJusticeDept for indicting two Republican Congressmen before the midterms because it may cost the party those seats. So, ignore crime if it helps the GOP keep the House. I know we’re following a lot today, but this is some shit.”

Another big story yesterday: People are photographing themselves destroying their Nike-wear because they’re mad at Nike. Yes, they already paid Nike for that merchandise. What’s your point? Anyway, Colin Kaepernick, Face of NFL Protests, Is Face of New Nike Campaign (196,000+ shares), and Kevin Draper and Ken Belson have all the details at The New York Times.

Everything happens on Facebook

“Here’s what happens when Facebook infiltrates every level of a democracy. My feature—after a visit to my home country and many months of reporting—on Facebook and the Philippines.” At BuzzFeed News, Davey Alba writes about Duterte's Drug War And The Human Cost Of Facebook's Rise In The Philippines. Graham Starr explains, “In the Philippines, Facebook IS the internet. The monolith is subsidized and free, and other sites, like news or reference guides, are prohibitively expensive. Everything happens on Facebook. And it's been destroying lives. Read this, by @daveyalba.” Mat Honan calls it “Completely amazing reporting from @daveyalba here,” and Kevin Roose says, “I’m so curious about how smart, idealistic workers at Facebook resolve the cognitive dissonance of being told they’re changing the world for good and then reading stuff like this.”  

At The New York Times, Declan Walsh and Suliman Ali Zway tell the story of A Facebook War: Libyans Battle on the Streets and on Screens. “Yesterday #Libya buzzed with speculation about why Facebook was difficult to access as fighting continues in Tripoli. Good timing then for this NYT piece today on how FB has been used & abused in Libya since 2011. Includes my observations,” tweets Mary Fitzgerald. David D. Kirkpatrick says it’s a “Great story by @declanwalsh and @Sulimanzway, who has lived this from the beginning.”

And Georgia Wells of The Wall Street Journal goes Inside Twitter’s Long, Slow Struggle to Police Bad Actors, leading Michael Endler to ask, “So @jack personally intervened to keep both Alex Jones and Richard Spencer on his platform. Has he intervened to defend anyone who isn't a charlatan shit bag?”

One of the best

Listen up: Viola Davis Knows What’s Wrong With Hollywood… and How to Fix It. Brent Lang profiles Davis for the new cover of Variety, and on Twitter, he highlights, “Viola Davis on #WidowsMovie & growing up in poverty. ‘We like to be around winners in this country. We like to be around pretty, rich people who have resources. That’s who we cater to. Everyone else is a burden.’ Seems relevant given our current politics.” As Claudia Eller says, “Viola Davis is simply one of the best.” And Joe Bel Bruno points out, “Going back to work after a 3-day weekend made much better with this @Variety cover hitting newsstands. @violadavis helms our #TIFF cover.”

Making the rounds:


Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: Frances Perkins, secretary of labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was inspired to become an activist for workers’ rights after she witnessed what?

Answer: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, where she saw workers jumping from the windows

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Featured Journalist: Brenda Barrientos

Today’s featured journalist is Brenda Barrientos, Social Media Editor for People Chica. Brenda covers arts and entertainment for the trends site, which is published by the editors of People en Español. In addition to various People publications, she has also written for POPSUGAR. Check out Brenda’s work and find out more about her here.

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