August 22nd, 2016
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What in the world


"Yanks invade Canada (again)!" jokes USA Today contributor and Norman Goldman Show media analyst Bill Mann, after 1,500 American partiers washed up in Canada after a river party went awry and winds blew them off course (at 17,000+ very much deserved shares). As one Canadian coast guard described it, "There were Americans everywhere." "An alternative headline: '1500 Illegal Immigrants Sneak Into Canada, Rescued, Then Sent Back Across Border,'" snarks Muhammad Lila at ABC News. "CANADA NEEDS A WALL," similarly quips Vocativ's Lisa Goldman.

Disclaimer: the above gif does not actually depict any of the partygoers. Just, FYI.

And now for a 2016 election update:


Bad news bears for Hillary Clinton: the FBI uncovered tens of thousands more documents in its Clinton email probe. "This is incredible. Banana republic stuff," declares MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt. "Uh oh," The Fix's Chris Cillizza writes via headline. "FROM: TO: SUBJECT: where did you put my emails?" jokes Gradient's Bradford Davis. At the Wall Street Journal, they're reporting the emails show the Clinton Foundation sought access to the State Department on donors’ behalf. "Lesson here isn’t so much Clintonworld malfeasance; it’s that a pol's $$ benefactors want and expect special access," suggests Sahil Kapur with Bloomberg Politics (which is still very much a problem, right?). This should prove useful artillery for Rudy Giuliani, who is finally getting the street brawl with Hillary Clinton that he’s always wanted.

Also in politics:

  • Neither Clinton nor her opponent Donald Trump have shared very many health details, despite being 68 and 70, respectively. "Donald Trump has apparently been putting on weight during the campaign, but in fairness, so have I," shrugs Business Insider's Josh Barro.
  • Longtime adviser Roger Stone said on-air that Donald Trump "should release his tax returns,"  and do it ASAP. "Unexpected! Even Trump's fierce ally Roger Stone says Trump should release his tax returns 'immediately,'" reacts Jennifer Jacobs at Bloomberg News.
  • On the subject of advisers, Fox's Sean Hannity has turned outright adviser in the service of Trump. "Again I ask: How can Trump run his entire campaign against the media, when the media is running his campaign?" wonders WaPo's Catherine Rampell.
  • According to the Huffington PostTrump jacked up his campaign’s Trump Tower rent once somebody else was paying it. "Terrific story. When Donald Trump started using donor money to pay Trump Tower rent, he quintupled the rent," shares Toronto Star's Daniel Dale.
  • Not a good look, either: the Associated Press uncovered quite a few Trump staffers who have made online posts bordering on racism and talk of religious war. "Had trouble illustrating Trump social media story, as AP can't republish some statements/memes even as examples," admits Jeff Horwitz there.
  • If KMOV is to be believed, a Trump campaign office in Colorado is currently being run by a 12-year-old. Yes, Colorado. You know, that battleground state? "This is probably not real.. right?" asks Bloomberg's Margaret Ely, hopefully.
  • In case you were wondering, here's why many veterans are sticking with Trump, even after he insulted a Gold Star family. "We hear a lot from national security experts about 2016. Not enough from ppl who actually fight this country's wars," notes WaPo's Jia Lynn Yang.
Another media Monday


Today Gawker is officially no more -- or, murdered, as Tom Scocca would choose to put it.  "News organizations whose members can be self-reflective & self-critical are at risk," is how Janet Stemwedel with Forbes interprets that piece. "Every word of @tomscocca's Gawker obit is worth reading, but this is really the gut punch," concludes Trevor Timm at Guardian US and CJR. Not everyone was so convinced: "I did @Gawker a solid and fact-checked its latest foray into revisionist fabulism," helpfully tweets Sean Davis.

Here were more reflections as Gawker went quietly into the dark:

Over at Newsweekwomen journalists shared their stories of sexual harassment during their careers. "Here's my story on sexual harassment in journalism. 53 women and two men got in touch with me to share their stories," details Lucy Westcott there. And at the intersection of politics and media, Melania Trump is taking legal action against The Daily Mail for defamation -- and Hulk Hogan's lawyer Charles Harder (who was being backed by Peter Thiel) is now representing her. Meanwhile, hubby Trump has abandoned every network but Fox News. "Since his disastrous Kahn interview, Trump has not gone on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC or CBS. But he’s done Fox 11 times," points out Sam Stein at the Huffington Post.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What prompted CNN's Kate Bolduan to barely hold back tears during a recent newscast? It was the sight of little Omran Daqneesh after being pulled from the war zone in Aleppo. Bolduan had trouble containing her emotions as she reported on his story, and Bolduan isn't the only one shaken by the image of this child. Here are some other children of Syria who also deserve our concern and attention.

Well done to JMRConnect for being the very first to answer that correctly. Honorable mentions go out to Kathleen Lisson (who notes "if all tragedies were reported like this, maybe there would be less political doublespeak"), Lori FriedmanMark Gibbs (who points out "What else is there to do" but to cry?), Martin Berliner (who similarly calls it "Awful"), Kristin S. JohnsonJay AndrewVirginia Alimenti and Ron Casalotti (who agrees this past questionw as "sad, and not quip appropriate").

As for today's question, here it is, in a return to levity: What is so special about the individual recently promoted during a knighting ceremony in Edinburgh, Scotland?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)!

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Monday


Your top career news for today:

  • Hearst's weekly political newsmagazine Matter of Fact gets a new host beginning Sept. 10: former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien takes over as anchor and producer of the program launched last year under the anchoring of Fernando Espuelas.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry:

  • Nancy Han hops on board with CBS News as senior producer for CBS This Morning in charge of their 8 a.m. hour. Han was previously an executive producer at ABC News.
  • Fortune's Will Federman is leaving for a new gig: Federman has been named managing editor of The Tylt, a new site that aims to "bring some civility to online debates."
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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