July 8th, 2016
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The tipping point of a long, hot summer


"A new horror. Protestors seek legal justice & social change—not blood for blood. No one wanted this," tweets Wall Street Journal's Jeff Yang of last night's Dallas ambush shooting allegedly carried out by a lone gunman. What was described as a "loving" protest was interrupted when a sniper killed five officers (Officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith and Patrick Zamarripa and DART Officer Brent Thompson) while injuring seven other policemen and two civilians. And horrifying is certainly the word for the details: officers reportedly were shot "ambush style" with "some in the back" and in a strategic manner: "It was tap tap pause. Tap tap pause." The suspect, an Army vet who served in Afghanistan, was killed by police this morning by a remote-controlled explosive, making Dallas police the first law enforcement agency to use a robot to kill a suspect. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a bomb robot with a device on its extension," muses Debtwire's John Bringardner.

After some thought, we've decided not to reprint the shooter's name within this post -- but because the public has every right to be informed, you can find more details about him and what appeared to be his motivations here. Instead, per usual, the focus should be on the victims, such as Officer Zamarripa, who spent three tours in Iraq before being killed yesterday. "He survived three tours of duty in Iraq, but not a routine patrol in an American city," realizes The Trace's Ben Hallman. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is cutting his Europe trip short to make a beeline for Texas' third largest city. "When I was in Dallas in February, its downtown was so busy. Today, it's so quiet and sad," notices Alan Blinder with the New York Times.

Where to begin with the takes, with so many possible directions they could be taken? In The New YorkerJelani Cobb writes "This week has become a grotesque object lesson in gun culture," astutely observing that "What began as a lethargic return to work following a holiday has devolved into an American crucible." Freelance writer Kate Flaim gathers this takeaway from Cobb's piece: "It's racism and it's guns and we have to fix both." At the Washington PostDan Balz similarly writes on killings and racial tensions interwoven with divided and divisive politics. "July was supposed to be a month of political pageantry. It has started with horror and gunfire," summarizes WaPo's Lori Montgomery. "Are we hopelessly divided? Betting a lot of folks woke up and had this thought," predicts Chuck Todd with Meet the Press. "This is not summer of 1967 or 1968. But political climate & racial climate commingling in potentially toxic ways," notes Christine Spolar at the Financial Times.


But perhaps the most reasoned take of all came from RedState, where Leon H. Wolf wrote on the uncomfortable reason it came to this in Dallas yesterday: that "people's willingness to act rationally and within the confines of the law and the political system is generally speaking directly proportional to their belief that the law and political system will ever punish wrongdoing. And right now, that belief is largely broken, especially in many minority communities." NYT's Farhad Manjoo calls it "The most woke thing you'll read today" while Joe Brancatelli praises, "Bravo @LeonHWolf for thoughtful piece free of polemics in place where polemics rule ... More like this on both sides pls."

And maybe fewer like those from the New York Post, where they recklessly hyped the shooting as "Civil War."

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What recent Vanity Fair profile has so many people up in arms? That would be Rich Cohen's profile of new "it girl" actress Margot Robbie, in which Cohen calls Australians "throwback people" and seemingly reduced Robbie to little more than a sex symbol.

Congrats to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these amazing individuals for also answering correctly: David Daniel (who agrees the profile "focused more on her looks than her talent, and slammed Australia besides. A two-fer!"), Lori FriedmanRon Casalotti (who notes it was "written in a style more reminiscent of Playboy 1966 than Vanity Fair 2016"), Whitney Friedlander (whose "fav observation" was "When everyone here is awake, everyone there is asleep"), Katie North (who points out some critics are angry "bc of overt objectification, others bc of a purported Santana lead...I'm more the former"), MartinBerliner (who wonders if it might have been "ghost-written by Roger Ailes"), Natalie TindallMark Gibbs (who theorizes the outrage was "providing Ms. Robbie with even more free PR! Way to go!"), Frances Langum and Monika Cornilliac (who admits "If I were her, I'd want his head").

As for today's question, here it is: The Nivea lotion company commissioned a crazy ad campaign that depicts what?

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 Friday


Your journo job moves for today:

  • Inaugural role: BitTorrent has hired its first ever news director: former CNN News producer Harrison Bohrman (at right). Bohrman is charged with building a news team from the ground up, leading the development, planning and production for BitTorrent News, a "live-streaming TV news network." More here!
  • Gerilyn Manago has been named senior social media editor at Allure. Manago joins from People, where she also served as senior social media editor.
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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