May 18th, 2016
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Takes o' the day


"God, the hairdo talk alone between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un would be EPIC," realizes MarketWatch's Mike Murphy, in light of the Reuters exclusive (at 3,000 shares) revealing Trump is willing to meet North Korea's leader (oh, and also wants to renegotiate the Paris climate accord). "Trump would speak to one of the few world leaders Obama won't," points out CNN's Zach Wolf. "I'm not sure Kim Jong-un would be willing to meet .@realDonaldTrump . I mean, he's no Dennis Rodman," counters Politico's Nahal Toosi. "The funny thing is Trump declining to share details of his NKorea plan as if there are details of his plan," muses Edward-Isaac Dovere, also at Politico. During the interview Trump also pledged to dismantle most of Dodd-Frank financial regulations, if elected. "Interested whether markets react to this (maybe they don't bc they don't think he'll win)," speculates National Journal's Ben Pershing, before going on to share, "Of 535 members of Congress, I can't think of one who would agree with all of these positions." Also, Trump broke with his own previously expressed sentiments to disapprove of Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in eastern Ukraine. Max Seddon at the Financial Times reacts, "The Trump-Putin bromance is over. Sad!"

Also fresh out today: Trump's list of 11 people he would consider to replace late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. "This is so conservative (in the apolitical sense) that I'm pretty suspicious it's what he'd actually do," admits Vox's Dara Lind. FYI, Obama didn't make the cut.


At the Washington Post, Hank Stuever thinks last night's much heralded Megyn Kelly interview of Trump was a little too focused on Megyn Kelly (but who's really surprised?). "When someone says 'this isn't about me,' it's about them," comes the helpful tweet from WaPo's Dan Zak. "The phrase of the morning (from @hankstuever) is express-checkout infotainment," notes Politico's Michael Kruse. Go forth and use it in a sentence! At the same time, white nationalists are seeing their numbers go up thanks to Trump’s candidacy. "Holocaust denier who endorsed Donald Trump has taken to calling him 'our glorious leader,'" WSJ's Beth Reinhard reports in terrifying detail. And yet somehow the billionaire mogul's appeal stretches to suburbs that had been trending blue. In which the former Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia mayor predicts Trump will lose votes because  "There're probably more ugly women in America than attractive women." Yup, that happened. Also, Nate Silver offers a mea culpa via the headline "How I Acted Like A Pundit And Screwed Up On Donald Trump."

Relatedly, care to see how different Facebook looks to someone with opposing poliical views? Then enjoy the Wall Street Journal's Blue Feed, Red Feed graphics adventure.


News you should also know:  one of the first Chibok girls has been found since they were captured two years ago by Boko Haram. "What a breakthrough #BringBackOurGirls," marvels Grace Leslie-Graham. "Please may this not be too good to be true," pleads BBC's Bola Mosuro. In breaking news, Waco police records show yet more violence allegations against Baylor football players. "Seriously. Forget the NCAA. We're going to need the military to go to Waco and seize control of this cesspool," condemns sports columnist Roy Bragg at the San Antonio Express-News. Meanwhile, we may have just learned that women in elite jobs face a stubborn pay gap, but House of Cards' Robin Wright refuses to be one of them. The New York Times shares, "Robin Wright wanted to be paid as much as Kevin Spacey. So she did something that would make Claire Underwood proud."

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What recently happened to a female weathercaster that's causing a ruckus in social media? KTLA's Liberté Chan was asked to don a sweater (live and on air!) because complaining viewers apparently deemed her dress not covering enough. "This has turned into a much bigger issue than just a sweater," Chan writes in the aftermath. Another day, another body-shaming.

Kudos to communicator Dagmar Ebaugh for being the very first to answer that correctly. Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for also getting it right: Jackie HagueSara Jacobson (who notes "Because some people have enough time on their hands to care"), Elisha Fieldstadt (who shares a very different episode where Chan had to change on-air), Sarah ScintoKen WalkerDavid DanielJohn Wall (who quips "that's cold"), Ron Casalotti (who invokes a few puns by answering that her "warm front was causing an atmospheric disturbance" in the audience), Lucia A. Walinchus (who predicts "My forecast: Icy responses from women failing to see the humor in this"), Jade WalkerMaureen MacGregorRobert FortnerShaleila (who comments "she was nicer to him than I'd have been"), Jessica Burger, Mark Gibbs (who adds "Forecast? Feminist outrage and lots of free PR"), Kim NewmanKaren Elizabeth Fraser (who adds "Cue Nelly: #ItsGettinHotInHereLetsPutOnAllYourClothes"), Charlotte LoBuonoCindi LashJudyth Mermelstein and Katie North (who observes that the off-camera coworker handed her the cardigan "like it smelled terrible").

As for today's question, here it is: According to BuzzFeed, who is it who has "beat the Kardashians at their own game?"

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
NYT names CJR's Spayd as public editor


The New York Times has at last named its sixth public editor: Elizabeth Spayd (at right) of the Columbia Journalism Review will succeed Margaret Sullivan, who held that position until last month when she left for the Washington Post.

"Memo to @spaydL: Best of luck as next NYT public editor. Hang tough and bring your body armor,"  Sullivan recommends on Twitter.

Speaking of Twitter, there's one glaring difference between Sullivan and Spayd so far.

"Looks like @spaydl, the NYT's new public editor, has only tweeted 10 times in the last eight years," notes Fortune's Mathew Ingram.

"Sullivan raised expectations for NYT public editor to engage on social media. Question is how @spaydl will follow," observes Huffington Post media writer Michael Calderone, while sharing his article on the move.

"Or, you could deduce that @spaydl chooses her tweets carefully," shrugs Politico media critic Jack Shafer.

Sure, we'll go with that.

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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