August 9th, 2016
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When two top stories seem equally bad


We're at a loss as to which story ought to go at the top of today's rundown, but they both involve the rallies of American presidential candidates, so we'll just give them to you at once and let you decide: Story #1 involves the unfortunate optics of the Orlando shooter's father attending a Hillary Clinton rally in Kissimmee, Florida, while Story #2 involves a joke from Donald Trump that “Second amendment people” might deal with the possibility of Clinton picking Supreme Court justices, during a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina. The latter story inspired headlines that range from more measured (Politico's "Trump: '2nd Amendment' may be only way to block Clinton's judicial picks") to considerably more alarmist (The Huffington Post's "Trump Suggests Shooting Clinton, Her Supreme Court Picks, Or Both" and The Guardian's "Trump hints at assassination of Hillary Clinton by gun rights supporters").

Aiyaiyai. There's a lot to unpack here.

Okay, so, let's backtrack for now to Clinton's rally. "2016 is so odd. The Dad of the Orlando shooter (who was a Hillary fan) gets a prime seating spot at a Hillary rally," National Review's Charles Cooke tweets in bewilderment. "Such a weird story. He didn't just go...they gave him a prime seat behind the podium," harmonizes Republican strategist Rory Cooper. "Have you heard the one about the people who attend Trump rallies being the worst of the worst?" muses CBS Philly's Rich Zeoli. "Could you imagine the media meltdown if Dylan Roof's dad showed up in club seating at a Trump rally?" pointedly asks John Cardillo on 880 The Biz Radio. Even more to the point, one Twitter user observes, "Orlando shooters dad (who AFTER shooting said God will punish gays) endorses Hill.If ur #LGBT are u voting Hill?" Philip Crowther predicts, "This story could not be more strange. Expect Trump to use it a lot."


Except that, as aforementioned, Trump is too busy wrestling with his own latest PR snafu. Later today, Trump defended his choice of words as meaning that “The Second Amendment people have tremendous power because they are so united" and told Fox News "There can be no other interpretation. I mean, give me a break." Some seemed to agree. "Here’s video. Interpretation from journo in room is: '2a people' = NRA. Doing 'something' = lawyering up," shares Washington Examiner's Becket Adams. "OK, but how would Lawyering up stop HRC from picking judges," asks Raw Story's Brad Reed, to which Adams responds, "You’re asking me to breakdown Trump’s seemingly nonsensical understanding of law and rights?" Others were not buying it. "Media: THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO SPIN THIS," insists Rachel Sklar at "Pretty sure Trump is taking your advice not to dial it back. Now suggesting assassination," American Banker's Rob Blackwell tweets at comedian Patton Oswalt. Meanwhile, Henry Brean playfully shrugs it off, "Who doesn't love a good assassination joke? Well, the Secret Service for one ..."

Here's a Vine of a dude seated right behind Trump who immediately recognized what he said was a problem.

So, uh, gymnastics anyone? The U.S. Women's team certainly flaunted their dominance today in Rio, where the world’s best gymnast Simone Biles led her crew to the gold medal with a margin of victory of "a whopping 8 points." NYT's Jeffrey Furticella summarizes, "In women's Olympic gymnastics, there's @usagym and then everyone else." Now that's squad goals.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: The New York Times brings us a wedding tale today that's both heart-warming and heartbreaking -- the bride could not be walked down the aisle by her father, but was accompanied by someone who was special for what reason? The man who escorted her down the aisle, Arthur Thomas, was the heart recipient of Jeni Stepien's father Michael, who was shot and killed while walking home from work. “What greater honor could a person have than walking the daughter of the man who’s given his heart to him. I can’t imagine a greater honor,” Thomas told CBS Pittsburgh.


Congrats to CNN's David Daniel (at right) for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to John WallMatthew W. Kagel (who hashtags #sadbutuplifting), Craig PittmanEve Byron (who calls it #heartwarming but #heartwrenching), Lizzy ShawSeliece C WombleLucia A. Walinchus (who insists "If you don't cry at this you have no heart"), Alan BlausteinCharlotte LoBuono (who asserts "In today's world, we needed to hear a story like that"), Martin BerlinerMaureen MacGregorLauren HackettRon CasalottiElaine K. Howley, Buck BoraskyMark Gibbs (who adds "Charming, poetic, and very sweet. #damnityoumademetearup"), M_Heschmeyer (who calls it "Beautiful but with some strangeness").

As for today's question, here it is: The Fader just published a viral profile on a popular Internet celebrity who shot to fame for doing 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 Tuesday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • Karla Martínez (at right) is the newly anointed editor-in-chief of Vogue Mexico and Latin America just two months after first joining there as associate editor. Martínez has also been with several U.S. publications, such as Vogue U.S., The New York TimesT Magazine and Elle.
  • Bloomberg moves Patricia Laya to Washington to cover the economy. Laya leaves behind her post at their Mexico City bureau, where she was a reporter.
  • Madina Toure is now a politics reporter for The New York Observer. Toure most recently freelanced for and reported for TimesLedger Newspapers.
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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