FishbowlNY: NY Times to Shutter NYT Now App.
Not esp. surprising. Another app I can erase.
FishbowlNY: NPR Is Closing Its Comments Section.
“Montgomery added that social media provides a much better platform for discussing NPR stories than the site’s comments section. He’s right, of course.” Um, Twitter just encourages snark. So I respectfully disagree.
Rolling Stone: Matt Taibbi on the Summer of the Media Shill.
“Media power comes from trust and respect, and both are eroded quickly if you only ever give people what they want to hear.” Can we underline that one, relink it generously?
CNN Money: John McLaughlin of ‘The McLaughlin Group’ dies at 89.
I suspect he modelled his show after the ‘popularity’ of the Buckley/Vidal debate in ‘68.
The Atlantic: Aetna to Withdraw From Nearly 70 Percent of Its Obamacare Exchanges.
“Back when UnitedHealth was the only insurance company bailing out, it was easy to dismiss as just one company trying to boost its bottom line. But when all five big insurers are bleeding money, it’s clear you’ve got bigger problems.” Looks like the media wants to make it a talking point. We’ll see if any candidate takes the bait, or that it survives the news cycle.
Slate: Shadi Hamid on Islamic exceptionalism.
“Islamism is by definition illiberal, and they would promote things that are contrary to classical liberalism, in the sense of non-negotiable personal rights and freedoms, gender equality, protection of minorities.” Another information point, for those curious.
FishbowlNY: The Drudge Report Meets Usain Bolt.
“In the month of July, there were a total of 2,678,400 news-making seconds. If you divide the Drudge July page views total by that number, you get an average of 549.66 page views per second.” One look at the DR, you feel the world’s falling apart. As bad as Amazon’s “Most Read” email, if not worse. Do we as a society really love bad news this much?
FishbowlNY: Even The WSJ Has Had Enough of Donald Trump.
The Hill: Carville - Trump is ‘pretty stupid when it comes to politics’.
“What’s happening is people see this guy is a loser and he’s not running a very smart campaign.” Carville can’t wait for Trump’s response tweet, I bet ...
NY Times: The Perfect G.O.P. Nominee.
“The Republicans have their candidate: It’s Hillary.” Been saying it for ages.
Columbia Journalism Review: Dear old media - Get over yourselves.
“The new kids on the block discovered what online readers want far quicker than more traditional news organizations while producing capital-J Journalism in the process. Their shortcomings are many, varied, and yes, consequential. But the same holds for what they’ve added to the increasingly urgent discussion on the future of media.” Indeed.
The Verge: Tronc threatens a nightmare hellscape of video in new warning to employees.
A little old, but holy crap.
NY Times: Embarrassing Photos of Me, Thanks to My Right-Wing Stalkers.
“When my daughter reports someone taking pictures of her at the airport, it drives me nuts. I have no idea if it’s actually this outfit; common decency would suggest otherwise, but that seems an increasingly rare commodity.” My italic emphasis.
Politico: Insiders to Trump - Drop out.
One problem for Dems in this scenario (amidst others). If they replace him with another candidate, the media will focus their 24/7 harangue-machines so tightly on the new candidate, that individual will get exponential free publicity to put the race back into a 50/50 horserace. If it happens, you just watch if I’m not correct.
A web framework for the modern age.
This is hilarious. Hit “generate new random stack” and then check your aggregator for tech/dev news.
Slate: FiveThirtyEight vs. the Upshot - Who should you trust to forecast the election?
“At least for the moment, then, if you want to believe that Donald Trump has a decent shot to win the presidency, head over to FiveThirtyEight. If that’s a world you don’t want to live in, read the New York Times.”
NY Times: Donald Trump Encourages Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails.
“This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. This has gone from being a mattter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.” Agreed. So far out of line.
In These Times: DNC Leaks Show How Blatantly Democrats Trade Access For Donations.
Smells funny, all of this. The media is dogpiling too hard on the Democrats right now. I feel they know a Trump win would keep them in clover, even beyond a Clinton win.
During yesterday’s visit to the gym, I’m working on the ellipticals behind all the other rows of equipment. I don’t watch television as I work out, but I can see what others are watching. As various people are watching RNC reruns, and and others intently gazing at media wonks placing bets on Wasserman-Schultz’ departure, the music on the overhead loudspeakers changes from the usual bump-thump to something strangely familiar. I realize I recognize it, through the haze of sweat ... and I nearly fall off the trainer laughing. “Sheep”, by Pink Floyd. Followed by ... “Reason to Believe”, by Springsteen. And, as people will do, they all start to step/pedal/ellipticalize to the songs’ rhythms. Then it all went back to current bump-thump music.
Just for a moment, it seems Clear Channel (or whatever service the gym uses) had an individual with a perspicacious sense of humor.
A moment I’ll treasure, courtesy a spin of life’s dice.
Repost from Facebook today.
PS Mag: The Sand Fire in Santa Clarita Offers Omens of a Fiery Future.
“Southern California’s latest wildfire is a sign of things to come.” Um, no. Las Conchas was. To be honest, I think Cerro Grande  was the harbinger. But Las Conchas burned roughly 1 acre per second - 43,000 acres - on the first day. Because we’re not near either of the two coasts, apparently precedent doesn’t matter.
NY Times, Public Editor: Why Readers See The Times as Liberal.
A surprising read, in many ways.
Political Wire: The End of the Republican Party.
FishbowlNY: The Atlantic Prints 25,000 Additional Copies of July/August Issue.
Guardian.UK: Hillary Clinton email investigation ends in ‘no charges’.
“We’re going to have hearings.” Does Ryan know what an SSL cert is? I’m not sure anyone serving does ...
The Nation: The GOP’s War on Voting Is Working.
If’n you wanna get mad.