Getting your press credentials revoked from the Trump campaign is sort of like baptism of fire among modern journalism. Heck, maybe it’s even a badge of honor. The Daily Beast, Politico, Buzzfeed and even, for whatever their other faults, Huffington Post have managed to get blocked from Trump’s campaign.
But Donald Trump’s announcement today that the Washington Post would join its colleagues on the blacklist comes as a bit of a shock, since it’s not part of the new wave of journalistic outlets. WaPo is one of America’s oldest extant papers with a sterling journalistic reputation. Blocking them from covering a campaign would be pretty insane for most campaigns. For Donald Trump’s, it’s not even the craziest thing he’s said in the past hour.
The point of conflict here seems to be that Washington Post quoted Trump directly. Earlier today, Trump told Fox and Friends: “Look guys, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart or has something else in mind. And the something else in mind — people can’t believe it… There’s something going on.”
From these quotes, the Post wrote an article headlined: Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting. (Trump erroneously quoted it as: “Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting” on Facebook).
If Trump was not implying that the President may have radical Islamic sympathies, then that’s something he ought to clarify, as it’s definitely the natural reading of his quote. But he’ll have to clarify it to other reporters because the Post’s aren’t going to be allowed in the building. This is, perhaps, a small taste of journalism under Trump’s America: A land in which you can either report favorably about the Trump presidency or get yourself banned from the White House Press Briefing Room.
The Washington Post responded shortly after Trump’s announcement.
Oh, and for what it’s worth, Gradient covered the story too.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.