Good Morning. It’s Thursday, 2 March 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.
The New York Times and The Washington Post both published new and revelatory articles last night about the Trump/White House dalliance with Russia. There’s enough obfuscation and strenuous denial coming from the White House and its’ allies to lead an unbiased observer to believe that there’s something to the entire Russia/Hacking/Putin/Bromance./missing tax return scenarios to warrant an investigation. For the White House, the most obvious strategy is simple: endorse an investigation, get a clean bill of health, and get on with governing. Be totally transparent about all of it and settle the doubts.
Actions speak louder than words, so we shall see what course of action they pursue. We can be sure of the course of action of the journalism and communications community: they will continue to dig out the details until it’s all out in the open. There’s a reason Freedom of the Press is the First Amendment to the Constitution.
The irony is that the massive negative blitz by the Trump White House against the press–during the campaign and after–has totally re-energized the journalistic and news establishment. The New York Times and The Washington Post are leading the charge and it’s fascinating to watch. As Brian Williams said last night, “the White House has unexpectedly created a journalistic full employment program” with its denials, leaks, and negative attitude.
In other news: Kevin Durant, the prize offseason acquisition by the Golden State Warriors is out for at least four weeks with a knee injury; he should be ready for the playoffs. SnapChat goes public today at a valuation multiple that’s twice that of Facebook–did you get in? Continuing in financial news, Ray Dalio, the legendary head of the Bridgewater Associates, is stepping down as Co-CEO of the firm; Ray will remain as CIO at the firm, which also lost the other Co-CEO.
Today,March 2nd, is the birthday of legendary and quintessential take-no-prisoners New York rock star Lou Reed. Might be a good idea to cue up “Walk on the Wild Side” to get in the mood.
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