‘#StandWithNancy’: Pelosi Aides Sending Allies List of Sympathetic Tweets to Send to Show Support

Following Democrat Jon Ossoff’s loss in the special election for the House seat in Georgia’s 6th District, many Democratic lawmakers have pointed the finger at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In the wake of the most expensive Congressional race in history leading to a four-point loss in a district trending blue, some Democrats in the House began openly calling for Pelosi to stand down. Well, it appears that Pelosi and her team are fighting back. With the Democratic leader having already stood up for herself this morning, telling everyone she wasn’t going anywhere, Pelosi aides are now sending suggested tweets for allies of the former Speaker of the House to share on social media. The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman shared a sampling of some of the tweets that were sent out to supporters.

Must Reads in Media & Technology, July 22, 2017

  1. Media Startups Try a Lower-Cost Model: Unpaid Student Writers
    (Austen Hufford / Wall Street Journal)

  2. The Economist is Using Medium to Give Readers an Inside Look at Its Reporting and Production (Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab)

  3. ‘You Can’t Shrink Your Way to Profitability’: Jeff Bezos Talks About the Future of Newspapers (Daniel Funke/ Poynter)

  4. Meredith Increased Revenue Per Visit 20 Percent By Getting Ads to Load Faster (Ross Benes / Digiday)

  5. Democracy Fund Announces $2 Million Fund to Match Donations to Nonprofit Newsrooms (Tom Glaisyer / Democracy Fund)

  6. WhatsApp Rises As a Major Force in News Media (Leo Kelion / BBC)

  7. Jon Ossoff, The Congressional Candidate Social Media Built (Issie Lapowsky / Wired)

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Don’t Believe Lazy Pundits: Ossoff Didn’t Lose Because He Focused On Trump

Last night’s special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District did not turn out the way Democrats hoped. With tens of millions of dollars behind his campaign, fresh-faced, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff was unable to flip the district’s House seat blue for the first time in decades, losing to Republican Karen Handel by nearly four points in the runoff. (Ossoff had come up just short of 50% in the first round in April, necessitating the runoff.) Considering the vast amounts of cash spent on Ossoff, and Democrats desperate for a win in special elections to prove they have momentum ahead of the 2018 midterms, it was expected that as soon as the race was called for Handel, there’d be quite a bit of analysis and reflection on what caused the defeat. And, with that, we’d also get knee-jerk reactions from some folks looking for an easy-to-grasp narrative. On Twitter, we saw Continue reading "Don’t Believe Lazy Pundits: Ossoff Didn’t Lose Because He Focused On Trump"

Joy Behar: Using Trump as ‘Basis for Your Campaign’ Doesn’t Seem to Be Working for Democrats

A lot of the talk surrounding Jon Ossoff‘s loss last night has been about whether Democrats have a strong enough message that resonates beyond opposition to President Trump. The hosts of The View discussed this very issue this morning. Joy Behar in particular said that maybe Democrats don’t have that strong message:
“The fact remains that since Donald Trump won the election… the Democrats have lost three elections. So if you’re using Donald Trump as your basis for your campaign, I don’t know if it’s working. I don’t think people are going towards the Democrats… and it’s a problem.”
The media narrative about the Ossoff-Karen Handel race being about––at least in part–-a referendum on Trump led to tweets like this last night:

Erick Erickson: Feminists Are ‘Angry Women Jealous at Other Women’s Successes’

Erick Erickson took to Twitter, Wednesday, to make a bold statement about a feminist destined to get some backlash. In a zing to feminist author Jill Filipovic, Erickson said that “Feminists tend to be angry women jealous at other women’s successes.” The tweet followed the Georgia special election which pit Republican Karen Handel against Democrat Jon Ossoff in a battle to be the new representative in Congress in the most expensive U.S. House race in history. Filipovic previously tweeted her opinion on the outcome early this morning, saying “At what point is this not a failure of Democrats but toxic, vindictive voters willing to elect hateful bigots?”

Rep. Peter King: Georgia Win ‘Should Send Signal’ to Trump to ‘Don’t Bother Tweeting’

Last night, Republican Karen Handel pulled off a relatively comfortable victory in the runoff special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District to fill the House seat vacated by HHS Secretary Tom Price. The election was the most expensive House race in history and was seen by many as a potential referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency. Appearing on Fox Business this morning, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said that one lesson learned from the GOP’s win was that Trump should just allow his agenda to do the talking and to stay off Twitter. “Over the last seven months, no one has gotten worse media coverage, worse press, had more things going against him than President Trump and yet, President Trump won the Georgia district I think by less than two percent last November,” King noted. “Last night, Karen Handel won it by four points Continue reading "Rep. Peter King: Georgia Win ‘Should Send Signal’ to Trump to ‘Don’t Bother Tweeting’"

Conservative Commentator Bashes Russia Investigation as ‘Deep State Dinner Theater’

Canadian commentator Mark Steyn bashed Georgia congressional candidate Jon Ossoff as well as the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign ties to Russia on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning. Ainsley Earhardt kicked off the segment by asking the writer (in 2006 he penned the doomsday pamphlet “America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It”) why Jon Ossoff lost Tuesday night’s election in Georgia’s 6th district to his Republican opponent Karen Handel. For Steyn, the answer is Russia: “Well, I think the basic reason is that everybody understands what the Democrats have been doing for the last six months doesn’t meet the fairness test.” “The guy won the election fair and square, and to make him a Russian agent, to make him a candidate for impeachment, to put him under investigation for obstruction of justice — from day one or in fact, from November 9th — it Continue reading "Conservative Commentator Bashes Russia Investigation as ‘Deep State Dinner Theater’"