USA Today Blasts Trump in Blistering Op-Ed: ‘Not Fit to Clean the Toilets’ of Obama’s Library

USA Today released a scorching op-ed piece yesterday that raked President Donald Trump across the coals for his lewd insinuations about Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gellibrand. Despite Sarah Huckabee Sandersdismissal of the president’s critics, there are still a lot of people who interpreted Trump’s Twitter attacks to mean that Gillibrand would trade sexual favors for campaign donations. The USA Today editorial board agreed, and they ripped the president for how he “pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo movement.” “Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low,” the blistering op-ed stated. “A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the Continue reading "USA Today Blasts Trump in Blistering Op-Ed: ‘Not Fit to Clean the Toilets’ of Obama’s Library"

Twitter Mocks USA Today for AR-15 ‘Chainsaw Bayonet’ Gaffe: ‘Can’t Believe This Isn’t Illegal’

USA Today published a video today detailing the semi-automatic AR-15 rifle used in the Texas church shooting — however, there was one slight detail in their analysis that Twitter found to be a bit off. In the clip, the outlet explains what gun the shooter used, what rounds it takes, and what modifications can be added, which included a “chainsaw bayonet.” Even with the added clarity, Twitter wasn’t easing up on the paper for claiming a Gears of War style “chainsaw bayonet” was an attachment a gun owner would employ. What ensued was a heap of
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With help from local papers, USA Today is boosting the ambition and publishing speed of its VR projects

Earlier this year, Facebook approached the USA Today virtual reality team with a proposal. Facebook’s developer conference, F8, was a few weeks away, and the company was looking to partner with news organizations on VR projects that showed off some new interactive tools that it was building. USA Today was interested, but concerned that its small VR unit wouldn’t be able to turn around a project in time for the event. The team did have ideas for projects that it wanted to do, however. One idea producers were particularly interested in was a VR tour of a whiskey distillery, which had never come to fruition. The Facebook partnership offered a new chance to chase down the idea, and gave Gannett’s Louisville Courier-Journal an opportunity to help things along. Reporters at the newspaper connected the USA Today VR team with staff at the iconic 200-year old Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, Continue reading "With help from local papers, USA Today is boosting the ambition and publishing speed of its VR projects"

Trump Reportedly Threatened to Sue if U.S. Women’s Open Was Moved From His Golf Course

This week, Trump National Golf Club Bedminster — President Donald Trump‘s New Jersey club — will host the U.S. Women’s Open, the most prestigious tournament in women’s golf. A new report claims that the privilege didn’t come without the threat of litigation. According to USA Today, Trump threatened to sue the United States Golf Association (USGA) shortly after he began his Presidential campaign in 2015 if the organization decided to move the tournament from Trump’s course. USGA executive director Mike Davis reportedly told the organization’s executive committee members that moving was not an option, because of the threat. “We can’t get out of this,” Davis reportedly said. “He’s going to sue us. Davis would not confirm USA TODAY‘s account when they asked for comment. “It would be inappropriate if I said that it happened or that it didn’t,” Davis said. Trump National Bedminster was awarded the Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Threatened to Sue if U.S. Women’s Open Was Moved From His Golf Course"

Must Reads in Media & Technology: July 11

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. How A Pulitzer-Winning New York Times Story Pulled From A Russian News Outlet (Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed) 2. Study: Bots Have Turned Twitter into a Powerful Political Disinformation Platform (Chris O’Brien / Venture Beat) 3. Sharp Partisan Divisions in Views of National Institutions (Pew Research Center) 4. How Reviewed Powers Commerce Across the USA Today Network (Max Willens / Digiday)
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Media Metrics Roundup for June 14, 2017

Apple Opening Up In-Episode Analytics of Podcasts 

Jason Snell / Six Colors 
The biggest thing to happen to the podcast business since Serial first went nuclear, says Gimlet Media co-founder Matt Lieber.

The Ugly Media Truths I Always Share with My Audience

Chelsea Fagan / Medium
Sorting through the financial metrics of funding a media start-up can be complicated.

Guardian US Raises More Than $50,000 in 31 Hours

Lucia Moses / Digiday
More than 1,000 readers pledge to fund an editorial series on the threat to public lands in America.

Why a NASCAR Reporter Left USA Today and Launched a Patreon Account

Simons Owens / Simonowens.net
“With my business model it does not matter if I get one click or 10,000 clicks on a story,” saysJeff Gluck.

At ‘Washington Post,’ Tech Is Increasingly Boosting Financial Performance

Yuki Noguchi / NPR
Monthly Web traffic has grown 56 percent, to 78.7 million over the Continue reading "Media Metrics Roundup for June 14, 2017"

Franken on Relationship With Senator Cruz: I Like Him More Than Colleagues Do, ‘And I Hate Ted Cruz’

In a USA Today interview with reporter Susan Page, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) dished on a number of topics and people, such as former President Barack Obama, the current White House occupant and his relationships with his fellow Senate colleagues. And, in a particular case, the former Saturday Night Live funnyman joked how apparently nobody likes one specific senator. “You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz,” Franken told Page. “And I hate Ted Cruz.” The Minnesota lawmaker added that Cruz is “just a special guy.” It was noted in the interview that Franken has devoted one full chapter to Cruz in his new book, titled Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken. He let Page know that he wasn’t concerned with breaking Senate protocol by publicly discussing private conversations he’s had with Cruz because Continue reading "Franken on Relationship With Senator Cruz: I Like Him More Than Colleagues Do, ‘And I Hate Ted Cruz’"