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  1. An anonymous anti-Trump opinion column published by The New York Times has managed to unite the president's supporters and critics, journalism watchdogs, pundits and scholars - who all seem to agree the piece wrapped neither its author nor the "paper of record" in glory. Published Wednesday under the headline, “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” the column claimed Trump administration staffers are “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” Critics say the piece is a breach by the Times of journalism ethics and Trump supporters say it justifies the president’s ongoing paranoia about the treachery of what he likes to call "The Swamp.” Poynter Institute senior vice president and media ethics guru Kelly McBride penned a column examining how the Op-Ed could “change journalism” and possibly erode the public's trust in journalism. “Trust in national media outlets like The New York Times is significantly lower than trust in local media… This Op-Ed will certainly exacerbate the gulf in trust between national and local,” McBride wrote. McBride said it’s “debatable” whether or not the story was important enough to be published anonymously and pointed out “spicy claims” that would typically require evidence. “If this had been a news story, we would have insisted on more details,” she wrote. “It would be helpful if the Times disclosed whether and how it vetted the writer's claims.” DePauw University professor and media analyst Jeffrey McCall told Fox News that it’s extremely unusual for any newspaper to let an anonymous source post an Op-Ed or even letter to the editor. “That's because news organizations normally feel people who want to speak out should have to take ownership of their viewpoints. Further, it protects the news organizations from possible claims that the comments are concocted,” McCall said. “The Times steered from this established practice and the rationale is not all that clear.” Trump branded the Op-Ed as treason and many of his surrogates and supporters have condemned the paper for running it. Former Bush Press Secretary Ari Fleischer called the Op-Ed “deceitful and selfish,” while ex-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said it was “the most stunning proof we have seen so far of the liberal media’s aggressive bias and the very real efforts by parts of the institutional establishment to undermine President Trump, the U.S. Constitution and the will of the American people.” It was predictable that Trump supporters and champions of journalism ethics would criticize the controversial Op-Ed. But even members of the progressive left have taken aim at the Times and the anonymous author. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple called the Op-Ed “gutless,” and said it old news that was simply repackaged – presumably written by someone who helped Trump get elected in the first place. “What I see is an anonymous Op-Ed by a person who wishes to rebrand from enabler to patriot,” Wemple said. “I don’t believe that should be possible." Liberal CNN host Chris Cuomo slammed the mysterious White House official on Thursday night. “Are they a hero? I don’t see why they would be called that,” Cuomo said. Cuomo also criticized the Times for proclaiming that publishing the Op-Ed anonymously helps deliver an “important perspective” to readers. “What did the Op-Ed do that wasn’t done by the Woodward book? Being anonymous carries the same suspicion in either case,” Cuomo said, referring to Watergate legend Bob Woodward’s controversial “Fear.” CNN’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter listed unanswered questions pertaining to the Op-Ed, such as whether or not the paper’s reporters are “free to ferret out the source” that the Times’ editorial board is trying so hard to protect. The paper declined comment. Anti-Trump talk show host Stephen Colbert called the piece “confusing” and poked fun at the author during his monologue on Thursday night. “If you’re inside the White House, pretending to be loyal to the president, but secretly thwarting the president to protect the rest of us from him, why would you tell us? Now he’ll try to stop you,” Colbert said. The prestigious New Yorker called it “a ploy by someone who wants to distance himself from what he perceives to be an imperiled Administration, while capitalizing on whatever credibility and popularity the Presidency still retains.” The magazine’s Masha Gessen feels the Op-Ed wasn’t newsworthy, but the decision to publish it is. “An anonymous person or persons cannot govern for the people, because the people do not know who is governing,” Gessen wrote. “The Times, however, does know who the person is, which also changes the position the newspaper occupies in this democracy… the paper forfeits the job of holding power to account.” Gessen added, “By publishing the anonymous Op-Ed, the Times became complicit in its own corruption.”
  2. dude you need to start talking more on x. you started out good and being funny and now it's that was and this is bullshit fuck that bring it on and do something
  3. After spending about $100 on lower-bowl tickets and driving 2½ hours from the Lafayette area, Tracey Hernandez was nervous as she took her seat near midfield of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday night. It wasn’t the preseason game the Saints were about to play against Arizona that worried her — the dance instructor hardly watches football. What mattered to her was how her son, Jesse, would fare in his debut as the first-ever male member of the Saintsations, New Orleans’ NFL dance team. The crowd in the stadium was the biggest Jesse had performed in front of since his dancing career began 23 years ago, at the age of 2. The teasing and taunts he braved when he became the first boy to perform on the dance team at North Vermilion High School in his hometown of Maurice still stung Tracey. But she calmed herself by reciting Jesse’s achievements up to this point — the competitions he’s won, the instructor gigs, his stint coaching the dance team for a minor-league hockey franchise in Lafayette that she herself once danced for. She remembered how countless people had come up to her after word broke that Jesse had made the Saintsations and told her, “We are proud of him; we support him; give him our congratulations” — even burly men visiting the Harley-Davidson motorcycle shop where she works. While she admitted being annoyed at online commenters who in recent weeks had insulted her son’s masculinity for becoming a Saintsation, she brushed them aside as kickoff time approached. “Those people just need to get over it,” said Tracey Hernandez, who attended Friday’s game with three family friends, one of whom had an oversized, cutout picture of her son’s face. “We’re in 2018. Things shouldn’t be just for men or just for women. If you have the ability to do it, you should be able to do it.” KRAMER LOVES US! OH - and remember, please buy some of Burnie's rocks so he can pay rent. It quickly became clear that neither Jesse nor the Saintsations minded letting him stand out from the rest of his otherwise all-female team. Behind the scenes, he changed in a room that was separate from the rest of the squad, his mother said. Taller than most — if not all — of his teammates, he was the only Saintsation in black pants as well as a white and black T-shirt with a black fleur-de-lis on the chest for the first field performance of the night. The rest were in cheerleader-style dresses, similarly colored. Jesse was the only one without pom-poms, dancing empty-handed and waving a white towel while on the sidelines rallying cheers. His shaved pompadour hairstyle didn’t flow through the air like the tresses of the rest. For one number performed to the Fleur East song “Sax,” Jesse formed part of a line of dancers at the top of the formation that did a synchronized toe spin. The squad soon fell into a formation that resembled a pyramid, with him at the point. In another performance, set to a mix of songs including Calvin Harris’ “Let’s Go” and Sam Sparro’s “Black & Gold,” Hernandez assumed a conspicuous spot in the middle of a kick-line. His kicks, gyrations and arm movements were smooth and eye-catching, which some noted on social media as photos of him warming up for the game spread online. “This is what he loves doing,” said Mickey Richard, who accompanied Tracey Hernandez to the game. “Dancing is his life.” As she worked through her jitters, Tracey Hernandez said, “He’s ready. What he told me is, ‘I’m ready to dance.’ ” There are at least nine more home games ahead this season for Jesse, whom the Saints did not make available for an interview. With so much of the new adventure still left, Tracey Hernandez said she was glad to learn from her son that his squad mates and coaches had been welcoming and supportive. But he can also count on two other allies: Los Angeles Rams dancers Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies. While NFL clubs — including the Saints — have had men and women perform cheerleading stunts together before, it is believed that Peron and Jinnies in late March became the first men in league history hired to perform dance routines with an otherwise all-female squad. News coverage about the pair’s success inspired Hernandez to try out for the Saintsations in the spring. He first made waves by surviving an initial cut to 51 finalists, and then he made Saintsations history this month when it was announced that he had made the team. Peron and Jinnies got in touch with Jesse, Tracey Hernandez said. They extended their congratulations — and a standing invitation for him to call if he needed help with anything. Tracey Hernandez said she was as appreciative of the gesture as her son was. “I know a lot of people used to feel the Saintsations and the other girls were there to give the guys in the stands something to look at during games,” Tracey Hernandez said. “But times have changed. And I just hope that people can be open-minded about it now.”
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