Links and Notes - Thu, May 14, 2020

3:55 p.m.

Another round of moderate-to-heavy rain moved through the area, a short while ago. The rain has fallen off and on today. Temps reached around 70 degrees earlier.

A larger area of at least moderate rainfall is on our doorstep to the west. It's going to be raining for most of the rest of the afternoon and into the early evening.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
May 14, 2020 2:52 pm EDT
Weather : Overcast with Haze
Temperature : 63 F
Humidity : 84%
Wind Speed : NW 9 mph
Barometer : 29.96 in
Dewpoint: 58 F
Visibility : 5.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
May 14, 2020 2:53 pm EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 65 F
Humidity : 81%
Wind Speed : N 10 mph
Barometer : 29.96 in
Dewpoint: 59 F
Visibility : 7.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
May 14, 2020 3:35 pm EDT
Weather : Heavy Rain
Temperature : 58 F
Humidity : 96%
Wind Speed : S 3 mph
Barometer : 29.94 in
Dewpoint: 57 F
Visibility : 1.50 statute miles

10:13 a.m.

It's an overcast, wet morning. It rained for about two hours between approx 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. It rained a good bit.

The lack of migrating bird song around our home continues to be shockingly low to non-existent. It sounds like November. It's bizarre.

We might have thunderstorms rumble through later today.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
May 14, 2020 9:52 am EDT
Weather : Light Rain Fog/Mist
Temperature : 52 F
Humidity : 89%
Wind Speed : ESE 5 mph
Barometer : 30.05 in
Dewpoint: 49 F
Visibility : 5.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
May 14, 2020 9:53 am EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 53 F
Humidity : 90%
Wind Speed : SSE 8 mph
Barometer : 30.07 in
Dewpoint: 50 F
Visibility : 7.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
May 14, 2020 9:56 am EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 50 F
Humidity : 96%
Wind Speed : SSE 6 mph
Barometer : 30.05 in
Dewpoint: 49 F
Visibility : 7.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 48 F

oledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: May 14, 2020 9:37 am

Today: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. High near 73. Southwest wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 4am. Low around 62. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11am. High near 76. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming east after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66. East wind 6 to 8 mph.

Saturday Night: Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. High near 72. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 65.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 71.

hazardous weather outlook
national weather service cleveland oh
440 am edt thu may 14 2020

440 am edt thu may 14 2020

this hazardous weather outlook is for northwest ohio.

.day and tonight.

a couple rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected today.
thunderstorms that develop late this afternoon and through the
evening may be strong to severe. large hail and damaging winds are
the primary threats. the thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall
especially if storms track across the same area. this may lead to an
elevated flooding potential.

.days two through seven...friday through wednesday.

no hazardous weather is expected at this time.

.spotter information statement...

spotter activation is not expected at this time.


Civil, which began with the intent to launch dozens of sites supported by a blockchain-based platform and the CVL token, fell short of fixing media funding woes

Allegra Hobbs / @allegraehobbs: I wrote a deep dive on what happened to Civil, the much-hyped crypto startup that was supposed to save journalism, and this is perhaps the main takeaway!
Daniel Tunkelang / @dtunkelang: I'm shocked, shocked, that blockchain couldn't save journalism.
@studyhallxyz: After the Civil grant money ran out, Popula was reduced to a shoestring budget and laid off staff. Still, founder Maria Bustillos believes in the potential of blockchain journalism
Donald Shaw / @donnydonny: Good article on what happened with Civil. It's still totally unclear what's happening with the company now. Questions in its Slack from people (token holders?) looking for updates are being ignored.
Rick Paulas / @rickpaulas: I still have ~$500 in Civil crypto-coin or whatever it's called but literally have ~zero~ idea how to obtain it or also what it is!
Jason Pontin / @jason_pontin: Civil was the stupidest idea in journalism during its desperate period - and I saw a few. The only thing that will “work” are publications delivering quality, relevancy, utility - and readers paying for those things. There will be far, far fewer pubs and journalists.
Erin Schwartz / @webschwartz: i have been dreaming about Civil for months. please read this great, weird, complicated story about whether its better to try badly to save journalism or never try at all
Jay Cassano / @jcassano: This is a great @studyhallxyz post-mortem write up on what went wrong with @Civil, the blockchain platform that was supposed to save journalism:
Harry Siegel / @harrysiegel: Civil dropped a lot of money that gave first fleet journalists (including me @faqnyc) a runway for projects we wouldn't have had $ to launch otherwise, effectively in return for our reputations vouching for their bet on crypto. That bet hasn't hit, but I'm grateful they made it.
Jennifer Brandel / @jenniferbrandel: Fascinating report, and makes me curious if anyone knows of any female founder(s) who have attracted $5m+ in investment for their bold ideas to save journalism? Holler if you know of any!
@studyhallxyz: We are indeed in the “throw things at the wall and see what sticks” phase of the race to save journalism. but it still sucks to be collateral damage in an ambitious media experiment!
@studyhallxyz: Wondering what the hell happened to Civil, the crypto company that was supposed to save journalism? @AllegraEHobbs has the definitive report, including this all-time great quote from @tomscocca: although Civil failed, “nobody else has a scheme that works.”
@niemanlab: “This ‘tis better to have loved and lost’ attitude is pretty par for the course in media, where almost any job and every publication is expected to have an expiration date.” Via @AllegraEHobbs / @studyhallxyz:
Chris Krewson / @ckrewson: Civil postmortem: (via @jgksf; @jbenton is the target audience tho) The part I'm most interested in: Local newsrooms that got Civil investment and kept going - @BlockClubCHI, @coloradosun and @Documentedny (All @LIONPubs members).

In the last three years, Civil has tried harder and done more to find a sustainable funding model for local journalism than the local newspaper industry has done over the past 25 years.

When will the ankle-biters admit that the local newspaper industry gets 100 percent of the blame for its failures?

When will the ankle-biters admit that the media's reliance on advertising is a massive failure?

From that Patreon post:

Civil promised to rescue the ailing industry from the clutches of Facebook and Google by facilitating crowd-supported newsrooms, placing power in the hands of actual journalists. “With open governance and crypto-economics, we can create a sustainable place for journalism — even the kind of local, policy, and investigative journalism that has been most eroded,” reads a white paper document that Civil published in October of 2017.

This was before the digital-subscription boom that has driven the New York Times and Washington Post to new heights, when confidence in digital media was at an ebb.

What??? I have no idea what the author tried to say with that sentence. What in the hell doe the NY Times and WaPo have to do with finding a sustainable funding model for LOCAL journalism? WaPo is owned by one of the wealthiest people on the planet. That's a great funding model.

The spike in NY Times and WaPo subscriptions was partly or mostly due to Trump defeating Hillary in the November 2016 presidential election. The Trump Bump was real for major publishers, but it did not help local media.

More from this increasingly incoherent post:

The venture capital-backed models of Vice, BuzzFeed, and Vox Media looked shaky with their need to hit investors’ revenue targets. Meanwhile, publications like DNAinfo and Gawker were being destroyed by the whims of billionaires, their investigations and commentary erased. Maybe the strengths of cryptocurrency — digital permanence, trackability, and payments within closed systems — were exactly what the media industry needed.

Gawker did itself in with non-journalistic practices. None of those orgs are or were locally-based, except for DNAinfo.

I thought that this was about finding a way to sustain local journalism.

In a particularly dire time for local news, two newsrooms — Block Club Chicago and The Colorado Sun — joined Civil, rebooted from previously folded regional publications.

Particularly dire time for local news? What does that mean? It has been a dire time for local news for 40 years. Yeah, the demise in local media, especially at local newspapers, started at least 10 years before the TBL invented the web.

In the aught years, Toledo Blade ownership admitted that it had not made a profit, since the early 1980s. I doubt that things have turned profitable for the Blade over the past 15 years.

The web and the current pandemic exposed the newspaper industry's flawed choice of relying on advertising for most of its funding.

For Block Club Chicago, I donated to its crowd-funding campaign, not because of its affiliation with Civil but because their mission sounded noble, and I wanted to see if their model could translate elsewhere, such as Toledo.

Is it possible that most of the content produced by local media orgs is uninteresting to local residents? Disinterested local residents won't fund media orgs that produce content that local residents don't want.

Maybe a local media digital startup needs to launch by covering soft topics, such as sports, outdoors, entertainment, and other non-hard, non-controversial topics. Gain traction and funding support first. Then slowly mix in reporting of harder news topics, which could alienate some funders though, but hopefully, it encourages more people to fund the org.

If a local media digital startup comes out of the gate covering hard news subjects and social issues that need covering, that might turn off some people. To be funded, the media org needs to convince local residents that the org is worthy of being funded. The local media org needs to give local residents reasons to give money to the media org.

Wow. Another failed local newspaper. I'm shocked, shocked that digital advertising did not help.

Save our Sun, a campaign backed by Baltimore-based philanthropists, is hoping to buy The Baltimore Sun and turn it into a non-profit to avoid further cuts

BuzzFeed to end news operations in the UK and Australia and furlough ten in UK and four in Australia; sources: those furloughed are “highly unlikely” to return

BBC: Buzzfeed closing UK and Australian news operations
Amol Rajan / @amolrajan: 1/Very sad Media news. Am told @BuzzFeedNews will no longer be covering local news in the UK or Australia. About 10 staff in UK furloughed; their future unclear. They were told on a conference call after 4pm. Celeb news, social news and investigations will however continue...
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette: Buzzfeed to close dedicated UK and Australian news operations with staff furloughed
Kerry Flynn / CNN: Condé Nast, BuzzFeed make more cuts after pay reductions aren't enough
Jon Williams / @williamsjon: Hard to overstate impact of #Buzzfeed on journalism. Loss of UK operation massive blow. Driven innovation & some great journalists broken some great stories. Competition makes us better. Thoughts with @stuartmillar159 & his terrific team. ...
Dominic Ponsford / @domponsford: Buzzfeed won a shed load of awards and built a huge audience in UK but failed to build a viable business
@rmac18: It's really hard to express how shitty the cuts are today not just for us at BuzzFeed but also at other outlets. We become a weaker newsroom for it, with less capacity to cover important stories around the world at a time when people need reliable news more than ever.
Jerome Taylor / @jerometaylor: Really sad to see the plug being pulled on @BuzzFeedUK & @BuzzFeedOz — both did plenty of strong public interest journalism in two countries with crowded and partisan media landscapes. ...
@culttture: Buzzfeed to close dedicated UK and Australian news operations with staff furloughed The digital-only news outfit made a loss of £9.4m in the UK in 2018, with gross revenue down nearly £12m. ...
Darryl Mason / @darrylmason: @emilybell @froomkin @BuzzFeedUK @BuzzFeedOz @OversightBoard Unfortunately in Australia, there is no gap between the public comments of Murdoch journalists and the worst of Facebook conspiracies/misinformation. Murdochs U.S. @NewsCorp regularly supplies leads to dangerous conspiracy theories, in their news media, that then hit Facebook
Roy Greenslade / @greenslader: Journalism, whether in print or online, cannot rely any longer on being funded by advertising. BuzzFeed's UK and Oz closures prove that point once again. If we want our society to benefit from public service news, then we must consider subsidies. Now ...
Daile Kelleher / @dailekelleher: No other journalist has consistently covered women's health and reproductive rights in Australia with as much integrity, knowledge and care as @ginarush - its a huge loss to hear of @BuzzFeedOz closing. ...
David Dobbs / @david_dobbs: @emilybell @BuzzFeedUK @BuzzFeedOz @OversightBoard It's all in the wrong hand$.
Emily Bell / @emilybell: It is very hard to reconcile how we have good enterprise reporting newsrooms disappearing daily ( today @BuzzFeedUK and @BuzzFeedOz ) whilst #Facebook spends $130+ million on an @OversightBoard aimed at improving the dire state of content moderation. #journalism
Dr. Seema Yasmin / @doctoryasmin: Today was a shitty day for journalists in so many places
Paul Farrell / @farrellpf: This is really awful news. BuzzFeed Aus had an important voice in our already too small media landscape.
Fiona Katauskas / @fionakatauskas: Oh this is awful news. Buzzfeed was one of the only outlets still covering our ghastly, inhumane immigration detention system
Pauline Pantsdown / @ppantsdown: Terrible news. Lane Sainty & others guided us through the marriage equality debacle telling unique stories; & GIna Rushton's peerless work on womens' reproductive rights & safety zones was a lynchpin in the fight for legal autonomy around Australia. ...
Jacqueline Maley / @jacquelinemaley: Terrible news, such a crack Buzzfeed team here
Greg Jericho / @grogsgamut: This is really crap news (and also a crap justification from the head office) BuzzFeed pulls plug on UK and Australian news operations ...
CrimeGirl / @crimegiri: Saddened to hear this. Buzzfeed have been an ally in the legal profession's fight against savage cuts, consistently highlighting MoJ hypocrisy + misspending. Special thanks to @emilydugan who is currently on maternity leave - a frightening time to experience such uncertainty.
Catrin Nye / @catrinnye: This is terrible news, hugely admire that team.
Simon Crerar / @simoncrerar: This is heartbreaking 💔 It was the thrill of my professional life to build out the @BuzzFeedNews team in Australia. @lanesainty, @ginarush, @HannahD15 and their colleagues are amazing reporters - and would make brilliant hires. ...
Josephine Tovey / @jo_tovey: Thinking of the excellent news reporters at BuzzFeed here and in the UK, and everyone who built up those operations. What a terrible shame. ...
@joshbutler: This is really sad. Really feeling for Buzzfeed's excellent Australian news team, who punch way above their weight and have been doing terrific reporting on often overlooked topics ...
Simon Crerar / @simoncrerar: Terrible news to wake up to 💔
Miriam Elder / @miriamelder: Felt like I struck gold when I got to work with Matt - a great editor with a sharp news sense and surprisingly deadly meme skills, and an all around wonderful person. Those who work with him next will be very, very lucky.
Matthew Champion / @matthewchampion: it's been the privilege of my career to work with so many incredibly talented journalists at BuzzFeed UK and BuzzFeed News. thank you especially to @NishSwish @meghara @AlbertoNardelli @o_tilli_a @karlazabs @ChristopherJM, & @stuartmillar159 @MiriamElder @PaulHamilos
Matt Novak / @paleofuture: This really sucks.
Aron Pilhofer / @pilhofer: What @wblau said. Buzzfeed UK broke stories. Period. And not small ones. @stuartmillar159 is one of the best news people I've ever had the privilege of working with.
Alex Wickham / @alexwickham: Look at twitter right now. Everything people are saying is true. So incredibly proud of the BuzzFeed UK team, which punched so far above its weight and did some really amazing journalism. Snap them up - they're brilliant, you won't regret it.
Marina Hyde / @marinahyde: Such a massive loss. I've found out so much from Buzzfeed over the past few years, been informed and made to laugh so many times a day by their brilliant, idiosyncratic and dedicated staff.
Charlie Stross / @cstross: Bad news. (This was the sort of journalism we needed—not the Stun or the Daily Heil.)
Andy Wigmore / @andywigmore: Fair to say @BuzzFeedUK had one of the finest young journalists on its books @alexwickham - I hope someone snaps him up. @amolrajan
Frances Ryan / @drfrancesryan: This is such sad news. Really sorry to everyone who's lost their job - and I'm sure the many readers who will miss their journalism.
Wolfgang Blau / @wblau: Terrible news. Buzzfeed UK covered Brexit in a more balanced way and often with better sources than any other UK news organisation. And Stuart Millar...I simply can't imagine a better, more solid editor.
Tom Peck / @tompeck: well this is the first bit of good news the government has had in months. terrible for everybody else, and horrific for those involved. what a loss.
Matt Wells / @matthewwells: What awful news. @stuartmillar159 is one of the UK's best editors and his team have produced some of the best journalism in Britain over recent years. Brilliant Buzzfeed alumni everywhere. Thoughts with them all.
Hasan Patel / @hasanpatel: #BuzzFeed pulls plug on UK and Australian news operations - first of many me thinks as revenue is drying up with short term business models. ...
Josh Taylor / @joshgnosis: Really feeling for my former BuzzFeed colleagues in Australia today. They have been doing really great work in the last year with a much smaller team.
Shiraz Maher / @shirazmaher: This is brutal, but yet another sign of just how deep and sweeping the covid crisis is going to be. This is only the beginning too. ...
Liam Thorp / @liamthorpecho: BuzzFeed's politics team has been providing must-read scoops and analysis for a while now Thoughts with some excellent journalists this evening ...
Jonathan Walker / @jonwalker121: BuzzFeed pulls plug on UK and Australian news operations. Really sad. I'm afraid this is evidence that providing excellent journalism doesn't guarantee you'll keep your job ...
Alan Rusbridger / @arusbridger: This is so sad. @BuzzFeedUK made a big, big impact in a such short time....
Matina Stevis-Gridneff / @matinastevis: Terrible news for BuzzFeed colleagues in UK and Oz. And end of an era for the company's advent into the world. ...
Andrew Johnson / @andyjey: This is a real loss to UK journalism. Buzzfeed seemed to find the right groove for online journalism with hard hitting investigations mixed with fun. Such a shame. ...
Louise Ridley / @louiseridley: Gutted to hear this about a really amazing news team - thinking of all my former colleges ...
@hannahalothman: I will always be grateful to @aljwhite & @BizPears, @stuartmillar159 & @janinegibson who took a chance on me. And grateful for the opportunity to work with such fun, kind, funny, and talented colleagues and friends. I have learned so much & made friends for life.
Janine Gibson / @janinegibson: I'm biased but @PatrickStrud @emilydugan @AlbertoNardelli @alexwickham @elashton @alexGspence @aljwhite @HannahAlOthman @BizPears @SincerelyAde @ikran and their gaffer @stuartmillar159 are some of the best I've had the luck to work with and the news out of BuzzFeedUK is gutting.
Kate Socialising Distantly Bevan / @katebevan: @janinegibson @jamesrbuk @PatrickStrud @emilydugan @AlbertoNardelli @alexwickham @elashton @alexGspence @aljwhite @HannahAlOthman @BizPears @SincerelyAde @ikran @stuartmillar159 One of the reasons Buzzfeed built such a great news operation is you, Janine. Really sorry about this, it's shitty news.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / @ashkan: 55/ What Covid will expose is that journalism benefited from the original content monopolies - local classifieds/ads, - & after successive shocks, demand/supply dynamics in most content creation make it a tough business to manage profitably.
@hannahalothman: Wasn't going to tweet but 🤷🏽‍♀ ️ It's been an absolutely brilliant three years, it's been the best job I've ever had, & there'll probably never be another one better. So proud of what our tiny team have achieved & always will be.
Greg Dool / Folio: Condé Nast Lays Off Nearly 100 Employees, Furloughs Others
Max Tani / @maxwelltani: Some details on a BuzzFeed meeting today: -BF News is furloughing 4 US staff today, as well as more in the UK -BF will no longer cover local UK/Australia news -Management says it's open to union work-sharing proposal to avoid furloughs/layoffs - @TomNamako is the new deputy EIC
Lucia Moses / Business Insider: Inside Buzzfeed as furloughs begin, losses continue, and layoffs loom
John Bowden / The Hill: BuzzFeed furloughs staff in UK, Australia as part of cutback

Media analyst Owen Van Essen, president of a newspaper industry M&A firm, predicts 200 to 300 small weekly newspapers will not be around by the end of the year

At least Facebook continues to battle fake news.

Mariam Ahmed / Talking Biz News: Twin Cities weekly papers to shut amid pandemic crisis
Natalie Conrad / @nattyrose007: As a former community newspaper editor, it's especially heartbreaking to see so many weekly newspapers shutting down. Such an important resource for communities, especially right now... keeping the community informed and offering hope and a sense of community.
Josh Sternberg / The Media Nut: Layoffs and local journalism
Nick Mathews / @nick_mathews: Said a resident of one of the communities that lost a newspaper: “This is a paper that has followed the people in this town, families, for generations. It's devastating.”
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / @ashkan: Ad revenue for all U.S. newspapers was $48.7 billion in 2000, but by 2017 it had fallen to $16.5 billion, according to the Pew Research Center. In that time, Google and Facebook became advertising behemoths.
Kelly Smith / @kellystrib: “This is a paper that has followed the people in this town, families, for generations. It's devastating.” From Duluth to Hastings, Woodbury and Eden Prairie, communities across Minnesota are losing local newspapers during #COVID19 ... via @_mattmckinney

Once again, media people don't get it per one of the above idiotic comments.

Ad revenue for all U.S. newspapers was $48.7 billion in 2000, but by 2017 it had fallen to $16.5 billion, according to the Pew Research Center. In that time, Google and Facebook became advertising behemoths.

What does Google and Facebook becoming behemoths have to do with anything? Oh, that's right. The media industry, especially newspapers, structured their insane business models around advertising.

Newspapers should have realized by at least 2005 if not sooner that advertising was a failed business model.

Now in 2020, newspapers still have not learned that advertising is a failed business model. The media industry continues to find and blame big tech companies.

Craigslist, Google, Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter, etc. have created services that people like to use. Advertisers follow the crowd.

If newspapers did not realize that it needed to overhaul its operations and get away from advertising by 2005, then they hard themselves. Realizing it by 2005 might have been too late.

The newspaper industry has no merit to blame anyone else for its financial woes over the past 15 years. They chose their failures.

Instead of trying to innovate, the media people ankle-bite people who DO try to innovate in local media.

From the Star Tribune story:

The Hastings paper and the Bulletin were both owned by RiverTown Multimedia, a subsidiary of Fargo-based Forum Communications. RiverTown Publisher Neal Ronquist told readers in a note published last month that advertising revenue was already declining when the arrival of COVID-19 upended their business model.

“Advertising revenue accounts for approximately 70% of the revenue our paid newspapers generate,” he wrote.

For Burt, mayor of a city of 72,000 that now has no local paper, the Bulletin’s closure didn’t come as a surprise. “Their distribution had really fallen off over the years,” she said.

Falling distribution "over the years"??? Did the paper or papers try anything to reverse the drop in distribution and/or readership?

The wave of closings leaves no regular newspaper coverage in Hastings, where the Star Gazette first started publishing in 1857, a year before Minnesota gained statehood.

“This is a paper that has followed the people in this town, families, for generations,” said Betsy Balsanek, a Hastings resident. “It’s devastating.”

I infer that the local residents don't need the paper, otherwise they would have funded the paper somehow.

Did the paper charge a subscription fee or ask for membership donations?

Residents cannot complain about the lack of a newspaper if they refused to fund the journalism. And what kind of innovative funding ideas did the paper try?

keep that ad business going kiddos.

From August, Chrome will start blocking ads that consume 4MB of network data, 15 seconds of CPU usage in any 30 second period, or 60 seconds of total CPU usage

this passes as journalism? this is a reason to follow politics and vote on national issues???

“Obamagate” Is Niche Programming for Trump Superfans

for nearly two years, the media obsessed about russia supposedly helping trump win in 2016. it was a sham investigation. it was sham journalism. glenn greenwald said from the beginning that it was a nothing-burger story, but the media obsessed over it to a massively embarrassing fault, shredding more of the of low credibility.

that national political u.s. media is a worst bad joke than prez trump. at least trump is humorous at times whether he means to be funny.

"We need to prepare for the possibility of Trump rejecting election results"

we've seen this movie. in the fall of 2016, the media and the democrats said trump would not accept the results of the november 2016 election. everyone assumed hillary would win, and trump would not accept defeat.

the media is recycling an old story.

Quartz CEO says even with 17K paid subscribers, the company is laying off 80 staff, closing physical offices in four locations as it seeks profitability by 2022

Marc Tracy / New York Times: Quartz to Lay Off 80 Employees
@kerrymflynn: Uzabase announced “business restructuring” aka layoffs at Quartz - As of Q1 2020, net sales have recorded a significant drop of 54.1% - Shift towards a leaner structure, approx 40% headcount reduction - Focused on expanding subscription
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News: Quartz CEO Seward: We're closing office spaces, execs cutting salaries by 20%
Emily Withrow / @emilywithrow: I'm very, very sad to find that this is my last week at @qz, a beautifully weird and wonderful place I've been happy to call home for the past three years.
Zach Seward / @zseward: It was a really hard day at Quartz. We said goodbye to lots of wonderful people. If you are looking for great colleagues with exceptional talent, I can point you in the right direction. My DMs are open.
Heidi N. Moore / @moorehn: This week has been packed with media layoffs. Very sad about the excellent staff at QZ, which is laying off 80 people and closing 4 offices. For years Quartz has done innovative, modern coverage of business. I hope all the laid-off staffers land well.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / @ashkan: 56/ Subscriptions alone doesn't render you immune to Covid spillover... although I reiterate some companies will use Covid to fix/change/revert decisions they regret, things they want to address.
@jason: So tragic: The unemployment contagion is moving from the retail & factory workers to the white collar keyboard crowd... including many members of the media. Yesterday Buzzfeed, today QZ — these jobs are not coming back for 3-5 years 😞
Mónica Marie Zorrilla / Adweek: Restructuring at Quartz Media Results in 80 Employee Layoffs
Jenni Avins / @jenniavins: A staggering 80 of my fiercely intelligent, hilarious, kind, and generous colleagues were laid off today @qz. I'll share some of their contacts and work. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to call them coworkers too. I'd be jealous
Elana Zak / @elanazak: Really, really sad to hear about @qz. So many talented journalists are going to lose their jobs.
Tim Fernholz / @timfernholz: disconsolate that so many fine people are being laid off at @qz today. They made our journalism better. If you can hire them, you should. Omnibus promotion tweets to follow...
Sarah Kessler / @sarahfkessler: Quartz is scrappy and creative and punches above its weight, but it was maybe best at attracting amazingly kind and talented people. Am devastated to see so many of them get laid off today
Marc Tracy / @marcatracy: A NewsGuild spokesman says about half its members at Quartz are affected
@eacrunden: I'm so tired and furious. At this point, many laid off reporters will never hold another media job again. A failure to solve this problem means some of our best are out of work during a global crisis that touches every beat and location. Obscene.
Elana Zak / @elanazak: In the memo announcing roughly 80 layoffs, this was perhaps the most surreal line: “We have created a #goodbye channel in Slack for anyone to share farewells and contact information.”
John Xenakis / @johnxenak: Really bummed to hear this. Loved my time at @qz. Sending love to all those there and at all media companies (and beyond) affected during these times.
Jeff Jarvis / @jeffjarvis: You can bet that anyone who worked at @QZ is damned good.
@kerrymflynn: Missed this earlier — @qzunion shares that they're still putting together a tentative agreement with management over terms of the layoffs
Joshua Benton / @jbenton: One detail to note in this very sad news from @qz: They're closing their (no doubt pricey) offices in London, SF, DC, and Hong Kong and having people work from home. Expect a lot more of that as coronavirus further normalizes remote work.
Abdi Latif Dahir / @lattif: Very sad to read the news of the layoffs at @qz. It was an honor working with a newsroom full of dedicated and wonderful colleagues for three years. Please reach out if there's anything I can do. Love from Nairobi!
Carrie Brown / @brizzyc: Ugh. This isn't saying much for our industry, but Quartz is one of the few newsrooms I know of in which most people really seemed genuinely ...happy. Have also pioneered so many new things.
Gideon Lichfield / @glichfield: I joined @qz at its inception, hired its first writers, watched it grow from a couple of dozen to some 250-strong. My heart goes out to the 80 people laid off today, as well as those who remain and now must reorient and rebuild after losing so many friends and colleagues.😢💔💪 🏼❤️
Olivia Messer / @oliviamesser: There are so many things to be devastated about lately, but the effect on our industry is one hitting my heart today.
Jeff Jarvis / @jeffjarvis: Terribly hard message to have to deliver but @zseward did it, I think, in as upright a way as possible.
Anna Massoglia / @annalecta: Gutted to see @qz lay off so many amazing journalists—@jkeefe, @jeremybmerrill, @hannakozlowska & more. Please hire them so I can continue following their incredible investigative, data & reporting work
@mims: As a proud @qz alumn and superfan of all they've done since I left this is gutting to read - closing 4 offices, 80 layoffs
Dom / @domdifurio: I can't tell you how many times I've read a Quartz headline and wished I'd thought to write the story. Sad day for a really innovative outlet.
S. Mitra Kalita / @mitrakalita: Struggling to find the right words for my @qz family but all I got is that I'm here if you need. Always.
Nicholas De Leon / @nicholasadeleon: @ShortFormErnie @harrymccracken I was at The Daily back when the iPad was shiny and new. When we shut down we were allowed to keep our iPads. We were also given three months severance.
Marty Swant / @martyswant: This is so sad. I've always loved Quartz and the incredibly kind/innovative/creative people that work there.
David Mack / @davidmackau: conde, buzzfeed, now quartz. it's a bloodbath.
Sam Thielman / @samthielman: God I hate this so much. Who cares about the difficulty you face as a company? Companies don't have kids or get depressed. It was a difficult decision for YOU? Show some compassion! You're failing the Turing test!
Dave Gershgorn / @davegershgorn: gutted this morning for all my friends and former colleagues. another newsroom full of sharp, talented journalists hollowed out after an ill-fated acquisition
Ernie Smith / @shortformernie: One detail of this that I consider a pretty thoughtful gesture: They're letting employees keep their laptops for the next six months and will eventually be offering them the option to purchase those devices. Most companies do not do that, often for security reasons.
@sona_here: .@qz holds a special place in my heart. It was such a vibrant and exciting place to work. Quartzians, we have your back, and please don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do for you.
Alden Wicker / @aldenwicker: I've very much enjoyed writing for the @qz editors and I'm also a voracious reader of their daily newsletter. It's been a part of my life for 7(?) years now. I hope Quartz and smart journalism in general can pull through this.
Rahul Fernandes / @newspaperwallah: Layoffs are heart-breaking. It's worse when it happens to journalists in the time of a pandemic — their work has never been more important. But if you have to take hard decisions, here's a gold standard piece of communication, full of compassion & clarity
Emily Bell / @emilybell: 80 posts going at ⁦⁦@qz⁩ , four offices closing. Feel for the journalists losing their jobs and pay who should be telling us more about the world everyday instead of shuttering newsrooms

Media whining?

Reporters in the US and abroad face altercations with anti-lockdown protestors, an extension of the general antagonistic feeling toward journalists

Kevin Vesey / @kevinvesey: I'll probably never forget what happened today. I was insulted. I was berated. I was practically chased by people who refused to wear masks in the middle of a pandemic. All the while, I was there to tell THEIR story. Here's the finished product.
@ruelaswritings: Reporters in Ohio, Calif., Michigan and in Ariz. tell of troubles they've faced while covering COVID-19 protests. Among those quoted is @azcentral's @brieannafrank who says she didn't take the insults personally.
BrieAnna J. Frank / @brieannafrank: Thanks so much for reaching out to me for this story @marcatracy (with @nytimes) and for highlighting this issue.
Shawn Fluharty / @wvuflu: Proud of @ARobbinsTV. She continues to take the high road in a land of pothole protestors.
Anna Liz Nichols / @annaliznichols: Also thank you @marcatracy for writing this and talking with me. Much like @JustinHinkley who I first spoke to about this incident, you didn't belittle me for not being angry. What happened to me, I believe was an accident, but it speaks to the state of things for journalists.
Anna Liz Nichols / @annaliznichols: Not how anyone wants to make The Times
Jeremy Jojola / @jeremyjojola: Agreed. I do this often in potentially chaotic situations. People are angry and journalists need to protect themselves.
Michael Kruse / @michaelkruse: “In general, we have seen increased hostility that's generally fueled by public discourse coming from the president, local officials and other types of personalities.”
Marc Tracy / @marcatracy: As the lockdowns, journalism and even mask-wearing have become politicized and grist for the culture wars, reporters covering protests have increasingly been drawn into the fray:
David Gilbert / @davidgilbertccm: i know reporters locally who have been harassed too. suggestion: reporters covering anti-lockdown protests or businesses defying health orders should wear body cameras. turn it on when you get out of the car and leave it on.
Alden Woods / @ac_woods: “I think that some of the folks there interpreted wearing a mask or being a journalist as representative of a larger issue.” Proud to work with @brieannafrank, who's stood up for herself, her colleagues and her work since day one:
Mike Stanton / @projomike: Whipped up in part by President Trump, anti-lockdown protesters get in the faces of reporters covering their protests & ridicule them for wearing masks. We saw this in R.I. when @BillBartholomew covered recent State House protest.
U.S. Press Freedom Tracker / @uspresstracker: The @uspresstracker is documenting journalists harassed at protests and for wearing masks here : ...

According to Mitch Albom on his Detroit radio show this afternoon, the number of people protesting at the Michigan capitol today represented a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the total population of the state. In other words, too much attention is given to a tiny group of people.