Maybe it is simply us, but it surely appears as if everybody was on pins and needles final week. Between the looming shutdown of the US authorities, fretting over President Trump praising anti-abortion efforts, and everybody questioning simply why Ja Rule was a trending subject on Twitter (no, actually, why?), there was lots of trigger for unease—and that feeling unfold. Still, it’s not all worrying; a minimum of Superman discovered his pink trunks once more. There is good on this planet. And then there’s additionally all of this, too.
The Real Fake News Awards
What Happened: It took a while, however the president lastly bought round to releasing his Fake News Awards final week. It was not a easy rollout.
What Really Happened: Remember earlier this month when Trump stated he was going at hand out awards for the media he discovered to be probably the most dishonest of their reporting? No? That’s OK. So much has occurred since then. Here’s a refresher.
Though you should not have forgotten concerning the awards, they have been an enormous deal.
You see? Even President Trump says that the “importance” of the awards is “far greater than anyone could have anticipated.” Well, final Wednesday he made good on his promise. Kind of.
The drawback—properly, one of the issues, let’s be sincere—was that the hyperlink didn’t work, which Twitter was very completely satisfied to notice.
And when the hyperlink ultimately did work, it wasn’t as if the response improved a lot. For one factor, individuals have been upset that the awards have been hosted by the official Republican Party web site, and never the White House’s.
And then there’s the precise “awards” themselves, which turned out to be … not precisely awards?
Sure, the stunt bought lots of media protection, however when the president fails at fact-checking his personal declarations of Fake News, every little thing actually begins to seem like it is taking place within the Upside Down—or Irony Land.
The Takeaway: An occasion with an enormous build-up that was undone by a web site that wouldn’t load when everybody needed to see it, after which dissatisfied others when it will definitely did present up. What was that about historical past repeating itself?
What Happened: Is Donald Trump match to carry the Oval Office? Medically talking, sure—except you take heed to some medical consultants who don’t work for the President of the United States.
What Really Happened: Every 12 months, the President of the United States undergoes a bodily to make it possible for he’s, you understand, as much as the job of being the chief of the free world. Given what has grow to be identified of his weight-reduction plan, many questioned if the White House was going to quietly skip the annual custom of publicly saying the outcomes. And but…
…The outcomes of the bodily, as introduced throughout a prolonged press convention, have been stunning to many.
Oh, don’t fear; there have been undoubtedly conspiracy theories abounding about among the outcomes.
Still, because it turned out, it wasn’t simply conspiracy theorists who have been calling shenanigans. Many medical professionals learn the outcomes and steered he has coronary heart illness and is obese. But that’s not what the White House says, and a few days after the official launch of the outcomes, the president fortunately shared the train regime that allowed him to be so wholesome.
We sense a exercise video within the making!
The Takeaway: Can anybody make an argument that these top and weight statistics are correct?
Turns Out, Sex and Politics Is Still an Amazingly Potent Combination
What Happened: Last week one other political scandal grabbed everybody’s consideration—and this one had a porn star.
What Really Happened: Given the metabolism of the information cycle, you’d’ve been forgiven for considering that the revelation that Donald Trump’s lawyer paid grownup actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to maintain quiet about an alleged affair can be a one-day story at finest. Turns out, not a lot.
While individuals questioned who had the story early—a stunning quantity have been apparently chasing this down earlier than the 2016 election—it turned out that one outlet undoubtedly had the grime all alongside: In Touch journal, which had an on-the-record interview with Daniels—one which offered loads extra particulars to maintain this story alive.
As it seems, different individuals had observed a similarity, because the In Touch piece revealed.
That’s not the one new element that got here out final week, both.
And then there’s the query of the place the cash got here from. But don’t fret, that additionally bought answered in an appropriately forehead-slapping second.
The Takeaway: Maybe there’s a manner this may be spun right into a win by the president?
The Opinion Pages
What Happened: It’s exhausting for the Forgotten Men and Women of America to earn that title when the New York Times can’t assist however promote them at each given alternative.
What Really Happened: It’s about to be the one-year anniversary of the Trump presidency, which suggests it’s time to go searching and take inventory of what is occurred, what adjustments have been introduced by the present administration, and mirror.
Or, you understand, there’s that choice. The Times changed it’s editorial web page on Thursday with letters from those that voted for Trump and didn’t remorse it, arguing that it did so “in the spirit of open debate.” It’s honest to say that lots of people didn’t agree.
There’s one thing to be stated for exposing individuals to opinions and outlooks that they wouldn’t usually see. However, the widespread consensus was this didn’t try this. Was there something to study from these letters, although?
OK, perhaps not.
For these questioning, the Times did attempt for stability, following up the letters from Trump voters who love Trump with letters from Trump voters who aren’t so positive anymore. It’s a begin, proper?
The Takeaway: If nothing else, all the time keep in mind… it might be worse.
I Don’t Know What’s Happened to the Kids Today
What Happened: You’re solely as younger as you’re feeling, though science would really like you to know that you simply is likely to be youthful than you suppose.
What Really Happened: Good information for these criticized for by no means rising up: Scientists are actually saying that adolescence lasts till your mid-20s. Hey, collective grown youngsters that represent the web, how do you really feel about this information?
…That appears about proper.
The Takeaway: If solely there was some approach to blame millennials for all of this, what with their avocado toast and their not shopping for homes…