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7 Nov 20
I don’t know. Sounds like victory has a lot of mothers. I’m glad progressives decided to vote Biden. I’m glad Lincoln project focused on Republicans who might switch to Biden. Kudos to Cindy McCain in Arizona. Doesn’t mean young Latinx people in AZ didn’t help pull out a big win.
Obviously Stacey Abrams moved mountains. She, in turned thanked the voting advocates who she thought made a difference. Black voters showed up AGAIN—inspite of all efforts to disenfranchise them. But whoo Native Americans in AZ—deserve big kudos! Bloomberg gave money to Stacey A.
Bloomberg’s own candidacy failed—but he invested his $$ in other candidates. I was not a Bernie fan, as you know, but he threw his support to Biden—and young people (how many?) tuened out. So nah: lots of credit all around. Exit polls are notoriously bad—but I’m looking fwd to #s
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6 Nov 20
Join me on November 8th for the biggest #KidneyWalk in the country! @nkf Image
Kidney patients need us now more than ever. 37 million people in the US are affected by #kidneydisease and only 10% of them know it? And Black and Latino people are at a higher risk of developing kidney disease.
There is no cure for kidney failure – dialysis or transplant are the only ways to survive. Right now, there are nearly 100K people waiting on a lifesaving kidney transplant in the United States.
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15 Sep 20
This is reallly good and thoughtful from @JamesFallows about media fails in the age of Trump. He highlights the very good voices that point out journalistic errors constantly. But—he fails to name names when it comes to the errors and I think that’s a mistake.
The same reporters do this again and again. Name them. Point out their failures and shame them into being better. Nothing else seems to work. I am not a media analyst. I’m just a person who’s been doing this a long time. These are not accidental slips. 2)
And these mistakes don’t matter much to the cocktail party set. But they matter to people of color who over index in covid deaths and police brutality and educational inequities. It’s a weird thing when you realize your reporter-colleagues are in it for a book. Or tv facetime. 3)
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12 Sep 20
Journalists to be: ignore this advice. There are many great opportunities in journalism where you can report accurately what is happening in under-covered communities and do great work and impact lots of lives and win lots of awards and not break news. 1)
Be aware that dudes like this will always exist. They will make you feel badly about your work and your mission because they think “you don’t have credibility”. While you’re digging into data on gentrification they’ll be practicing access journalism 2)
Put your head down. Tell good stories. Fight for opportunities. Dig for the truth. Don’t sugarcoat bullsh*t. Tell those stories because they are important. Fight for more time because it matters. Push back against laziness and sloppiness. Be proud of what you do. 3)
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4 Sep 20
Good morning! This is for journalism students, as our favorite access journalists—Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker have a story about Trump’s reax to the devastating ⁦@TheAtlantic⁩ article. 1)
2) as per usual I won’t link to the article. No need to be helpful! But please note paragraph 1 starts with (as @EricBoehlert points out) “heated denial” from Trump. And tells us how Trump is “moving quickly”. They tell us Trump “marched over” “visibly angry”
Moving on to Paragraph 3 we hear from the President a quote that ends with: “what sort of animal says such a thing?” Maggie and Peter neglect to use that opportunity—early up—to point out all the terrible things the President said about McCain, Gold Star families, etc 3)
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26 Aug 20
Haberman’s latest in the @nytimes quotes the First Lady: “never make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin”

*fails to mention her birtherism.

*And calls wearing a jacket that said “I Really Don’t Care. Do U” a “famous fashion faux pas”.
It was wriiten along with Annie Karni and Katie Rogers, and could easily have been written by the First Lady’s press person. I realize that there’s a bunch of reporters who don’t give a crap about the racism that is birtherism—or who think a hateful slogan is a ‘faux pas’.
I fully understand that they need access access access and they are willing to pull some punches to get it. That’s how today’s DC press corps works. But the First Lady went on National TV as a birther, so maybe her comments about race might be...not heartfelt?
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