June 17, 2022

Good Friday morning. For today’s newsletter, I offer up some noteworthy journalism for you to check out over the weekend, starting with a bit of news as Elon Musk took questions from Twitter staff. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and I’ll talk to you again on Monday.

CNN’s Clare Duffy and Donie O’Sullivan with “Elon Musk addresses layoffs, remote work and ‘free speech’ during his first meeting with Twitter employees.”

Meanwhile, speaking of Musk, The Verge’s Loren Grush with “SpaceX employees draft open letter to company executives denouncing Elon Musk’s behavior.”

For BuzzFeed News, Karla Zabludovsky with “These Haitians Were Children When A US-Funded Project Evicted Them From Their Land. They Can’t Afford College.”

Michael Cavna — who covers visual culture and storytelling: cartoon art/illustration, comedy/satire and animation for The Washington Post — has a really cool story: “8 cartoons that shaped our view of Watergate — and still resonate today.”

The New York Times’ Mitch Smith with “Decades After Infamous Beating Death, Recent Attacks Haunt Asian Americans.”

Defector’s Laura Wagner with “Under NYT Ownership, The Athletic Lays Down ‘No Politics’ Rule For Staff.”

More media news: The New York Times’ Benjamin Mullin and Katie Robertson with “USA Today to Remove 23 Articles After Investigation Into Fabricated Sources.” Meanwhile, USA Today wrote about it as well, saying, “We strive to be accurate and factual in all our content and regret this situation.” USA Today lists the stories that had issues. And …

My Poynter colleague Kelly McBride with “Where there’s one fabricated story, there are almost always more.”

For The New York Times, Erika Solomon (and photographs by Diego Ibarra Sanchez) with “In Ukraine, a Minority Group Feels Ambivalence About the War.”

In a column for The Washington Post, Will Leitch with “Baseball looks strange, but the weird thing is how easily it happened.”

Be sure to check out “CBS Sunday Morning” this Sunday. (Actually, you should watch it every Sunday because it is consistently terrific.) But this Sunday, world-renowned ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1974, speaks out against the war in Ukraine. Baryshnikov, who has generally stayed out of politics over the years, tells correspondent Anthony Mason, “I couldn’t stay silent this time.” He adds, “It is Putin’s war. … He’s trying to create a new history of Russia. … He does not care about people at all … although how it’s possible, he has kids himself, you know? How it’s possible?” When Mason reminds him that “Russians who speak out against him have a way of kind of disappearing,” Baryshnikov said, “Listen, I will be 75 years old. What have I to lose?”

For ProPublica (and co-published with PBS’s “Frontline”), Nicole Carr with “White Parents Rallied to Chase a Black Educator Out of Town. Then, They Followed Her to the Next One.” A disturbing, but important story.

A suspect held in the disappearance of British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian Indigenous affairs expert Bruno Araujo Pereira has admitted to killing the men in a remote region of the Amazon, according to Brazilian authorities. The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts writes, “There is a war on nature. Dom Phillips was killed trying to warn you about it.”

And from Reuters’ Anthony Boadle and Brendan O’Boyle: “Tributes pour in for British reporter Dom Phillips, presumed killed in Amazon.”

Wired’s Andy Greenberg with “Police Linked to Hacking Campaign to Frame Indian Activists.”

Earlier this month in Outside, documentary filmmaker Soraya Simi wrote about a Paralympic rower in “Picking Up the Pieces After Angela Madsen’s Death on the ‘Row of Life.’”

For GQ, Frazier Tharpe writes about the comedian-writer-director in “Jerrod Carmichael’s 12-Step Truth Program.”

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