Summer’s dog days of news may have finally arrived, we hope
Morning Brief: Denial is the theme of the day as voters ignore the possible consequences for their bad choices, whether to leave the UK, or to vote in the a fool
After weeks of big news stories – Brexit, Trump, shootings – it is almost a relief to see the kinds of stories that usually lead in the summer. For instance, Amazon’s Prime Day is today, the kind of sale that those who love neighborhood garage sales would love, where Amazon tries to get its junk off its hands, and buyers just can’t help themselves. This morning Amazon tells me I just need to buy a woman’s shower wrap. I didn’t know I needed one of them, but Amazon says its a good deal, think I’ll get a dozen.
Meanwhile, in the UK, Theresa May is one day away from becoming prime minister. The MP who campaigned for the ‘Remain’ side will now lead the UK out of the European Union.
The British press appears quite OK with the arrangement, possibly happy that it is the stern May rather than the flamboyant Boris Johnson to reside at Number 10. But as no one really has a plan for how to exit the EU, I doubt it really matters who is leading the negotiations. In the end, the Brits are out and things really won’t ever be the same.
The Telegraph, which supported ‘Leave’ still features only Brexit news upfront on its website, but suddenly seems to be having second thoughts about the idea – worrying bout the potential rise of UKIP or whether May is up to the job. She is, as the job is to blow up the UK, it would only be complete incompetence on her part if, in the end, the nation comes out whole and in good share – that’s not what the voters voted for.
Over at the Guardian, I had to toggle the edition menu to believe what I was seeing. Despite me selecting the UK edition all the news was from the US (but one story). Let’s just say that I miss Alan Rusbridger, and that having the staff vote on staff positions is not generally a great idea.
I once let my sales staff have a say in who would be hired for an open slot. I disagreed with their choice but thought that maybe the collective wisdom of the staff outweighed my own opinions. Within two weeks each member of the team came into my office to apologize for their choice and expressed the opinion that, in the future, they would be willing to interview candidates, but that they preferred that I make the final choice.
Here in the States the party conventions are nearing. It is expected that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at an event in New Hampshire today.
You will see the word “finally” a lot in stories on the endorsement. Reporters really love that word. You see it all the time in tech stories, as in Apple ‘finally’ added multi-tasking, or Apple ‘finally’ fixed the App Store (oops, they actually haven’t done that second one).
For whatever reason, reporters think that we all should do things on their timetable. They have thought that Sanders should have endorsed Clinton weeks ago, but the only reason they could come up with was that it was time. Sanders decided to do things on his own timetable.
Meanwhile, the Republicans are “softening” their platform by no longer calling for a constitutional amendment outlawing same sex marriage. Instead, they want the states to be able to do the same thing. Gee, I’m sure the LBGT community will suddenly move towards the Republicans over that switch.
Despite the craziest of primary seasons, nothing appears to have changed – the Republicans still hate the idea of gay marriage, and the Democrats still love those free trade deals (they prevented efforts to include opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal).
Time to go, I’ve got to buy a Deep Sea Mud Mask from Amazon… because it is Amazon Prime Day.