October 13, 2016 Last Updated 8:05 am

The gift to newspapers: An election cycle that reminds us of the role of a free press

Tabloid columnists may not like it, but the press is busy doing its job investigating the candidates and fact-checking their claims, reminding us once again that a strong, fully staffed newsroom is essential element of American democracy

When this election cycle is over someone at The New York Times needs to give Donald Trump a big, fat kiss on the mouth. Preferably when he least expects it. He has done us all a big favor by reminding us how important a strong, vibrant newsroom is.

This may be the wackiest election in memory, and likely the most dangerous, but it is one where each day readers across the country are paying attention, glued to their screens, and maybe maybe picking up the paper.

Yesterday, the NYT reported that two other women have come forward to accuse the Republican candidate of touching them “inappropriate” (in the word used in the headline). This led NY Post columnist, and conspiracy theorist John Crudele to say he would be canceling his subscription. Think about that, a newspaper writer is mad at the NYT for reporting the news.

Crudele is known for his ability to take a nugget of fact and turn it into a new conspiracy theory. He has “reported” that the Census bureau had faked the employment report. This summer he wrote about his theory that “governments rigged stocks after Brexit vote.”

post-front-10-13-16But has decided that the NYT is the paper that should be canceled. “I told the customer service representative that I was appalled by the paper’s “disgraceful” biased coverage of the presidential election,” Crudele wrote today for Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid.

His complaint is that the paper is not covering the leaked emails story enough, Imagine that. We’ve heard nothing but constant coverage of Hillary Clinton’s emails for the past year, but because stories about Donald Trump’s behavior is now leading the Times it is a sign of just how biased the paper is. He has called the paper and canceled. I’m sure executive editor Dean Baquet is devastated.

Oh, by the way, the front page to today’s NYT leads with a story of Clinton’s emails, and below it is the story about Trump accusations. Meanwhile, the banner at the bottom of the Post’s front page is about the same Trump story while there is no mention of Clinton on the front page (it is leading with Saddam Hussein? What is this, 2002?).

Guess the Post will losing Crudele as a subscriber, as well.

Morning Brief:

The New York Times:

Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately

In a phone interview on Tuesday night, a highly agitated Mr. Trump denied every one of the women’s claims.

“None of this ever took place,” said Mr. Trump, who began shouting at the Times reporter who was questioning him. He said that The Times was making up the allegations to hurt him and that he would sue the news organization if it reported them.

“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter as she questioned him about the women’s claims.

Asked whether he had ever done any of the kissing or groping that he had described on the recording, Mr. Trump was once again insistent: “I don’t do it. I don’t do it. It was locker room talk.”

NY Post:

Why I finally canceled my New York Times subscription

It’s not that I back Donald Trump, who I met for the first time 30 years ago but hadn’t heard from for many years — until after he announced in June 2015 that he was running for president.

And I certainly don’t support Hillary Clinton.

I think both are not only deeply flawed candidates but also damaged human beings.

But the role of a newspaper is — in its news pages — to cover an election objectively and fairly.

What a paper does on its editorial page and what columnists write is entirely different. That’s where the Times’ contempt for Trump should be expressed. And that’s where that paper — any paper — can go to town to gut the son of a gun.

Australian Financial Review:

Wells Fargo scalp shows politics still weighs on world’s banks

Congress has claimed a big scalp in forcing the hand of Mr Stumpf, who leads America’s highest valued bank. Conversely, politicians in Canberra hardly laid a glove on the local big four bank chiefs at in inquiry this month.

The Washington shellacking Mr Stumpf copped for the 2 million sham bank and credit card accounts fraudulently set up by Wells Fargo bankers to hit sales targets and collect commissions, left him little option but to fall on his sword.

Shockingly, stories continue to dribble out about employees being sidelined or fired by the bank for blowing the whistle on the brazen misconduct.

Associated Press:

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right: Bob Dylan Wins 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature

Dylan, 75, is arguably the most iconic poet-musician of his generation. Songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin'” became anthems for the U.S. anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s.

Dylan’s impact on popular culture was immense and his influence as a lyricist extends to every major music figure and songwriter of the last 50 years, from the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen and beyond.

But although he had been mentioned in Nobel speculation for years, many experts had ruled him out, thinking the academy wouldn’t extend its more than a century-old award to the world of music.

They were wrong. The academy’s permanent secretary, Sara Danius, said while Dylan performs his poetry in the form of songs, that’s no different from the ancient Greeks, whose works were often performed to music.

“Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear,” she said. “But it’s perfectly fine to read his works as poetry.”

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