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Donald Trump plays nice to NYT, while team looks to kill off NASA’s climate research unit

Morning Brief: The BBC radio may become available outside the UK in a ‘Netflix of the spoken word’ – though licensing complications would prevent television programming to be packaged in the same way

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the States, that means a nice long weekend break for this website, returning on Monday. It also means that tomorrow may be a day of conflict in many households across the country.

There have been some jokes made about the conversations that may take place around the dinner table tomorrow, as family members reveal who they voted for earlier this year. Sadly, the Thanksgiving dinner table is already a place of tension in some families – I’m afraid it will be only worse tomorrow. Stay safe.

I have some strong opinions of the incoming administration, thoughts I’ll leave for another time. But I would say today that when considering the future policies the Donald Trump administration will pursue I would not focus on one conversation, one appointment, or one set of pronouncements. More than any other public figure I can think of, Trump has a tendency to say one thing when pressed in one environment, in order to please the listener, then go off as if his words were never said.

I also think it is important to remember that Trump really has one objective for his administration – personal enrichment. But those around him, those he has placed in real power, have their own agendas – those are the agendas to be concerned about. Appointments such as Nikki Haley for the UN are the show, and have nothing to do with policy. Ben Carson at HUD, well what can one say really? But Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor and Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security advisor, that’s where the policy making functions are.

As for Reince Priebus as chief of staff, his role in the future will likely to make sure the lights are turned off at night and the waste baskets are emptied each day.

The New York Times:

Donald Trump’s New York Times Interview: Full Transcript

SULZBERGER: I thought maybe I’d start this off by asking if you have anything you would like to start this off with before we move to the easiest questions you’re going to get this administration.


TRUMP: O.K. Well, I just appreciate the meeting and I have great respect for The New York Times. Tremendous respect. It’s very special. Always has been very special. I think I’ve been treated very rough. It’s well out there that I’ve been treated extremely unfairly in a sense, in a true sense. I wouldn’t only complain about The Times. I would say The Times was about the roughest of all. You could make the case The Washington Post was bad, but every once in a while I’d actually get a good article. Not often, Dean, but every once in awhile.

Look, I have great respect for The Times, and I’d like to turn it around. I think it would make the job I am doing much easier. We’re working very hard. We have great people coming in. I think you’ll be very impressed with the names. We’ll be announcing some very shortly.

Everybody wanted to do this. People are giving up tremendous careers in order to be subject to you folks and subject to a lot of other folks. But they’re giving up a lot. I mean some are giving up tremendous businesses in order to sit for four or maybe eight or whatever the period of time is. But I think we’re going to see some tremendous talent, tremendous talent coming in. We have many people for every job. I mean no matter what the job is, we have many incredible people. I think, Reince, you can sort of just confirm that. The quality of the people is very good.

REINCE PRIEBUS, Mr. Trump’s choice for chief of staff: [inaudible]

The Guardian, Oliver Milman:

Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century.

This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into temperature, ice, clouds and other climate phenomena. Nasa’s network of satellites provide a wealth of information on climate change, with the Earth science division’s budget set to grow to $2bn next year. By comparison, space exploration has been scaled back somewhat, with a proposed budget of $2.8bn in 2017.

Bob Walker, a senior Trump campaign adviser, said there was no need for Nasa to do what he has previously described as “politically correct environmental monitoring”.

Breitbart News, James Delingopole:

Trump at NASA: Hasta la Vista Climate Fraud and Muslim Outreach…

NASA’s top climate scientist Gavin Schmidt has warned President-Elect Donald Trump that the planet just won’t stand for having a fully-fledged climate denier in the White House.

Good luck with that one, Gavin. Or “Toast” as we’ll shortly be calling you…

This is a nice development, though not the one most Beeb fans would like to see. Thanks to digital radio apps, much of the BBC’s radio content is already readily available. But the BBC’s television content is not as the British broadcasting unit makes much of its money from licensing programming.

The Guardian, Jane Martinson:

BBC radio to be offered outside UK in ‘Netflix of the spoken word’

More people around the world will be able to listen to The Archers and Moral Maze as part of BBC plans to launch “the Netflix of the spoken word” with its radio content.

The corporation’s director general, Tony Hall, is expected to outline plans in a speech on Wednesday morning to offer all of the BBC’s audio content as well as World Service broadcast services to viewers and listeners outside the UK. No decision has yet been taken on whether to charge overseas users – who do not pay the licence fee – for the service.

The proposals come as the BBC is facing increased competition from streaming services such as Netflix, which launched The Crown – its £100m biopic of the Queen – earlier this month.

Cycle News, Larry Lawrence:

The Man Who Changed Motorcycle Magazines

Joe Parkhurst is generally acknowledged to be the person responsible for bringing a new era of objective journalism to motorcycling in the United States. By launching of Cycle World magazine in 1962, Parkhurst supplied real reviews of motorcycles and related products — good or bad — to motorcyclists hungry to read about the burgeoning sport. Parkhurst was also open to the Japanese brands, which were just starting to make an impact on American shores in the early 1960s, but were largely ignored by U.S. motorcycling publications of the time. Within a year of its introduction, Cycle World became — and remains — the largest motorcycling magazine in the world…

…Times were tough in the early days of the magazine. A publisher of a competing magazine underhandedly led an effort to have U.S. and British makers boycott advertising in Cycle World. Initially, the boycott hurt the magazine, but Parkhurst overcame the boycott by putting out a quality publication with fair and accurate road tests and reviews of motorcycles. Parkhurst also enlisted the help of some of the most popular racers of the time to give their impressions of new bikes.

Perhaps the biggest coup for Cycle World was the hiring of Gordon Jennings as technical editor. Jennings’ prose gave Cycle World its clear voice of authority and credibility.