January 30, 2017 Last Updated 7:39 am

‘Every journalist, no matter the beat, covers politics now’; Greece’s top selling daily newspaper to be shuttered

Morning Brief: War on the media continues with a senior advisor to the president asking ‘who is cleaning house? Which one of the first network to get rid of these people who said things that just weren’t true’

The first week of the new Trump administration was the most tumultuous in memory, but was it impactful. Yes, the administration issued an executive order that banned those coming from seven countries from entering the US, but the courts quickly ruled against the administration, and those behind the order began walking it back. The president himself absurdly blamed the whole thing on the “Delta computer outage, protesters and the tears of Senator Schumer,” whatever that is supposed to me.

The more important executive order may have been the one that placed Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on the National Security Council, but took off the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The NSC and HSC shall have as their regular attendees (both statutory and non-statutory) the President, the Vice President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the National Security Advisor, the Homeland Security Advisor, and the Representative of the United States to the United Nations. When international economic issues are on the agenda of the NSC, the NSC’s regular attendees will include the Secretary of Commerce, the United States Trade Representative, and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. The Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as statutory advisers to the NSC, shall also attend NSC meetings.

The language of the order is poorly constructed as it appears to say that these two officials would only attend the meetings if certain things are being discussed. This drew criticism, but again the administration began to walk it back. But in the end, it will get what it wanted, adding Steve Bannon to the National Security Council.



While thousands of protestors gathered at US airports to protest the president’s executive order and the detention of travelers, a shooting at the Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec City on Sunday evening was talking place. Hours after the shooting we still do not know exactly who was behind the killing rampage. At this hour, we know that two were arrested, and La Presse is reporting only that one of the shooters is 27 years old. The death toll stands at six, with eight wounded.

While most newspapers do not allow reader comments on stories involving crimes, Breitbart News opened up the story and now has over 7,800 comments, many blaming George Soros for the shooting, or Jews in general, others say that the shooting is fake news and that no crime was even committed.

The Globe and Mail, Les Perreaux, Rhéal Séguin and Verity Stevenson:

Six dead in ‘terrorist attack’ at Quebec mosque: ‘We’re all Québécois’

Two men were in custody after a mass shooting Sunday night at a mosque in Quebec City that killed six people and wounded eight more, and was condemned by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “a terrorist attack on Muslims.”

The Sûreté du Québec early Monday confirmed the number of casualties in the attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec. The victims were aged 35 to 70, police said, adding that 39 people who were in the mosque at the time of the shooting were unharmed. Many of the witnesses spent the night at a sports centre near the mosque where they were questioned.



No surprise, there were political speeches given at the Screen Actor’s Guide, next comes the Oscars. Were the Oscars to be given out this next week we can imagine what award winners would have to say. But the event is four weeks away, who knows what policies will be in the news then.

The New York Times, Cara Buckley:

SAG Awards 2017: Acceptance Speeches Turn Pointedly Political

Any doubts that Hollywood would take sharp aim at President Trump’s immigration order were swiftly vanquished at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night. Amid upsets, winner after winner lashed out at the policy, pleaded for acceptance of differences in a bitterly divided time and, in the case of the cast of “Stranger Things,” adopted the stance of political firebrands.

“We will get past the lies, we will hunt monsters,” said David Harbour, a cast member of the Netflix series, which won for best television drama, as the audience roared its approval. “And when we are lost amid the hypocrisy and casual violence, we will punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the weak and the disenfranchised and the marginalized.”

…The mantle was quickly picked up by the night’s first winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (best actress in a comedy series for “Veep”).

“My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France,” Ms. Dreyfus said. “I’m an American patriot. And I love this country, and because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes, and this immigrant ban is a blemish, and it is un-American.

Los Angeles Times, Glenn Whipp:

A night when politics trumped the prizes themselves

Politics blended into the awards themselves, including the night’s biggest winner, “Hidden Figures,” a historical drama about the largely unknown black women who helped NASA launch the space program. The film’s predominantly black cast won for ensemble, and its message of women of color overcoming prejudice was a perfect fit with the mood at the Shrine, where the SAG Awards were presented.

“This film is about unity,” “Hidden Figures” star Taraji P. Henson said of the movie, which tells the story of the black female mathematicians who helped put John Glenn into space. “When we come together as a human race, we win … love wins every time.”

Love wasn’t in the air when it came to Trump’s executive order that suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, blocked Syrian refugees indefinitely and denied entry into the country for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. The controversy over the immigration ban continued to be front-and-center throughout the night.



Agence France-Presse:

Greece’s best-selling daily newspaper to close due to debts

Two historic Greek newspapers, including the country’s best-selling daily, will cease publication, the debt-ridden Lambrakis Press Group announced on Saturday.

To Vima weekly and Ta Nea daily are forced to cease their publication within days due to financial reasons,” the company said in a statement.

Lambrakis Press Group (DOL) “is lacking any available resources and as a result it can’t support the printing of its newspapers and, of course, can’t ensure the unhampered operation of the other media outlets it owns,” it added.

NY Post, Marisa Schultz:

Conway: Newspapers should be gutted for dishonest coverage

Kellyanne Conway doubled down on the White House’s war against the media, suggesting political pundits should be fired and newspapers should be gutted for dishonest coverage of the commander-in-chief and for political donations to Hillary Clinton.

“Who is cleaning house? Which one of the first network to get rid of these people who said things that just weren’t true,” Conway, White House counselor, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Conway blasted the media for cherry-picking facts and for their failure to understand Trump’s popularity in America…

“Not one network person has been let go,” Conway continued. “Not one silly political analyst and pundit who talked smack all day long about Donald Trump has been let go. They are on panels every Sunday. They’re on cable news every day.”

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