Bits & Bytes

MASCOTS: Buzz and Bunny explore their new neighborhood.

2018_09 03 W & A holding hands

COWARD: The NY Times published a mean-spirited, anti-Trump piece that was allegedly written by someone in the White House.

“Freedom of speech is an important pillar of our nation’s founding principles and a free press is important to our democracy. The press should be fair, unbiased and responsible. Unidentified sources have become the majority voices people hear in today’s news. People with no names are writing our nation’s history. Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences. If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves. To the write of this oped — you are not protecting the country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions.” – First Lady Melania Trump

BOB WOODWARD: “The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward’s book were never uttered by me or in my presence.” – Defense Secretary General James Mattis

JUST DID IT: Before announcing that unemployed QB Colin Kaepernick would be the face of its 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign [Motto: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything”], Nike had a net +69 favorable impression among consumers. Afterwards, it dropped to +35. Even worse, the drop came from key demographics that Nike was attempting to target: Gen Z (-30), Nike customers (-15), Millennials (-12), Democrats (-9), Blacks (-8).

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  1. NY Times anonymous hit piece on Trump – I’m not sure what to make of this tweet: Sep 5, shortly after the release of the Op-Ed, the #Anonymous essay popped on http://Turnitin.com as a 100% match to a USC student essay handed in, surprise, surprise, Sep 5. (Turnitin compares articles for plagiarism.) Not clear if USC essay preceded NYT editorial, though.

    c/o a commenter on the treehouse place, references to which always cause me troubles because when I see the abbreviation cth, I’m always thinking of our dear the hyphenated.

    Buzz & Bunny. So cute.

    So… grown up!

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