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Donald Trump’s Doctor Wrote Letter Attesting To His Excellent Health While Limo Waited Outside

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:21 pm

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This just makes me laugh. Everything about this election has been so over-the-top and off-the-wall, why not throw in Donald Trump’s doctor as well?


During an interview with NBC News, Dr. Nick Bornstein discussed his writing style and how he came to write his letter attesting to Trump’s excellent health:

“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” Bornstein wrote.

Asked how he could justify the hyperbole, Bornstein said, “I like that sentence to be quite honest with you and all the rest of them are either sick or dead.”…

The doctor said he would not normally use such over-the-top language in a letter for a patient but he made an exception for Trump — who just two weeks before had tweeted that the doctor’s assessment would show “perfection.”

“I think I picked up his kind of language and then just interpreted it to my own,” he said.

Bornstein said that after he was asked to write the letter, he thought about what he would say all day but did not type it out until the last minute as a black car sent by Trump waited to collect it. He said he didn’t even proofread it.

He summed up Trump’s health with this nugget:

“His health is excellent, especially his mental health,” he said in an exclusive interview at his Park Avenue office.

What a relief that the uh, comprehensive medical reports from both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s doctors attest to their excellent health and fitness for office. So glad there’s nothing to be seriously concerned about with either of the people who hope to become our next president…


New York Times: We’re Looking For A Few Good Editors To Maintain Our Political Viewpoint …In The Name of Good Journalism, Of Course

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:12 am

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You already know the sort of “editors” they are looking for.

First, a climate change editor:

Drone footage that shows Greenland melting away. Long narratives about the plight of climate refugees, from Louisiana to Bolivia and beyond. A series on the California drought. Color-coded maps that show how hot it could be in 2060.

The New York Times is a leader in covering climate change. Now The Times is ramping up its coverage to make the most important story in the world even more relevant, urgent and accessible to a huge audience around the globe.

We are looking for an editor to lead this dynamic new group. We want someone with an entrepreneurial streak who is obsessed with finding new ways to connect with readers and new ways to tell this vital story.

The coverage should encompass: the science of climate change; the politics of climate debates; the technological race to find solutions; the economic consequences of climate change; and profiles of fascinating characters enmeshed in the issues.

Second, an education editor:

An investigation of the decline of the storied City University of New York. A narrative showing how charter schools’ promise has fallen short in Detroit. A disturbing video showing a teacher harshly berating a student. A stark essay about a black mother’s choice to send her daughter to a functionally segregated school — only to have gentrification take it away.

Education has been a premier subject of New York Times coverage for decades, from the insanity of elite college admission to accountability journalism on classroom inequity. Now The Times is creating an education team to own this critical story on all platforms and for multiple audiences.

The ideal candidate will have a compelling vision of how The New York Times presents education as an urgent, accessible story. The coverage should encompass preschool, K-12, higher education and vocational training, although we are open to proposals that argue for emphasizing one or more areas over others.

And third, an editor covering gender issues:

An analysis that shows how pay decreases when women take over jobs that men used to dominate. A look at how women ruled the Olympics. A searing documentary showing how a mob in Afghanistan killed an innocent woman. Chronicling the quest of women in rural India to work and be independent, even at the cost of their lives. Deep, compelling narratives on the transgender moment. A dazzling visualization of how unemployed men and women spend their time (hint: women clean the house and take care of others; men go back to school and watch TV). A conversation with dozens of women in Hollywood on their battle to make movies on an equal footing with men.

The New York Times has long covered the story of how gender shapes the lives of people across the globe. Now we are seeking a journalist with a compelling vision of how to expand this coverage, from boardroom to bedroom, from the loftiest corridors of power to the back alleys of the world’s most impoverished villages. We are looking for a creative, passionate leader to guide a cross-platform, global coverage vertical on the topic of gender and identity.

The vertical will draw on The Times’s deep coverage of issues related to gender, identity and sexuality, as well as new journalism in all formats: video, photography, data visualizations, podcasts, conferences and more. As with new roles leading coverage of climate change and education, this position will be independent of the department structure, and the editor will have no print obligations.

I haven’t applied yet, but I think we have a winner for the gender editor:



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