What works week 11: SpaceX’s ‘Starman’ and Its Tesla Roadster Are Now Beyond Mars

Headline: SpaceX’s ‘Starman’ and Its Tesla Roadster Are Now Beyond Mars

This article from Space.com talks about the journey of SpaceX’s ‘starman’ and It tesla Roadster. they were launched into space back in february and has recently pushed passed mars in the solar system and has reached its heliocentric orbit.

the article does a good job of explaining some of the things of space that are important and uses a diagram to illustrate where ‘Starman’ is. The article also does a good job of giving back ground inforamtion into the project, noting that the roadster used to belong to Elon Musk and the man different pop references laden through out the project.

This article also does a good job of providing a link to the different articles or videos that help add imagery to the events being described.


What Week 10: Progressive Jewish leaders tell Trump he’s not welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism

Headline: Progressive Jewish leaders tell Trump he’s not welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism

This article largely centered around a letter sent from the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice that criticizes Trump for the harm he has indirectly caused to minorities, people of color and certain religious groups through his dissemination of lies and conspiracy theory that often permeate the mainstream. It tells Trump he is not welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism which has caused a series of hate crimes since his taking office.

The article also detail some of the details of the shooting itself going into the response from the president and the backlash he received for tweeting about the World Series shortly after the shooting.

I think this article works because they use great sources to talk about a topic that is highly news worthy. It talks to members of the Jewish community and some of the people who wrote the letter to add insight to the thinking of the people who penned this letter.

It also has links to some of the presidents other response to tragedy such as the riots in Charlottesville to allow reader to quickly get up to speed.



What works week 9: Pete Davidson Speaks – And Jokes – About Split With Ariana Grande

Headline: Pete Davidson Speaks – And Jokes – About Split With Ariana Grande

This article talks about Pete Davidson first public appearance since his and Ariana Grande’s wedding was called off. Pete did a stand up comedy show to promote Americans to go vote and in his set he took time to talk about his recent love life struggles.

He talks about having to cover up his tattoos of Grande and how he had to come to the event despite his recent emotional problems.

The article does a good job of providing context for the story and background to how we got to where we are in the story. I like how they included tweets and pictures from the night to add to the scenery. I also like the fact that they used the exact words Davidson used and didn’t sensor as they know who their fan base is.

What Works Week 8:Donald Trump: Democrats ‘Medicare for All’ plan will demolish promises to seniors

Headline: Donald Trump: Democrats ‘Medicare for All’ plan will demolish promises to seniors

In this Op-Ed written by President Donald Trump talks about the dangers of Medicare for all and why we should work to stop the democrats from the perspective of our commander and chief. The article talks about how democrats want to allow open borders and give health care for all which Trump speculates will ruin our medicare system and limit the ability of consumer to chose their own insurance.

The Op-ed is riddled with lies and misstatements and almost comes off as propaganda than anything. He almost makes a campaign ad with his speech which completely ignores facts. USA Today should have fact check this significantly before it was published an not gave the president a mouthpiece to spew absolute lies from. They later went back and edited it but the corrections should have taken place on the front end to avoid the lies and such being disseminated.

USA Today did have an obligation to release the story though as they strive to be a nonpartisan newspaper and must give a voice to all sides.

What Works Week 7: Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

Headline: Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

This article from the New York Times details years of dubious and sometimes criminal practices to avoid paying tax by Donald Trump and his late father Fred Trump.

some of the practices highlighted in the article include loans given to his son with a payment plan or any real plan to pay them off at all. It also included making Donald and his siblings bankers and allowing themselves to repay debts with shell companies. The article uses interviews from past employees and business associates. It also uses tax returns and other documents from the times in question. The article does a great job providing links and/or proof to most instances.

For a regular president this would be a shocking revelations seeing a this is an atrocious act of not on tax fraud but just utter disrespect to one civil duty in paying taxes but for Donald Trump it was an article that doesn’t gain much attention after 24 hours. Donald Trump is constantly the butt of many jokes and crude articles and at some level it desensitizes us to this kind of behavior to the point where we aren’t even phrase by it anymore.

From the New York Times this is just another story in a long line of articles detailing the horrible and often shameful past of our president. The Times releases articles like this so often tho that they almost seem like hit pieces.

Aside from a few comments bashing the “Failing New York Times” and comments from his lawyers, he hasn’t made much of a denial of claim almost saying that the times is airing dirty laundry.

Its interesting to me to see how the relationship between the media and the president has changed. In the past such as the CBS story saying Bush didn’t do his full service in the  military resulted in Dan Rathers and a few others losing their job after a full commission  into how the story came about while Trump didn’t even question the article and just swept it under the rug without even the IRS questioning it.

What Works Weeks 6: Kanye West Made SNL Stars ‘Uncomfortable’ with ‘Surprise’ Trump Rant: Source

Headline: Kanye West Made SNL Stars ‘Uncomfortable’ with ‘Surprise’ Trump Rant: Source

This article details the event of Saturday Night Live this weekend which ended with Kanye West offering an impromtu Pro-Trump rant. During his rant he offered conspiracy theories blaming Democrats for purposely taking dads out the home and pushing welfare.

It also talks about the response from the SNL crew who was surprised by Kanye’s rant. Kanye accused the crew of bullying him for wearing the hat which the crew denied. The crew acknowledged that he had been wearing the hat all week without anybody getting him any trouble and that he even asked them if he should wear the hat.

The article also notes that his rant wasn’t televised but because the show was already off the air not because they were silencing his voice.

This article works because they contacted a wide variety of source and even capture the story from many angles even getting the presidents response and twitter’s response. It also does a good job of linking to the actual rant and twitter post.

What Works Week 5: Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment

Headline: Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment

This article from The New York Times details an alleged between Rod Rosenstein and other White House officials about wanting to secretly record Trump and discussing the 25th amendment. The article does a good job of talking to everybody involved in the story from the allegedly the people around the situation to having Donald Trump and even an updated response from Rosenstein. ‘

The article does a good job to note that Rosenstein denies the claims and it actively attempts to dive deep into the thinking and atmosphere surronding the whole event going into details some of the event leading up to this discussion such as the firing of James Comey.

As this point it think the Times is just beating into the ground the fact that they are opposed to Donald Trumps presidency. This is like the second or third time this month the Times has used completely anonymous sources for big stories and it is starting to make me question their credibility.

This story is based a lot on he said she said and it really just boils down to a story to bash trump that can’t be proven one way or the other.

What Works Week 4: U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question

Headline: U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question

This article from the Washington Post talks about people who were born in America but are increasingly having their passport denied because border agents don’t believe they were born in The United States.

Starting under Bush and continuing under Obama before a decline, the US began questioning birth certificates issued by midwives as they were a string of fraudulent certificates being distributed. Under Trump revived and rejuvenated that practice leaving legal citizens in a legal limbo as they attempt to freely travel across the border.

The Post does a good job of detailing the story and showing how these policies are affecting everyday Americans. They also do a good job of pulling together data and talking to quality sources such as a lawyer and documents pertaining to a late doctor.

I like how the article was originally published but the Post went back to add in data from the justice department and other sources. It shows that the post is concerned and dedicated to making the story as accurate as possible.