Today’s topics include the still-trending Arpaio pardon, antifa and other resistance groups, social media and Houston.
Five Things To Read Today (8/31/17)
FiveThirtyEight: The Arpaio Pardon Has Plenty Of Precedents … That Got Other Presidents In Trouble
“The number of controversial characteristics of the Arpaio pardon, however, is unusual and raises questions about the political fallout that Trump will face. The Arpaio pardon, in other words, does have historical precedents (as Trump said on Monday) — just not good ones.”
ProPublica: Houston’s Big Dams Won’t Fail. But Many Neighborhoods Will Have to Be Flooded to Save Them.
“As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to pummel an already devastated Houston, many residents are terrified that the dams on two of the region’s massive reservoirs will fail, releasing a torrent of water into portions of the city that are already submerged — including downtown.”
Poynter: When Hurricane Katrina hit, reporters made serious mistakes. Here’s what to avoid this time around
“Hurricane Katrina was later seen as ‘a real black mark on journalism,’ says Kathleen Bartzen Culver, the assistant professor and James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin Madison.”
Wired: Surviving this Summer on the Internet
“…five years ago, social media was its own thing—a set of sites to which you could log on to share and read information posted by people you know. Today, that’s just the internet.”
The Atlantic: How to Distinguish Between Antifa, White Supremacists, and Black Lives Matter
“We needn’t go through all the permutations to illustrate the overarching point: It often makes sense to condemn a means that a group uses without objecting to their stated end; or to forcefully reject a group’s ends while granting that their means are unobjectionable.”