In the spirit of Ben’s In Brief from last Sunday – Why Am I Reading This NOW? – I thought I would share a few others that popped up in my daily news routine today.
“Uber CEO pulls out of Saudi conference after journalist’s disappearance” – CNN – 10/12/2018
“Richard Branson pulls out of $1bn investment talks with Saudi Arabia over missing journalist” – Independent – 10/12/2018
“Report: Turkey has proof showing Saudi journalist Kashoggi was killed” – CNBC – 10/12/2018
“Silicon Valley’s Saudi Arabia Problem” – NY Times (Opinion) – 10/12/2018
This story has been percolating a bit, and for good reason. Some of the implications of this situation are positively vile, and there’s no indication that any of this is ‘fake news.’ It is, frankly, far more encouraging than discouraging that prominent personalities and leaders are starting to take a stand on this kind of behavior from S.A. But if you’ve been paying any kind of attention to the Arabian Peninsula over the last few decades, shock and surprise at the murder of a journalist are, shall we say, odd reactions, if long overdue. So why am I reading this NOW?
“Behind Market Turmoil, Potentially Good News” – WSJ – 10/12/2018
Interest rates are far below historical definitions of normal. Optimistic analysts believe the economy could have years left to run, and that the stock market selloff will prove to be a temporary bout of indigestion.
There’s nothing wrong with the sentiment or content in the WSJ piece or the Barron’s section here. Most sell-offs do prove to be temporary. As a rule, most economic environments DO have years left to run. But announcing these truisms as ‘good news’ above the fold on the web edition? And sure, Delta hanging in there is an interesting story, and…yeah, I guess things could obviously be a lot worse. But why am I reading this NOW?
“Treasury Secretary Mnuchin describes Wall Street’s 2-Day plunge as a ‘natural correction:’ economic fundamentals strong” – Lead story on CNBC.com, Banner Headline on CNBC.com, Chyron on CNBC – 10/12/2018
I won’t insult your intelligence by even posing the question, y’all. They are clearly just interested in making sure you didn’t miss this important…news.
“FOX News First Alert: Kanye-Trump meeting drives Hollywood crazy” – Fox News – 10/12/2018
“Analysis: Why Kanye’s lunch with Trump was a disaster” – CNN – 10/12/2018
“T.I. says his patience with Kanye is dead and gone” – CNN – 10/12/2018
Sometimes the question is ‘Why am I reading this at all?’
“How the Red Sox Eliminated the Yankees, Inning by Inning” – NY Times – 10/10/2018
Why I am reading this NOW? Because the Yankees stink on ice. Thanks, Boston – shoot it, Houston Texas, go Astros!