May 27, 2017

How NYT and WashPost's Kushner stories are different

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James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, pointed out a key difference between the reporting styles of the NYT and WashPost in their coverage of Jared Kushner's future in the White House.

The problem: Fallows (and Scott Wilson, the national editor at WashPost) worry that NYT reporters were too gullible or trusting in their sources who claimed to have inside knowledge about Kushner's thinking and next moves, yet wouldn't go on the record saying they were formally speaking for Kushner. As seen in the photo comparison above, WashPost noted that White House aides, not Kushner, were discussing Kushner's next steps among themselves. However, NYT approached it differently, noting that Kushner had "told friends" that he and Ivanka would be reconsidering their involvement in the White House every six months.

What they're saying: "We talked to these 'people' too. We would not publish their account unless we could signal they were speaking for Kushner. They refused," Wilson tweeted.

Bottom line: The two publications apparently talked to the same people, but the approaches to relaying that information manifested in nearly two different stories. When reporters are tasked with deciphering and spreading the messages from a White House filled with sources who mislead and often contradict each other, it's important that they're not too trusting or too gullible with those who claim to have inside knowledge about Kushner's thinking — especially if they're not Kushner himself.

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World coronavirus updates

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New Zealand now has only one novel coronavirus patient in hospital and just 22 active cases in the country, top health official Ashley Bloomfield confirmed at a briefing. He's "confident we have broken the chain of domestic transmission," with no new cases reported for most of May, he added.

By the numbers: Brazil on Monday recorded for the first time more deaths from the novel coronavirus in a single day than the United States, Reuters notes. Brazil reported 807 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, compared to 620 in the U.S. for the same period.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10:30 p.m. ET: 5,494,287 — Total deaths: 346,229 — Total recoveries — 2,31,722Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10:30 p.m. ET: 1,662,302 — Total deaths: 98,218 — Total recoveries: 379,157 — Total tested: 14,604,942Map.
  3. World: Italy reports lowest number of new cases since February — Ireland reports no new coronavirus deaths on Monday for the first time since March 21 — WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns.
  4. 2020: Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina — Joe Biden makes first public appearance in two months.
  5. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks over Memorial Day.
  6. Economy: New York stock exchange to reopen its floor on Tuesday — White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election — Charities refocus their efforts to fill gaps left by government.
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Pro-Hong Kong resolution at British university fails after Chinese student opposition

A protester waves the Hong Kong colonial flag during a July 2019 demonstration against the extradition law to China. Photo: Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

A student resolution expressing support for the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement was voted down at the University of Warwick in England, after opposition from mainland Chinese students.

Why it matters: The charged politics of China's actions in Hong Kong are spilling over to university campuses thousands of miles away, raising questions for students and university administrators about how to protect democratic values.