A pro-media demonstration in front of The New York Times in February. Photo: Kathy Willens / AP

President Trump lashed out at the news media this morning on Twitter, calling "so much of our news" in the United States "just made up-FAKE!" But here are 3 stories that prove real news still matters:

  • The New York Times in a bombshell report exposed decades of sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood's most powerful producers. Eight women spoke on the record , including actress Ashley Judd. Weinstein issued an apology to the Times, promising "to do right by all of [the women he's hurt]" before later promising to sue the paper.
  • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published text messages between Rep. Tim Murphy and his mistress, in which he pushed her to have an abortion during a pregnancy scare despite his public pro-life stance. Murphy announced yesterday that he wouldn't be seeking reelection in 2018 before changing his mind today and abruptly resigning, effective later this month.
  • Politico tracked the taxpayer-funded private jet travel of HHS Secretary Tom Price, forcing his resignation. Yesterday, the two reporters behind the Price stories published details of the airport stakeouts and meticulous reporting that underpinned their stories.

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Macron visits Beirut promising a "new political pact" for Lebanon

Macron visits the hard-hit Gemmayzeh neighborhood. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron walked through the blast-damaged streets of Beirut on Thursday, swarmed by people chanting for the fall of Lebanon's government and pleading for international aid.

Why it matters: Lebanon is at a breaking point. Its economy was collapsing and its government hardly functioning — all before a massive explosion destroyed swathes of the capital city, including its vital port.

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The PGA Championship is golf's first major in over a year

Photo: Gary Kellner/PGA of America via Getty Images

The 2020 PGA Championship tees off Thursday at San Francisco's TPC Harding Park, which is hosting its first-ever major.

Why it matters: It's the first major in more than a year — and the first of seven majors in the next 12 months. Though there won't be any fans in attendance, the excitement is palpable.

July's jobs report could be an inflection point for the coronavirus recovery

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Even if Friday's jobs report shows a big number, it is becoming clear hiring slowed and likely even reversed course in July and real-time indicators suggest the employment situation worsened into August.

Driving the news: Payroll processor ADP's monthly jobs report showed private companies added 167,000 jobs last month, well below the 1.2 million expected by economists and far below June's 4.8 million jobs added.