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New 'Fire and Fury'-Brand Nuclear War Faces More Resistance in the Marketplace

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Ad Age "Media Guy" columnist Simon Dumenco's media roundup for the morning of Thursday, Aug. 10:

First, a couple notes: We lived to see another day! And sorry, but yes, this is real life. Anyway, let's get started ...

1. Time magazine's just-released latest cover story makes me think that the countdown clock for Gen. John Kelly's eventual ouster from the Trump administration has officially begun:

2. Speaking of covers, President Trump's "Fire and Fury"-brand nuclear war is facing some resistance in the marketplace -- particularly the target market of Pyongyang‎ -- as this morning's Daily News illustrates:

+ "Uncle John Taught Trump About Fire and Fury" (subhead: "When the president reflects on nuclear weapons, he likes to remind listeners that he's the nephew of an MIT physicist"), via Bloomberg Views.

3. Meanwhile, in the why-the-hell-are-you-giving-him-ideas department: "In a new poll, half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 election if Trump proposed it," per The Washington Post. Ariel Malka and Yphtach Lelkes write that Trump's ...

... claims of large-scale voter fraud are not true, but that has not stopped a substantial number of Republicans from believing them. But how far would Republicans be willing to follow the president to stop what they perceive as rampant fraud? Our recent survey suggests that the answer is quite far: About half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election until the country can fix this problem.

4. In a Quartz guest post this morning headlined "Google's decision to fire James Damore meant choosing gender equality over freedom of expression" (background via BuzzFeed if you're murky on the details: "Google Has Fired The Employee Who Wrote An 'Anti-Diversity Manifesto'"), Nick Tasler writes,

By deciding to show Damore the door, Google's leaders implicitly told an entire generation of talented engineers that Google is a collection of real human beings who do in fact hold subjective opinions, rather than the unwaveringly rational Spock-like meritocracy of their boyhood fantasies. That message will no doubt be a cold splash of water on the faces of some talented male engineers, while offering a warm invitation to other talented engineers of both genders. In the perfect world of Google's yesteryear, their core values were just vague enough to attract the cream of the crop from both groups. This decision ended that era.

+ "I'm a Google Manufacturing Robot and I Believe Humans Are Biologically Unfit to Have Jobs in Tech," via McSweeney's.

5. Because of course: "Sean Spicer Wants to Do 'Saturday Night Live'," Us Weekly reports.

6. Also because of course: "A Russian military spy plane cruised the skies over Washington and New Jersey on Wednesday -- in a perfectly legal bit of aerial reconnaissance that nonetheless appeared to be an attempt to troll President Donald Trump," per Politico's Kathyn A. Wolfe and Bryan Bender, calling it like it was.

7. And finally, via The New Yorker's Instagram this morning, I leave you with this image:

Thanks to Ann-Christine Diaz, Laurel Wentz and Chen Wu for their roundup suggestions.

Simon Dumenco, aka Media Guy, is an Ad Age editor-at-large. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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