It's no exaggeration to say that the media is collectively in shock in the wake of President Donald Trump's Tuesday Trump Tower press conference. Social media too (#ImpeachTrump was a top 10 trending topic on Twitter much of last night). Anyway, let's get started ...
1. A helpful guide from CNN's Gregory Krieg: "The 14 most shocking comments from Trump's Charlottesville news conference," including:
On who was to blame for the violence
"Well, I do think there's blame -- yes, I think there's blame on both sides. You look at -- you look at both sides. I think there's blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it, and you don't have any doubt about it either. ... But you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. ... You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name."
+ "Trump's remarks on Charlottesville, in less than three minutes," via The Washington Post:
2. In a Wired post headlined "Trump Cribbed His Charlottesville Press Conference Straight From Fox News," Ashley Feinberg writes,
A closer examination of Trump's talking points shows that nearly every one has a direct link back to either someone the president follows on Twitter, or a Fox News segment since Saturday.
Read on for her point-by-point deconstruction.
3. The New York Times sent out a "news alert" email last night (it landed in my inbox at 9:48 p.m. ET) titled "Analysis: When President Trump equated anti-racism protesters with neo-Nazis, he legitimized white supremacists like no modern president." It linked to a post by Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman headlined "Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost." (A version of the story also appears on the front page of this morning's print edition of the Times.) In it, they quote this tweet by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke:
4. Meanwhile, over at White House-favorite alt-right site Breitbart News, one of the big homepage headlines this morning reads "POTUS Comes Roaring Back with Press Smackdown at Trump Tower," which links to a post by Charlie Spiering titled "Donald Trump Blasts Reporters at Trump Tower For One-Sided Charlottesville Reporting."
5. The front page of the Chicago Sun-Times this morning:
+ The Daily News front page:
+ In a Washington Post opinion column this morning titled "Republicans, cut the outrage. It's time to disown Trump," Jennifer Rubin writes,
The party of Lincoln is now the party of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Southern slave owners who decided to kill fellow Americans so that they could keep men, women and children enslaved. The Republican Party, in other words, has obliterated its entire historical legacy and become the party of the Enemies of Lincoln. And let's be clear: Republicans cannot say, "That's not us -- that's just President Trump." They supported him, they elected him, they defended him and they gave him the aura of a normal presidency. They cannot be the party of Lincoln and be the party of Trump.
+ See also:
Republicans condemn Trump's latest Charlottesville remarks: "Stop the moral equivalency" https://t.co/jdkT7xbiUe— TIME (@TIME) August 16, 2017
6. This series of tweets from Hank Green ("Co-creator of Complexly.com, DFTBA.com, and VidCon.com. New Dad! Nerdfighter. Montanan," per his Twitter bio) got a lot of attention on Twitter last night:
1/9 Note: When Trump says that there were lots of "fine people" at the alt-right rally, he means a very specific thing.— Hank Green 🐢 (@hankgreen) August 15, 2017
2/9 He's saying that there are ways to be a good, thoughtful, patriotic White Supremacist.— Hank Green 🐢 (@hankgreen) August 15, 2017
3/9 Very few of those people had Nazi flags, most of them just believe that America needs to be protected from non-whites.— Hank Green 🐢 (@hankgreen) August 15, 2017
4/9 And President Trump is sympathetic to that viewpoint, not only because it helped him win, but because that's what he is.— Hank Green 🐢 (@hankgreen) August 15, 2017
5/9 President Trump believes that white people and western culture are superior. He is a white supremacist.— Hank Green 🐢 (@hankgreen) August 15, 2017
6/9 The people who fly the Nazi flags, they're not the scary ones for me. It's the ones who have no idea that they're Nazis.— Hank Green 🐢 (@hankgreen) August 15, 2017
7/9 Good, thoughtful, patriotic White Supremacists, emboldened by or /created by/ the president pushing a simple message:— Hank Green 🐢 (@hankgreen) August 15, 2017
8/9 That white people are better, that it's OK to believe that white people are better, and that white people are under attack.— Hank Green 🐢 (@hankgreen) August 15, 2017
9/9 "Believing those things isn't being a Nazi!" they say, completely unaware that, in fact, that is /exactly/ what being a Nazi is.— Hank Green 🐢 (@hankgreen) August 15, 2017
7. And finally, I leave you with this from The New Yorker:
Thanks to Jessica Wohl, Ann-Christine Diaz 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.