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Aug 16, 2018 19 tweets 9 min read
1/ Today, hundreds of U.S. newsrooms banded together to defend a #FreePress and dispel @realdonaldtrump’s charges that we’re an “enemy of the people.”

We’re the opposite. We help people every day, in ways large and small.

And our work proves it.…
2/ “So much Fake News is being reported,” @realDonaldTrump tweeted on Jan. 13. “They don’t even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong.”
3/ 9 days later, @AsburyParkPress launched a series on NJ police accountability. It exposed deaths and millions in taxpayer funds spent to hush allegations of abuse:…

It also prompted swift reforms: random drug testing and early warning systems for cops.
4/ On Feb. 11, Trump tweeted, “the People no longer trust the media, whose approval ratings are correctly at their lowest levels in history!”
5/ *The next day*, @readfrontier uncovered the OK state finance director's history of domestic assault and other crimes.

He was one of the highest-ranking officials in the state. He resigned less than 24 hours later.…
6/ That same month, @northjersey found that DuPont polluted a NJ neighborhood and then worked for decades to keep secret and downplay the extent of contamination.

Now, the attorney general is investigating.…
7/ In March, the president claimed that “Mainstream Media in U.S. is being mocked all over the world. They’ve gone CRAZY!”
8/ A couple weeks later, @newsobserver reported that the development of a chicken plant in N.C. was threatening to displace residents nearby.

After the story came out, the company struck a deal to pay the residents – and extend their deadline to move.…
9/ May: “Much of the Media may be corrupt, but the People truly get it!”
10/ Corrupt, huh?

After we wrote about a draft of a National Parks report that censored all mention of climate change, the uncensored version was publicly released.…
11/ On to July. “Much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people.”
12/ First of all, we’ve been over this.
13/ Secondly: New Jersey's broken system for investigating sudden and suspicious deaths – investigated by @njdotcom – is getting more resources and tougher oversight under a new law.…
14/ Following reporting from @propublica and @NYTimes, an influential state commission said the blood-spatter analysis used to convict a former Texas high school principal of murder was “not accurate or scientifically supported.”…
15/ Then, in August, this happened.

Meanwhile, a bunch of great journalists kept doing their job: Serving people, in ways big and small.
16/ @dallasnews, for example, took a hard look at super-long wait times at Texas driver's license centers.

The next week, @TxDPS hired 100 new employees to bolster its staffing centers across the state:…
17/ And in Florida, a school district didn’t tell parents for more than a year that it was discovering high levels of lead in some schools’ drinking water.

The district announced its findings only after @tb_times started asking questions.…
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It’s the world’s largest annual managed pollination event.

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Her story is at the center of this August 2016 episode:…
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Six months before that, Trump’s FDA had shelved rules designed to prevent this very sort of incident.…
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But in some states, you can’t get access to the money if you have a criminal conviction.
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* poor decision-making.
* greater risk of car accidents.
* a weakened ability to de-escalate volatile encounters.
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