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The Atlantic Daily: Back to Backlash

Trump's inflammatory speech in Phoenix, ESPN's blunder over a name, Mattis's meeting in Turkey, and more
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Trump’s Phoenix Rally: The president attacked the media and Arizona’s Republican senators while defending his response to Charlottesville and the former sheriff Joe Arpaio in an inflammatory speech last night. Notably, he accused journalists of dishonesty in covering his remarks about the violence—yet his own account omitted the very statements that caused controversy. James Fallows explains what’s dangerous about such an attack on the press.

As University of Virginia students grapple with the school’s , ESPN reassigned a reporter named Robert Lee from covering a UVA football game in hopes of avoiding “memes and jokes” about —provoking a backlash that illustrated how over monuments get obscured. Meanwhile, the ACLU has been pressured to change.

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