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WaPo bombshell on Trump sharing classified intel bad for America, good for clicks, newsroom morale

President Donald Trump broke tradition by not attending April’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, but reporters at the event were treated to a rare appearance by both Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein — which the New York Post described “like a Simon and Garfunkel reunion.”

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It seems like nearly every reporter working today hopes to be the next Woodward or Bernstein, which was made obvious last week after President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey (his one-man “Tuesday afternoon massacre”) and included the word “tapes” (in quotation marks) in a follow-up tweet about his conversations with Comey.

Now, with the Washington Post reporting that Trump revealed highly classified information to his Russian visitors last week, it’s time to … celebrate?

Hey, clicks are clicks.

Would the paper’s own fact-checker make up a story about applause?

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https://twitter.com/MenryAZ/status/864238039215685632

When you’re both “stuck in a dying medium” and reminded daily that you failed in your effort to drag your candidate across the finish line, you need a morale boost now and then.

https://twitter.com/CuffyMeh/status/864240052683108352

And if you report for the Washington Post, anti-Trump clicks are the best clicks.

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold didn’t manage to sink the president’s campaign, but he was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his extensive investigation into Trump’s charitable giving. Not to mention, his reporter’s notebook is now an artifact.

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But if today’s big scoop is the one that manages to sink Trump for real …

https://twitter.com/AaronBlake/status/864232080946933761

https://twitter.com/Craigipedia/status/864289388510969856

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Update:

The fact-checker has been fact-checked:

https://twitter.com/JammieWF/status/864261835624779777

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