Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Print Only: Short Takes on Spruced-Up Trump Tweets and Supreme Workout Wisdom (Copy)

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Print Only: Short Takes on Spruced-Up Trump Tweets and Supreme Workout Wisdom (Copy)

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Proper packaging for Trump's tweets

We join the national applause for Russel Neiss of St. Louis, who describes himself as a "Jewish educator and technologist" who is "equally fluent in Yiddish and Javascript."

This week he created an automated program called a "bot" that takes President Donald Trump's Twitter messages and formats them to appear as if they were official releases from the White House press office.

Neiss, 33, said @RealPressSecBot, which already has 100,000 followers, was coded and formatted in 40 minutes while his kids were napping. "What I love about this particular bot is that it's really neutral," he told Vox.com. "All it's doing is it's taking the president's Twitter feed and giving that feed the proper honor befitting the highest office of the land. And the reason it is jarring to some folks is this incongruity of the content of the tweet and the format."

Don't be confused by Twitter's packaging. The president's words are official statements, regardless of format.

Gianforte shares the bounty

Greg Gianforte, the GOP candidate recently elected in Montana to fill a vacant U.S. House seat, sent a letter to reporter Ben Jacobs on Wednesday reiterating his apology for attacking the reporter on the eve of the special congressional election. Gianforte went a step further, pledging to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Normally, we would laud Gianforte's magnanimous gesture and urge his critics to move on. Except for a few technicalities. Gianforte attacked Jacobs on May 24 without provocation. When word got out, donations flooded in from around the country as Republicans lauded the idea of beating up on a journalist. Gianforte's donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists is a drop in the bucket compared with what he raked in.

Also noteworthy is the absence of an apology for the lies his campaign put out on May 24 blaming the victim for the attack, for which Gianforte was charged with assault.

And Gianforte waited to correct the record and issue his first apology until after voters had gone to the polls. So pardon us if Gianforte's sudden generosity seems a bit more than a day late and dollar short.

Horsey McHorseface triumphs

In Australian thoroughbred racing news, Horsey McHorseface broke into the big time with a victory Monday at Cessnock Race Course in New South Wales.

The New Zealand-bred gelding, who already had been featured on CNN just because of his name, came from behind to take the 1,350-meter turf test, claiming the winner's purse of $15,000. Australian racing enthusiasts went wild. Large servings of Foster's Lager might have been involved.

In 2016, British name-that-ship contestants chose Boaty McBoatface as the name of a new polar research vessel. The U.K. Environmental Research Council reneged, naming the ship instead after BBC legend Sir David Attenborough. …

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