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The Morning Briefing: More Jobs in 2018, Obama's Echo Chamber and Much, Much More

President Donald Trump shakes hands with firefighters at West Palm Beach Fire Rescue, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. President Trump who is spending the holidays at his private Mar-a-Lago estate and club in Florida thanked them for their service. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Good Thursday morning.

The president has no public events scheduled today.

Must read for today: Lee Smith breaks down the attack on Josh Meyer from Obama’s Iran echo chamber thugs

Over at Tablet, he assesses the response from Obama’s flying monkey Iran apologists who attacked Politico’s Josh Meyer for exposing just how much Obama indulged Hezbollah terror to get the Iran “deal.”

Twitter mob attacks by a name-calling scrum of mid-level bureaucrats, “security correspondents” for instant news outfits like Buzzfeed, interns at various NGOs and their self-credentialed “expert” bosses, partisan bot herders, and their Lord of the Flies puppet-masters are part of the price of doing journalism these days. Write something negative, and you’ll get dirtied up—and maybe some of the dirt will stick, who knows. These attacks are intended to be punitive. Brave or foolhardy reporters who deviate from the party line—the party in question being the Democrats, of course, since the representation of conservatives in newsrooms is generally reported to be somewhere in the single digits—and especially their colleagues watching from the sidelines, are meant to absorb a simple but all-important lesson: Get on the team, or else shut up. Watching even seasoned pros succumb to this kind of adolescent pressure game and publicly suck up to bullying flacks while throwing shade on members of their own profession is a depressingly normal occurrence, which shows that the two once-separate professions—partisan flackery, and reporting the news—have merged into a single, mindless borg.

It therefore seems redundant to point out that, by definition, none of the herd of independent minds attacking Meyer on Twitter have even the slightest idea of whether what he is saying is true, because none of them were in the rooms where decisions he writes about were made.

Go read the whole thing.

[Alleged] harassment round-up

CNBC Director Accused Of Spying On Teen Nanny

BuzzFeed has fired its White House correspondent after allegations of inappropriate comments to a colleague

Historical picture of the day

American troops from the Army’s 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y., run from a helicopter as they seized the runway in Belet Huen, Somalia, Dec. 28, 1992. Belet Huen is the last to be secured of eight points designated by the U.N. forces in Somalia as hubs for food distribution. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Other morsels:

Obama laments he can’t brainwash the filthy casuals with lefty propaganda

Job opportunities: 10 companies that will be hiring thousands in 2018

Important: Black Mirror returns tomorrow ‘Black Mirror’ returns solid, with some cracks

Disney is making a major change to its hotels in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting

Roy Moore files lawsuit to block Alabama Senate result

Number of officers killed in 2017 hits nearly 50-year low

Secret Service denies hiding Trump’s golfing from media

Vanity Fair faces backlash for suggesting Hillary Clinton learn to knit

‘Problem of Whiteness’ course offered at college despite GOP lawmakers calling for it to be canceled

Bomb explodes, injures at least 10 at busy Russian supermarket in St. Petersburg

Trump Edges Out Pope Francis As World’s Most Admired Man Among Americans

Judge grants Project Veritas a victory over Michigan teachers union

Tennessee statue of former Confederate general painted pink

House Intel Committee subpoenas McCain associate over Trump dossier sources, committee confirms

Actress Jenna Fischer issues apology for tweeting outdated information about the GOP tax bill

How you can check if you saw Russian ads on Facebook during the 2016 election

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!