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Facebook's Trump fundraising; New book on Cubs' World Series win

Tom Verducci. Photo: William Hauser

Amid talk of echo chambers and fake news, Wired exposes the real reason Facebook played such an important part in Trump’s win: “It helped generate the bulk of the campaign’s $250 million in online fundraising.”

Sarah Posner and David Neiwert have been awarded this month’s Sidney Award for their Mother Jones article about “how Donald Trump’s presidential campaign brought hate groups into the mainstream of national politics.”

After being left behind while Trump enjoyed a steak dinner with members of his transition team, the National Press Club and sixteen other journalism associations have signed an open letter requesting that Trump respect the tradition of the presidential press pool. “A great America depends on having sunlight on its leaders,” they write. Olivier Knox, chief Washington correspondent for Yahoo News, explains exactly why the protective press pool needs access to the president, even for casual dinners. “It chronicles the unfolding events, large and small, of a presidency,” writes Knox, “with the belief that writing history shouldn’t be left only to loyal staffers and government officials.”

Breitbart editor-at-large Joel Pollak responded to a question from NPR’s Steve Inskeep about the new site’s embrace of the alt-right by accusing the radio network of being racist. After defending an article that referred to the Confederacy as “a patriotic and idealisitc cause” unrelated to slavery, Pollak said, “NPR is taxpayer-funded and has an entire section of its programming, a regular feature called CodeSwitch, which from my perspective is a racist program. I’m looking here at the latest article