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Saturday morning brought an old familiar feeling to editors and political journalists around the country: A STATEMENT FROM DONALD TRUMP to send us careening around, trying to figure out how to cover a story of massive public interest whose protagonist has already tried to write your headline.
We’ve got some ideas about how to do better this time, and in Semafor’s Principals newsletter we’ll do our best to keep our eye on the powerful forces at play in Washington, as well as the former president’s campaign. Still, good luck to us all!
Max’s big story today is on another great hype man of the 2010s: Shane Smith, the Vice media co-founder who for a time seemed to embody a new generation of media, and who has quietly vanished. Max offers a new accounting at how much money he took with him.
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