Donald Trump, Garrison Keillor, Jay-Z: Your Thursday Briefing

On Wednesday, within hours of firing the “Today” co-host Matt Lauer for inappropriate sexual behavior, NBC received at least two more complaints related to him. Our TV critics discussed the revelations.

The Times has started a new newsletter, The #MeToo Moment, in which our gender editor, Jessica Bennett, will offer updates and analysis on the wave of revelations about sexual misconduct. Sign up here.


Lauer, O’Reilly and Rose: The Fall of Male Media Stars

Is this the long-awaited reckoning that the corporate news media needs? Our media columnist, Jim Rutenberg, explains.

By BARBARA MARCOLINI and JIM RUTENBERG on Publish Date November 29, 2017. Photo by Karsten Moran for The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »

Separately, Minnesota Public Radio said it was cutting all ties with Garrison Keillor, the creator of “A Prairie Home Companion,” after allegations of “inappropriate behavior.”

“It is wrong for the president to have done this.”

• Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain denounced President Trump on Wednesday after he shared videos from a fringe ultranationalist group purportedly showing Muslims committing acts of violence.

We examined the videos. At least one misrepresents the facts of what the viewer is seeing, while two others are provided without any context.

Britain First, the group that posted the videos, thanked Mr. Trump for publicizing its views, which include the idea that white Christian civilization is under threat from Muslims.

A lonely death.

• In postwar Japan, a single-minded focus on rapid economic growth helped erode family ties. Now, a generation is dying alone.

The extreme isolation of elderly Japanese is so common that an entire industry has emerged, specializing in cleaning out apartments where decomposing remains are found.

“The way we die is a mirror of the way we live,” one 83-year-old said.

The Daily”: Trump, taxes and Twitter.

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A Bosnian Croat former military commander, Slobodan Praljak, swallowed what he said was poison on Wednesday during a court hearing at The Hague in which judges upheld his 20-year jail sentence for war crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian conflict. Mr. Praljak, 72, later died in a Dutch hospital. Credit ICTY, via Associated Press


Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, gave Congress an upbeat assessment of the economy on Wednesday, and said she expected growth to continue.

G.M. is set to demonstrate its growing fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolts today.

American Airlines is scrambling to fix an error that left about 15,000 scheduled holiday flights without pilots.

U.S. stocks were mixed on Wednesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

Four easy steps you can take today to be happier.

Are you at high risk for a heart attack?

Recipe of the day: Try an Italian sheet-pan dinner of chicken, potatoes and cherry tomatoes.


Do it the way the Italians do. Credit Michael Kraus for The New York Times


New York City by water.

In today’s 360 video, ride along the East River from Astoria to Wall Street on the city’s new ferry service, whose ridership has exceeded early projections.

As delays plague the subway, one woman summed up the boats’ appeal to commuters: “This is the way they want to get to work.”


See Why New York’s Ferries Are So Popular

Ride down the East River from Astoria to Wall Street, and find out why New York’s new ferry service has been filled beyond early projections.

By GUGLIELMO MATTIOLI, SAMANTHA QUICK and NATHAN GRIFFITHS on Publish Date November 30, 2017. Photo by Christian Hansen for The New York Times. Technology by Samsung.. Watch in Times Video »

A conversation with Jay-Z.

The rapper and music mogul recently visited The Times and spoke to our executive editor, Dean Baquet, about race, relationships, O.J. Simpson, the state of rap and his place in music.

“I’m the person that looked at the Mona Lisa and be like, man, that’s gonna be cool in 40 years,” Jay-Z said. “I play forever. And so my whole thing is to identify with the truth. Not to be the youngest, hottest, new, trendy thing.”

Watch the interview here.


Jay-Z and Dean Baquet, in Conversation

The rapper and music mogul discusses therapy, marriage and politics with The New York Times’s executive editor.

By NICK BENTGEN on Publish Date November 29, 2017. Photo by Nick Bentgen. Watch in Times Video »

Nazi sympathizer loses his job.

The restaurant in Ohio that employed Tony Hovater, the subject of a recent Times profile who expressed a belief that races are better off separate, said it had received threats.

An uplifting tale from London.

After years of drifting the city’s canals, a step ahead of the law, two English students-turned-squatters found success in their 50s with a floating bookstore.

“Books have been considered on the verge of obsolete, and so have canals,” one of the owners said. “But these are things people always liked. The canals survived because of that, and so will books and bookstores.”


Word on the Water, a 50-foot-long boat and bookshop, moored on Regent’s Canal in London, near the British Library. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times

Best of late-night TV.

Stephen Colbert returned from an extended Thanksgiving weekend, introducing himself as “one of the few men still allowed on television.”

Quotation of the day.

“When you put all these pieces together, what you’re left with is we are squandering a giant sum of money.”

Edward Kleinbard, a former chief of staff at the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation who now teaches law at the University of Southern California, on the proposed tax changes.

Back Story

Thirty-five years ago today, Michael Jackson released “Thriller,” which topped charts around the world and became the best-selling album globally.

The King of Pop’s sixth studio album, “Thriller” infused a mix of pop, disco, funk and rock. It won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including Album of the Year. (Santana tied the record in 2000.)


Michael Jackson in Buffalo in 1984. Credit Associated Press

Statues of Mr. Jackson have been erected in countries from Australia and China to Italy and Brazil.

Produced by the arranger and composer Quincy Jones, “Thriller” also broke racial barriers.

The video for “Billie Jean” was one of the few from black artists to receive heavy airtime on MTV and is widely credited with helping to popularize the music network, which debuted in 1981.

After the success of “Billie Jean,” MTV readily accepted the video for “Thriller,” the album’s title track. The zombie-filled video, by the director John Landis, cost $1 million to produce.

In a review, The Times called the album a “wonderful pop record.”

“Most important of all,” our reviewer wrote, “it is another signpost on the road to Michael Jackson’s own artistic fulfillment.”

(Read more about the album and coverage of Mr. Jackson in The Times here.)

Claudio E. Cabrera contributed reporting.


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