Netflix CEO Reed Hastings offered a strong statement against Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, as did the WGA. Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi says he won't attend the Academy Awards even if an exception were to be made for him under Trump's order. A pair of Syrians involved in an Oscar-nominated documentary short will be unable to attend due to the order. Josh Rottenberg and Glenn Whipp wonder if A-list stars will use the Oscars as a platform to talk about Trump.
Derek Thompson outlines how Trump is applying rules of popular entertainment in trying to create a monopoly on the facts of his own political narrative. And Noam Galai tries to find an upside in Trump's disdain for the news media.