Donald Trump’s presidency is the biggest story of our time. But it is not the only story in the world.
While The Daily Beast is committed to holding President Trump accountable as part of the loyal opposition, we also recognize that there is more to life than this president.
We think it’s time to go on a more balanced Donald Diet—call it a Sabbath for sanity. And that’s why we’re going to embark on a new experiment: Trump-free Sunday mornings.
Barring major breaking news, for a few hours each week, we’ll focus our attention on our recurring weekend features like CartelWatch, Bully Pulpit, Cloak and Dagger, Lost Masterpieces, Secret Lives, and Beast Fiction.
We’ll focus on regular weekend Beast writers like Candida Moss, Paul Offit, Stereo Williams, Mimi Sheraton, David Wondrich, Joshua Dubois, Joshua David Stein, and Pete Dexter. And we’ll offer plenty of entertainment and culture coverage to give Beast readers a reason to read this and kick back.
Why not extend our Trump-break to both days of the weekend? The simple fact is that this administration has already proven too fond of Friday night news dumps to credibly promise a Trump-free Saturday. The Cheat Sheet will keep readers up to date on the latest news and Sunday show headlines. Consistent with our core coverage of the intersection of politics and pop-culture, our SNL coverage will continue.
In the spirit of a broader reality check, we’ll take a few hours to offer a wider view of the world than can be seen from the White House. This isn’t a political statement, it’s an editorial decision based on the recognition that it’s healthy to take a short break from hard news to appreciate the full spectrum of life before heading back into the work of the week ahead.