Speed Reads

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Tom Hanks sent the White House press corps an espresso machine

It's been a rough few months for the press. At war with the president and losing ground with the public, journalists are slogging day and night to churn out facts — sans alternatives — in an effort to keep people informed. Democracy dies in darkness, as the kids say.

But one American who hasn't given up on the First Amendment is Tom Hanks, whose own reporting most often takes the form of lost glove ads. On Thursday morning, NBC News' Peter Alexander revealed that Hanks sent the White House press corps a brand-new espresso machine, along with a note urging them to "keep up the good fight":

Thanks, Hanx!