When a presidential contest goes "bats--- crazy"

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When a presidential contest goes "bats--- crazy"
March 7th, 2016
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What happened over the weekend


"When [a] presidential contest goes 'bats--- crazy,' what can @AP standards editor do?" pointedly asks David Beard at PRI.org, and fortunately we didn't have to wait long for an answer -- because the Associated Press just announced that using certain vulgar words is just going to have to be OK under "certain circumstances" -- i.e., this election. Also see "How the AP is handling an increasingly vulgar campaign, from 'pussy' to 'batshit,'" as explained by Huffington Post's Michael Calderone. "Sad when AP's standards editor has to discuss appropriate use of obscenities as a result of a presidential campaign," laments Timothy Aeppel. But Washington Post's Mark Berman offers a counterargument: "if this election ends with us being able to use whatever words we want in news stories it will all be worth it."

That's not the only thing Trump is changing about this election. More Latinos are seeking citizenship to vote against Trump. "Trump’s unintended effect: Spurring increased engagement, enfranchisement of the very people he's sought to demonize," points out HuffPo's Nick Wing, although Vox's Dara Lind observes, "Articles about Trump-spurred Latino naturalizations still outpacing evidence of same." He's also spurring foreign diplomats to voice their alarm to U.S. officials, but one place the billionaire businessman isn't having any trouble winning over hearts is Florida, where he's tapped into the state's anti-establishment streak. "Rubio has lost support from grassroots GOP clubs -- the same activists who made him in 2010," elaborates S.V. Date with the National Journal. And if grassroots GOP clubs made Rubio, then the GOP "establishment" created Trump, argues Business Insider's Josh Barro, who further tweets, "To understand how Trump happened to the GOP, you need to look first at Mike Huckabee's cinnamon diabetes cure." At least Trump's anti-fan club can find solace in his ongoing tormented by that "finger" comment that was invented by Spy Magazine's founders.

In other breaking news from Sunday, former first lady Nancy Reagan died yesterday of congestive heart failure at 94, a dozen years after her beloved husband former president Ronald Reagan. Besides her famous red attire, Lady Reagan the former first lady leaves behind a legacy of advocacy, including her anti-drug and alcohol abuse "Just Say No” campaign, raising awareness about breast cancer after her own diagnosis in 1987, and of course, championing the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease after Ronald was diagnosed with it in 1994. Plus today, with his voice cracking, quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement from the NFL after 18 seasons and 5 league MVPs. And in the wake of news that U.S. war planes (not drones) killed 150 Shabab fighters in Somalia, the American government prepares to release a casualty count from counterterrorism strikes. Lastly, if you happened to miss last night's Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, here are the most memorable quotes of the evening!

Question of the day


Our last question asked: The city of Cleveland plans to use part of a $50 million federal security grant to buy what in advance of Republican National Convention?  The city wants to buy 2000 sets of extra riot gear, because apparently they're that scared of a backlash. Or maybe they just want to do the world's largest mass re-enactment of that one Walking Dead episode?

Congratulations to Ken Walker of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions also go out to these excellent people for getting it right: Craig PittmanMike Rostabare (we gave you credit for "bullet-proof hairpieces"), Kyra DeprezTaniaCharlotte LoBuono (who jokes "Was hoping it would be the right face foundation for Donald Trump!"), Chris LombardiLucia A. Walinchus (who teases that it's "just to protect favorite son Lebron James"), Jayna WallaceSarah-Ann Soffer (whose reaction was "literally, no words"), Ron Casalotti (who darkly jokes "although there's no truth to the rumor they ordered the 'Chicago 1968' package") and Temple Williams (who snarks "although Cleveland has rarely been a riot"). Shout-outs to Brian Hyland for guessing "a penis pump?" because that's where this election has brought us and Dan Rosenbaum for his very Cleveland trivia-heavy answer of "a) Stephan Curry's contract. b) a beautiful wall to protect against immigrants from Akron."

As for today's question, here it is: A manager has written to the Boston Globe recently to protest what?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Monday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • Scott Dodd (at right) is the newly named executive editor for Grist. Dodd previously served as editorial director for NRDC.
  • Deanna Ting joins Skift as associate editor. Ting comes from the Specialty Food Association, where she has been managing editor.
  • InStyle welcomes Leigh Belz Ray as features and news director. Belz Ray had been editorial director with Lucky.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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