All you can do is LOL

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All you can do is LOL
December 22nd, 2015
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Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

Just in time to ring in 2016, here are the 10 most popular Muck Rack posts from 2015!

Trending this Tuesday

"All you can do is LOL at this absurdity from the NFL's Legal Industrial Complex," tweets Sean Conboy with the Players' Tribune, sharing the breaking news that the NFL has pulled out of funding Boston University head trauma study, citing concerns about researcher (at about 5,000+ shares right now). "The NFL backed away from funding major study into brain disease … because it doesn’t like the doctor," realizes Dan Diamond from Forbes. "NFL grants NIH $30 mil. to study brain disease, says it's 'no strings attached,' but in fact NFL retained veto power," points out FiveThirtyEight's Andrew Flowers. "Remember this excellent report from @OTLonESPN next time the #NFL claims to care about player safety," advises Will Brown with the St. Augustine Record. Or as Ian Froeb at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch bills it, "Garbage league is garbage, part 1 trillion." More to the point, LAT's Matt Pearce wonders, "Was it even appropriate that the NFL was funding CTE studies in the first place?" Even better, Upworthy's Parker Molloy predicts, "I feel like there'll be a time in the future where we look back on pro football like we do gladiators." One can hope.

In a new look at police shootings from the Washington Post, we learn that, for at least 55 officers involved in fatal shootings this year, it wasn’t their first time. "Important to note: we only know when officers were involved in multiple fatal shootings at the same department," shares WaPo's Steven Rich. In other reveals from the Post, turns out women really do pay more for razors - and almost everything else. "Not only do women make 79 cents per every $1 paid to men, items marketed to girls + women cost an average 7% more," observes NYT's Emily Steel. By now you may have also heard that Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton "disgusting" for using the restroom during a debate, and his choice of words simulataneously launched a rather interesting linguistic investigation. In other breaking news, a Secret Service agent's gun and badge were stolen in D.C.

Question of the day

Our last question asked: What giant flub happened at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant this weekend? (And do you think it was staged?) They crowned the wrong girl -- Miss Colombia -- when Miss Philippines apparently was the true winner.

Congratulations to Joseph Campbell of Booz Allen Hamilton for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Maureen MacGregor (who adds "Too real & raw 2b fake (unlike some stuff @ pageant)"), Bridget O'Brian (who adds "And really, who cares if it was staged?"), Edna Kaplan (who adds "but I don't think it was an accident at all"), Eugene Hunt (who adds "sorry Miss Colombia"), Carrie Gray (who offers the analogy of "Dewey defeats Truman!"), Eve ByronMark Gibbs (who remarks "Staged? If they'd announced American Pharaoh won, then yes, otherwise they're not that smart"), Charlotte LoBuonoLucia A. Walinchus (who reflects that "Maybe the real news is sadly the pageant is still going on?"), Ron Casalotti (who jokes "In a related story, Colombia declared war on the Philippines"), Margo Howard (who suggests "I think that's worth a diamond bracelet"), Jake Wengroff (who notes that host Steve Harvey, who made the flub, also misspelled both women's countries in his now-deleted apology tweet), Ken Walker (who also thinks "No way it was staged: No one can pretend to be that dumb"), Liam PowellTiffany R. Jansen (who notes "As a former Miss America pageant girl, it was *def* not staged"), Robert FortnerRobin Tierney (who suggests "In an alternative universe, would be a nerdy writer like me"), Martin Berliner (who quips "lucky he didn't say 'Donald Trump'"), Hollywood HighlandsAlan BlausteinDawn Burkes (who also doesn't think it was staged), Fabiola Camacho and Ayele Ajavon for all getting it right, too.

As for today's question, here it is: Bank of America Merrill Lynch convinced Twitter to do what, according to Business Insider's Jim Edwards?

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 Tuesday

Your career moves to know today:

  • Angela Salazar (at right) is a newly named senior editor at InStyle. Salazar joins from the San Francisco Chronicle, where she served as deputy style editor.
  • Aiyana Cristal will join CBS Atlanta 46 as a reporter beginning Jan. 4. Cristal most recently was a reporter for CSN Chicago since 2013.
  • Elite Daily appoints Emily McCombs executive editor. McCombs most recently served in the same role for
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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