The state of our union is ... ugly

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The state of our union is ... ugly
March 10th, 2016
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Trending
Not another rally mishap

 

"The state of our union is ... ugly," concludes National Journal's Tim Alberta after watching a black protester get sucker-punched by a Trump supporter at a rally in North Carolina (at about 15,000+ shares right now). "Far right National Front rallies in France are not even like this!" reacts journalist Emma-Kate Symons. "Seriously America, what the H is happening?" demands Ted Perry from WITI 6 in Milwaukee. "It's clearly open season on anyone who doesn't pay obeisance to King Trump at his rallies," observes Charles Aaron at MTV News. "Party of Lincoln is becoming the Party of Trump," The Nation's John Nichols puts it another way. Meanwhile, Saladin Ahmed offers a "salute to the protestor and documentarian. remarkable bravery putting themselves in this environment as Black men." At least the punch viewed 'round the world sparked a police probe and a man has been charged with assault.

And this happened right on the heels of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields being man-handled by Trump's campaign manager. Here she is in her own words: "I hope this article answers [your] questions and I can get back to reporting the news, not being a part of it." "Incredible story of Breitbart reporter being manhandled by Trump aides whose excuse is they mistook her for MSM!" notes Jay Rosen. Andy Levy snarks, "my bad, i thought it was one of those journalists it’s OKAY to manhandle”  Even Hot Air's Michelle Malkin was taken aback: "WTF: @michellefields assaulted by Trump CM for asking Trump about affirmative action views?! Chilling & insane." Strangely, Breitbart itself seems to have rolled over on the whole issue. "TrumpBart more concerned with not offending Trump than defending its own reporter," decides Below the Beltway's Doug Mataconis.

We wish we could say the trending Trump stories end there, but they don't. Parents are wondering how they should talk to their children about him. His modeling agency broke immigration laws, according to some law experts. The donating class appears resigned to a Trump nomination, as he continues to make inroads with mega-donors. Still, inside Trump’s inner circle, his staffers are willing to fight for him. Literally

Watercooler
Question of the day

 

Our last question asked: What amazing correction did Wired have to put out on an article yesterday? Because of a "haphazardly-installed Chrome extension" during the editing process, the article in question was first published with the name "Donald Trump" automatically (and mistakenly!) replaced every where with the phrase “Someone With Tiny Hands.” 

Congratulations to banking reporter Laura Alix of Banker & Tradesman for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions also go out to these fine folks for also getting it right: Sarah-Ann Soffer (who suggests "Maybe they meant to say 'hold me closer, tiny haaaands'"), Anna ReitmanGeraldine HerbertMark Gibbs (who asks and answers his own question, "How'd it get through copy editing? Oh, yeah, we don't do that any more"), Dan Rosenbaum (whose answer was "turned every mention of 'someone with tiny hands' to 'someone with tiny hands'" ... oh, we see what you did there), Kelly Phillips Erb (who calls the mistake "hands down, best of the day"), Mike Rostabare (who jokingly answers "Inadvertently replacing 'Trump' with 'Someone With Tiny Genitalia' -- OMG now Twitter is inadvertently doing it too!"), Ron Casalotti (who alternatively suggests "replace with small eggplant emoji"), Ken WalkerEve Byron (who admits she "Spewed my coffee at that one"), Rachel RohMartin Berliner (who adds "and we all know what THAT means!") and Robin Soslow (who suggests it was instead "a damnable autocorrect of 'titanic.'"

As for today's question, here it is: The press audience invited to the big reveal by private spaceflight venture Blue Origin appeared to be suffering from a dearth of what (or should we say, whom)?

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 Thursday

 

Your career highlight for today:

  • Here's an interesting job title: The Associated Press has just hired Terrance Harris (at right) as "a hybrid sports and news journalist" based in Orlando, Florida. Harris previously worked as a reporter and national football columnist for The Houston Chronicle and as a writer for AOL's FanHouse site. Harris is a veteran sportswriter with experience covering the NBA and NFL as well as college sports, including the Saints and Notre Dame. Read more here.
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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