Check yo vik before you Reykjavik

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Check yo vik before you Reykjavik
April 5th, 2016
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It's time for another #muckedup chat, and tonight (by popular demand!) we'll be tackling the media implications of this week's major journalistic feat: The Panama Papers. Got a relevant question you'd like to discuss at our weekly Twitter chat? Tweet it to our moderator, then join the chat at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST by tweeting with and following the #muckedup hashtag. 

Also, now that April is upon us, it only makes sense that today's Muck Rack blog reflect on last month's picks: here are the 5 links we loved in March.

And the real fallout begins


"You betta check yo vik before you Reykjavik," quips Polygon's Owen Good in the wake of breaking news that the recent Panama Papers scandal just brought down Iceland’s prime minister (at 10,000+ shares right now). "Panama Papers claim first victim," heralds Politico's Timothy Noah. "This is (sur) real," reacts freelance journalist Mikki Halpin. "Icelandic Prime Minister planning to run for office in the British Virgin Islands," jokes Wall Street Journal's Adam Janofsky. "C'mon Putinophobia," chimes in Brian Tracey at Reuters, referring to Russia's rejection of Vladimir Putin's own Panama connection as a fake charge whipped up by the U.S. There's plenty more on the horizon, too, with Fifa president Gianni Infantino also pulled into corruption scandal by details in the Panama Papers. "If there is a scandal, someone at FIFA will eventually be near it," surmises BuzzFeed's Stacy-Marie Ishmael. And for those wagging their fingers back in the States, remember that America often looks the other way when it comes to tax evasion at home. "How Wyoming (yes, Wyoming) is as secretive as many other offshore tax havens in the #PanamaPapers," explains McClatchy's Vera Maria Bergengruen.


In other fallouts, PayPal has withdrawn its plan for its Charlotte expansion in protest over North Carolina's discrimination law. "Thank you @Dan_Schulman for a principled stand against bigotry in NC. Makes me glad to start using @PayPal again," responds Anil Dash. That didn't stop Mississippi's governor from signing a law allowing service denial to gays, of course. "Looks like @PhilBryantMS officially signed HB 1523 into law. Guess his son will have fewer choices when shopping," predicts freelancer C. Robert Gibson. And because we all love a "candidate's campaign in disarray" story, here's one on Trump's, where they've recently laid off staffers in battleground states. "The Trump campaign's data operation is now being run by a 2015 college graduate with no previous work experience," notices Byron Tau. Perhaps all the money for those salaries is being funneled into doing intelligence on would-be protesters via his "privatized mercenary force?" "Imagine if Trump put this much energy into basic, necessary elements of winning nomination," suggests Adrian Carrasquillo at BuzzFeed.

And elsewhere in politics, Bernie Sanders met with the editorial board of the New York Daily News, and we hear tell from WaPo's Chris Cillizza that it was pretty close to a disaster. "Bernie Sanders wants to break up the big banks, but he can't say how he will do it. Awks," notes James Massola at the Sydney Morning Herald, but Vox's David Roberts sees it differently: "Sellout Hitlary corporate media tries to claim it's 'bad' that Sanders struggles when pushed beyond slogans." Also, forget Apple vs. the FBI -- WhatsApp just switched on encryption for a billion people. "Not an overstatement to say that this is one of the biggest privacy wins in the history of modern communication," muses Wired's Joe Brown. Also big in tech, Twitter won the NFL deal to stream Thursday night games while Medium just made its platform more powerful for publishers.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Rhode Island's marketing executive recently resigned after what revelation came out?  Among other issues, it mistakenly included footage of Reykjavik, Iceland, rather than that of the state capitol of Providence. As a timely tribute, please enjoy this gif of Justin Bieber facepalming in the Land of Fire and Ice.

Congratulations to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to answer that correctly. Honorable mentions go out to Hiram ReisnerDan Rosenbaum (who notes Reykjavik "is not one of the Providence Plantations"), Ron Casalotti (who quips "One might say, it Reykjaviked her career"), Ken WalkerMatt NagelClaudine Laforce (who jokes this part of mix-up "happens all the time!"), and Mark Gibbs for all getting that exactly right, as well!

As for today's question, here it is: Why is BuzzFeed warning us to "say no to the dress?"

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:

  • Chloi Rad (at right) is now an associate editor at IGN. Rad was most recently a staff writer there.
  • Tyler McCall joins Fashionista as a senior editor. McCall hails from Teen Vogue, where she served as digital fashion editor.
  • Inverse welcomes Jordan Zakarin as senior entertainment editor. Zakarin previously wrote for Yahoo Movies and Yahoo TV.
  • Daniel Bean heads to Inverse as well, but as tech news editor. Bean also joins from Yahoo (its Tech vertical).
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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