No more martyrs, no more hashtags

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No more martyrs, no more hashtags
December 28th, 2015
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"No more martyrs. No more hashtags," reads a note from one Cleveland resident, rendered especially poignant after today's announcement that police officer Timothy Loehmann will not face charges in Tamir Rice's shooting death (at 6,000+ shares and mounting ever higher). "I just can't ANYMORE!!!" reacts Charles M. Blow with the New York Times. "Grand jury declines to charge cops who shot Tamar Rice. Cos nothing says reasonable force like killing kids," similarly notes Gary Younge with The Nation and The Guardian. "This one stings. Like everyone has their one that really stings. This one really, really stings personally," confides The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates. "Second verse, same as the first," comes the resigned tweet from Jamil Smith at The New Republic. Prosecutors called these video stills six of the most critical pieces of evidence in the case, while experts testified that the shooting was "reasonable," while the prosecutor boiled it down to a "perfect storm of human error."  "This is an outrage. How can human error that leads to the death of a 12-year-old NOT be a crime?" demands The Verge's Kwame Opam. The only thing we know with any certainty is that tomorrow's takes promise to be swift and vicious.

"Sweet Georgia Brown! Meadowlark Lemon, clown Prince of the Harlem Globetrotters, passes," announces Philadelphia Inquirer's Carrie Rickey, sharing the New York Times obituary for Lemon. We're also mourning the death of Ellsworth Kelly, the artist who mixed abstract with simplicity. And then there's the man in Germany who died after blowing up a condom machine. Brian Feldman teasingly tweets BuzzFeed's Ryan Broderick, "sorry to hear that you died. rest in peace, bro." Also submitted for your perusal: the many strategies and snags at Theranos. "Woah, a very serious accusation (that Holmes tampered with the data.) Medical experts, any opinions on this?" wonders Fast Company's Christina Farr. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces have retaken the center of Ramadi from the Islamic State. "If they hold it, would be biggest blow to ISIS which occupied it for 7 months," assesses NYT's Shreeya Sinha. Still, Americans are more likely to say that terrorists are winning the war than at any point since Sept. 11. "More proof that rise of terrorism in voters' minds of voters, not Trump, is likely most durable new trend of 2016," Politico's Glenn Thrush offers a takeaway.

In press and politics


Speaking of whom, Donald Trump is tied with Pope Francis for second most-admired man in the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll. "I think there are prophecies about this," warns MSNBC's Alex Seitz-Wald. Simultaneously, fellow presidential candidate Ben Carson is feeling the burden of the campaign trail, admitting to the Washington Post "A process like this is pretty brutal." "In this interview, Ben Carson refers to the black community as 'they,'" notices ESPN's Jesse Washington. And peeking in on the Las Vegas newspaper soap opera, the NY Times raises even more questions on the direction of the The Las Vegas Review-Journal. Possibly the best line of the day: "Until a few weeks ago, Sheldon Adelson ... was better known for suing newspapers than owning them." Re/code's Kara Swisher summarizes, "Adelson purchase=dearth/death of journalism in Nevada." How do you feel about that summation, Nevada readers?

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Hillary Clinton's latest campaign stunt inspired a not-so-positive response from Latin American social media users. What was the hashtag and what prompted it? When Clinton's campaign attempted to liken her to a Latin American grandmother (in Spanish, "abuela") many Twitter users labeled it as "Hispandering" and so the hashtag #NotMiAbuela was born.

Congratulations to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to Maureen MacGregor (who notes "My gram wasn't a former FLOTUS Wellesley grad, if urs was, go u!"), Mark Gibbs and Robin Soslow for all answering correctly as well.

As for today's question, in the spirit of the holidays, here it is: Trending on Facebook is a rather unusual gingerbread recreation of what infamous location/movie?

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


Lots of new faces at D.C.'s Roll Call recently:

  • Washington Post's Phyllis Jordan joins Roll Call as  congressional editor. Jordan most recently was an editor with the Post and, prior to that, the LA Times.
  • Also hailing from WaPoMary C. Curtis assumes the roll of political editor at Roll Call. Curtis has contributed to the Post, NPR and the New York Times, among others.
  • Meanwhile, Stephanie Akin will soon be a staff writer there. Akin is finishing up as a general assignment reporter at The Bergen Record in New Jersey.
  • Rema Rahman also will be joining as staff writer. Rahman is wrapping up The Capital in Annapolis, Maryland, where she has been a reporter.
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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