Affluenza is apprehenda

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Affluenza is apprehenda
December 29th, 2015
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Tonight is our very last #muckedup chat of the year, and we'll be focusing on the year's best (and worst) stories, as we look ahead to 2016! Just log on Twitter at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST by following the #muckedup hashtag to join tonight's conversation. And in case you didn't catch this on the Muck Rack blog already, also be sure to check out our timely 7 New Year’s resolutions for PR pros.

 
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And that's the way it is ...

 

"Affluenza is apprehenda," quips CNNMoney's Aaron Smith, heralding the headlining capture of "Affluenza" teen Ethan Couch, who was detained in Mexico (at 35,000+ shares at the mo). "Why is #EthanCouch getting the Bonnie & Clyde treatment? #Affluenza 'hit a nerve' nationally," explains Naomi Martin with The Dallas Morning News. Couch was given only probation for drunken driving deaths of four but missed his probation check and went on the lam. "Because who knew skipping probation was bad?" snarks Debbi Baker at U-T San Diego. "The #Affluenza defense raises SO MANY QUESTIONS. friend (back seat) also has severe brain trauma. 'Sorry, I'm rich'?" wonders Kirstin Cole from WPIX TV. Others are just sick of us trying to making this nickname happen, like The Hollywood Reporter's Seth Abramovitch, who tweets, "Stop saying affluenza." THR's Michael Krakovskiy replies, "is wealthorrhea ok?" At the Independent MailMike Ellis suggests an alternative: Moneybagitis.

 

The latest on yesterday's top headline story explores why prosecutors keep talking about Tamir Rice’s size 36 pants and why black children are seen as "older, bigger and guiltier" than they really are. "Study finds black boys under 18 tend to be perceived as 'older and less innocent' than white boys," explains Brian Knox at NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. "Police overestimated age of black kids suspected of felony by 5 yrs, but underestimated age of white kids by a year," further details Nick Fox with the New York Times. Meanwhile, the Pentagon appears to be thwarting Obama's efforts to close Guantanamo. "Hard to have sympathy for WH when most work on Gitmo transfers/PRBs started at height of hunger strike in 2013," points out VICE's Jason Leopold, who also notes, "If WH fought to allow transfer of Gitmo Uighurs to Virginia in 2009 perhaps this story would be different." Relatedly, while the U.S. focuses on the Islamic State and the Taliban, now Al Qaeda appears to be on the rise. "What's old is new again," reacts Nick Turse at TomDispatch.com. Simultaneously, a recent ISIS ruling just settled who can have sex with female slaves, in a vain attempt to justify the unjustifiable. "It's the 21st century and we have this. IS fatwa lays out who can rape sex slaves and when they can do it," laments AFP's Jerome Taylor.

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In press and politics

 

First, the politics: a new book claims that Communist China's first premier Zhou Enlai was probably gay. "Loved overhearing [Ben Blanchard]'s valiant attempts to get govt comment on this," muses Reuters colleague Sui-Lee Wee. In American politics, Donald Trump was just granted access to the RNC's voter file. "Lotta talk about how Trump doesn't have voter data for a turnout operation, but he quietly obtained it from @GOP," argues Politico's Kenneth Vogel. In Australian politics, South Australian Liberal Jamie Briggs quits his role in Malcolm Turnbull's government, citing an "error of professional judgement."

 

And now, the press part: a new sobering report says that 69 journalists died on the job in 2015, with 28 murdered by groups including IS and Al-Qaeda. Elsewhere in media, Nevada gaming regulators are closely monitoring that Adelson Review-Journal buy. "Sheldon Adelson quoted saying he'll 'probably never talk to the editor' of the Las Vegas Review-Journal," notices Sherman Frederick at Battle Born Media. And at The AwlEmma Carmichael movingly writes about the ordeal of her past year in a piece about trying "after neither of us are the same".

Question of the day

 

Our last question asked: Trending on Facebook is a rather unusual gingerbread recreation of what infamous location/movie? That would be the Overlook Hotel from The Shining.

Congratulations to Ken Walker of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to answer that correctly! Walker also notes that the miniature version is "Far less creepy than the movie; much more cute/delicious." Honorable mentions go out to Martin Berliner (who suggests adding "Nicholson leering through the front door (rock sugar teeth)") and Mark Gibbs for also getting that exactly right.

As for today's question, here it is: What unusual obstacle recently was blocking traffic on California's Highway 37?

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!

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Featured journalist: Stephen McGrath

 

Today's featured journalist happens to be Stephen McGrath, a freelance journalist with one foot in London and the other in Bucharest, Romania. "All views belong to the UK," he writes in his bio. McGrath contributes most often to The Independent, but you'll also find his bylines at The SpectatorCityMetric and the New Internationalist, among others. McGrath also harbors a passion for boxing, one of many subjects he's covered, as you'll see showcased in this piece: "Never mind the Tyson Fury uproar. Boxing brings huge benefits to communities." Check out the rest of his latest work in his Muck Rack portfolio, starting with the question "Is Bucharest ready for the earthquake that could kill thousands of its citizens?" (150+ shares) and ending with the controversial 'killing law' that's led to Bucharest stray-dog slaughter (at 220+ shares).

Remember: If you also want to be featured here, you should 1) set up your own journalist portfolio 2) get verified and 3) let us know by emailing Kirsten.

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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