What gets you kicked off a plane

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What gets you kicked off a plane
April 19th, 2016
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Not about the Pulitzer

"What gets you kicked off a plane and in front of the FBI? Speaking Arabic on a plane, reports @nytimes," tweets BuzzFeed's Siraj Datoo, sharing today's top trending post (at 63,000+ shares) on how a college student was removed from a flight after speaking Arabic on a plane. "And the criminalization of the Arabic language continues," remarks Beirut bureau chief Anne Barnard at the New York Times. Put another way by colleague Alexandra Stevenson, "When the word 'inshallah' [if God wills it] is enough for a Muslim person to be pulled off a plane." Which freelance journalist Jon Letman took further by tweeting, "#Inshallah, I will never fly on @SouthwestAir." "In U.S., talking on phone on a plane about chicken dinner = 'potentially threatening comments.' (If it's in Arabic)," comments NYT's Sid Acker, although former Breitbart writer Jordan Schachtel also points out, "Man mentions the Islamic State in Arabic while on a commercial plane, wonders why he was booted off jet." Perhaps we should just listen to Josh Greenman at the New York Daily News' helpful suggestion, which was "Require all foreign language speakers to wear LED necklaces sharing realtime translations of what they're saying." BuzzFeed's Ivor Tossell is bothered by something else entirely: "Wait, how is Southwest 'unable to comment on the conduct of individual employee'?"

The outrage doesn't end there--in fact, it gets worse. Another story sure to churn a few stomachs concerns an Ohio teenager accused of live-streaming her friend’s rape on PeriscopeRichard Deitsch with Sports Illustrated calls it "One of the most horrific things I've read regarding the obsession with social media," and we have to agree. "The asteroid can't hit soon enough," morbidly concludes Boston Globe's Jeremy Fox. Another top story we touched on yesterday but didn't delve into deeply enough: Houston's flooding, which left parts of the city largely shut down and one aforementioned annoyed reporter rescuing a man during his liveshot. "#Houstonflood made an overpass look like a waterfall," the CNN Twitter account shares.

In politics, you may be disappointed to learn Justin Trudeau’s quantum computing explanation could very possibly have been staged for publicity. "I'm not surprised that @jktrotter is one of the only journalists to question the official Trudeau story," muses Bloomberg's Joe Weisenthal, although Kif Leswing for the International Business Times reacts, "always truthers for everything." Elsewhere, a top Trump aide reportedly lobbied for a Pakistani spy front. "Trump says put America first. Top aide Manafort has lobbied for dictators, a pro-Putin ally & Pakistani ISI front," points out Yahoo's Michael Isikoff. And while we may be far from the Indiana primary, the Indiana Star seems to be already calling it for ... John Kasich? "The @indystar found only 2 Trump supporters among IN's 57 GOP delegates. IN's primary is May 3," details Maureen Groppe at Gannett. And in the Democratic race, a new poll from Wall Street Journal and NBC News indicates that Hillary Clinton’s lead is narrowing among Democratic primary voters. "To paraphrase Meat Loaf, candidates in rearview mirror may be closer than they appear," quips WSJ's Tim Hanrahan. Maybe it's because we know know Hillary keeps artisanal hot sauce on her person at all times. TIME Magazine's Michael Scherer shares, "Asked if Bernie Sanders also eats hot sauce, a spokesman said, 'His bold ideas are his hot sauce.' It burns, yo."

About those Pulitzers

In addition to the fact that, yes, the Washington Post did earn a Pulitzer on police shootings coverage and, equally unsurprisingly, the musical ‘Hamilton’ was honored for drama, the Tampa Bay Times won for local and investigative reporting and the New York Times shared a Pulitzer Prize with Thomson Reuters for photography coverage of the refugee crisis. In political cartoons, Sacramento Bee's own Jack Ohman took home the award and The New Yorker earned not one but three Pulitzers. Relatedly, we invite you take a closer look at how four Associated Press got the award-winning "Seafood from Slaves" narrative, which allowed one Myanmar fisherman to finally go home after 22 years enslaved. But one award-winning newsroom where there was no champagne or celebration was the small Florida newspaper the Charlotte Sun, where the founder had died just days before its first Pulitzer win: "This was his dream, and he wasn't here to see it, so it's pretty tough on us all," one staffer is quoted.

Question of the day

Our last question asked: A famous artist reportedly made $100,000 off a photoshopped image by BuzzFeed's Jen Lewis. What did the image depict? That would be Kanye kissing Kanye, of course.

Congratulations to Juliette Rousselot for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to Dan Rosenbaum (who notes "this image will not win a Pulitzer. Or a VMA"), Craig PittmanMeagen N. HagansPaul Boyd (who observes that the artwork depicts "Kanye West's perpetual dream of making out with himself"), Lucia A. Walinchus (who similarly observes "Well he does love himself best"), Karen DatangelMark GibbsCarrie Gray and Ken Walker for all answering perfectly correctly, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: According to Bloomberg, what's the real truth behind some company's so-called chatbots?

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!

Featured journalist: Sam McPherson

Today's featured journalist is Sam McPherson, a San Francisco-based freelance writer who focuses on sports. McPherson writes The Daily McPlay for Bay Area Sports on AXS, but he's also covered MLB baseball, NFL football, NCAA basketball, NCAA football, PGA golf and fantasy baseball for CBS News in the last four years, too. Despite moonlighting as a copy editor, a college English professor and an Ironman triathlete/coach, McPherson plans on becoming a sports historian soon. In fact, when asked why he became a journalist, he answers, "I like to write, and I cannot write fiction. Plus, I am a natural historian, so it's easy to glide right into journalism."

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