Even NASA digs Prince

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Even NASA digs Prince
April 22nd, 2016
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Final reads for Friday

It may be Day 2 for the breaking news cycle on the passing of Prince, but the takes show no sign of abating. "Even NASA digs Prince," remarks NY1's Roger Clark, referring to the NASA tweet that they'd observed "A purple nebula, in honor of Prince, who passed away today" (now at 21,000+ completely warranted and frankly necessary shares). For the Wall Street JournalEben Shapiro reflects on "My classmate Prince, the rock star." The New Yorker quickly ditched its regularly scheduled plan to devote its cover story to "Purple Rain." Both the cast of The Color Purple and the cast of Hamilton paid tribute to him. Signaling the beginning of the offshoot of tangentially related reflections, though, the Washington Post wonders, "TMZ was first - again. Will their word alone ever be good enough for traditional media?" But Gawker was one step ahead of them with a Prince Thinkpiece Generator. Of course, The Onion shut everything down with the perfect headline: Nation Too Sad To F**k Even Though It’s What Prince Would Have WantedDNAInfo's John Ness calls it "The right and proper end to every news cycle."

In news that did break just today, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe just restored voting rights to felons, which means about 200,000 more people will now have the right to vote, come November. "Wow, McAuliffe restores voting rights for 180K-210K felons in VA. That's equivalent to 5 percent of 2012 electorate," pointedly observes ProPublica's Alec MacGillis. Even more pointedly, Charles Johnson at the Chicago Tribune tweets that McAuliffe is "a top Clinton fund raiser and close friend." Meanwhile, in New York, ProPublica reveals how police are running stings against immigrant-owned shops, then pushing for warrantless searchesAlex Campbell with BuzzFeed calls it "Another excellent installment in important series on how NYPD uses nuisance laws to sidestep warrants." 

But wait, let's go back to that Clinton remark. Now might be a good time to tell you that a poll shows Hillary Clinton ahead in Indiana--along with Donald Trump. "Would be just deadly for #nevertrump ... Still under 40 percent though. 37-31-22. Cruz in 2nd," tweets Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight. And on that note, Trump's fundraiser for wounded veterans has yet to distribute most of the $6 million three months after the fact, but that doesn't seem to be his vet chair's problem."Remember when we were all awful for being skeptical about Trump's fundraiser for veterans?" asks National Review's Jim Geraghty. And everyone's favorite agitator Sam Biddle offers up this bit of satirical headline genius: OBAMA GROVELS BEFORE BATH-TIME BOY MONARCH. "Sam is a patriot," declares Gawker EIC Alex Pareene.

Pertaining to the press

In the latest update to the case of the wrongly accused social justice columnist Shaun King, former New York Daily News editor Jotham Sederstrom devoted a Medium post to apologize for and explain how "two unintentional, albeit inexcusable, instances of sloppy editing" and a formatting glitch could cause King's copy to appear plagiarized when it was in fact properly attributed. Sederstrom writes, "until Tuesday I had no idea" the error was "was systematically stripping out large blocks of indented quotations each time I moved Shaun’s copy from an email to The News’ own Content Management System" a.k.a. CMS. "I've never said this before but... someone should hire this nice straight white man," advises Vox's Choire Sicha. Relatedly, Max Read reminds everyone that you just don’t trust your CMS. "There’s a way in which this is the most important thing you’ll read all week," cautions Gabriel Roth at Slate

Impressively, the Washington Post has just cooked up an exquisite "virtual museum" of President Obama's years in the White House. "@ObamaFoundation library may be years away, but @washingtonpost virtual library is up. Take a look (on your phone)," recommends Juliet Eilperin there. Weekly Standard's Mark Hemingway was less a fan: "WaPo's 'virtual museum' of Obama's presidency seems more cult worship than journalism." Things are less rosy at the Financial Times, however, where they're quoted "We are facing daunting conditions." Carl Zimmer from STAT and the NY Times reacts, "If even @FinancialTimes is having a rough go of it …" The only silver lining we could find here was that the Wall Street Journal has some openings. "Don't be mad, WSJ is hiring. Opening to join our bureau to cover Iraq and Syria, based in Beirut," shares correspondent Tamer El-Ghobashy.

Question of the day

Our last question asked: Who is the other celebrity (of a very different variety) whose passing is making headlines today? We were aiming for WWE's Chyna, because we covered Prince's passing in the top trending section of the Daily, but we accepted several different answers to this sobering query and we'd like to recognize each of these dearly departed, as well.

Credit goes to Fabiola Camacho for being the very first to answer. Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for either offering the same response or adding to the list: Eve ByronRate My Horse PRO (whose answer was British comedian Victoria Wood), Imal WagnerChris AllbrittonJohn Wall (who notes Chyna's real name was Joanie Laurer), Mark Gibbs (who additionally pays tribute to the recently passed Patty Duke), Jackie HagueCharlotte LoBuono (who notes that Chyna was "so young at 45"), Lisa White and Rebby Kern.

As for today's question, here it is: Continuing our fond reminiscences of Prince, according to BuzzFeed, the artist wrote a song that would go on to be performed by an R&B/funk group on what topic?

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 Friday

The Daily Dot has just announced a slew of new hires, all of them lady journos, which rocks:

  • Jessica Machado joins as lifestyle editor. Prior to joining the Daily Dot, Muchado served as an associate editor at Rolling Stone.
  • Lauren Walker is now senior politics reporter. Walker joins from Newsweek where she covered technology, national security and foreign affairs as a staff writer.
  • April Siese is now weekend editor. Following her world travels as part of Remote Year’s inaugural class and as a longtime contributor to the Daily Dot’s LOL and Geek sections, Siese joins the Dot as weekend editor.
  • Katey Psencik joins the Dot as assistant social media editor. Psencik most recently served as a digital media associate at KLRU-TV, the PBS affiliate in Austin.
  • Jaya Saxena begins May 2 as lifestyle staff writer. Saxena is a longtime contributor known for writing strong narratives based on personal experience.
  • Colette Bennett is now senior geek writer. Bennett honed her skills at CNN and HLN, as well as sites that include Kotaku, Destructoid, and Tomopop, and brings over a decade of journalism experience to the Dot.
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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