Political equivalent of student pulling fire alarm

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Political equivalent of student pulling fire alarm
April 27th, 2016
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This just in from the political beat


Running 400 points behind Donald Trump, Ted Cruz's decision to name Carly Fiorina as his running mate early seems "the political equivalent of a student pulling a fire alarm," writes NYT's Jonathan Martin (breaking news at 7,500+ shares so far). "Cruz is losing but choosing a veep? It's so HIM. Should have seen this coming a mile away," reflects Frank Bruni, also at the NY Times. And actually, Matt Lewis at The Daily Caller did call it in advance: "More than a month ago, I wrote that Cruz should pick Fiorina as his running mate--early." Well spotted. "Last underdog to try naming a running mate was Reagan in '76 -- but it backfired by angering the right," notes NYT's chief White House correspondent Peter Baker. " So how will this play out with Trump? "Fiorina *really* agitates Trump – aides begged him last spring/summer to tone down attacks," points out NYT political correspondent Alex Burns.


On that note, Julia Ioffe scored a heckuva Melania Trump interview for GQ, in which Ioffe perfectly writes, ""Melania is as tailored to The Donald as if a divine plastic surgeon had sculpted her out of his rib." At GQ, Jason Zengerle observes, "@juliaioffe went to Slovenia and all she got was this scoop on the half-brother Melania Trump never knew she had." Oh, is that all. And then there was The Donald's recent foreign policy speech, in which he struggled to explain his "America first" approach. "On national security Trump has benefited from perception Obama is too restrained. Hard to see why he'd tone it down," notes Katty Kay at BBC World News America. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders' campaign began laying off staff, as the senator turned his focus to California. "It's better to fade away than bern out?" guesses Fortune's Daniel Bentley. Also, today marked the legal reckoning of onetime Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who has just been sentenced to 15 months for being a "serial child molester." Katharine Q. Seelye with the NY Times calls it a "Stunning fall from grace, from 2d in line to president to jail for sex abuse."


Two more items, just for fun: first, feast your eyes on the official trailer for SNOWDEN, Oliver Stone's newest flick on just that. "I wouldn't have thought of casting Zachary Quinto to play @ggreenwald, but it looks like a good choice," muses Daniel Drezner at the Washington Post, while Edward Snowden himself tweets, "For two minutes and thirty nine seconds, everybody at NSA just stopped working." And you can't overlook what might be Alexandra Petri's best work yet,  on how to play the "woman card," which includes observations like, "Unlike Man Cards, Woman Cards do not increase in value as they age. Even in mint condition, they are worthless." Neda Semnani at The Baffler Magazine jokes, "This woman is a card!"

Media on media reflections


The Guardian caused a stir this morning with the feat of digital elegance that is its virtual experience of solitary confinement. "I was an early tester (and critic) of VR journalism. The value for me is in driving empathy — like this project does," concedes Alice Speri with VICE. And speaking of VICE, they've got a powerful "get" of their own, in the form of battle footage taken from the headcam of a dead Islamic State fighter that shows what it's really like to fight for ISIS. "I've seen few things as unsettling as this suicide bomber saying goodbye to his mates. Utterly futile," remarks Hamish Macdonald at ABC News, later adding "No surprise ISIS fights chaotic battles. How/why they can capture so much territory is the important question."


In media acquisitions, Tribune Publishing Co.'s new chairman somehow missed Gannett's email offering $12.25/shr for the company. "When Tribune's chairman picked up the phone April 12, he wasn't sure what Gannett's CEO was talking about," explains Sarah Rabil at the Wall Street Journal. "Here is a really great reason to read your email," adds Robert Cohen at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. And in media startups, although there have been plenty of failures to "democratize" this business, the latest, Odyssey, has managed to raise $25 million and hit 30 million uniques ... although you probably won't like the reason why. "Relying on a giant pool of unpaid labor is a wonderful business model, the future of journalism is bright," freelancer Alex Cuadros sarcastically tweets. And speaking of sarcasm, a person who is not journalism professor Jeff Jarvis wrote a hilarious thing called Why I'm Joining the Innovation Party.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What are neighbors of the "Full House" house seeing seemingly "Everywhere You Look?" Too many fans flocking to see the house. So this wasn't a problem before the reboot?

Congratulations to Craig Pittman at the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to Ken Walker (who goes even further to detail "'An endless stream of people' driving through the neighborhood blasting the show's theme song") and Mark Gibbs (who draws the conclusion that it's "obvious evidence that TV causes brain damage.

As for today's question, here it is: Twitter erupted after a viral Vine revealed Ted Cruz made what gaffe at a rally in Indiana?

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: Haven Orecchio


Today we invite you to explore the work of one Haven Orecchio, staff court reporter for the Cape Cod Times. This crime scene lingerer and pastry/pet-lover has been a correspondent for the Boston Globe and has boasted bylines in the Providence Journal, The Herald News and The Standard-Times, to name a few. Stop by her Muck Rack portfolio here to see some of her best work showcased, beginning with her piece for the Cape Cod Times "A Hyannis street gang's road to drugs and murder charges,"which has received upwards of 1,700 shares and deserves a read and a share from you, as well.

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