What is even happening anymore

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What is even happening anymore
May 3rd, 2016
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Today is World Press Freedom Day, so tonight's #MuckedUp chat will welcome back Sarah Jones along with several other special guests to join us in Remembering Fallen Journalists. Do you have a question about (or a request to honor) journalists at risk or killed in the line of duty? Then please tweet or email your Qs to our moderator, and we'll incorporate it into the chat at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST! To partake, just follow and tweet with the #muckedup hashtag -- plus. spread the word by clicking here!

Also, it's May (release the Justin Timberlake memes!), so right on schedule here are Muck Rack's 5 top links we liked from last month.

It's getting a tad weird in here


"What is even happening anymore," wonders Politico's Tony Romm, now that Donald Trump has accused Ted Cruz's father of helping John F. Kennedy's assassin (at 3,700+ flabbergasted shares right now). Trump's source, by the way, is that paragon of truth, the National Enquirer, who claimed they determined through photo analysis that Rafael B. Cruz once handed out leaflets alongside Lee Harvey Oswald, who shot JFK. "This is the last time I want to hear 'but the Enquirer broke the Edwards story!!!'" complains Roll Call's Alex Roarty. Along those same lines, Washington Post's Alexandra Petri concludes, "we need to publish a story in the national enquirer that explains how foreign policy works we know trump reads it."Also at Politico, Edward-Isaac Dovere takes the joke a step farther: "Hard to believe, but Rafael Cruz was also the one blowing on the flag to make it wave for the fake moon landing." Political commentator David Axelrod marvels, "On the day he's poised to deal a mortal blow to @Tedcruz, @realDonaldTrump surfaces this???" "He called Ben Carson a pathological liar, akin to a pedophile and got his endorsement. Maybe’s he’s negging Cruz," suggests Michael B. Dougherty at The Week Magazine. "The secret of Trump is that he really is the snake in his favorite fable: He just can't help his nature," NYT's Ross Douthat muses. "If this sends Trump's numbers up, time to hide in the bunker," warns J.D. Tuccille at Reason. As for Cruz's response to these allegations, it was simply this: "Yes, my dad killed JFK, he is secretly Elvis, and Jimmy Hoffa is buried in his backyard." Then Cruz returned to the business of desperately seeking to stop the Donald in Indiana.

Turning our attention to news that actually happened, a bus was hijacked in Northeast Washington for a mere three minutes, but it ended in a pedestrian being struck and killed. "DC worst nightmares," reacts Yahoo's Garance Franke-Ruta. Breaking elsewhere, the mother of Tupac and "subject of one of his most iconic songs" has died. "Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac and former Black Panther, has passed away. She was only 69," details Jamil Smith with MTV News. "You always was a black queen, mama," recites Bloomberg's Eliza Ronalds-Hannon. Also, we've just learned that the U.S. government has been outsourcing the Gitmo trials. "Soooooo it seems like the same contractor is providing help to both sides of the 9/11 trials down at Gitmo," BuzzFeed's Hayes Brown breaks it down. Meanwhile, Edward Snowden just published his first longform essay, in which he argues whistleblowing is an act of political resistance. "New essay from @Snowden, Inside the Assassination Complex, foreword to our new book, which publishes today," explains The Intercept's Roger Hodge. Plus, they've begun resettling what some are calling the first American "climate refugees," although Erick Erickson counters, "The loss of Isle de Jean Charles has to do with coastal erosion caused by the levee system, not climate change."

And in tech, Uber apparently plans to kill surge pricing, which makes the drivers understandably worried, but the details are a little murky. "Interesting thing here is that Uber sees machine learning as substitute for demand-management through surge pricing," notices The Economist's Ryan Avent. "Ironically, I think surge pricing is one of Uber's most justifiable practices," argues BGR's Brad Reed. Simultaneously, Vanity Fair is arguing that the secret culprit in the Theranos mess is really us -- the media. Specifically, tech press. "This @nickbilton on Theranos is great. But are New Yorker, Vanity Fair, T, Forbes, Fortune & Glamour the tech press?" wonders BuzzFeed's Mat Honan. Lastly, The Guardian is hot on the trail of the wealthy tech elite partaking in Burning Man for the 1%. "'We are the ones meant to be the air, not the earth.' Wow, this is one extremely satisfying hate-read," realizes Bryan Gardiner at Wired. Actually, the journalistic reaction to most of the quotes from that piece has been almost universal disgust (for instance, Ed Bott of The Ed Bott Report says it made him vomit, while Mashable's Stephanie Buck says it made her alternate awe with vomit. We're somewhere in between). And while we're talking about journalists responding to things, The Atlantic helpfully dissected Larry Wilmore's Correspondents' Dinner jokes and what they meant.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What rumor did Ted Cruz's wife Heidi finally just address? The fact that, just FYI, her husband is not the Zodiac Killer. It helps her case that he was an infant when the murders happened.

Congratulations to Jeanne Kirk for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for answering correctly, as well: David Daniel (who wonders "Couldn't she have claimed spousal privilege?"), Mark Gibbs (who notes she "didn't deny he's Lucifer"), Ken WalkerKay BellRon Casalotti and Ellen Wernecke (who half-heartedly adds, "Great job, Internet?").

As for today's question, here it is: What has comedian Amy Schumer resolved to stop doing after an uncomfortable run-in with a fan?

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: Owain Wyn Evans


Today's spotlight falls on Owain Wyn Evans, weather presenter for BBC Look North, BBC Wales and BBC Weather. This London-based weatherman is a former BBC World Service journalist and actually got his start as a presenter for the Welsh S4C youth news programme Ffeil: "Tackling news for a young audience is challenging but so rewarding. I got to jet-wash a goat too." Stop by his Muck Rack portfolio here for some of the work he's churned out at these newsrooms, starting with "Owain visits Real SFX" , as host of VQ Day 2015 or one of his handy how-tos like "Getting your car winter ready." As for his favorite fictional journalist? "April O'Neil from the popular Turtles franchise. She was spectacular yet impractical, that yellow jumpsuit would have been stinking!"

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

Career Updates
Medium's Evan Hansen to Periscope

Medium's head of content labs Evan Hansen departs today for a different social platform -- that is to say, Periscope. Hansen will lead the live-streaming platform as editor-in-chief starting May 16. 

"Farewell Medium, Hello Periscope," he tweets, sharing his news (appropriately enough) via a Medium post.

Currently @evanatmedium on Twitter, Hansen is actively seeking suggestions on a new handle.

"This just in in 'Awkward usernames'," jokes Uber's Chris Messina.

Hansen admits, "yeah, I started that years ago with evanatwired, I don't see evanatperiscope in the cards..."

If you want to weigh in on his next handle, by the way, there's a Twitter poll here that's begging for your vote!

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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