These guys look like Bond villains

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These guys look like Bond villains
May 23rd, 2016
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Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

For today's Muck Rack blog, we mined real tweets from real journalists with one mission: find out how they don't want to be pitched.

Ledes to read


"These guys look like Bond villains," concludes LAT's Matt Pearce of the two operatives duking it out in the shadows of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the two politicians clash (a post by NYT's Amy Chozick that's at 500 shares so far). And it's in keeping with an election that's already shaping up as a contest of negatives, where never have two major party presumptive nominees been so unfavorably viewed. "Deep dislike of Hillary Clinton has Trump up 2 in first WaPo-ABC poll of the general election," notes Steven Ginsberg at the Washington Post. "People see Trump as a candidate who will help the wealthy because...that's what he is," points out Josh Greenman

Even the politically flavored gamer memes ("Make Wario fictional again!") are ringing a little hollow this time of year. "Nintendo please stop this election is horrible," pleads one user. We still have six more months to go, though, and key GOP donors reportedly still deeply resist Trump’s candidacy. "He’s an ignorant, amoral, dishonest and manipulative, misogynistic, philandering, hyper-litigious, isolationist, protectionist blowhard," one key Republican donor actually went on the record to say. "But what do you really think?" quips Alan Greenblatt with Governing. We did notice that news outlets, perhaps tired of printing Trump's face, recently seem to have resorted to rear shots of his head, instead. New trend?

In breaking judicial news, federal prosecutors are investigating Virginia Gov. McAuliffe and Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero has been found not guilty on all charges in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. The latter results some have praised as justice while others -- like social justice columnist Shaun King -- are calling it "yet another slap in the face to black families told to grin and bear it." At the New York TimesCarlotta Gall has been digging into how the Saudis turned a once secular Kosovo into fertile ground for ISIS. "More evidence for abject failure at statebuilding by US, EU and OSCE. Kosovo radicalized," argues colleage and London bureau chief Steven Erlanger. But the possibly breakingest news of all is this: M.C. Hammer decided to officially end hammertime.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: According to the Wall Street Journal, a generation of opera stars seemingly were inspired by watching what? Bugs Bunny's "What’s Opera, Doc," in which the rabbit "dons a a breast plate and blond braids" and "fools the smitten Elmer into thinking he is Brünnhilde" from Wagner's opera.

Congrats to Chelsie Baugh of Weber Shandwick SW for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these terrific tweeters who also answered correctly: Craig PittmanJudyth MermelsteinMark Gibbs (who adds "And programmers inspired by WhatsApp. Where will it all end?"), Ron Casalotti (who notes the cartoon also "made everyone eager to 'kill the wabbit'"), Wes Wolfe (who remarks "Like the ones Mitt Romney shot on his front lawn"), and M Edward/Ed Borasky (who admits "But I was hoping for Amahl and the Night Visitors").

As for today's question, here it is: Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is in hot water for comparing the time it takes for veterans to receive medical treatment to what?

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 Monday


Your job moves to know:

  • The Root's Danielle Belton (at right) is newly promoted from associate editor to managing editor. Before joining that site, Belton served as editor-at-large at Clutch Magazine.
  • Amy Astley is the brand new editor-in-chief at Architectural Digest. Astley joins from Teen Vogue, where she served as founding editor since 1993.
  • Brendan Hesse is now a writer at Digital Trends. Hesse most recently served as a contributor there.
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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