The real 800-pound viral gorilla

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The real 800-pound viral gorilla
June 1st, 2016
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Wednesday in words

"New: Trump's press conference involved a posturing, volatile silverback. And also the Cincinnati gorilla," tweets NYT's TV critic James Poniewozik, sharing his brilliantly headlined  "Trump, 800-Pound Media Gorilla, Pounds His Chest at Reporters" (currently at 3,700+ shares). And because he's really on a roll, Poniewozik later tweets, "At Manhattan skyscraper, angry primate rampages, clutches press corps in his fist." Partially quoting from the piece, Dean Murphy reacts, "In 2016 this is what we do: We ask the reality TV star who may become president how tough he would be on zoo animals." Because, obviously. "Whatever reporter asked Trump about the Cincinnati gorilla at a news conference should be ashamed of themselves," Room for Debate's Nick Fox takes it a bit further. By contrast, however, Poniewozik's post is worth your time, if only for the amazing last few paragraphs. Do give it a click!

Today's developing story was of course the UCLA campus on lockdown after two were men killed, according to the LAPD. "UCLA shooting an apparent murder-suicide, according to police. Lockdown is lifted," Wall Street Journal's Melissa Korn passes along. Thinkpieces to come, we think. Meanwhile, Forbes just changed its evaluation of Theranos founder's net worth, and it isn't pretty. "This morning, Forbes is reducing our estimate of Elizabeth Holmes' net worth to nothing. Here is our reasoning," reports Matthew Herper there. "I'm worth more than the CEO of Theranos, as per Forbes. That's fun," muses The Real Deal's Hiten Samtani. Also, the Washington Post updates us that the officer who killed a Florida church drummer waiting for a tow truck has indeed been charged with manslaughter and attempted murder. "This exchange, ending w/ a plainclothes officer killing a man, is shocking," reacts WaPo's Sarah Kaplan.

In politics, #TIL Donald Trump is considering to squeezing in a pre-convention Israel visit and also he doesn't know what Brexit is -- really, really. On the other hand, of course, Sean Hannity defended the mogul's handling of donations to veterans groups -- although Hannity conveniently failed to mention his personal ties to one of them. Meanwhile, former Trump University workers are calling the school a "lie" and a "scheme" in their testimonies. "Trump University sounds like a creepy mix of Amway & Glengarry Glen Ross," decides Andrea Pitzer. "This might be a way bigger deal than what Trump was doing with the veterans' charity money," argues Matt Pearce at the LA Times. Meanwhile, Paul Ryan "revealed" to People Magazine the "hardest question." And it's not what you think -- know why? "Paul Ryan did a father's day interview w People mag, w one condition being that they not ask about Trump," CNN's Maggie Haberman points out. And checking on the Dems, a poll finds that Hillary Clinton holds a 2-point lead ahead of the California primary. "Poll shows how independents fuel Sanders's challenge in California," WSJ's Tim Hanrahan breaks it down for us.

And today's weird Washington story: a cranky warning left on a nanny’s car leads to stolen license plates and a top Pentagon official in serious hot water.

Question of the day

Our last question asked: Yesterday the Internet was terrorized by a viral video of a giant what skulking around a golf course? That would be a massive alligator that we're pretty sure is actually a dinosaur. That's just a big ol' can of NOPE, if you ask us.

Congrats to John Wall for being the very first to answer that correctly (and for cleverly positing that it "presumably escaped from a Lacoste golf shop")! Honorable mentions go out to Charlotte LoBuono (who adds "FORE!"), Wes WolfeKimMic (who jokes "I'm calling that stroll 'gator gait'"), Mark Gibbs (who predicts "Must have been a Trump golf course"), M Edward/Ed BoraskyCraig Pittman (who wonders "what would the news do without #Florida?"), Katie North who calls it a "small reptilian sedan"), Martin Berliner (who notes "Deadspin breaks all the hot stories"), and Ron Casalotti (who foresees "24 belts, 17 wallets, two attache cases and three pair of mid-calf boots to come." Awww). Shout out to Jeninder Kaur Gill, who guessed "kangaroo" ... perhaps related to this incident?

As for today's question, here it is: Speaking of wild animal run-ins, a new video purports to show Arnold Schwarzenegger being charged by what creature? (This should make for some good, symbolic puns, we do believe!)

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
Yahoo names Dana Oliver beauty director

Yahoo Beauty welcomes Dana Oliver as beauty director. Oliver hails from the Huffington Post, where she served as executive fashion and beauty editor covering breaking news and beauty industry trends. Beginning June 13, Dana will oversee beauty features and market coverage as well as Yahoo's original video content.

"That moment I was so proud of @_danaloliver I about cried at my desk," admits Sweet's beauty director Chanel Parks.

"So excited for the fabulous and talented @_danaloliver to join the @YahooBeauty team!" reacts Laura Kenney at Yahoo Health.

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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