Dude. Spoilers.

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Dude. Spoilers.
June 7th, 2016
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This final, fine Super Tuesday


"DUDE. SPOILERS," protests Washington Post's David Weigel, as the world's oldest news outlet went on to (controversially, we might add) declare Hillary Clinton as having the delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination (at 6,500+ shares right now). "With @AP count, @HillaryClinton becomes first woman candidate for president on a major party ticket. Historic," concludes the AP's Amir Bibawy. "Look, S3 of #TheFlash might undo this, but until then, sorry, BernieBros," argues freelance TV blogger Ryan McGee, but not everyone was down with this call by the Associated Press. "This is NOT ACCURATE," insists Jordan Chariton at The Young Turks. "Why don't any of these reports name the superdelegates who apparently chose to declare on the eve of the CA primary?" demands Vice's Michael Tracey. "Perfect End to Democratic Primary: Anonymous Super-Delegates Declare Winner Through Media," The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald gripes via headline. "Not the *best* look for democracy, one must admit," points out freelancer Evan Hill, although seemed unmoved by Greenwald's argument: "'Consecrated by a media organization' is the new way to say 'reported' I guess," reacts Kelly J O'Brien at Boston.com. All the same, several other journalists agreed it's debatable whether superdelegates are enough for us to be trotting out the word "clinch" already. "No, Hillary Clinton isn’t going to ‘clinch the nomination’ tomorrow. Here’s why," comes the case from Poynter's Bill Mitchell


Still, Nick Timiraos at the Wall Street Journal made an interesting observation: "The irony of course is that if superdelegates were not a thing, Clinton would secure the nomination outright tonight." Touché, although the AP felt enough heat to publish a defense of its decision. "Doesn't matter what news orgs reported, if you are eligible to vote in today's primary, go vote!" urges Sarah Weinman with Publishers Lunch.

That's not the only bad optics Clinton is facing, either: how about that $12,495 Armani jacket she wore during a speech about inequality? "Move over Marie Antoinette. #CrookedHillary pushes her Income Inequality narrative bedecked in splendor," muses The Daily Caller's Bill Frezza.


But Priorities USA is already focused on the general, releasing an attack ad that uses video of Donald Trump mocking a disabled reporter. "Welcome to the general election. Clinton super PAC launches ad that goes right for @realDonaldTrump's jugular," explains Mic's Emily Cahn. Simultaneously, WaPo's Karen Tumulty pontificates on the meaning of Hillary, and her long, hard climb to the top of the ticket. "@HillaryClinton has doggedly made history. @ktumulty on her historic arc-not elegant, but still got her there," elaborates Post colleague Juliet Eilperin. Meanwhile, on the GOP side, Donald Trump busies himself ordering surrogates to intensify their criticism of that federal judge and journalists and Republican senator Lindsey Graham calls Trump's attacks on judges "the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy.” Also, a Florida attorney general reportedly asked Trump for a donation before declining to join the Trump U fraud case. "Trump U. continues to claw its way into the presidential campaign in an ugly way," notices Matt Pearce at the LA Times.

Your "aw" moment of the day: the last known surviving 9/11 search and rescue dog was just laid to rest. "Rest easy, Bretagne," tweets CNN's Brian Ries.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an algorithm to unravel what? That would be the lyrics to Hamilton.

Congratulations to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to these terrific tweeters for also answering correctly: Kendra BishopVige Barrie (who remarks "wouldn't Alexander be impressed..."), Debkrol (who adds "We got an app for that Jack"), Jake Wengroff (who concludes "Long Live #datascience!"), Claudine LaforceRon Casalotti (who sing-tweets "♫ ... who gets credit for the algorithm?; WSJ... WSJ ♫"), Charlotte LoBuonoMark Gibbs (who bemoans "just what the world needs, rap analytics") and Robin Tierney (who, by contrast, calls them "dope money-shot hip hop rhymes").

As for today's question, here it is: Game of Thrones actor Maisie Williams called out The Daily Mail for doing what, and offered what alternative?

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: Abhishek Madhukar


Today we feel privileged to highlight the work of Abhishek Madhukar, a multimedia journalist for Reuters charged with covering Tibet and the Dalai Lama (if you hadn't already deduced from his photo!). Based in Dharamsala, India, Madhukar also freelances as a writer, photographer and video journalist. With more than ten years’ experience as a journalist, he has covered such breaking stories from India as the deeply upsetting Delhi bus gang rape case of Nirbhaya – Jyoti Singh and was the first camera crew to interview Jyoti’s family. Madhukar also covered the Maha Kumbh Mela single handedly for New York Times and shot the devastation caused by the Uttarakhand floods for the Global Post. Additionally, in 2015 he produced, directed, shot and co-edited his first documentary, “Through Flesh and Bones,” providing testimonies of Tibetan torture survivors and ex-political prisoners under China's government. That's just a small sample of Madhukar's exceptional work, so be sure to stop by his Muck Rack portfolio here for an even closer look.

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
Journo job moves for Tuesday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • She's got this: Jennifer Hardy (at right) is the newly anointed news director at WWSB in Sarasota, Fla. Hardy is no stranger to the role, having most recently served as news director for WAAY in Huntsville, Ala, as well.
  • Sounds delicious: Time Inc. just launched Extra Crispy, its ode to breakfast and brunch, and Kat Kinsman joins as senior editor, food and drinks. You'll know Kinsman for her work as editor-at-large at Tasting Table and, prior to that, her work for CNN's Eatocracy.
  • Welcome to the masthead: Tia Walker is now a contributor at Black Enterprise. Walker previously was publisher for The Quest for "It," a site devoted to analysis of art, fashion and media.
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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