Like in Charleston, a sanctuary violated

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Like in Charleston, a sanctuary violated
June 13th, 2016
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News we wish never happened


"Like in Charleston, a sanctuary violated," reflects Sasha Chavkin at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, sharing Richard Kim's apropos ode to gay bars like Pulse, where nearly 50 were reported killed and more than 50 were injured by a mass shooting this weekend. "Gay bars are therapy for people who can’t afford therapy; temples for people who lost their religion," Kim writes, later explaining on Twitter, "I have no special insights into #Orlando. I only have my love of gay bars, so I wrote that." The Verge's Casey Newton shares, "I’ve spent so many Saturday nights in places just like this. This world is a horror."

Here's what we know: called "the worst mass shooting in American history," 49 people are dead and several more are in critical condition after 29-year-old Omar Mateen went on a shooting rampage in a popular gay nightclub where "the music was so loud it was difficult, at first, to distinguish the shots from the pulsing beat."  Journalist Shanoor Seervai reacts, "Devastating intolerance: on the night of #PrideParade the worst mass shooting slaughter in US history at a gay club." At the Winnipeg Free PressMelissa Martin admits,  "I keep trying to formulate a Tweet, so as not to let it pass in silence, but coming up empty. Waking up to horror." According to reports, Mateen was "offended by men kissing" and claimed allegiance to the Islamic State while praising the Boston Marathon bombers. "He pledged 'allegiance' to ISIS but let's not give ISIS too much credit here. Unlikely to be the real reason," argues Cato Institute's A. Trevor Thrall. But as for the primary takeaway from Twitter, perhaps Will Willitts with the Australian Financial Review tweets it best: "50 mowed down in their prime; 3 yrs ago we thot Newtown massacre of 20 kids was the worst."


As for Mateen, we know his ex-wife tells authorities "He beat me" and ... He was a security guard in Fort Pierce, Florida, and worked for a time at St. Lucie County courthouse. "Pulse clubgoers said they saw the gunman there before, perhaps as many as a dozen times," details Matt Pearce at the LA Times. He was also investigated for false claim of ties to Boston Marathon bombers. "Which is more suspicious, knowing the Boston bombers or falsely claiming you knew them?" wonders Jim Geraghty at the National Review. His actions set off increased alarm surrounding gay festivities this past weekend, culminating in the rest of a man with weapons who said he was going to yesterday's L.A. gay pride parade. "REMINDER: we are lucky there was not a second massacre today in West Hollywood today," concludes Dante Atkins. "This is how serious police taking threat to LA Pride parade," points out LAT's Shelby Grad.

Meanwhile, nearly every politician and political candidate in existence weighed in on the tragedy, but the one that caused the greatest stir was how Donald Trump addressed terrorism, immigration, and national securityThe Washington Post also seems to think that Trump suggested President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting during a Fox News interview. GQ's Mark Byrne warns, "here's the link but don't read it if you want to be productive." But that's WaPo's take, and plenty disagreed: "I’m no Donald Trump fan, but I think this headline is reading wayyyyyyyy too much into his statement," points out Resurgent's Erick Erickson. "No, Donald Trump did not say he thought Obama was involved in the Orlando shooting. Taking clickbait BS too far," McClatchy's Kate Irby similarly complains. Just spitballing here, but this latest report perhaps might have something to do with why Trump just revoked the Post's press credentials. "Welcome! @WashingtonPost joins @buzzfeednews@politico@HuffingtonPost among news orgs banned by Trump from events," greets BuzzFeed's Borzou Daragahi.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: According to The New York Times, millennials have almost completely stopped using what (hint: this phenomenon will likely upset some of our strictest grammarians!)? They've stopped using periods. Emoji evidently are their preferrsed weapon of choice! 

Congratulations to communicator Dagmar Ebaugh for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Lori FriedmanMaureen MacGregor (who notes "because it all begins and ends with us, right?"), Chris LombardiJessica M. Pasko (who adds "UGH!" to let us know how she feels about this), Nomad PressCraig Pittman (whose answer was "ending a sentence with a period. Period"), Ron Casalotti (who shrugs "why come to a full stop when you can just spew your thoughts as quickly as they pop into your head?"), Thomas Feyer (who similarly conveys his displeasure with an "Arghhh!!"), Bill Chuck (who quips "I don't mean to brief but . The answer is . I try to answer these questions .ically"), Martin BerlinerRobin Tierney (who theorizes "They stopped using periods so more room for exclamation marks!!!!!!"), Claudine Laforce (who adds "Nooooo, say it isn't so"), Mark Gibbs (who concludes "Every sentence now a run-on and civilization is doomed"), Jade WalkerJade Walker and Sue Broome for answering that correctly, as well. Shout outs to Katie North for guessing "could be that Oxford comma OR proper sentence structure OR full words"), and Judyth Mermelstein for answering "I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but they've dropped 'of' from 'because of'."

As for today's question, here it is: During his Tony Awards acceptance speech, Lin-Manuel Miranda‚Äč did what as a tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting?

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!

Spotlight newsroom: Orlando Sentinel


In light of this weekend's events, today Muck Rack would like to highlight the incredible staff behind the Orlando Sentinel, the primary newspaper of Orlando, Florida and the Central Florida region. Founded in 1876, this daily publication is owned by Tribune Publishing. Today the Sentinel led with a moving front-page editorial and on Sunday this newsroom of only 100 managed to produce 40 stories and 30 videos: "Unlike the profusion of cable news pundits and politicians who used the shooting as a jumping-off point to make a political point or further their own agendas, the Sentinel opted for a message of unity in its editorial," writes Poynter's Kristen Hare. The most highly followed journalist there is sports columnist George Diaz (at 13,820 followers), followed closely by columnist Scott Maxwell, theme park reporter, columnist and blogger Dewayne Bevil, UCF beat writer Iliana Limón and legal reporter Rene Stutzman. Keep up the commendable work, Sentinel staff -- not that you any reminder from us.

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