Emoji gun control

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Emoji gun control
June 17th, 2016
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"Straight up: emoji gun control is more effective than REAL GUN CONTROL," concludes BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel after reporting that, thanks to Apple’s influence, you’re not getting a rifle emoji (at 1,000+ shares and counting). "You can easily buy a gun in the U.S. -- but gun emojis aren't happening anytime soon," Emily Peck takes it a step farther. "Gun politics, 2016: How Apple lobbied hard behind the scenes to block the addition of a rifle emoji," elaborates Jim Waterson at BuzzFeed UK. "But poo emoji endure," points out Rivet Radio's Charlie Meyerson. Others were similarly incredulous. "Yes, this is totally how we solve this problem ... Next, Apple makes it impossible to type the word 'rifle' on iOS," predicts Android Central's Andrew Martonik. But tech columnist Farhad Manjoo with the New York Times noticed something else: "I love how @cwarzel has become an emoji beat reporter." Seems like a fun gig.

 

Speaking of the NY Times, they pulled back the curtain with a revealing gif of the evolution of their front page in the first days following the Orlando shooting. "Still curious why @nytimes didn't say shooting happened specifically @ a 'gay' club until hours aftr breaking news," notes freelance journalist Zak Stone. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal chronicles how the shooter's life of violent threats paved the way for the Orlando attack: a man who celebrated 9/11's attacks and falsely clamed Osama bin Laden was his uncle, Omar Mateen "danced just out of reach of those who could have stopped him." "Again and again, Omar Mateen let people know he was violent and dangerous. Repeatedly, he wiggled out of trouble," laments WSJ's Arian Campo-Flores.  "We joked that he'd become a terrorist," a classmate told the Journal. "And then he did."

 

And in the latest from England, we learn the suspect who shot Parliament member Jo Cox bought gun manuals from U.S. neo-Nazis. "So that's confirmed then. Muslim = 'terrorist' White supremacist = 'crazed loner'," decides journalist Ben White. British media have indeed exercised noteworthy causion with respect to this suspect, and the Financial Times thinks that should apply in all cases. And at The GuardianJonathan Freedland points out that even if the motives of Cox's killer can't be traced to the contentious Brexit debate, one can assume that if you inject enough poison into the political bloodstream, somebody will get sick. At the same time, Dorian Lynskey remembers her friend Cox who "was the best of us" while her family raises funds to support three charities closest to her heart. "Protecting people in Syria, tackling loneliness& fighting extremism; some of the causes Jo fought 4. U can help here," her husband Brendan tweets.

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Question of the day

 

Our last question asked: What's so remarkable about Caity Weaver's lede for her GQ interview of Kim Kardashian West? Well, there were a few things you could have said, which ranged from Weaver copping a feel to Kim's confession that she opened O.J. Simpson's infamous Louis Vuitton bag.

Congratulations to freelancer Annie M. Dance for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Debkrol (who hopes Weaver "washed her hand, that boob has been around"), Mark GibbsRon Casalotti (who marvels that Kardashian West is being called "Americas Muse(?)") and Buck Borasky for being the very first 

As for today's question, here it is: What two items collided perfectly on a New Jersey highway after a truck crash?

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

 

Your career moves for today:

  • A return to writing: The next role for Lois Romano (at right) at the Washington Post will be that of writer. Romano most recently served as editor for Post Live at the paper.
  • At another Post: The New York Post welcomes Daniel Halper as Washington bureau chief. Halper joins from The Weekly Standard, where he was online editor.
  • New to the business deskIan Thibodeau joins The Detroit News as business reporter. Thibodeau hails from MLive Media Group, where he also covered Detroit's business beat.
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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