Meet Boris 'lolnothingmatters' Johnson

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Meet Boris 'lolnothingmatters' Johnson
June 27th, 2016
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If you missed the last #MuckRackCafe chat for this month, have no fear -- here's our latest roundup on that conversation with Mic's Gabriel Arana!

Breaking Brexit


"I'm just an American observer in all this, but... Boris 'lolnothingmatters' Johnson," tweets Financial Times social media editor Jake Grovum after reading prominent Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson's Telegraph editorial stating "I cannot stress too much that Britain is part of Europe - and always will be" (at 24,000+ confused shares so far).  "Apparently #BorisJohnson actually loves the EU. Who’s advising on single market access? Confusion, mixed messages," reacts writer Philippe Sands at UCL Laws


And they weren't the only ones not picking up what Johnson's putting down. "Boris: people didn't vote Leave because of immigration. They voted to take control of our democracy from EU. True?" wonders Chris Ship with ITV News. "Hard not to conclude from Boris column that he's frightened by what electorate think they've voted for," observes Jenni Russell for The Times, The Sunday Times and the Evening Standard. At Al Jazeera EnglishImtiaz Tyab calls Johnson's first post-Brexit column "So much B.S. written here you'll need to hold your nose while reading." Byline's Peter Jukes calls it, "Fake Churchillian bombast from wannabe PM @BorisJohnson Purple prose. Hollow rhetoric. And absolutely no plan. The Interpreter's Emma Connors introduces us to a new fun nickname in tweeting that it's "Bojo protesting too much." The Wall Street Journal's Yaroslav Trofimov similarly sums it up: "Do not panic, the pound remains higher than in 2013 or 2014, Boris writes. Yes, and 2+2=[unicorn emoji]." And Tina Brown goes so far as to call him a cunning clownAllegra Stratton at ITV News, however, finds some value in it: "Boris emphasises work on living wage + life chances. Which is smart. He needs to run as liberal lefty-ish Brexiteer."


In no uncertain terms, Brussels summarily rejected Johnson's "pipe dream" of single market access: "You cannot have your cake and eat it," retorts one EU diplomat, deliberating invoking an idiomatic expression often used by the former mayor of London. Echoing that, European officials told BuzzFeed News Johnson's post-Brexit wishlist was "delusional." "Boris Johnson promises access to EU's single market with none of its obligations," explains Mark Schoofs there. The fallout is widespread in a variety of ways, too -- from the economic (the UK has lost its top credit rating from ratings agency S&P) to the practical (EU just bid ‘au revoir" and ‘tschüss’ to the English language as Europe’s lingua franca). But FT's Gideon Rachman insists we don't really have to worry about all of this. "Here's @gideonrachman on why Brexit won't happen - or rather, will kind of happen, kind of not," historian Tom Holland tries to elaborate.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: A new brand of glasses claims to correct what? That would be color-blindness, of course.

Congrats to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Mark Gibbs (who adds "Shame UK public didn't have when deciding Brexit") and Tiffany R. Jansen for also answering correctly. Sorry, Margo Howard, the glasses do not correct "Marshmallow fluff!"

As for today's question, here it is: A new study reveals that what is happening to Beijing each year?

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 career moves for today:

  • New hire: Latina Magazine welcomes Jada Gomez-Lacayo (at right) as digital deputy editor. Gomez-Lacayo joins from The Urban Daily and Global Grind, where she served as managing editor.
  • The latest Buzz: Dino Grandoni is the newly anointed climate and energy reporter at BuzzFeed News. Grandoni previously was a reporting fellow at the Columbia Journalism School and a technology reporter for the Huffington Post.
  • Meanwhile, in China: The New York Times is relocating Keith Bradsher to its Shanghai bureau as bureau chief. It shouldn't be too big a change for Bradsher, who is finishing up as Hong Kong bureau chief 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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