Not much susPence

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Not much susPence
July 14th, 2016
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Broken news


"If Pence’s local paper is reporting it’s Pence. Then it came from Pence and the choice is Pence. Not much susPence," quips Huffington Post's Sam Stein, after reports started flowing in that Indiana governor Mike Pence is Trump's VP pick (at 25,000+ whopping shares right now). "JEBUS EFFING CHEETOFINGERS ... What it's like to live in IN, folks," translates freelancer Gwen Pearson. "Hmm. I haz feelz, but let's hear yours first," cautiously reacts Robin Garr with But Out Magazine's Matthew Breen had plenty to say, protesting, "Barely tiniest mention of 'gay rights' re: Pence. Yet Pence's national profile is due to his anti-LGBT blunder." But is he really the final pick that we were told we'd hear tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET? "PENCE! PENCE! PENCE!*** ... ***Usual caveats about mercurial Trump and his whims apply," tweets NYT's Ashley Parker, whose team put out their own report on the veepstakes


"Odds Trump would change mind to screw press?" wonders Craig Newman at Crain's Chicago Business, and it's as if CNN's Dylan Byers read his mind: "It would be entirely in line with Trump's character to sew chaos solely to make the media look foolish." The way we pick VPs is terrible, amirite? This calls for a thinkpiece from Vox's Jeff Stein to remind you why the alternatives are even worse.


A truck plowed into a crowd in Nice, France, during national Bastille Day festivities, leaving at least 70 dead and 100 more injured. Witnesses say the driver, who was killed by police, appeared to deliberately target the crowd by “zigzagging” to hit as many people as possible, making it likely the attack was terrorism. "We were with locals on a Paris street watching the fireworks there when this happened. We moved when cars came by," shares journalist Conny Cooper. It's not yet known if there were any accomplices. "On Sunday, #France had breathed sigh of relief as month-long Euro 2016 soccer cup ended without a feared attack," points out Mehreen Zahra-Malik at Reuters, noting "Almost exactly eight months ago #IslamicState militants killed 130 people in #Paris #France." Trump has already weighed in: "Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse."

Going back to our first paragraph, Trump told Fox News he's actually delaying tomorrow's official veep announcement because of the Nice tragedy, so it's anybody's guess whether the Pence news can be trusted. Which brings us all the way back to politics: a poll finds that those pesky emails are proving more problematic for Hillary than originally thought, causing her to tie with Trump. "I guess the good news for Hillary is that only 67% of voters say she is dishonest and untrustworthy," shrugs David Jolly at the International New York Times. Also, after her tongue-lashing by the New York Times, Notorious R.B.G. expresses "regret" for publicly dissing Trump, or as WaPo's David Weigel puts it, "Kween regrets slaying."

Question of the day


Our last question asked: The Holocaust museum wants people to stop doing what? Playing Pokémon Go. Seriously, guys, there's a time and a place. In case it need to be said -- and it apparently does? -- funerals, also, are not the place.

Props to Sara Jacobson at Edelman for being the very first to get that right (and for theorizing "I'm guessing it's the millennials at fault"). Honorable mentions go out to these delightful people for also answering correctly: Ed JoyceLucia A. Walinchus (who notes "Can't say I blame them"), Becky YerakJohn B. LaingEditor Mark Allen (who points out that the Pokémon are found at a "PokéStop. Or Pokéstop. Or, @APStylebook suggests, Pokestop"), Charlotte LoBuono (who is mystified as to "Why is Pokemon suddenly trending, anyway?"), Jade WalkerMaureen MacGregor (who suggests Pokémon Go should "Just go"), Elaine K. Howley (who pleads "Make it stop"), Jessica LaheyDaniella (who advises "Seriously people. Look at where you are"), KimMic (who protests "Bit miffed you've made me mention that which I'm so tired of!"), MartinBerlinerDebra WoogAndi DiehnDave LaFontaine (who suggests chasing Pokémon "qualifies as either life-affirming defiance -or utter idiocy"), Judyth MermelsteinRichelleCindi LashElisabetta TosiM_HeschmeyerMark Gibbs (who confesses "Don't know how people find the time to play, I barely have time to answer @muckrack").

As for today's question, here it is: What two (perhaps unexpected) penpals are the focus of a recent T Magazine feature?

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 Thursday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • Hail to the chief: Stephanie Wilson (at right) is the newly named editor-in-chief at Sensi Magazine. Wilson previously served as managing editor there.
  • Going full-time: José Díaz-Balart will be the new Saturday anchor of NBC’s Nightly News beginning August 6 after filling in as one of a rotating cast of anchors since November. Díaz-Balart will continue to anchor Noticiero Telemundo on weeknights and Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart on Saturday mornings, but will give up his weekday MSNBC program The Rundown.
  • On the environmental beat: Lucas Bifera joins S&P Global Market Intelligence and SNL Energy as an energy reporter covering the financial side of the power and utilities sector. Bifera previously reported on policy, energy regulations and carbon markets for Argus 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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