Remember Pizza Rat? Those were innocent days

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Remember Pizza Rat? Those were innocent days
August 26th, 2016
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Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

If you missed yesterday's #MuckRackCafe with Chris Krewson, editor at Billy Penn, you're in luck: here's a rundown of the whole shebang.

News to amuse (and trigger other feelings)


"Remember Pizza Rat? God, those were innocent days," laments James Poniewozik at the New York Times, after reading "Straphangers go berserk after woman tosses bugs in subway car" (at 26,000+ shares already). "Straphangers," for the uninitiated, are those subway passengers who are left standing, and actually, that headline doesn't even do the madness of this story justice. "Ok starting a story with 'A crazed woman' sets a high bar but the rest of this tale justifies it," admits Rusty Foster. For one thing, someone then pulled the emergency brake, trapping the screaming passengers in a car without AC while crickets jumped on people and the worms "just wriggled on the floor." "Moral: Only pull the e-brake if you loooooove crickets," teases PureWow's Lindsay Champion. "At least [D.C.'s] Metro just sets on fire occasionally," points out BuzzFeed's Jacob Fischler. "This should be remembered with an annual religious observance," recommends BetaMale's Aaron Gell. "How many signs does God have to send us before we all decide to leave this hellhole," demands Margaret Lyons, while freelance journalist Benj Edwards mocks the squeamish: "OH MY GOD THERE'S NATURE ON MY ARM GET IT OFF GET IT OFF."

Others found another use for the tale. Take Hunter Walker's colleagues at Yahoo, for instance: "My entire office has basically stopped and turned into a reading and discussion group about this story."

Back to the election, which is only slightly less insane:

On the other hand, President Barack Obama promised Kayla Mueller's parents after she was killed in ISIS captivity last year that he would donate to the foundation they had established in her name, and now they're saying he broke that promise. "Check's in the mail: WH confirms Pres Obama hasn't donated to Kayla Mueller memorial foundation 15 mos after pledge," ABC's James Gordon Meek reports.

Friday with the Fourth Estate


Today is the one year anniversary of the WDBJ tragedy, when Alison Parker and Adam Ward were ambushed during a live shot and murdered by a disgruntled former employee. The station is under new management and Ward's fiancée has moved on to a new job, but Parker's boyfriend Chris Hurst still anchors the evening news there. "Been tough but the thoughts from people like you helps so much," he tweets to another reporter. Here's what's changed since the shooting.

Entering its post-Ailes era, Fox News faces a new crisis: Can it keep Megyn Kelly? Bonus factoid: When Ailes' office was cleared out, two handguns were discovered, with ammunition for both. "Did Roger Ailes imagine he would one day go out with guns in both fists, blazing away?" wonders ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel apparently killed the story of local official who allegedly was seeking favors from developer. "But though @SunSentinel boss killed corruption story, my source made screen grabs of it. You can read it here," reveals Politico's Marc Caputo.

No longer a question of whether to sell, Tronc weighs a sweetened purchase offer from Gannett. "The Gannett-Tronc saga continues. Gannett has offered more than $18 per share, Tronc is putting together a counter," shares Alex Weprin, also at Politico.


Question of the day


Our last question asked: What got Athlon Sports contributor Jim Weber banned from Twitter recently? Posting a GIF of Aly Raisman's floor routine. You see, the IOC banned the press from using GIFs, but because many Twitter users create GIFs out of footage that rightfully belongs to the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA, Weber wagered there wouldn't be too much risk. He was wrong. Fortunately, after his tale of woe went viral, his permanent Twitter suspension was "coincidentally lifted."


Congrats to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for also getting it right: his colleague Ken WalkerCarrie GrayStefanie Schwalb (who quips "Talk about a #wipeout"), Lucia A. WalinchusCindi LashDavid Daniel (who theorizes "judges' review?"), Mark Gibbs (who observes Weber "Can whine all he likes but he was knowingly violating copyright"), Jay Andrew (who adds "Your attention please, Aly Raisman has the floor"), Claudine LaforceWaterfield Designs (who reacts "Really? Twitter follows copyright laws?"), Buck Borasky and Natalie Tindall (who punctuates her response with this perfect "whoops" gif).

As for today's question, here it is: According to the Wall Street Journalwho is Twitter’s new favorite financial analyst?

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 Friday


Your career highlight for today:

  • Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is now the 2016-17 Terker Distinguished Fellow at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. Now a staff writer at the Post, Rezaian was their Tehran bureau chief and reported on Iran until he was arrested in 2014 and was held in an Iranian prison for more than 18 months. He was released by Iran on Jan. 16 through a deal with the U.S.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry:

  • Univision promotes Patsy Loris to Executive Vice President of News and Executive News Director. Now charged with overseeing all of the network news programs, Loris previously was promoted to SVP, News and Senior News Director last year.
  • Reuters adds Sankalp Phartiyal to its Mumbai bureau. Now covering technology, media and telecommunications, Phartiyal was previously a correspondent covering commodities for the New Delhi bureau.
  • Reuters' Mumbai bureau also welcomes Rahul Bhatia, who will cover investigative news. Bhatia was co-founder of the Peepli Project, a storytelling platform and journalism startup.


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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