TIL America really loves taco trucks

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TIL America really loves taco trucks
September 3rd, 2016
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Final thoughts for Friday


Today we learned that Americans really like taco trucks. But we only learned this after Latinos for Trump founder Marco Gutierrez warned us that his culture "is a very dominant culture, and it's imposing — and it's causing problems" and that "If you don't do something about it, you're going to have taco trucks on every corner."


Then Philip Bump started rooting around and managed to formulate the national economic implications of a taco truck on every corner (at 24,000+ shares right now). And it turns out that a taco truck on every corner would create 9.6 million jobs and practically eradicate unemployment. "I just love that a journo actually wrote about what #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner would mean for the national economy," admits Refinery 29's Andrea Cristina. By the way, though, that's 63 million new jobs that don't include employees already working taco trucks, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not track "taco truck employees" as "a separate data point." In response, San Francisco Chronicle's Marissa Lang demands, "WHAT. WHY."

By the way, Democrats are already trolling Republicans with a taco truck in Colorado.

Elsewhere in politics:

In other delicate matters:

  • We can all agree mosquitoes are deadly, so why not kill them all, right? "Did not know this: Mosquitoes kill more humans than any other animal," realizes Sara Germano at the Wall Street Journal. "NOW WE'RE TALKIN' *arms DEET cans*," tweets Maya Shwayder at Deutsche Welle. "We got rid of the screw worm fly before I ever new about it thank goodness," shrugs Kathleen McKinley at Houston Chronicle. On the other hand, WSJ's Matthew Rose had other ideas: "Here's an idea! Let's crash the mosquito population with genetic engineering. What could possibly go wrong?" So colleague Rick Brooks suggests, "What if we just kill the killer mosquitoes? Genetic engineering might be the answer, but it's fraught."
  • So this small Indiana county sends more people to prison than San Francisco and Durham, N.C., combined. Why?
  • Now 'Birth of a Nation' actress Gabrielle Union comes out to pledge: "I cannot take Nate Parker rape allegations lightly." Kirsten Schofield praises, "Gabrielle Union has consistently used her starpower to raise up the concerns of survivors."
Press on press


Gabriel Sherman released his much anticipated takedown analysing how Fox News women took down Roger Ailes ("Amazing reporting but has Ailes really been taken down?" wonders Vox's Matthew Yglesias), and it certainly made its mark. "Words can't even express the depth of my horror, revulsion, and rage reading this," reacts Marketplace's Molly Wood. At The GuardianLois Beckett calls this "the most stomach-churning paragraph" in the story.


Meanwhile, Ron Fournier made quite a few waves when he shared the lessons he learned covering politics for 30 years. Sharing from that advice, John Russell with the Indianapolis Business Journal tweets, "A reporter's code: never blindside a source. 'I’ll never stab you in the back. I’ll always stab you in the chest.'" Friendly!


At the New York TimesDaniel Victor responds to the timeless query "When I’m Mistakenly Put on an Email Chain, Should I Hit ‘Reply All’ Asking to Be Removed?" Take a guess at what the only answer is. "This is probably the shortest New York Times story ever written, and perhaps the best," concludes journalist Adam Rose. And because they're on a roll over at The TimesDaniel Victor asserts, "No, the Internet Has Not Killed the Printed Book. Most People Still Prefer Them."  Slate's Laura Miller reacts, "It's my dream that now that the NYT has reported this, people will stop 'informing' me that print books are dead." As do we all, Laura. As do we all.

Also, we know who the presidential debate moderators are. Lester Holt, Martha Raddatz, Anderson Cooper and Chris Wallace are the lucky winners of this year's dubious honor. "Are the debate moderators going to do instantaneous fact checks, I hope?" wistfully tweets Harris Meyer at Modern Healthcare.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What is ClickHole "reporting" has become of Justice Scalia's empty seat? The Onion's parody answer to BuzzFeed has made the comedic claim that it's become a hot hookup spot for local teens. Seriously, how do those guys come up with this stuff.


Congrats to Lori Friedman (pictured here) for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to these incredible individuals for also getting it right: Craig PittmanCarrie Gray (who adds the hashtag #WhatTheWhat), Lucia A. Walinchus (who says it's "for teens with Photoshop and way too much time on their hands"), Stefanie Schwalb (who calls it "the hot spot for Netflix & chill"), Ron Casalotti (who quips "You know, a sort of 'Legal Tinder' (I apologize)"), Mark Gibbs (who adds "What happens in the Supreme Court, stays in the ..."), Martin Berliner and Natalie Tindall (who gets credit for pointing us to today's gif!).

As for today's question, here it is: Why was the Green Party presidential candidate's recent Capital University speech delayed?‚Äč

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!

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