We watched porn on our first day at CNN

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We watched porn on our first day at CNN
October 6th, 2016
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Over on the Muck Rack blog, we’ve got fall on the brain. So we’re proud to present a really delicious pumpkin spice … wait, what? That's a different blog? Sorry. Well, we happen to think this is better.

From links we loved, we've got How to be ready for the spotlight: The founder’s guide to looking ridiculously good online by Onboardly's Renee Warren. Also 5 tips for getting media to ‘swipe right’ on your press release by Craig Corbett.

And from the top posts on the Muck Rack Blog, we've got Five books professional communicators must read by Kenna Griffin and Six ways to kick-start your work after the summer season by Julia Sahin.

That's just a taste. So without further ado, here are Muck Rack's monthly top picks: five links we loved in September plus top posts from the Muck Rack Blog.

We watched porn on our first day at CNN

Let’s stay focused on the number 5. We have the 5 top links from September in the blog, so to lead off our trending section, let’s take a look at 5 big stories everyone’s talking about. It’s a busy news morning, so narrowing it down required an extra shot of espresso. (And for me, that just so happens to be 5 shots. Don’t worry. I’m fine.)

1. Hurricane Matthew is strengthening again and headed for the U.S. -- now as a very dangerous Category 4 storm. According to Max Blau, Steve Almasy and Holly Yan at CNN, state officials in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia cautioned residents not to hunker down at home if they live in the hurricane's

potential path. It's the largest mandatory evacuation since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Blau explains the evacuations a tweet: “1.5 million in Florida -250,000 in South Carolina -500,000 in Georgia.” Click here anytime for the very latest from the National Hurricane Center.

2. Andrew Kaczynski and Chris Massie have been quite busy since leaving Buzzfeed for CNN. KFILE has now uncovered two more Playboy videos in which Donald Trump makes an appearance, including one in which he is depicted photographing fully clothed models with a Polaroid camera and conducting an interview with a potential Playmate. Kyle Blaine summed it up quite well with this tweet: “We watched porn on our first day at CNN.” Bow chicka wow. Wow.

3. Meanwhile a story that has been shared more than 80,000 times since yesterday continues to dominate our social media feeds today. For only the third time since The Atlantic's founding, the editors endorse a candidate for president. And that candidate is Hillary Clinton. Matt Ford, National Editor at The Atlantic, clarifies in this tweet: “The Atlantic backed Lincoln in 1860 and opposed Goldwater in 1964. Today we make our third endorsement in 159 years.”

4. We’re sure there’s only one exclamation point in Yahoo!, right?: Yahoo was ordered last year to search incoming emails for the digital "signature" of a communications method used by a state-sponsored, foreign terrorist organization, according to a government official familiar with the matter. The Justice Department obtained the order from a judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Here’s the story from Charlie Savage and Nicole Perlroth of The New York Times. Yes, Edward @Snowden weighed in, tweeting “The New York Times confirms Yahoo really did scan all users' emails on behalf of US Intelligence.” We think this one will be a talker for a while.

5. We’ll make this one fit in 140. Because Twitter. According to Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner at RecodeGoogle does not currently plan to make a bid for Twitter. Same for Apple.


Ain't no doubt we are here to party. Come on now got to get it started. Thanks to yesterday’s question of the day, I was able to realize my lifelong dream and open a section of the Muck Rack Daily with those two sentences.

We asked: Today, the legendary songwriter Rod Temperton passed away at the age of 66. Although most famous for writing a half dozen of Michael Jackson's best and most popular songs (including "Thriller" and "Rock With You") Temperton had a successful performing career as keyboardist and songwriter for a platinum-selling disco band in the 1970s.

What is the name of the band AND the name of their biggest hit song? (Hint: The name of the song was used as the title of 1997 P.T. Anderson film?)

Answer: The band is Heatwave and the song is Boogie Nights. Congratulations to David Daniel of CNN. He was the first to boogie down and tweet us the correct response. Honorable mention to Mark Heschmeyer, who pointed out “but it’s not like I ever listened to that disco drivel.” Noted, Mark. And it’s totally OK if you have a disco ball in your closet. We won’t judge.

Today’s question: During a rally in this state on Wednesday night, Donald Trump mispronounced the name of the state. Yuuuuuuuge faux pas. What was the state?

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

Phil Harvey is back in the newsroom as Managing Editor, News at CRN Magazine. Phil is the former Editor-in-Chief of Light Reading and a technology columnist for D CEO magazine. According to his bio page, Phil is an avid photographer and tinkers with old rangefinder cameras. We like that Phil's Twittter handle is @futurephil.

Auditi Guha left SouthCoast Today and is now the race and justice reporter at @Rewire_News. She has uncovered corruption, injustice, discrimination and fielded death threats in her career from India to Boston. Formerly a food blogger and beat reporter at several Massachusetts weeklies, Guha has won several awards from the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA).

Congratulations to both of you on your moves!

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