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October 7th, 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.
There’s a hurricane on the loose

While everyone watches Hurricane Matthew tear through the Atlantic coast, read Lizette Alvarez’s New York Times story on What It’s Like to Be Trapped by a Category 5 Hurricane. She tweeted: “So. This my tale about the biggie hurricane I covered.”

CNN’s Brian Stelter tweeted, “The @WeatherChannel just aired this unusual message from @TWCBryan, urging evacuations.”  "This is not hyperbole, and I am not kidding..."

Also, the election

In the New York Times, Dave Itzkoff published Letterman Has No Love for ‘Damaged’ Trump. Dave himself (Itzkoff, not Letterman) tweeted: “I spoke to David Letterman about Donald Trump, a frequent guest he now calls ‘damaged’ and ‘a person to be shunned.’” Peter Ogburn added, “I don’t even watch late night shows anymore, but I would have loved to seen Letterman handle Trump.”

Over at the Washington Post, Michael Kranish makes the case that Trump’s ‘winning temperament’ is turning into a political loser. Philip Rucker added, “Trump says he's never read a presidential biography & makes decisions with ‘very little knowledge.’” Reassuring, eh?

Speaking of Trump, Politico’s Ben Schreckinger has news that a Lobbyist advised Trump campaign while promoting Russian pipeline. Blake Hounshell elaborates: “Lobbyist Richard Burt advised the Trump campaign while working to promote a gas pipeline favored by Russia.” Well then.

More on Russia, John Kerry says Russia, along with Syria, should face war crimes probe, writes Bradley Klapper in the AP. The @AP broke the news with: “BREAKING: John Kerry says Russia and Syria should face a war crimes investigation for attacks on Syrian civilians.”

The Atlantic went IN on Trump's Late-Night Tweets. Yoni Appelbaum explained, “When things go wrong for Donald Trump, he stays up all night tweeting.” While Mike Elgan’s takeaway from the piece was: “Phrase o' the day: ‘nocturnal submissions.’”

On the Hillary front, Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau found out that the White House Coordinated on Clinton Email Issues, New Documents Show.

While Maggie Haberman at the New York Times reports that Donald Trump Adjusts His Complaints About Debate Microphone. On Twitter, she explained: “After a week of saying he had a ‘bum mic’ at the debate, Trump suddenly changed course on that complaint last night.” Then added, “Trump showed up late for a debate walk through he resisted doing, and it's unclear how thorough his sound check was.”

FYI: Giuliani’s daughter is for Clinton, reports Annie Karni in Politico.

Also from Politico, their poll with Morning Consult helped Jake Sherman reveal that Pence leads 2020 field after strong debate.

At WSJ, Reid Epstein reports Activity in Iowa Suggests GOP Hopefuls Are Eyeing 2020. Reid tweeted, “A month before the 2016 election, Ark GOP Tom Cotton is spending four days in Iowa but not stumping for Donald Trump.” Personally, I’d rather we just elect a 2016 president before we start thinking/dreading 2020, but that’s just me.

If you’re wondering how the political parties are faring, look no further than NBC. Alex Seitz-Wald, Didi Martinez, and Carrie Dann report that Democrats Started Fall with 5-to-1 Paid Staff Advantage. From the piece: “Democrats entered the fall campaign with an army of paid staffers close to five times the size of Republicans' according to an NBC News analysis of Federal Election Commission filings.”

How’s England doing?

In The Guardian, there’s word that the British government has barred foreign academics from advising on Brexit. Polly Curtis tweeted, “This is really jaw dropping.” While Peter Jukes wrte, “Bonkers: Banning Non UK academics ‘Conservatives’ alarming embrace of petty chauvinism over rational policymaking.”

For more on the matter, BuzzFeed adds: The UK Government Told The LSE To Remove Non-UK Nationals From A Brexit Project. For those of us not intimately familiar with the matter, LSE is the London School of Economics. James Ball reacted to the news with: “This is escalating quickly…” Sure seems to be, James.

On a related note, according to a new poll BuzzFeed published, Extreme Views Are Reportedly Becoming The Mainstream In Britain And Europe. Alberto Nardelli said, “Europe's dividing lines are no longer right vs left, but open vs closed.” While Marie Le Conte just tweeted, “Oh god.”

And in other British news, FT says the Pound fell below $1.20 to a 31-year low. Yikes.

Let’s check in with the rest of the world

This morning, we woke up to find out that Colombia’s President, Juan Manuel Santos, Was Awarded The Nobel Peace Prize. Motoko Rich reminded us this comes just “Five days after Colombians reject deal to end civil war…”

Over at Motherboard, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai wrote an article detailing how Yahoo’s Government Email Scanner Was Actually a Secret Hacking Tool. Lorenzo also tweeted: “Yahoo's spy tool for the government was a ‘buggy’ and ‘poorly designed’ malware, akin to a ‘rootkit.’” That’s gotta be embarrassing.

Your weekend long read is definitely going to be this New York Times story from Benjamin Mueller and Al Baker: A Mother Is Shot Dead on a Playground, and a Sea of Witnesses Goes Silent.

The Nieman Journalism Lab tells us that Younger adults prefer to get their news in text, not video. That’s according to new data from Pew Research. Not totally sure what to make of this one yet but Mike Pettigano tweeted, “Newsrooms around the nation rn: ‘[awkward silence].’” Shan Wang was a bit more upfront about it: “NOBODY WANTS TO WATCH YOUR GODDAMN NEWS VIDEOS.” And Emi Kolawole admitted, “Filed under: Things I didn't need data to know.”

And if you want to know How 2 journalists who’ve never met in real life became a kidney donor and recipient, check out Kristen Hare’s Poynter piece. Charles Ornstein called it, “Amazing in every way.” And he’d be right.

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: During a rally in this state on Wednesday night, Donald Trump mispronounced the name of the state. Yuuuuuuuge faux pas. What was the state?

Answer: Nevada

Congrats to Aileen Katcher ‏for being the first to get the answer right! Honorable mention to Alexandra Svokos.

Your question for today is…

The popular 1996 slasher film Scream was based on real-life murders that happened in a college town. Name the town AND the university’s mascot. You’ll need both bits to get the answer right.

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners Monday!

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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