Currently prancing around the house to this

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Currently prancing around the house to this
January 15th, 2016
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"Currently prancing around the house to this," admits Adam Wazny with the Winnipeg Free Press, sharing the now-viral sensation The Official Donald Trump Jam, starring "the Freedom Girls" (at nearly 40,000 shares right now). "Like a metaphor for Trump's campaign, this video starts out hilariously bad, then gets disturbing and finally boring," realizes PandoDaily's David Holmes. "This is what a world without David Bowie sounds like. Count me out," concludes The Guardian's Phelim O'Neill. "The off-clapping in this video is so white I'm surprised it doesn't have an Oscar nomination," quips Anthony Breznican at Entertainment Weekly. "If you listen to the 'Official Donald Trump Jam' twice in a row, someone will start building a Walmart around you," jokes Chicago Tribune's Rex W. Huppke. "The latest ISIS recruitment video is one of the most terrifying things I've ever seen," snarks Stuart Braithwaite. "Brits! Watch the Donald Trump Jam and immediately forgive British politicians literally everything ever," invites Gaby Hinsliff, also at The Guardian. And yes, you're right, it does feel like the opening scene from The Interview. "Donald Trump says he'll restore American leadership but the Pyongyang Patriotic Children's Choir would DESTROY this," argues BuzzFeed's Tom Gara. Guardian's Rafael Behr noticed another eerie similarity: "Quasi-fascist tribute techno-pop. It's a genre. Putin version: (ancient btw)."

Still, none of this appears to be stopping Trump from widening his lead in the Republican presidential race.


"Breaking his silence about his trip to Mexico" (a.k.a., doing an interview only days after his piece got ripped apart), Sean Penn talks about his controversial secret interview with Mexican drug lord El Chapo. "Shorter Sean Penn: I f***ed that up, huh?" translates VICE's Matt Taylor. "Despite Huge Traffic, Rookie Journalist Who Wrote for Free and Just Wanted Exposure Says He Feels Like a Failure," Longform's Max Linsky suggests another headline. Also, New York City isn't taking Ted Cruz's comments about their "values" too well: doing what it does best, the New York Daily News fired back with this front page and Mike Lupica there reminded Cruz that "New York City values" are the 9/11 heroes. Simultaneously, the water situation in Flint, Michigan grows ever dire, with the Washington Post pointing out that this is how toxic Flint’s water really is. The water crisis there has reached the point where Michigan's attorney general is opening an investigation into it. "I'm not sure what took him this long," reacts TNR's Jamil Smith. Meanwhile, a French drug trial has gone terribly wrong: "One person brain dead and five critically ill after trial of cannabis-based painkiller in France," shares Guardian's Matt Wells. On the military beat, safety failures at an Army lab reportedly led to egregious anthrax mistakes while two Hawaii aircrafts collided, triggering a search for the collective 12 people aboard.

On the minds of the media


Gawker just solved the eternal problem with journalism: it's the audience. From Hamilton Nolan: "The media is not the enemy of thoughtful writing. The public is." Or in other words, "The problem with journalism: You need to capture the interests of the ppl. And the interests of the ppl are garbage," freelancer Jill Filipovic puts it another way, before adding, "This, btw, is why if you want good journalism, start paying subscription fees. Otherwise enjoy 24/7 Kardashians." Although The Intercept's Ryan Tate found some gaps in Nolan's argument: "To prove quality publications 'only last for brief moments,' Gawker cites pubs who are 165, 158, 101, and 90 yrs old." Your move, Gawker.


Someone should tell that to the Washington Post, however, where they've surged to 76 million monthly users. "I think the only people having a better year than @PostBaron are those three powerball winners," muses Vivian SchillerSteven Brill doesn't appear to feel too differently from Gawker, though, telling Poynter that newspaper bosses are "paralyzed" by change and clueless about paid content. "@StevenBrill built a business based on newspaper executives' paralysis in the face of change. Now he mocks them," points out Steve Buttry. But in a nice turn of events, Huffington Post has voluntarily recognized its employee union, so there's that. "So proud of my colleagues -- we just made history in the digital labor movement," declares Alexander C. Kaufman there. And then there's things like The New Yorker's bonus cartoon honoring Alan Rickman, which will leave you with all the feels. Rest in peace, sweet Snape.


Question of the day


Our last question asked: The iconic actor Alan Rickman's last official "work" was a short film with an altruistic angle that befitted his philanthropic nature. What was it? He did a voice over for a charity video featuring an adorable tiny tortoise munching away at a piece of fruit -- but there's more to it than that, of course. The more views the video receives, the more advertising revenue YouTube pays the creators, who then in turn donate the money to Save the Children and the Refugee Council.

Job well done to Paul Snyder for being the very first to answer that correctly. Honorable mentions go out to Ken Walker and Mark Gibbs for also getting that exactly right, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: Twitter had a meltdown during last night's GOP debate when Republican candidate Rick Santorum asked viewers to do the last thing anyone would have expected from him. What was it?

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!

Featured journalist: Patrick Adams


Today we'd like to call your attention to Patrick Adams, a freelance multimedia journalist based in Istanbul and focused on global health, development and conflict. Adams got his start in journalism as the Clay Felker Fellow at Duke Magazine, winning seven CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) awards for “Excellence in Feature Writing” and “Best Article of the Year,” among many other accolades. After obtaining a master’s degree in public health from Emory University, he went on to cover issues surrounding public health in countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Adams also has twice been selected for reporting fellowships with the United Nations Foundation in Malawi and Vietnam. Capable of writing and shooting, he recently signed on as a contributor to NurPhoto Agency. For a taste of some of his latest, start with his Newsweek chronicle of a leading killer of AIDS patients called cryptococcal meningitis and the new diagnostic device that may help prevent it (at 1,000 shares so far), his PRI interview on the same subject, or his photography from Nepal, post-quake. And if you find yourself hooked, peruse more of his favorite bylines showcased here in his Muck Rack portfolio!

Remember: If you also want to be featured here, you should 1) set up your own journalist portfolio 2) get verified and 3) let us know by emailing Kirsten.

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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